|Despite impressing in patches, Fulham were unable to build on Damien Duff's goal as Charlton came from behind at Craven Cottage.|
Fulham slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic at Craven Cottage in their final pre-season friendly of the summer on Saturday afternoon.
The Whites dominated the first half and went in front after just five minutes through Damien Duff.
But the Addicks hit back in the second period to snatch the win after efforts from Johnnie Jackson and Yann Kermorgant.
In the behind-closed-doors friendly, Martin Jol named a strong starting line-up against Championship Charlton, perhaps hinting at the XI that will take to the field against Norwich City next weekend in Fulham’s opening game of the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season.
With Aaron Hughes absent through injury, Chris Baird partnered Brede Hangeland at centre-half, with Sascha Reither and John Arne Riise taking up the full-back positions. Mark Schwarzer was between the sticks.
The midfield comprised of Duff, Mahamadou Diarra, Mousa Dembele and Alex Kacaniklic, with Bryan Ruiz tucking in behind the Mladen Petric.
Duff was denied an early claim for a penalty when he tumbled under a challenge from Rhoys Wiggins with just two minutes on the clock.
But Duff was to make his mark on five minutes when he started the move that led to Fulham going in front.
The Irishman picked up the ball in the middle of the park, before playing in Kacaniklic down the left. The young Swede got to the byline and pulled the ball back to Duff, who sidefooted home from eight yards.
At the other end, Michael Morrison headed over on 23 minutes when he met a Jackson corner, before Diarra nodded just wide from Duff’s set-piece delivery on 33.
The first chance of the second half came on 50 minutes, Kacaniklic latching onto a floated pass from Ruiz but seeing his header loop just over.
Summer signing Hugo Rodallega entered the fray on 54 minutes to replace Kacaniklic. Rodallega went up front alongside Petric in a move that saw Duff switch to the left flank with Ruiz moving to the right wing.
Shortly afterwards Duff stung the hands of Ben Hamer after being put in down the left by Petric, before Charlton were handed a great chance to level when Jackson’s cross was met at the far post by an unmarked Bradley Pritchard. He took a touch but saw his shot superbly palmed away by Schwarzer.
The impressive Duff nearly made it 2-0 on 58 minutes in fortuitous fashion when his cross from the left was deflected onto his own crossbar by Chris Solly.
However, Charlton made it 1-1 on 70 minutes. Kermonrgant’s flicked pass caught the Fulham defence flatfooted and the sliding Jackson beat the offside trap to slide home the equaliser.
And the Addicks went in front on 77 minutes. A Pritchard cross from the right was only cleared as far as Kermorgant and he lashed home a fierce half-volley from the edge of the box.
Solly then curled a good effort just over on 81 minutes, before Rodallega’s free-kick was pushed away unconventionally by Hamer.
Charlton could have had a third when Bradley Wright-Phillips rounded Schwarzer but the big Australian got back to make a sliding tackle on the striker.
And the Addicks held on to secure the win and inflict a first defeat of the pre-season campaign on Fulham.
Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hangeland, Baird, Riise; Diarra, Dembele (Sidwell 66), Duff, Kacaniklic (Rodallega 54); Petric (Briggs 81), Ruiz (Frei 81).
Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Kasami, Burn, Trotta.
Charlton: Hamer; Solly, Wiggins, Cort (Taylor 65), Morrison; Pritchard (Wilson 81), Hollands (Kerkar 65), Stephens, Jackson; Wright-Phillips (Cook 90), Kermorgant.
Subs: Sullivan, Evina, Smith, Green, Hayes, Wagstaff.
Competition: Pre-Season Friendly
Date: Saturday 11 August 2012
Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Referee: Andre Marriner
Team line-up is not available.
Team line-up is not available.