Saturday 28 July 2012, 3:00pm at Adams Park, Wycombe
Wycombe Wanderers
Wycombe Wanderers
Fulham FC
Petric 18'; Ruiz 85'; Sidwell 87'

18' Goal

Mladen Petric

85' Goal

Bryan Ruiz

87' Goal

Steve Sidwell

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kerim Frei
Off:Mladen Petric

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steve Sidwell
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marcello Trotta
Off:Mousa Dembélé

Mladen Petric's fourth goal in as many pre-season games, a magnificent Bryan Ruiz free-kick and a Steve Sidwell tap-in gave Fulham a comfortable victory over Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.

Martin Jol named a strong side against the League Two side with Alex Kacaniklic, Bryan Ruiz and Mesca Na Bangna supporting Mladen Petric up front in an attacking 4-2-3-1 formation.

Fulham, in our new orange away strip, started brightly and Petric had the game’s first effort on three minutes when he fired wide after robbing Wycombe left-back Grant Basey.

The Whites were controlling all the possession in the opening exchanges and had a good opportunity when Petric held the ball up well on the quarter hour mark, only for the subsequent shot to trickle wide of the far post.

Petric always seemed the most likely to break the deadlock and the Croatian did just that with aplomb on 18 minutes. The ball feel kindly to the striker 20 yards from goal and he had no hesitation in bending a sumptuous left-footed curler inside Nikki Bull’s far post.

10 minutes later Petric could have doubled his advantage after latching onto Ruiz’ through ball but a great last-ditch tackle by Basey denied him a shooting chance.

Wycombe fans had to wait until the 36th minute to see their side have an effort on goal but, even then, Stewart Lewis’ ambitious effort from distance flew some way over Mark Schwarzer’s crossbar.

Slick link-up play moments later between Petric and Mousa Dembele resulting in Na Bangna firing just over the bar as he opened his body up inside the area as Martin Jol’s men searched for the second goal their play deserved.

Petric was enjoying himself and almost scored direct from a free-kick that he won himself just before half-time. However, Bull did well to hold his bending set-piece.

Fulham started the second half as we finished the first and should have scored on 47 minutes after Petric found Mesca at the far-post following a neat one-two with Ruiz. Na Bangna didn’t make the contact he would have liked though as the ball span harmlessly up in the air.

Alex Kacaniklic was next to try his luck on 51 minutes but his right-footed effort was straight into Bull’s body.

A quite magnificent Bryan Ruiz pass on 59 minutes sent Mesca clear of the defence but the ‘keeper reacted well and smothered the youngster’s poked effort.

Martin Jol made his first changes of the afternoon at the next opportunity, with Kacaniklic and the excellent Petric being replaced by Kerim Frei and Steve Sidwell.

A fine fingertip save from Bull denied Ruiz one of his trademark audacious goals on 66 minutes. The Costa Rican saw the Chairboys stopper off his line and dinked an elegant chip goalwards, only for Bull to make a superb recovery to push the ball over the bar.

The home goalkeeper again kept his side in the game three minutes later when he palmed Mahamadou Diarra’s fierce effort away from goal for a Fulham corner.

Marcello Trotta entered the fray on 77 minutes to raptuous applause from both sets of supporters as he graced the Adams Park turf for the first time since he scored eight goals in as many games during a loan spell for Gary Waddock’s men.

The Whites were awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal with five minutes remaining and Ruiz, who had enjoyed a marvellous game, emphatically planted the ball into the top corner with his left foot. It was a fine effort that our number 11’s performance had more than merited.

And things got even better for the Whites two minutes later when Sascha Riether’s dangerous low cross was slid in at the far post by substitute Sidwell to add some gloss to the scoreline.

Wycombe Wanderers: Bull; McCoy, Basey, Doherty, Stewart; Oli, Lewis, Spring, Wood; Logan, Beavon

Subs: Ingram, Johnson, Bloomfield, Grant, Dunne, Angol, McClure

Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise; Diarra, Dembele (Trotta 77); Ruiz, Na Bangna, Kacaniklic (Sidwell 59); Petric (Frei 59)

Subs: Somogyi, Kelly, Etuhu, Sidwell, Frei, Pritchard, Burn, Trotta

Match Information

Competition: Friendly

Date: Saturday 28 July 2012
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Adams Park, Wycombe
Attendance: 1,711

Referee: Graham Scott

Wycombe Wanderers

Team line-up is not available.


Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Dembélé (Trotta 77'), Diarra; Mesca, Ruiz, Kacaniklic (Sidwell 59'); Petric (Frei 59')

Unused substitutes: Somogyi, Kelly, Burn, Pritchard, Etuhu

Manager: Martin Jol

Wycombe Wanderers (4-4-2)
      Fulham (4-2-3-1)
      • 1Mark Schwarzer
      • 27Sascha Riether
      • 18Aaron Hughes
      • 5Brede Hangeland
      • 3John Arne Riise
      • 30Mousa Dembélé
      • 19Mahamadou Diarra
      • 36Mesca
      • 11Bryan Ruiz
      • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
      • 10Mladen Petric
      • 22Csaba Somogyi
      • 2Stephen Kelly
      • 18Dan Burn
      • Josh Pritchard
      • 7Steve Sidwell
      • 20Dickson Etuhu
      • 21Kerim Frei
      • 29Marcello Trotta
      • Martin Jol