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Match Report ~ Fulham draw with West Ham ~ Prem MD22 20/21

last updated Saturday 06th February 2021, 10:37 PM

Match Report

Fulham vrs West Ham United

Premier League Match Day 22 2021 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 6th February 2021    KO: 17:30

Referee: Mike Dean(Wirral)

Live on Sky Sports

Match Stats Fulham West Ham
Goals (0) 0 0 (0)
Scorers - -
Goal attempts 20 8
On target 2 1
Shooting Accuracy 0% 0%
Possession 61% 39%
Passes Success 84% 72%
Corners 7 3
Tackles Success 77% 67%
Saves 1 3
Fouls 11 10
Offsides 1 4
Yellows 1 3
Reds 0 1
source: SkySports
Fulham's commitment towards securing what would have been only their third Premier League win of the season could not be faulted, but it was familiar tale for Scott Parker's goal-shy side as their winless run stretched to 12 games.

Fulham stay 18th in the table, eight points from safety, after their ninth draw of the season, while West Ham stay fifth, a point outside the top four.

West Ham missed the chance to move into the top four with a 0-0 draw at Fulham which was marred by Tomas Soucek's contentious late red card.

A sixth Premier League win in seven would have lifted David Moyes' in-form side above Liverpool into the Champions League places, but the Hammers were uncharacteristically passive, registering just a single shot on target at Craven Cottage.

Things took a turn for the worse deep into stoppage-time when influential midfielder Soucek was sent off by referee Mike Dean after a lengthy VAR review for an unintentional elbow on Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Fulham started brightly, with Ademola Lookman keen to prove a point after his infamous failed Panenka penalty in the reverse fixture at the London Stadium.

But the first clear opening fell for West Ham, with the returning Jarrod Bowen coming within inches of getting on the end of a teasing Aaron Cresswell cross.

The better chances continued to come West Ham's way, with Declan Rice drawing Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola into a save at his near post, before Jesse Lingard's floated cross picked out the prolific Soucek, but he headed a gilt-edged opening over while under pressure from Mario Lemina.

It took Fulham 42 minutes to register their first attempt on target, with Ivan Cavaleiro's near-post header straight at Lukasz Fabianski.

At the start of the second half, Fulham captain Joachim Andersen found Bobby Decordova-Reid but his volley went over the bar, before Ruben Loftus-Cheek chipped a glorious opening into the side-netting moments later.

The crossbar prevented Vladimir Coufal heading West Ham in front of 63 minutes after he climbed high to meet Declan Rice's cross and saw a thunderous effort cannon back off the woodwork.

Parker introduced Mitrovic soon after and the Serbian nearly produced an instant impact with a low drive which flashes agonisingly wide of the far corner.

West Ham were reduced to 10 men in the dying stages when Soucek fell foul of a VAR intervention, leaving the Hammers without the Czech midfielder for the next three games of their European push.

Fulham manager Scott Parker: "The way the game is going now, it's become very sterile. It certainly wouldn't have been a sending off five years ago, but in the modern game it is. This is the game everyone wants; they want things slowed down on TV. It's only a matter of time before players won't be wearing shin pads, that's the way it's going.

"We were superb from start to finish but were probably a bit short when it came to putting the ball in the back of the net. I don't think you can dominate as game as much as we did today and not win, but we drew.

"I'm very proud of my team and I don't think you'd come away after 90 minutes thinking we were fighting for our lives and were downbeat, it was the total opposite."

West Ham manager David Moyes: "It's an accidental clash. I'm more embarrassed for whoever was on VAR and made that decision and thinks that is in any way deliberate. I think he makes contact, but if VAR don't see that it's an accidental thing then it's difficult, isn't it? I don't know what to say.

"Sometimes these decisions can affect you badly. We hope that it doesn't, but I'm amazed that they're even considering letting that go to VAR and not seeing it as accidental. It's an incredible decision.

"You very rarely win any appeals these days. There will always be a reason why they think it should be, so I think we find all of these decisions very difficult at the moment.

"[The game] was poor from our point of view but great that we didn't play well and didn't concede any goals so we'll take that as a positive. It was poor by our recent standards, we kept a clean sheet tonight, but we've played better, that's for sure."

Fulham: Areola, Tete, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson (Maja 78), Lemina (Mitrovic 78), Reed, De Cordova-Reid (Anguissa 82), Loftus-Cheek, Lookman, Cavaleiro

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Hector, Ream, Bryan, Onomah, Aina.

Booked: Andersen (90+3,f),

West Ham United: Fabianksi, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Benrahma (Yarmolenko 55), Lingard, Bowen (Noble 55), Antonio (Fredericks 73)

Unused substitutes: Martin, Balbuena, Lanzini, Fornals, Diop, Johnson.

Booked: Ogbonna (75,f), Fabianski (90,tw), Yarmolenko(90+3,f)

Sent Off: Soucek (90+7,vc),

Referee: Mike Dean(Wirral)

Attendance: 0

Source Jack Wilkinson at SkySports
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