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Fulham held by Everton ~ Prem MD 13 ~ 22/23

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Match Report

Fulham (0) 0-0 (0) Everton

Premier League Match Day 13 22/23 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 29th October 2022     KO: 17:30

Referee: John Brooks (Leicestershire)

Live on Sky

Fulham extended their unbeaten Premier League record to four games as they played out a 0-0 draw with Everton on Saturday Night Football at Craven Cottage.

Marco Silva, facing his former club for the first time since he was sacked nearly three years ago, felt aggrieved after the excellent Willian was denied a penalty following a challenge by Idrissa Gana Gueye early in the second period.

Match Stats Fulham Everton
Goals (0) 0 0 (0)
Scorers - -
Goal attempts 24 9
On target 6 4
Shooting Accuracy 25% 44%
Possession 57% 43%
Passes 463 370
Passes Success 83% 80%
Crosses 34 15
Crosses Success 32% 40%
Corners 13 4
Tackles 12 15
Tackles Success 50% 60%
Saves 4 6
Fouls 10 8
Offsides 0 5
Yellows 2 1
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Gueye himself was left questioning referee John Brooks and VAR Darren England when Aleksandar Mitrovic avoided a red card in the first half for a late challenge as neither side were able to break the deadlock despite an entertaining encounter.

That was in large part thanks to Jordan Pickford, who superbly denied Willian before thwarting Harrison Reed and Mitrovic but both Silva and Frank Lampard would have to settle for a hard-fought point.

"It's a really unfair result, definitely," Silva said. "We were the best team on the pitch. We controlled the game and pushed them back, we had 13 corners and we created so many moments inside their box, normally we win this game."

The result sees both teams move up a place ahead of the weekend's remaining fixtures as Fulham return to seventh spot following Brighton's win over Chelsea earlier on Saturday. Everton leapfrog West Ham into 12th spot.

Fulham's 24 shots against Everton is their most in a single Premier League game without scoring (since 2003/04). Indeed, Mitrovic had 10 efforts at goal, the most by a player in the competition without finding the net since Harry Kane against Brighton in December 2017 (also 10).

Lampard, who scored six goals during his playing career with Chelsea against Fulham, had called on his players to show greater consistency away from home after recording just two league wins on their travels in their previous 23 games.

The visitors very nearly made the perfect start when Demarai Gray collected Vitalii Mykolenko's cross but his rising shot was tipped over by Bernd Leno.

It sparked Fulham into life as Pickford was forced into a trio of saves in quick succession. First, England's No 1 produced a fine reflex save to tip over Willian's close-range shot after Antonee Robinson's cross rebounded back to him.

From Andreas Pereira's resulting corner, Mitrovic's flicked header was touched over the bar by Pickford, who was again on hand to punch Reed's shot from the D behind.

Having weathered a spate of pressure, Everton came within inches of breaking the deadlock when Dominic Calvert-Lewin failed to get a pure connection on Gray's inviting cross but Lampard was then incensed when Mitrovic was only shown a yellow card for catching Gueye with his studs.

"I thought it was a red card," said Lampard. "When you think of the parameters, it's above the ankle and it's a bit of a stamp. To be fair, Mitro held his hand up straightaway but I was surprised VAR didn't upgrade it to a red."

Fulham were next to feel aggrieved when both James Tarkowski and Amadou Onana escaped punishment for appearing to grapple with Bobby Decordova-Reid and Mitrovic from the same set piece. Tarkowski would head into the gloves of Leno but the opening half would end goalless.

Fulham, who had won their previous two Premier League games, had a fair shout for a penalty within minutes of the restart as Willian went to ground inside the box as Gueye nibbled at the ball with Mitrovic then seeing another header from Pereira's cross glanced just over.

"The player touched him - it's clear," Silva said on the penalty incident. "That's the truth. I just want to see consistency in the future. If it's not a penalty, I don't want to see it given as a penalty against us in the future."

Willian was sparkling on the left and he would draw two fine saves from the overworked Pickford once more as both managers began to ring the changes and the game became increasingly stretched.

Onana hooked a shot wide from Tarkowski's knockdown before Calvert-Lewin rightly had a goal ruled out for offside having failed to bend his run to collect Alex Iwobi's pass.

Everton were put under increasing pressure as Fulham sensed a late winner but the visitors' defence stood firm to underline the greater solidity possessed this season under Lampard's stewardship.

Fulham boss Marco Silva: "We played, we believed, we showed the way this evening. We deserved to win but playing like that many more results will come.

"We were not so clinical but give credit to Jordan Pickford as well. It's difficult to believe, really. We did almost everything well. Everton played a direct game, we knew that, and they created some moments but we are always on the front foot.

"I am proud of my players, we didn't win the game but we played at a very good level. We have to put the ball in the net and on a normal evening we score more than one goal with these chances.

"Mitro will score next time."

Everton boss Frank Lampard: "It was OK from us, just OK. We had bright periods in the game but not loads. Fulham are in good form and you can feel that in the stadium.

"Every game is a different challenge, we are in a process of keeping working and improving. The good news is that last year we would have lost that game - by a couple of goals. Now we have the resilience to block things and get in front of things.

"It's a red card for Aleksandar Mitrovic, a strong challenge above the ankle. It's a challenge you see red cards given for. We should get that decision.

"I love Mitrovic, I'm not saying there was intent but it's frustrating. That would change the game. If the referee does his job with consistency it's a red card. It could have injured Idrissa Gana Gueye."

Player of the match - Willian Fulham midfielder Willian today made his 265th Premier League appearance, the outright most of any Brazilian in the competition's history.

He looked to mark it in style, too, having four shots and an xG of 0.56 - more than any other player.

"We deserved more, we created a lot of chances today," Willian said. "At least we got one point. We should have got at least two goals. We are disappointed. We have to go again next week."

Silva added: "When you have quality, you have it. When you're a top-class player, you stay a top-class player. When you are 34, you can lose some things but you don't lose your quality. Willian has it all."

Fulham: Leno, De Cordova-Reid (Tete 76), Diop, Ream, Robinson, Reed, Palhinha, Pereira (Cairney 76), Willian, Kebano (Wilson 67), Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: James, Duffy, Vinicius, Harris, Tosin, Rodak

Booked: Mitrovic (24,f), De Cordova-Reid (58,f)

Everton: Pickford, Coleman (Patterson 64), Coady, Mykolenko, Tarkowski, Gueye (Garner 65), Onana, Iwobi, Gray (McNeil 76), Gordon (Maupay 86), Calvert-Lewin

Unused substitutes: Keane, Doucoure, Davies, Holgate, Begovic

Booked: Onana (64,f),

Referee: John Brooks (Leicestershire)

Attendance: 23,534

Source Sky Sports
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