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MATCH REPORT ~ Fulham lose at Southampton ~ Prem MD36 20/21

last updated Saturday 15th May 2021, 8:26 PM

Match Report

Southampton (1) 3-1 (0) Fulham

Premier League Match Day 36 at St. Mary's Stadium

Saturday 15th May 2021    KO: 15:00

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

Live on Sky Sports

midfielder Fabio Carvalho
Fulham midfielder
Fabio Carvalho
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Southampton secured back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since December, overcoming already-relegated Fulham 3-1 at St Mary's.

The hosts took the lead in the 27th minute from the game's first shot on target as Che Adams fired home from close range following a James Ward-Prowse free-kick.

They doubled their lead on the hour mark when substitute Nathan Tella tapped the ball into the net just minutes after coming on to the field, his first senior goal in professional football.

Fabio Carvalho marked his full Premier League debut by pulling one back for Fulham in the 75th minute. The 18-year-old was played through by Bobby Decordova-Reid and fired the ball in off the underside of the crossbar.

Substitute Theo Walcott soon restored Southampton's two-goal lead as his deflected shot went past Alphonse Areola to secure a second home win in a week for Ralph Hasenhuttl's side, moving them up to 13th place ahead of the weekend's remaining games.

Fulham - who remain in 18th position - travelled south seeking a response after their return to the Championship was confirmed following the 2-0 home defeat to Burnley last Monday. However, they carried with them a wretched record of having failed to win in their previous 20 visits to Southampton, stretching back to 1935

Match Stats Southampton Fulham
Goals (1) 3 1 (0)
Scorers Adams27 Carvalho 75
  Tella 60 -
  Walcott 82 -
Goal attempts 11 10
On target 7 3
Shooting Accuracy 64% 33%
Possession 46% 54%
Passes Success 85% 87%
Corners 6 5
Tackles Success 58% 54%
Saves 2 3
Fouls 9 15
Offsides 3 1
Yellows 0 1
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Scott Parker handed 18-year-old Carvalho a full Premier League debut as the Fulham boss looked to the future, but chances were at a premium during the opening period.

Ola Aina's mistake allowed Adams to find the run inside from Takumi Minamino but the Fulham full-back atoned for his error to make a crucial last-ditch intervention.

Aina was partially at fault when Saints struck first, however. Stuart Armstrong was fouled by Joachim Andersen, and from Ward-Prowse's resulting free-kick, Adams stole a march on the defender to prod home a simple half-volley from three yards out.

Southampton were fully imposing themselves now and Ward-Prowse came close to extending their lead when his free-kick was punched away by Areola.

Fulham had rarely threatened before the interval, with Carvalho's weak shot easily fielded by the returning Alex McCarthy but there were no changes at the restart.

Southampton had won only one of their previous six league games in which they had scored first, but they came close to a second when another whipped Ward-Prowse corner was flicked on by Danny Ings, only for Minamino to be caught on his heels at the far post.

It would prove to be Ings' final contribution as he was replaced by Tella shortly before the hour-mark - and Nathan Redmond immediately ought to have extended Saints' lead when put through by Adams, but his shot was well saved by Areola.

Fulham's reprieve would be short-lived, however, as Southampton doubled their advantage following a slick team move. Minamino and Armstrong combined in midfield before Kyle Walker-Peters' cross was swept home by the unmarked Tella.

Parker rung the changes as Joe Bryan was introduced, and the full-back's arrowing shot very nearly halved the arrears as it whistled past the post. The former Bristol City defender then found Decordova-Reid following a slaloming run, but Mohammed Salisu got back to make a vital block.

Fulham deservedly hauled themselves back into the contest when Carvalho was put through by Decordova-Reid to flash his shot beyond McCarthy and in via the underside of the crossbar, becoming the club's third-youngest Premier League scorer aged 18 years and 260 days.

Having lost 23 points from winning positions, Hasenhuttl may have feared the worst but his side eased any fears of another late surrender as substitute Walcott latched onto Tella's cute backheel to strike beyond Areola via the boot of the retreating Bryan.

What the managers said

Fulham boss Scott Parker: "We showed pride, effort and some good bits. At 2-0 down, we got ourselves back in the game with a lovely goal from Fabio. We just lacked that little bit in the end.

"[Southampton's first was a] poor goal to concede. It looked like we missed a header and then there was confusion. The second goal, we defended very poorly and didn't follow runners. After that, we got ourselves in the game but it wasn't enough.

"It was a snapshot of our season, really. At times, we played well but the first two goals were disappointing. We conceded the second far too easily but then we got ourselves back into the game. We were in the ascendancy at that point but conceded the third when we were pushing for the equaliser. We just lacked at key moments.

"[Fabio Carvalho was] fantastic. It didn't surprise me. He's in the team because we're searching for goals and for someone who can put the ball into the net. He's shown that he can do that at Under-23 level and in training. He was in the team today because he deserved to be in it, not because it was an opportunity. The one shining bright light from today was Fabio. He was the massive plus from today.

"He's someone you see in the 90 minutes today who has got the quality, creates opportunities and is someone you can trust with the ball. We believe he's got a big future and we look forward to seeing him more."

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: "We showed a committed performance, pleased with the substitutes because it's not been our biggest strength this season but all three had a part in the game. The game balance was good over the game, we knew we had to be clinical, first-half we had chances, we deserved the win.

"I must say that I was very pleased with my side today. My guys produced a very good performance. It's no coincidence we've scored 10 goals in our last four home games as we've got our players back. We had players on the bench who could hold the level high and that's what you need in these moments."

On Nathan Tella: "Since he joined, he has been a lively factor in our game. You can be sure he will sprint more in 20 minutes than others do in 90 minutes, always high tempo which is what you need for a sub, very pleased with his performance.

"I love him he's always positive, he loves what he's doing and that's what you have to do. He's really one of the hardest workers. It's important to take care of expectations but giving him more game time as a sub when the opponent is a bit tired, this is the perfect moment to show up - it's good for a striker to come on late."

Southampton: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Vestergaard, Salisu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong (Diallo 78), Minamino (Walcott 76), Redmond, Adams, Ings (Tella 58)

Unused substitutes: Forster, Djenepo, Obafemi, Ramsay, N’Lundulu, Ferry


Adams 27 (The hosts have been dangerous from set pieces all season, but Fulham haven't done their homework as Ward-Prowse's delivery is low and gleefully half-volleyed home by Che Adams for his second goal in as many games. He simply wanted it more than Aina.)

Tella 60 (It's a fine team goal as Minamino and Armstrong exchange passes before Kyle Walker-Peters is played to the right. He looks up and bends a delicious cross that is expertly finished by the newcomer Nathan Tella for his first senior goal!)

Walcott 82 (The Saints get back on the attack and a lovely team move ends with a backheeled pass into the path of Walcott whose shot from the edge of the area is deflected over Areola.)

Fulham: Areola, Tete, Andersen, Tosin, Aina (Bryan 63), Onomah (Maja 76), Reed, Zambo Anguissa (Lookman 63), Carvalho, Cavaleiro, De Cordova-Reid,

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Hector,


Carvalho 75 (This is a lovely finish and Fabio Carvalho has his goal on his full Premier League debut! He comes deep to get involved in the build-up before getting on his bike to take Decordova-Reid's through ball, steady himself and pass the ball beyond McCarthy via the underside of the bar. What a finish from the man aged 18 years and 260 days...)

Booked: Andersen (26,f),

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

Attendance: 0

Source Ben Grounds at Sky Sports
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