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Fulham fightback to draw with Charlton - Match Report Cham MD11

last updated Saturday 05th October 2019, 9:31 PM

Match Report

Fulham (0) 2-2 (1) Charlton Athletic

Championship MatchDay 11 19/20 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 5th October 2019,    KO: 12:30

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire)

Winger <br />Ivan Cavaleiro
Fulham Winger
Ivan Cavaleiro
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Fulham twice came from behind as they drew 2-2 with Charlton in a pulsating Sky Bet Championship encounter at Craven Cottage.

Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher (41) scored his fourth goal of the season to put the Addicks ahead, before Ivan Cavaleiro (55) restored parity after a rampaging run and wonderful strike for Fulham 10 minutes after the restart.

A header from Macauley Bonne (57) put the visitors back in front inside 120 seconds, but Aleksandar Mitrovic (63) smashed the ball into the roof of the net from close range to set up a grandstand finish in the London derby.

The hosts' search for a winner intensified during nine minutes of second-half stoppage-time and an heroic late stop from Charlton 'keeper Dillon Phillips prevented Bobby Decordova-Reid side-footing home a dramatic winner.

Charlton sprung a surprise in the opening exchanges in south west London, with an aggressive pressing approach catching the Whites off-guard and the lively Jonny Williams proving a handful for Harry Arter.

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Fulham Striker
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The hosts did eventually settle after a frantic start but struggled to create openings and were denied a penalty when Mitrovic grappled with Tom Lockyer inside the 18 yard box.

A searching cross from makeshift left wing-back Jake Forster-Caskey was headed into the path of Gallagher by Chris Solly, and he struck a tidy fourth goal since a summer loan from Stamford Bridge to put Charlton in front.

Scott Parker switched to a back three at the break, and his tinkering evidently had a positive effect as Cavaleiro struck a magical equaliser after racing from halfway, exchanging passes with Decordova-Reid and dispatching a sublime strike past Marcus Bettinelli.

As Fulham's hunger to put the game to bed - and return to the summit as a result - grew, they hit the bar through Joe Bryan and Mitrovic, but between those two efforts, Bonne's towering header sent the away fans in the Putney End into raptures.

Match Stats Fulham Charlton Athletic
Goals (0) 2 2 (1)
Scorers Cavaleiro 55 Gallagher 41
Mitrovic 63 Bonne 57
Goal attempts 20 15
On target 7 5
Shooting Accuracy 35% 36%
Possession 70% 30%
Passes 528 233
Passes Success 83% 61%
Crosses 47 17
Crosses Success 26% 29%
Corners 8 6
Tackles 12 10
Tackles Success 33% 60%
Saves 3 5
Fouls 12 14
Offsides 1 1
Yellows 2 1
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
They did get back on level terms when sheer brute force saw Mitrovic rob the ball from Solly's feet and smash into the roof of the net, but the Addicks remained resolute and had Phillips to thank late on for his magnificent timely save to deny Decordova-Reid.

Scott Parker: "In the first half, I thought Charlton were very good and we had to change things around second half and make a couple of changes because they caused us some problems, really, and we tried to match them up.

"On another day, a couple of very, very good chances go in, but full credit to Charlton - I thought they were very good today and we go again."

Lee Bowyer: "I can't praise them enough. I just went in there [the changing room] and I said "Be proud of yourselves, you are a pleasure to work with.

" I've got a group of lads who just give me everything every time.

"Not just out of possession with their workrate, even in possession, you've got to be brave coming here against a top Fulham side.

I thought we were the better side first half and they should be proud of themselves."

The second international break of the season means there are no Sky Bet Championship games next weekend, with teams back in action on the weekend of October 19/20.

Both sides will kick-off at 3pm on the Saturday: Fulham travel to the bet365 Stadium to face Stoke, with Charlton hosting Derby at The Valley.

Fulham: Bettinelli, S Sessegnon (De Cordova-Reid 45), Mawson, Ream, Bryan, Arter (Reed 45), Knockaert, Johansen (Onomah 87), Cairney, Cavaleiro, Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Odoi, Le Marchand, Kamara

Cavaleiro 55 (left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.)
Mitrovic 63 ( right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal.)

Booked: Bryan (08,f), Mitrovic (78,f)

Charlton Athletic: Phillips, Lockyer, Pearce, Sarr, Solly, Cullen, Pratley, Gallagher, Forster-Caskey (Field 89), Williams (Leko 64), Bonne (Matthews 90)

Unused substitutes: Amos, Adedeji Oshilaja, Oztumer, Lapslie

Gallagher 41 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Solly with a headed pass.)
Bonne 57 (header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Darren Pratley with a cross following a corner.)

Booked: Gallagher (30,f),

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire)

Attendance: 18,654

Source SkySports
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