Saturday 6 January 2018, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Southampton
Southampton
1
Ward-Prowse 29'

50' Yellow Card

Kevin McDonald Card was given for a foul

56' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Neeskens Kebano
Off:Kevin McDonald

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sheyi Ojo
Off:Tomas Kalas

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Rui Fonte

29' Goal

James Ward-Prowse

72' Yellow Card

Jan Bednarek Card was given for a foul

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nathan Redmond
Off:Sofiane Boufal

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mario Lemina
Off:Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Manolo Gabbiadini
Off:Shane Long

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Fulham fell 1-0 to Southampton at Craven Cottage, as they exited the Emirates FA Cup in the 3rd round.

Fulham fell 1-0 to Southampton at Craven Cottage, as they exited the Emirates FA Cup in the 3rd round.

James Ward-Prowse got the game’s only goal in the 29th minute after he finished from close range.

Slaviša Jokanović made five changes to the side that beat Ipswich in the League, bringing David Button in for Marcus Bettinelli and drafting Tomas Kalas back into the side to resume his centre-back partnership with Tim Ream. McDonald came in to the anchor the midfield and wear the armband in place of Tom Cairney. Rui Fonte spearheaded the attack, and Lucas Piazon—in a heartening moment—returned for the full 90 minutes for the first time since his horrific injury at Elland Road.

The weather at kickoff was chilly and clear, and the temperature dropped as the game progressed, with the cold blowing in from the banks of the Thames.

The first five minutes were quiet, with neither team particularly asserting themselves after the busy holiday period.

In the tenth minute Shane Long had the ball in the back of the net for the away side, but the linesman raised his flag for offside immediately.

That decision seemed to spark both sides into life, and for the next few minutes tackles were flying in throughout the midfield, with Oliver Norwood and Oriol Romeu getting especially stuck in.

In the 14th minute Fulham came close to breaking the deadlock. Stefan Johansen chipped a lovely ball over the Saints’ defence to play in Ryan Sessegnon, and the teenager masterfully brought the ball under control with two acrobatic touches. Finding his path blocked, Sessegnon laid off a neat pass to Piazon, whose shot was again charged down.

It was Sessegnon who was responsible for most of Fulham’s momentum, as Jan Bednarek had trouble tracking his overlapping runs. Several times the 17-year old would gallop along the left touchline, body-swerving his way past several Southampton defenders to make his way into the box. By the 20th minute however, Southampton were alert to the danger and often stuck two men on the England Youth International in an attempt to quiet him down.

Still, the Premier League side couldn’t fully contain Sessegnon’s coltish runs, and in the 28th minute he won a corner for Fulham. Oliver Norwood swung in a great cross, but Jack Stephens was able to head it clear just as several Whites players were rushing in.

One minute later Southampton found themselves ahead. A long ball caused confusion in the Fulham box and a muffled clearance pinballed to Ward-Prowse, who slammed it home to put the visitors 1-0 up in the 29th minute.

The goal energised the Saints, who—with the away supporters now in full voice—rattled off a series of corners in the 34th minute. Each of them came to nothing, with Ream and Kalas taking turns to confidently head clear.

Fulham started to apply concentrated pressure near the end of the half though, and in the 44th minute camped out on the edge of the Saints box, hunting for an equaliser. Sessegnon, Fonte, and Piazon all had swipes at the ball, but the box was too clogged with Southampton bodies to get a clean look on goal.

Then, in first-half stoppage time, Fulham came close to restoring parity through Ream. A recycled corner was swung in to the box and the American rose powerfully to meet it. Unfortunately for the home team, his header sailed just over Alex McCarthy’s bar. Moments later Michael Oliver blew for half-time and the two sides went into the tunnel with very different objectives for the remaining 45.

The second-half started brightly, with the Whites coming out full of energy and exuberance as darkness fell over Southwest London. Perhaps guilty of too much exuberance, McDonald received a yellow card in the 50th minute for a late sliding challenge on Long.

Then, in the 53rd minute, Button made a crucial stop to keep the score at 1-0. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was slipped into the box after a rapid break from the visitors and got a low shot off from five yards. It looked to be a good effort, but an alert Button did well to get down and block the drive with his legs.

Seeking more of an offensive spark, Jokanović made the game’s first substitution in the 56th minute. The Head Coach brought Neeskens Kebano on for McDonald.

The change did seem to invigorate the Whites, who were now probing the Southampton backline with more urgency.  In the 60th minute Fulham again came close. Johansen and Norwood played a tidy one-two in Saints’ box, but the Norwegian was only able to drill his shot straight at McCarthy.

The game was now getting stretched, which seemed to favour the Whites. In the 65th minute, the home side again had everything but the final touch. Fonte flicked on Kebano’s cross, which just needed the slightest prod, but Yoshida hacked the ball clear before any Fulham player could follow up.

One minute later Jokanović made his second attacking substitution of the match, bringing Sheyi Ojo on for Kalas.

Mauricio Pellegrino responded with a substitution of his own, replacing Sofiane Boufal with Nathan Redmond in the 70th minute.

Two minutes later the Saints received their first booking of the game after Bednarek saw yellow for clattering through the back of Kebano.

Southampton then came close to getting their second of the match when Stephens’ close-range header thundered off the underside of Button’s bar. It was a matter of inches, but Fulham were able to eventually scramble it away to safety.

Jokanović, still pushing his team onward, then made his final substitution in the 75th minute, swapping Fonte for Aboubakar Kamara.

Second’s later Fulham almost had the equaliser they so craved. McCarthy spilled Norwood’s cross and the ball fell directly to Denis Odoi. The Belgian hooked his shoot just inches over the bar.

Pellegrino, looking to solidify, then made his second change in the 80th minute, bringing Mario Lemina on in place of Hojbjerg. Then, in the 86th minute, he made his final substitution, replacing the goal-scorer Long with Manolo Gabbiadini.

Fulham pressed and pressed for an equaliser in the final ten minutes, but they just couldn’t find that one moment of quality they needed. Norwood came close to scoring near the end, but his 89th-minute diving header flew wide of the post. It was a fitting end to the match, a contest in which Fulham exhibited lots of fight and endeavour, but just weren’t able to transform those positive qualities into a goal. 

Match Information

Competition: The Emirates FA Cup

Date: Saturday 6 January 2018
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 17,327

Referee: Michael Oliver

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Fredericks, Kalas (Sheyi Ojo 66'), Ream, Odoi; Norwood, McDonald (Kebano 56'), Johansen; Lucas Piazon, Rui Fonte (Kamara 76'), Ryan Sessegnon

Unused substitutes: Norman, Djalo, Steven Sessegnon, De La Torre

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Southampton

Line-up: McCarthy; Bednarek, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand; Oriol Romeu, Højbjerg (Lemina 80'); Ward-Prowse, Davis, Boufal (Redmond 70'); Long (Gabbiadini 86')

Unused substitutes: Forster, Targett, Tadic, Josh Sims

Manager: Mauricio Pellegrino

Goals
0
1
Total Shots
7
13
Shots On Target
1
4
Passing Accuracy
79%
78%
Fouls
8
13
Corners
4
6
Offsides
0
5
Bookings
1
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 27David Button
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 9Rui Fonte
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
Substitutes
  • 46Magnus Norman
  • 23Marcelo Djalo
  • 43Steven Sessegnon
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 36Luca De La Torre
  • 19Sheyi Ojo
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Southampton (4-2-3-1)
  • 13Alex McCarthy
  • 35Jan Bednarek
  • 5Jack Stephens
  • 3Maya Yoshida
  • 21Ryan Bertrand
  • 14Oriol Romeu
  • 23Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
  • 16James Ward-Prowse
  • 8Steven Davis
  • 19Sofiane Boufal
  • 7Shane Long
Substitutes
  • 44Fraser Forster
  • 33Matt Targett
  • 11Dusan Tadic
  • 18Mario Lemina
  • 22Nathan Redmond
  • 39Josh Sims
  • 20Manolo Gabbiadini
Manager
  • Mauricio Pellegrino
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 0, Southampton 1.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Southampton 1.
  • 90'+2' Attempt missed. Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mario Lemina following a fast break.
  • 89' Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon with a cross.
  • 86' Substitution, Southampton. Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Shane Long.
  • 85' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jack Stephens.
  • 80' Substitution, Southampton. Mario Lemina replaces Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.
  • 76' Attempt missed. Denis Odoi (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.
  • 76' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 76' Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).
  • 76' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Rui Fonte.
  • 75' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 74' Jack Stephens (Southampton) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Shane Long following a corner.
  • 74' Attempt missed. Shane Long (Southampton) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a corner.
  • 74' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 72' Jan Bednarek (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 72' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 72' Foul by Jan Bednarek (Southampton).
  • 70' Substitution, Southampton. Nathan Redmond replaces Sofiane Boufal.
  • 70' Attempt missed. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
  • 69' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 69' Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 68' Foul by Rui Fonte (Fulham).
  • 68' Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 66' Substitution, Fulham. Sheyi Ojo replaces Tomas Kalas.
  • 65' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 65' Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).
  • 63' Attempt missed. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Davis with a headed pass.
  • 61' Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 61' Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).
  • 60' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.
  • 59' Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 59' Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).
  • 58' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jack Stephens.
  • 57' Offside, Southampton. Maya Yoshida tries a through ball, but Steven Davis is caught offside.
  • 56' Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Kevin McDonald.
  • 55' Attempt missed. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand.
  • 53' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by David Button.
  • 53' Attempt saved. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shane Long.
  • 52' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).
  • 51' Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 50' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 50' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 50' Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 48' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 48' Foul by Sofiane Boufal (Southampton).
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Southampton 1.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Southampton 1.
  • 45'+1' Attempt missed. Tim Ream (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 45'+1' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Sofiane Boufal (Southampton).
  • 45' Attempt blocked. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rui Fonte.
  • 45' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Piazon following a corner.
  • 44' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.
  • 43' Offside, Southampton. Shane Long tries a through ball, but Steven Davis is caught offside.
  • 43' Hand ball by Rui Fonte (Fulham).
  • 41' Hand ball by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).
  • 39' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 39' Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 37' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 35' Delay in match Jan Bednarek (Southampton) because of an injury.
  • 35' Jan Bednarek (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 35' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 35' Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).
  • 35' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 34' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Stefan Johansen.
  • 33' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.
  • 33' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by David Button.
  • 33' Attempt saved. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 32' Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 32' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).
  • 29' Goal! Fulham 0, Southampton 1. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
  • 29' Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sofiane Boufal following a fast break.
  • 28' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jan Bednarek.
  • 27' Offside, Southampton. Shane Long tries a through ball, but Sofiane Boufal is caught offside.
  • 20' Foul by Sofiane Boufal (Southampton).
  • 20' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 19' Foul by Maya Yoshida (Southampton).
  • 19' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 17' Attempt missed. Shane Long (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.
  • 16' Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 16' Foul by Lucas Piazon (Fulham).
  • 15' Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.
  • 14' Attempt blocked. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 12' Attempt blocked. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.
  • 10' Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.
  • 8' Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).
  • 8' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.