Saturday 1 August 2015, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Pringle 7'
Crystal Palace
Souare 51'

7' Goal

Ben Pringle

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alexander Kacaniklic
Off:Ben Pringle

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kostas Mitroglou
Off:Cauley Woodrow

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kay Voser
Off:Luke Garbutt

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nikolay Bodurov
Off:Jamie O'Hara

51' Goal

Pape Souare

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jordan Mutch
Off:Mile Jedinak

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Wilfried Zaha
Off:Chung-Yong Lee

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joe Ledley
Off:Yohan Cabaye

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Brede Hangeland
Off:Damien Delaney

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Frazier Campbell
Off:James McArthur

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dwight Gayle
Off:Glenn Murray

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Martin Kelly
Off:Joel Ward

Ben Pringle was on target as Fulham’s pre-season preparations culminated with a draw against Crystal Palace.

Ben Pringle was on the scoresheet as Fulham’s pre-season preparations culminated with a closely-fought draw against Crystal Palace.

Pringle made an instant impression on Craven Cottage, firing the Whites in front in the seventh minute with an impressive strike from the edge of the area.

Kit Symons’ side had the advantage at half-time but an energised Palace reappeared after the interval and Pape Souaré headed the Eagles level from Jordon Mutch’s 51st-minute corner.

Tom Cairney was a fraction away from netting the winner on 75 minutes, but his effort skimmed the crossbar, and Shaun Hutchinson headed a late chance wide with little to separate the Whites from their Premier League opponents.

All six summer signings were selected to make their first Craven Cottage appearances in Fulham shirts. Andy Lonergan started in goal as Marcus Bettinelli missed the match with a hamstring injury. Luke Garbutt and Jazz Richards played at full-backs, Pringle and Cairney operated in wide positions, with Jamie O’Hara lining up in central midfield alongside Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Dan Burn and Hutchinson started in central defence and Ross McCormack played behind Cauley Woodrow in attack, as Manager Symons named a strong line-up with the Sky Bet Championship opener at Cardiff City only a week away.

The Whites sprung into life after a cagey first five minutes when a slick passing move was switched to Pringle on the left. The 26-year-old did the rest, opening his body and driving an impressive low strike past Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey at his near post.

The visitors threatened on 13 minutes when Jason Puncheon forced his way to the by-line but Dan Burn’s well-executed sliding tackle stemmed the danger. New signing from Paris Saint-Germain, Yohan Cabaye hammered a shot over Lonergan’s crossbar moments later as Fulham continued to contain Palace's attack.

The South East Londoners’ well-drilled midfield were proving difficult to break down but the Whites’ high pressing almost created an opportunity when Hennessey’s hurried clearance, under pressure from Woodrow, fell to Pringle. With the Cottage beckoning him to shoot, Pringle’s attempted cross was dealt with by Palace’s back-line in the 25th minute.

Everton loanee Garbutt and Palace striker Glenn Murray both fired shots off target as the clock ticked past the half hour. An excellent flowing move came to an end when McCormack and Garbutt both over-hit their crosses with Palace pinned back deep in their own territory.

Cabaye slashed another shot well over the crossbar, with O’Hara quick to charge down the Frenchmen’s effort just before half-time. The first half may have been short on chances but that all changed after the interval.

The Whites were the first to threaten, with Garbutt’s rampaging run on the left forcing Souare to clear with Cairney lurking at the far post. Palace then went straight down the Putney End and James McArthur forced Lonergan to make an excellent low save and parry away the midfielder’s shot.

Palace continued to apply some pressure and made the break-through on 51 minutes, with Souare finding space at the far post to head in Jordan Mutch’s corner.

Whites supporters showed their appreciation for Brede Hangeland as the former Fulham captain was introduced, and the visitors continued to keep up the momentum. Murray hit a low strike straight at Lonergan and substitute Wilfried Zaha skewed a close-range effort wide on 58 minutes.

McArthur was next to send the ball dangerously across the face of Fulham's goal as Symons looked to break their rhythm on 66 minutes, replacing Woodrow and Pringle with Alexander Kačaniklić and Kostas Mitroglou.

The Greek striker, making his first appearance at Craven Cottage, nearly played McCormack through on goal then created space for to Cairney to shoot agonisingly over the crossbar from 25 yards on 75 minutes.

Kay Voser then replaced Garbutt at left-back and the home side began to start forcing the issue. Mitroglou saw a stinging drive blocked and Hutchinson could not direct McCormack's deep swinging cross on target in the 82nd minute.

Lonergan produced an outstanding one-handed save to deny substitute Hangeland's close-range effort on 85 minutes and the Whites survived the goal-mouth scramble that followed when another substitute Fraizer Campbell stabbed a shot wide.

Nikolay Bodurov came on for O'Hara with time running out, as the teams remained locked at one-goal apiece in their final dress rehearsals before the serious business begins on Saturday August 8th.

Match Information

Competition: Friendly

Date: Saturday 1 August 2015
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 10,830


Line-up: Lonergan; Richards, Hutchinson, Burn, Garbutt (Voser 70'); Christensen, O'Hara (Bodurov 90'); Cairney, McCormack, Pringle (Kacaniklic 66'); Woodrow (Mitroglou 66')

Unused substitutes: Norman

Crystal Palace

Line-up: Hennessey; Ward (Kelly 75'), Dann, Delaney (Hangeland 57'), Souare; McArthur (Campbell 75'), Jedinak (Mutch 46'); Lee (Zaha 46'), Cabaye (Ledley 46'), Puncheon; Murray (Gayle 75')

Unused substitutes: McCarthy

Manager: Alan Pardew

Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 24Andy Lonergan
  • 2Jazz Richards
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 3Luke Garbutt
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 23Jamie O'Hara
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 18Ben Pringle
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 46Magnus Norman
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 20Kostas Mitroglou
  • 15Kay Voser
Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1)
  • 13Wayne Hennessey
  • 2Joel Ward
  • 6Scott Dann
  • 27Damien Delaney
  • 23Pape Souare
  • 18James McArthur
  • 15Mile Jedinak
  • 14Chung-Yong Lee
  • 7Yohan Cabaye
  • 42Jason Puncheon
  • 17Glenn Murray
  • 4Brede Hangeland
  • 9Frazier Campbell
  • 11Wilfried Zaha
  • 12Alex McCarthy
  • 16Dwight Gayle
  • 22Jordan Mutch
  • 28Joe Ledley
  • 34Martin Kelly
  • Alan Pardew
  • Team to play Crystal Palace: Longeran, Richards, Hutchinson, Burn, Garbutt, O’Hara, Christensen, Cairney, McCormack, Pringle, Woodrow. Substitutes: Norman, Bodurov, Kačaniklić, Voser, Mitroglou.