Fulham concluded their training camp in Murcia on Saturday afternoon with a comfortable 1-0 win over Indian Premier League outfit ATK.
A second half strike from substitute André Schürrle was enough to see the Whites pick up the win to conclude a productive training camp in sunny Spain.
Slaviša Jokanović named a strong side for the match, a starting XI which featured nine First Team players and saw a welcome return from injury for Floyd Ayité, who took his place on the left side of a front three.
It was an uncharacteristic rainy day as the referee got the encounter up and running and it wasn’t long before the Whites started to dominate possession and carve out some chances in the tricky conditions.
Calum Chambers, starting in a holding midfield role, saw a glanced header parried clear in the opening 10 minutes and Ayité had a well struck free-kick saved as Fulham began to control the match from the offset.
As the rain subsided and more pockets of space opened in key areas for the Whites the deadlock was not broken. Arindam Bhattacharya was in inspired form in the ATK net, first tipping a Chambers shot from just outside the box wide before Maxime Le Marchand lashed a fizzing drive from 30 yards agonisingly past the post.
The best chance of the match fell to Aboubakar Kamara on the stroke of half-time. After a fluid counter attack down the flanks Kamara was slipped in beyond the ATK backline and looked to break on goal. After powering past John Johnson who cynically tried to hack the striker down, Abou fired low and hard, only to be denied again by a solid save from Bhattacharya.
It remained all square at half-time despite the dominance in possession and a number of good chances to break the deadlock.
Two changes were made at the half. Harvey Elliott was brought on in place of Luciano Vietto and Sergio Rico came on to take over in goal from Fabri.
After an eventful first half the second was a more low key affair with chances few and far between for both sides. However, in the 60th minute a mix up at the back for the Indian side gifted Abou another chance to open the scoring. Andre Bikey and Bhattacharya both thought the other player was taking responsibility for a speculative through ball in behind the back-four. However, neither took the ball and Kamara took a touch before sending a shot wide of the post from a tight angle.
Moments later Elliott had a left-footed shot from the outside of the box parried behind for a corner before a fine strike from substitute Schürrle opened the scoring for the Whites.
With ATK legs visibly tiring once again, too much space was allowed to a Fulham player outside the box. This time no mistake was made. After taking a firm pass and taking it under control with one touch the German curled a delightful strike into the right hand corner. A perfectly weighted strike to give Fulham a deserved lead with 20 minutes to go.
With the clock ticking down Joe Bryan almost extended the Whites lead with eight minutes remaining. Kamara showed a clean pair of heels to the ATK left-back and surged down the left wing. After looking up he played a pass back into the path of Bryan who had followed the move. After composing himself he looked to find the bottom corner with a right-footed shot. However, his shot was well saved and hooked clear.
It proved to be the last opportunity of the game as the referee blew his whistle to end the match and mid-season training camp in Murcia.