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Match Report: Fulham beat Sheffield United ~ Prem MD 08 ~ 23/24

last updated Saturday 07th October 2023, 8:29 PM

Match Report

Fulham (0) 3-1 (0) Sheffield United

Premier League Match Day 08 22_23 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 7th October 2023,    KO: 15:00

Referee: Samuel Barrott (West Riding)

Striker Bobby De Cordova-Reid
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De Cordova-Reid
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Fulham ran out 3-1 winners on a bizarre afternoon at Craven Cottage which included Sheffield United captain Chris Basham suffering a sickening first-half injury.

Bobby Decordova-Reid gave Fulham a deserved lead early in the second half although the visitors equalised in controversial circumstances after centre-back Issa Diop pulled up injured when on the ball, but Sheffield United kept playing which led to Antonee Robinson turning into his own net.

However, Fulham fortuitously restored their lead as Tom Cairney's mishit shot struck the crossbar, then the back of goalkeeper Wes Foderingham and into the net before Willian wrapped up the points in injury time to leave Sheffield United still without a Premier League victory this season.

Sheffield United did not record a single shot in the first half as Fulham created all of the chances in front of goal. Decordova-Reid saw his close-range effort deflected over by Auston Trusty before Willian forced a fine save from Foderingham.

Basham then suffered a sickening injury in the 23rd minute as he attempted to deliver a cross from the right which caused a lengthy delay and led to a standing ovation from the whole of Craven Cottage as he was stretchered off.

Fulham Winger Willian
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Deep into added time, Willian's cross led to a golden opportunity for Andreas Pereira, who scooped over from on the six-yard line.

De-Cordova-Reid then slotted into the bottom corner from Perieira's perfect pass to give Fulham a deserved lead.

Sheffield United finally had their first shots of the match before equalising. Diop pulled up with an injury deep inside his own half when in possession and the visitors quickly slipped in substitute Yasser Larouci on the left and his cross was shinned into the net by Robinson.

Fulham were furious the visitors had played on yet they retook the lead thanks to a huge slice of good fortune. Substitute Tom Cairney slipped as he shot from 25 yards, sending the ball looping towards goal, hitting the crossbar, then the back of Foderingham before going in.

Harry Wilson saw a bending effort come back off the left post late on before Willian's shot in injury time could not be kept out by Foderingham.

Fulham manager Marco Silva: "Job done and well done. A well-deserved three points, an important win and moments very well played. They have been tough to beat, at Tottenham is an example where they were leading after 90 minutes.

"Basham had a sad moment in that situation. Me and the football club wish him all the best and a fast recovery from the bad injury.

"The first half was a very good level. We created a very good number of chances but unfortunately, we didn't score. The players kept believing in the plan and after we scored in the second half we deserved the three points."

On Sheffield United's equaliser: "It's a strange moment, that's football, we have to learn. When Issa (Diop) went down, in that moment we have to be much more ruthless to not let them into certain areas.

"It was an unlucky moment but we should have done much better. We didn't give them anything to create until that moment. From nowhere, they equalised.

"Issa heard a crack in his foot. They are assessing him. We have to wait but it doesn't look good."

Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom: "We fought. We were organised and frustrated Fulham. We were comfortable.

"We started the second half well but then gave Fulham too many opportunities on the break from our corners and throw-ins. It probably shows a naivety. There's no way they should be breaking from those moments, but they did.

"It shows we've still got a naivety at this level. That's probably the difference, the speed of thought in transition.

"You get what you deserve and we're where we deserve to be. At the minute the things that can go against us are going against us. But we have to roll with it. We're the only ones who can get ourselves out of it."

Fulham's next game is a league trip to Tottenham after the international break on Monday October 23,

Fulham : Ream, Robinson, Iwobi (Reed 79), Palhinha, Pereira (Cairney 71), De Cordova-Reid (Wilson 78), Vinicius (Muniz 78), Willian

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Jimenez, Ballo-Toure, Lukic

Bobby De-Cordova-Reid, 54 (THERE'S THE OPENER! Lift off at Craven Cottage! Fulham break superbly on Sheffield United, once again finding space down their left side. Pereira plays a perfect ball into the middle for Decordova-Reid, who steadies himself before coolly slotting into the bottom left corner. FPL assist: Pereira)
Foderingham og 76 (What a strange afternoon this has been at Craven Cottage. Fulham win possession high in the Sheffield United half. Cairney lines up a shot from 25 yards but slips as he strikes it. The ball loops up towards goal, hits the crossbar, then the back of the diving Foderingham and goes in! FPL assist: Cairney)
Willian 90+2 (GAME OVER! Willian controls the ball in the Sheffield United area and dribbles into some space before shooting at goal. It's close to Foderingham, who gets a hand to the effort, but he can't keep it out. He should have done better!)

Booked: Palhinha (50,f)

Sheffield United: Foderinghaon 35), Ahmedhodzic, Trusty, Bogle, Souza, Norwood, Hamer (McAtee 66), Thomas (Larouci 66), McBurnie, Archer (Brewster 79) m, Basham (Robins

Unused substitutes: Davies, Fleck, Traore, Slimane, Seriki

Robinson og 68 (A NIGHTMARE FOR ROBINSON! Fulham are furious! Diop pulls up with an injury deep inside his own half and sacrifices possession. Sheffield United take it forward and Larouci's cross is shinned into his own goal by Robinson. The VAR checks for offside and the goal is given! FPL assist: Bogle)

Booked: McBurnie (73,f), Norwood (91,f)

Referee: Michael Salisbury (Lancashire)

Attendance: 24,467

Source David Richardson at SkySports
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