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MATCH REPORT ~ Fulham draw at Bristol City ~ Cham MD09 21/22

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Match Report

Bristol City (0) 1-1 (0) Fulham

Championship Match Day 09 21/22 at Ashton Gate

Saturday 25th September 2021    KO: 15:00

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic
Fulham striker
Aleksandar Mitrovic
Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Fulham had to settle for a point away at Bristol City with Jean Michael Seri and Aleksandar Mitrovic clipping the woodwork in the closing minutes.

Earlier in the game Aleksandar Mitrovic continued his scoring form with a goal in the 50th minute assisted by Neeskens Kebano who crossed from the left and Harry Wilson who nodded the ball on to Mitro.

City refused to buckle after Mitro's goal and Palmer volleyed home from a narrow angle in the 79th minute after Fulham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga had done brilliantly to palm out Chris Martin's shot.

The result extended City's run without a home win to 15 games, but they took much credit from a committed performance against superior opponents.

Fulham, backed by a large contingent of travelling fans, made a strong start, with crosses that created several half-chances.

Bobby De Cordova-Reid had a 23rd-minute shot blocked before Nahki Wells miskicked six yards out at the other end.

Match Stats Bristol City Fulham
Goals (0) 1 1 (0)
Scorers0 Palmer 79 Mitrovic 50
Goal attempts 14 22
On target 5 5
Shooting Accuracy 36% 23%
Possession 36% 64%
Passes Success 69% 87%
Corners 3 7
Tackles Success 50% 33%
Saves 4 4
Fouls 7 11
Offsides 4 2
Yellows 1 3
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Both goalkeepers were brought into action as the interval approached, Gazzaniga saving low from Martin and City's Dan Bentley diving to stop a similar effort from Josh Onomah.

Marco Silva made two changes at the break, sending on Kebano and Harrison Reed for Nathaniel Chalobah, who had been booked, and Onomah.

The decision paid quick dividends ,with Kebano setting up the opening goal.

Wilson was getting too much space on Fulham's right and almost doubled their advantage by beating Bentley, only to see his effort roll agonisingly wide.

City boss Nigel Pearson responded by sending on Nathan Baker for Cameron Pring and moving Jay Dasilva forward to left wing-back, also replacing Tyreeq Bakinson with Joe Williams after 64 minutes.

It did not stop Wilson getting in behind the defence again in the 69th minute, only to dwell on his shot and allow Baker the chance to make a recovery tackle.

Wells and Baker headed inches over, Dasilva had a shot blocked and Williams fired wide from distance as City tried to stage a late rally.

But Fulham remained a threat and Bentley had to spread himself to save at the feet of Kebano.

Gazzaniga made two outstanding saves to deny Wells and Martin, but the second saw the ball drop for Palmer, who had replaced George Tanner, to find the net.

In a thrilling finale, Fulham were denied by the crossbar when Jean Michael Seri's shot was deflected and Mitrovic twice shot narrowly wide before also clipping the woodwork at the death.

Bristol City's Nigel Pearson: "The players showed great tenacity against good opponents. While Fulham could have had more goals, so could we.

"I'm not kidding myself and we have a lot of work still to do, but the players know their jobs and that they have to defend as a team."

Fulham's Marco Silva: "The goal was clearly offside. It wasn't a difficult decision and I can't understand why the linesman failed to spot it. I have seen a replay, but I knew at the time from the bench that it was offside. A poor decision has gone against us.

"I wasn't happy with our first-half display. But we made a couple of changes at the interval and the second half was much better. The substitutes made an impact, but the whole team played with more purpose. We just have to be calmer with our finishing. There were so many clear opportunities created, but we couldn't get the second goal to kill them off."

Bristol City: Bentley, Kalas, Tanner (Palmer 76), Atkinson, Dasilva, Pring (Baker 64), Weimann, Bakinson (Williams 64), James, Wells, Martin

Unused substitutes: Simpson, O'Dowda, King, O'Leary

Palmer 79 (right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner following a corner.)

Booked: Pring (22,f),

Fulham: Gazzaniga, Odoi, Ream, Adarabioyo, Robinson, Seri, Chalobah (Reed 45), De Cordova-Reid (Cavaleiro 88), Wilson, Onomah (Kebano 45), Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Bryan, Mawson, Rodak, Muniz

Mitrovic 50 (header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Wilson with a headed pass)

Booked: Chalobah (30,f), De Cordova-Reid (78,dis), Reed (90,f)

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

Attendance: 19,326

Source SkySports
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