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Match Report: ~ Fulham draw at Brighton and Hove Albion ~ Prem MD 10 ~ 23/24

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Match Report

Brighton and Hove Albion (1) 1-1 (0) Fulham

Premier League Match Day 10 23/24 at Amex Stadium

Sunday 29th October 2023    KO: 14:00

Referee: Michael Salisbury (Lancashire)

Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha
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Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha hit a stunning second-half equaliser to earn a point for Fulham in a 1-1 draw at Brighton.

Fulham then survived a late onslaught to maintain their unbeaten record against the Seagulls from all seven of their Premier League meetings.

Roberto De Zerbi made six changes from Brighton's Thursday night victory over Ajax and his refreshed side dominated possession in the first-half as Evan Ferguson expertly slotted home in the 26th minute.

However Fulham began to wear the hosts down and became bolder with their approach in the second period before Palhinha crashed a wonderful effort from the edge of the box high into the net.

Brighton dominated possession from the outset and had Bernd Leno to thank for flying to his left to push away Carlos Baleba's shot from the edge of the box and then deny Simon Adingra from close range.

Baleba, Adingra and Kaoru Mitoma all shot off target within four minutes of each other as the Brighton onslaught continued. Fulham kept giving possession back to the hosts and Joao Palhinha showed his frustration, catching Pascal Gross in the face with a stray arm that went unpunished.

Brighton, though, finally went ahead when Igor Julio intercepted Harrison Reed's forward pass and the centre-back found gross, who moved it on to Ferguson and he coolly guided a low shot into the bottom left corner.

Match Stats Brighton Fulham
Goals (1)1 1 (0)
Scorers Ferguson 26 Palhinha 65
Goal attempts 18 10
On target 7 5
Shooting Accuracy 39% 50%
Possession 71% 29%
Passes Success 91% 79%
Corners 7 3
Tackles Success 74% 57%
Saves 4 5
Fouls 12 8
Offsides 0 1
Yellows 0 3
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Fulham did improve in the final stages of the first-half although it took Lewis Dunk hitting the crossbar from a free-kick shortly after the break and then the introductions of Andreas Pereira, Rodrigo Muniz and Harry Wilson to really spark them into life.

Brighton were being overrun in midfield as Fulham pushed higher up the pitch to stop them playing out from the back and it was Alex Iwobi who won the ball deep in the home side's half before finding Wilson, who teed up Palhinha to slam a perfect strike into the top right corner.

Muniz then saw his clever close-range flick saved by Jason Steele with Brighton wobbling. However, the hosts recovered for the final 10 minutes, seeing substitute Ansu Fati denied by Leno and had a certain goal prevented by Antonee Robinson from Adam Webster's header.

Fulham face a trip to Ipswich in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm. They then host Man Utd on Saturday November 4, kick-off 12.30pm.

Brighton and Hove Albion : Steele, Webster, Dunk, Julio, Adingra (Veltman 71), Baleba (Buonanotte 71), Dahoud (Gilmour 71), Mitoma, Grob, Lallana (Fati 58), Ferguson (Pedro 78)

Unused substitutes: Verbruggen, Milner, van Hecke, Hinshelwood

Ferguson 26 (left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pascal Grob)

Booked: xxxx (xx,x), xxxxx (xx,x)

Fulham : Leno, Castagne, Bassey, Ream, Robinson, Reed (Pereira 58), Palhinha, De Cordova-Reid (Wilson 58), Iwobi (Lukic 92), Willian (Cairney 86), Jimenez (Muniz 58)

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Ballo-Toure, Pereira, Tanton, De Fougerolles

Palhinha 65 ( right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Harry Wilson)

Booked: Robinson (73,f), Muniz (78,f), Wilson (90,f)

Referee: Michael Salisbury (Lancashire)

Attendance: 31,550

Source David Richardson at Sky Sports
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