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Match Report ~ Fulham win at Leicester City ~ Prem MD10 20/21

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Match Report

Leicester City (0) 1-2 (2) Fulham

Premier League Match Day 10 at King Power Stadium

Monday 30th November 2020    KO: 17:30

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

Live on Sky

Winger Ivan Cavaleiro
Fulham Winger
Ivan Cavaleiro
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Fulham head coach Scott Parker made a point of congratulating every Fulham player after a performance of class and character that was the most fitting tribute imaginable to their former player Papa Bouba Diop.

Diop, who was at Fulham from 2004-07, died on Sunday aged 42 after a long illness. When Ademola Lookman put the visitors in front after half an hour, he held up a Senegal shirt carrying the No19 that Diop wore regularly.

This win lifted Fulham out of the relegation zone but it could prove so much more significant. Against Leicester – one of the strongest teams in the league this season – they were organised, resilient and incisive.

They even managed to break their recent penalty duck: eight minutes after Lookman’s opener, Ivan Cavaleiro made it 2-0 from the spot for Parker’s side, after misses this season from Cavaleiro, Lookman and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Winger Ademola Lookman
Fulham Winger
Ademola Lookman
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Cavaleiro slipped in comical fashion before his miss against Everton on November 22 and Parker said: ‘I’m not on social media but I can only imagine what was said on there after that and Cav will have seen that.

‘We practised penalties all week and he said he was ready to take one. He showed courage and put himself up to be scrutinised – those are the qualities we need.’

Fulham centre-backs Joachim Andersen and Tosin Adarabioyo barely made a mistake all night, and in front of them Harrison Reed and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa dominated midfield.

Parker’s men have looked relegation certainties at times this term but after only their second win in 26 away matches in this division, they now have something to build on ahead of their next two fixtures, against Manchester City and Liverpool.

Leicester could have joined leaders Tottenham and second-placed Liverpool on 21 points with a win but there is something amiss with Brendan Rodgers’ side when they play at home this term.

A late goal from substitute Harvey Barnes here counted for nothing and they have now failed to take a single point from matches against West Ham, Aston Villa and Fulham at The King Power Stadium.

‘We gave away sloppy goals and we need to start games quicker,’ admitted Barnes. ‘There were a lot of things that add up to a performance like that. Ultimately, we weren’t up to it.’

Match Stats Leicester Fulham
Goals (0) 1 2 (2)
Scorers Barnes 86 Lookman 30
Cavaliero 38 pen
Goal attempts 16 10
On target 3 5
Shooting Accuracy 19% 50%
Possession 68% 32%
Passes Success 87% 71%
Corners 6 5
Tackles Success 39% 49%
Saves 3 2
Fouls 9 21
Yellows 0 2
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
‘Fulham deserved to win,’ added Rodgers, who is still without key men Wilfred Ndidi, Ricardo Pereira, Timothy Castagne and Caglar Soyuncu. ‘We are a young team and we played ‘young’ tonight.’

Once they had survived an early scare when Youri Tielemans and Wesley Fofana hit the woodwork within seconds of one another, Fulham never looked back – but only Leicester will know how they failed to score from that attack.

James Maddison’s free-kick hit the wall but fell to Tielemans, whose 25-yard volley struck a post. Fofana seized on the loose ball and flicked it over Alphonse Areola from six yards but against the bar.

Shortly afterwards, Areola was alert at his near post to stop Jamie Vardy turning in Dennis Praet’s cross with the same back-heel flick that brought him a goal in the 5-2 win at Manchester City.

It would prove a decisive save as Fulham took the lead on the half-hour mark. Tielemans squandered possession in midfield and Anguissa strode forward before releasing Lookman. The finish matched the pass as Lookman beat Kasper Schmeichel with confidence and celebrated by paying his respects to Diop.

Leicester tried to respond instantly and Adarabioyo had to clear Vardy’s low cross over his own crossbar. He was as sure-footed then as Christian Fuchs was clumsy in the 35th minute, which handed Fulham their second goal.

The defender’s foul on Bobby Decordova-Reid was not spotted at first by referee Simon Hooper but when VAR advised him to take another look, Hooper reversed his decision.

Cavaleiro made no mistake this time, driving beyond Schmeichel. ‘I didn’t feel pressure because you do miss in football,’ said the forward. ‘The manager gave me confidence and I did it.’

Leicester’s minds were scrambled, illustrated perfectly when they won a free-kick close to their left corner flag. With no danger apparent, Jonny Evans over-hit his pass and Schmeichel and Fofana left it to each other. Evans then played Fuchs into trouble and presented Ruben Loftus-Cheek with a chance 15 yards out, which he wasted.

Having changed shape twice from their original 3-4-2-1, Leicester did not know whether they were coming or going and were being picked off on the break. Lookman should have scored his second but was thwarted by Schmeichel’s sharp save and a timely clearance from Tielemans.

From nowhere, Leicester grabbed a lifeline in the 86th minute. Adarabioyo produced his first tired header of the game as he tried to clear Tielemans’ cross, allowing Vardy to nod it back for Barnes to fire home from close range.

There was still time for Andersen, outstanding all night, to make another vital clearance to ensure his side hung on. Leicester City: Schmeichel, Fofana, Evans, Fuchs, Justin, Mendy (Iheanacho 70), Tielemans, Thomas, (Under 46), Praet (Barnes 46), Maddison , Vardy

Unused substitutes: Ward, Morgan, Albrighton, Choudhury

Barnes 86 (Just as it seemed Fulham were going to see out the final few minutes safely, Leicester strike! It's a venomous finish from Barnes, who smashes home from Vardy's downward header to give the hosts a real chance of salvaging something from this game.)

Fulham: Areola, Aina, Adarabioyo, Robinson, Reed, Zambo Anguissa, Decordova-Reid, Loftus-Cheek (Lemina), Lookman, (Bryan 90), Cavaleiro 7 (Mitrovic 87)

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Cairney, Ream, Kamara

Lookman 30(It's a moment of redemption for Lookman! Anguissa drives forward before drawing Fofana and rolling the ball into the path of Lookman. The forward takes a touch before opening his body and rolling the ball past Schmeichel and into the bottom corner)
Cavaleiro 38 pen (Decordova-Reid goes down in the penalty area under a challenge from Fuchs. Pressure, what pressure? Cavaleiro banishes memories of his recent penalty miss, smashing the ball past Schmeichel and into the top corner to double Fulham's advantage.)

Booked: Reed (18,f), Adarabioyo (89,tw)

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

Attendance: 0

Source Tom Collomosse at Mailonline
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