Wednesday 27 February 2019, 7:45pm at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton
Premier League
Southampton
Southampton
2
Oriol Romeu 23'; Ward-Prowse 40'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0

23' Goal

Oriol Romeu

40' Goal

James Ward-Prowse

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Shane Long
Off:Charlie Austin

62' Yellow Card

Kevin McDonald Card was given for a foul

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luciano Vietto
Off:Tom Cairney

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Sessegnon
Off:Kevin McDonald

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Fulham suffered a 2-0 defeat against Southampton on Wednesday evening at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Fulham suffered a 2-0 defeat against Southampton on Wednesday evening at St. Mary’s Stadium. 

First half goals from Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse gave the hosts a comfortable cushion heading into the break and the second half played out without incident to ensure the three points remained on the south coast. 

Claudio Ranieri made two changes from the side that faced West Ham United four nights ago at the London Stadium. Ryan Sessegnon was moved to the bench while the injured Jean Michaël Seri also dropped out, André-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Kevin McDonald came in to start. With the changes the side reverted to a narrower diamond formation, with McDonald anchoring a midfield of Tom Cairney, Calum Chambers and Anguissa. 

The travelling Fulham support were in fine voice as the referee got the match underway at a tense St. Mary’s Stadium. After a nervy opening five minutes the hosts started to grow into the match. Nathan Redmond looked lively down the left wing and after cutting in from his flank he fired an early sighter which went over the bar. 

In the 17th minute the Whites produced a composed and patient build-up to slowly and methodically to carve out a half chance. After working the ball neatly along the back line, Tim Ream chipped a nice ball into the channel for Aleksandar Mitrović. The powerful striker held the ball up expertly and fed a pass quickly back into the feet of Cairney. With a sequence of three quick flicks the ball eventually worked its way to Chambers on the edge of the box. His shot was deflected behind and the score remained level. 

The stalemate was broken in the 23rd minute. A cross whipped in from the right flank was ineffectively cleared by Sergio Rico in the Fulham net. His punch fell to the feet of Romeu on the outskirts of the box. His left-footed shot was far from cleanly struck but managed to squirm its way through a crowded box and nestle in the back of the net. 

Following the goal, the home supporters grew in confidence and looked to drive their team on to a second. However, in the 36th minute the Whites came close to levelling the score. Denis Odoi lofted an inch perfect ball into the path of Mitro who had sprung the offside trap being deployed by the Saints. With the defenders scrambling to get back, the Serbian squared to Anguissa who had tracked into the box. Under pressure from his marker, the Cameroonian struck a weak drive on target which came close to wrong-footing Angus Gunn in the Southampton goal. However, the goalkeeper reacted well and parried behind. 

The lead was doubled for Southampton in the 40th minute. Redmond, who had been a livewire down the left wing, was in acres of space. After picking his spot the winger rifled a low shot on target. Rico produced a good save to parry the effort but with the ball loose in the box Ward-Prowse bundled home from close range after reacting the quickest to the vacant ball. 

There was a mountain for Fulham to climb as the referee brought the first half to a close. A two goal deficit and a home side buoyed by a two goal cushion. 

However, in the opening 30 seconds of the second half it seemed the Whites might take their first step in mounting a comeback. A flat-footed Southampton back line was exposed by a clever ball over the top from Håvard Nordtveit. From a tight angle Mitro looked to blast one in the back of the net with a left-footed shot. He couldn’t keep his effort down and his strike went over the bar. 

With the game's intensity petering out heading into the last 15 minutes, Fulham almost pulled one back through Ryan Babel. Mitro, who remained a willing runner up front, swung a ball out to Odoi who had found space on the right flank. Without hesitation Denis whipped in a dangerous cross which ricocheted to the Dutchman. After trapping the ball, he fired an effort firmly against the bar and it bounced clear. An opportunity to make the final stages nervy for the Saints. 

Southampton were happy to play out the last 10 minutes of the match in their own half and the game meandered to a close. 

We are back in action this Sunday as the Whites face Chelsea in the SW6 derby alongside the banks of the Thames. 
 

Match Information

Competition: Premier League

Date: Wednesday 27 February 2019
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: St Mary's Stadium, Southampton
Attendance: 27,597

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Southampton

Line-up: Gunn; Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard; Valery, Oriol Romeu, Højbjerg, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Redmond; Austin (Long 64')

Unused substitutes: McCarthy, Stephens, Targett, Elyounoussi, Armstrong, Gallagher

Manager: Ralph Hasenhüttl

Fulham

Line-up: Rico; Odoi, Nordtveit, Ream, Bryan; Chambers, McDonald (Ryan Sessegnon 70'), Zambo Anguissa; Cairney (Vietto 69'); Babel, Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Fabri, Christie, Markovic, Cissé, Ayité

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Liverpool 27 66
2 Manchester City 27 65
3 Tottenham Hotspur 27 60
4 Arsenal 28 56
5 Manchester United 27 52
6 Chelsea 26 50
7 Watford 27 40
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 40
9 Everton 28 36
10 West Ham United 27 36
11 Leicester City 28 35
12 A.F.C. Bournemouth 28 34
13 Newcastle United 28 31
14 Crystal Palace 27 30
15 Burnley 28 30
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 27
17 Southampton 28 27
18 Cardiff City 28 25
19 Fulham 28 17
20 Huddersfield Town 28 14
Goals
2
0
Total Shots
14
14
Shots On Target
4
4
Passing Accuracy
78%
80%
Fouls
15
13
Corners
7
4
Offsides
2
2
Bookings
0
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Southampton (3-4-2-1)
  • 28Angus Gunn
  • 35Jan Bednarek
  • 3Maya Yoshida
  • 4Jannik Vestergaard
  • 43Yan Valery
  • 14Oriol Romeu
  • 23Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
  • 21Ryan Bertrand
  • 16James Ward-Prowse
  • 22Nathan Redmond
  • 10Charlie Austin
Substitutes
  • 1Alex McCarthy
  • 5Jack Stephens
  • 33Matt Targett
  • 11Mohamed Elyounoussi
  • 17Stuart Armstrong
  • 7Shane Long
  • 15Sam Gallagher
Manager
  • Ralph Hasenhüttl
Fulham (4-3-1-2)
  • 25Sergio Rico
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 16Håvard Nordtveit
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 5Calum Chambers
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 29André-Frank Zambo Anguissa
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 12Ryan Babel
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes
  • 31Fabri
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 30Lazar Markovic
  • 44Ibrahima Cissé
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 19Luciano Vietto
Manager
  • Claudio Ranieri
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, Southampton 2, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+3' Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Håvard Nordtveit (Fulham).
  • 90'+2' Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90'+1' Attempt saved. Calum Chambers (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 88' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 87' Delay in match Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) because of an injury.
  • 87' Foul by Luciano Vietto (Fulham).
  • 87' Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 83' Attempt missed. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
  • 83' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Shane Long.
  • 82' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jan Bednarek.
  • 79' Foul by Ryan Babel (Fulham).
  • 79' Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 78' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 78' Oriol Romeu (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 77' Attempt missed. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.
  • 76' Offside, Fulham. Denis Odoi tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
  • 74' Attempt blocked. Ryan Babel (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 73' André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).
  • 73' Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shane Long with a headed pass.
  • 72' Offside, Southampton. Oriol Romeu tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.
  • 71' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Ryan Babel.
  • 70' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 69' Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon replaces Kevin McDonald.
  • 69' Substitution, Fulham. Luciano Vietto replaces Tom Cairney.
  • 69' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 69' Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 68' Attempt blocked. Shane Long (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yan Valery.
  • 65' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 65' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 65' Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 64' Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Charlie Austin.
  • 63' Attempt missed. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
  • 62' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 62' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 62' Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 61' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 61' Foul by Jan Bednarek (Southampton).
  • 56' Attempt saved. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Babel.
  • 55' Ryan Babel (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 55' Foul by Jan Bednarek (Southampton).
  • 54' Offside, Southampton. Ryan Bertrand tries a through ball, but Nathan Redmond is caught offside.
  • 53' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Yan Valery.
  • 53' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 53' Foul by Nathan Redmond (Southampton).
  • 49' Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand following a corner.
  • 48' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
  • 48' Attempt blocked. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.
  • 48' Hand ball by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).
  • 47' Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse following a set piece situation.
  • 47' Foul by Håvard Nordtveit (Fulham).
  • 47' Charlie Austin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 46' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Håvard Nordtveit.
  • Second Half begins Southampton 2, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Southampton 2, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' Attempt missed. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Håvard Nordtveit (Fulham).
  • 45'+1' Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 45' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 45' Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45' Attempt blocked. Ryan Babel (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 40' Goal! Southampton 2, Fulham 0. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
  • 40' Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Austin.
  • 39' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high. Assisted by Calum Chambers.
  • 38' Attempt blocked. Ryan Babel (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 37' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 37' Foul by Jan Bednarek (Southampton).
  • 36' Attempt saved. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 36' Attempt missed. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 36' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 36' Foul by Charlie Austin (Southampton).
  • 35' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 35' Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).
  • 34' Attempt blocked. Ryan Babel (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Calum Chambers.
  • 32' Offside, Fulham. Joe Bryan tries a through ball, but Ryan Babel is caught offside.
  • 32' Ryan Babel (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 32' Foul by Yan Valery (Southampton).
  • 31' Attempt missed. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.
  • 31' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 31' Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).
  • 29' Foul by Håvard Nordtveit (Fulham).
  • 29' Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 27' Foul by Calum Chambers (Fulham).
  • 27' Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).
  • 24' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 24' Maya Yoshida (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 23' Goal! Southampton 1, Fulham 0. Oriol Romeu (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.
  • 22' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
  • 22' Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.
  • 21' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 21' Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).
  • 17' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Maya Yoshida.
  • 17' Attempt blocked. Calum Chambers (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Babel.
  • 15' Foul by Charlie Austin (Southampton).
  • 15' Sergio Rico (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 14' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Denis Odoi.
  • 14' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 14' Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).
  • 5' Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jan Bednarek.
  • 4' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Calum Chambers.
  • 3' Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Calum Chambers.
  • 1' Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).
  • 1' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.