Saturday 15 August 2015, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Cairney 43'
Brighton and Hove Albion
2
Baldock 30'; Hemed (pen) 90'+4

43' Goal

Tom Cairney
Assist by Lasse Vigen Christensen

52' Yellow Card

Nikolay Bodurov Card was given for a foul

90'+3 Yellow Card

Shaun Hutchinson Card was given for a foul

63' Substitution

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

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Moussa Dembele
Off:Matt Smith

30' Goal

Sam Baldock
Assist by Bruno

90'+4 Penalty

Tommer Hemed

69' Yellow Card

Kazenga Lua Lua

71' Yellow Card

Tommer Hemed Card was given for a foul

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Rohan Ince
Off:Sam Baldock

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Liam Rosenior
Off:Solly March

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jake Forster-Caskey
Off:Dale Stephens

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A stoppage-time penalty from Tomer Hemed saw Fulham fall to defeat in their first home game of the new season.

A stoppage-time penalty from Tomer Hemed saw Fulham fall to defeat in their first home game of the new season.

Hemed sent Marcus Bettinelli the wrong way from 12 yards after Shaun Hutchinson had scythed down Kazenga LuaLua just inside the area as the Seagulls returned home with three points in their pockets.

Fulham looked to be heading for a draw after Tom Cairney’s rocket on his home debut to cancel out Sam Baldock’s deserved opener. Matt Smith then hit a post and later saw an effort tipped brilliantly over the bar by ex-Fulham man David Stockdale.

But Hemed had the final say with a composed penalty to condemn the Whites to defeat.

Kit Symons made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Cardiff City on the opening day of the season last weekend, meaning home debuts for Cairney, Jamie O’Hara and Ben Pringle. On the day he signed a new four-year deal, Bettinelli was named in goal in place of Andrew Lonergan, with Nikolay Bodurov coming in at centre-back for Dan Burn. Ryan Tunnicliffe was on the bench after serving a two-match ban.

Bettinelli was forced into action early on, diving to hold a low strike from Beram Kayal from just outside the box. Two minutes later, a fierce drive by Hemed clipped the crossbar and went behind.

Fulham were struggling to get a foothold on proceedings as Brighton, in their fluorescent yellow shirts continued to enjoy a good opening spell; an excellent sliding tackle by Hutchinson denied Hemed a run on goal in the 14th minute.

The game then settled down from Fulham’s point of view, although the Whites were yet to test Stockdale as the clock ticked into the 25th minute. Their first effort on goal came in the 28th minute when Cairney fired over from 20 yards after a loose ball had rolled into his path.

But the goal the visitors had been threatening arrived on the half-hour mark as Bruno’s scuffed cross found its way through to an unmarked Baldock who flicked home from eight yards. Three minutes later, a stretching Hutchinson turned a cross from the left by LuaLua inches wide of his own post.

Good pressure by Fulham ended with a Cairney shot which was bravely blocked in the 40th minute, before an unmarked Smith squandered a the hosts’ best chance of the half, heading over a Pringle corner.

It didn’t matter too much; the Whites were level in the 43rd minute with a peach of a goal from Cairney. The midfielder exchanged passes on the edge of the box with Lasse Vigen Christensen before curling home a sublime left-footed effort from 22 yards into the far corner of Stockdale’s net.

The game almost turned completely on its head in injury time at the end of the first half as Smith met the influential O’Hara’s free-kick but headed against the far post.

There were no changes by either side for the start of the second half but it was Brighton who started the better again; Solly March jinked down the right and his cross hit a combination of Bodurov and Baldock to force Bettinelli into a save.

Bodurov was booked in the 52nd minute for a foul on Baldock, before Pringle made way for Alexander Kačaniklić just after the hour mark.

LuaLua cut inside from the left and sent a shot fizzing over the bar in the 65th minute, while, at the other end, a superb save by Stockdale denied Smith. O’Hara’s deep free-kick had been nodded down at the far post by Hutchinson but Smith’s half-volley was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Stockdale. From the resulting corner, Bodurov headed wide.

A quick breakaway by Fulham in the 68th minute should have ended in a better scenario then Ross McCormack rolling a weak shot into the arms of Stockdale, before LuaLua saw yellow for a needless foul on Jazz Richards. Hemed followed his teammate into the book two minutes later for a tug on Christensen’s shirt.

Handball shouts against Gaetan Bong were waved away with 16 minutes left as Fulham took the game to Brighton. Smith then met a Richards cross but headed straight at Stockdale. A Christensen delivery was nodded wide by a diving Smith with 11 minutes remaining. That was Smith’s final word, with the big man replaced by Moussa Dembélé in the 82nd minute.

With the game heading for a draw, Fulham shot themselves in the foot – Hutchinson chopped down LuaLua in the box and Hemed scored the spot-kick to win it for Brighton.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 15 August 2015
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 19,029

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Jazz Richards, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Voser; Cairney, Christensen, O'Hara, Pringle (Kacaniklic 63'); McCormack, Matt Smith (Dembele 84')

Unused substitutes: Lonergan, Burn, Mattila, Tunnicliffe, Woodrow

Manager: Kit Symons

Brighton and Hove Albion

Line-up: Stockdale; Bruno, Greer, Hünemeier, Bong; Solly March (Rosenior 84'), Stephens (Forster-Caskey 86'), Kayal, Lua Lua; Hemed, Baldock (Ince 79')

Unused substitutes: Mäenpää, Dunk, Íñigo Calderón, O'Grady

Manager: Chris Hughton

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Brighton and Hove Albion 2 6
2 Middlesbrough 2 4
3 Brentford 2 4
4 Charlton Athletic 2 4
5 Birmingham City 2 4
6 Ipswich Town 2 4
7 Preston North End 2 4
8 Milton Keynes Dons 2 3
9 Hull City 1 3
10 Sheffield Wednesday 2 3
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 3
12 Nottingham Forest 2 3
13 Burnley 2 2
14 Derby County 2 2
15 Cardiff City 1 1
16 Leeds United 1 1
17 Blackburn Rovers 2 1
18 Fulham 2 1
19 Huddersfield Town 2 1
20 Bolton Wanderers 2 1
21 Reading 1 0
22 Queens Park Rangers 1 0
23 Bristol City 2 0
24 Rotherham United 2 0
Goals
1
2
Total Shots
13
15
Shots On Target
5
6
Passing Accuracy
77%
77%
Fouls
9
9
Corners
4
10
Offsides
0
2
Bookings
2
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Jazz Richards
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 15Kay Voser
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 23Jamie O'Hara
  • 18Ben Pringle
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 9Matt Smith
Substitutes
  • 24Andy Lonergan
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 14Sakari Mattila
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Brighton and Hove Albion (4-4-2)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 3Gordon Greer
  • 4Uwe Hünemeier
  • 12Gaëtan Bong
  • 20Solly March
  • 6Dale Stephens
  • 7Beram Kayal
  • 30Kazenga Lua Lua
  • 10Tommer Hemed
  • 9Sam Baldock
Substitutes
  • 1Niki Mäenpää
  • 5Lewis Dunk
  • 14Íñigo Calderón
  • 23Liam Rosenior
  • 18Jake Forster-Caskey
  • 24Rohan Ince
  • 11Chris O'Grady
Manager
  • Chris Hughton
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Fulham 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.
  • 90'+4' Goal! Fulham 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Tommer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
  • 90'+3' Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+3' Penalty conceded by Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 90'+3' Penalty Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 90'+1' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 90'+1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.
  • 90' Attempt blocked. Jazz Richards (Fulham) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 87' Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bruno with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 86' Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jake Forster-Caskey replaces Dale Stephens.
  • 85' Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).
  • 85' Liam Rosenior (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 83' Substitution, Fulham. Moussa Dembele replaces Matt Smith.
  • 83' Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Liam Rosenior replaces Solly March.
  • 81' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Tommer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Solly March with a cross following a corner.
  • 80' Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tom Cairney.
  • 79' Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Rohan Ince replaces Sam Baldock.
  • 78' Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 77' Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jazz Richards with a cross.
  • 76' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 76' Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gaëtan Bong.
  • 71' Tommer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 71' Foul by Tommer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion).
  • 71' Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 71' Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).
  • 71' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 69' Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.
  • 69' Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).
  • 69' Jazz Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 69' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Smith.
  • 68' Attempt missed. Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara with a cross following a corner.
  • 68' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Stockdale.
  • 67' Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Shaun Hutchinson with a headed pass.
  • 67' Foul by Tommer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion).
  • 67' Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 66' Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Sam Baldock.
  • 63' Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 63' Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).
  • 62' Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Ben Pringle.
  • 61' Attempt missed. Uwe Hünemeier (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Solly March with a cross following a corner.
  • 61' Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 58' Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).
  • 58' Ben Pringle (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 56' Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jazz Richards.
  • 52' Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 52' Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 52' Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).
  • 52' Attempt missed. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dale Stephens.
  • 51' Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion).
  • 51' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 49' Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 49' Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 48' Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Solly March.
  • 48' Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 48' Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).
  • 46' Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 46' Foul by Ben Pringle (Fulham).
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
  • 45'+2' Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 45'+1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tommer Hemed.
  • 45'+1' Matt Smith (Fulham) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara following a set piece situation.
  • 45' Foul by Uwe Hünemeier (Brighton and Hove Albion).
  • 45' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 43' Goal! Fulham 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 42' Attempt saved. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Beram Kayal.
  • 41' Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross following a corner.
  • 40' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Solly March.
  • 40' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.
  • 38' Uwe Hünemeier (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 38' Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).
  • 36' Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 36' Foul by Jazz Richards (Fulham).
  • 34' Attempt blocked. Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 34' Attempt blocked. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 33' Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 30' Goal! Fulham 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bruno with a cross.
  • 28' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
  • 26' Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 23' Foul by Tommer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion).
  • 23' Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 22' Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua tries a through ball, but Gaëtan Bong is caught offside.
  • 15' Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Beram Kayal tries a through ball, but Solly March is caught offside.
  • 14' Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 9' Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 6' Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Beram Kayal.
  • 4' Tommer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Bruno.
  • 3' Foul by Tommer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion).
  • 3' Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Attempt saved. Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tommer Hemed.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.