Saturday 22 September 2018, 12:30pm at Craven Cottage, London
Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Mitrovic 78'
Watford
1
Gray 2'

78' Goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Assist by Luciano Vietto

30' Yellow Card

Alfie Mawson Card was given for a foul

32' Yellow Card

Timothy Fosu-Mensah Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Floyd Ayité
Off:Kevin McDonald

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Denis Odoi
Off:Alfie Mawson

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:André-Frank Zambo Anguissa
Off:Stefan Johansen

2' Goal

Andre Gray
Assist by Will Hughes

58' Yellow Card

José Holebas Card was given for a foul

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kiko Femenía
Off:Will Hughes

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Isaac Success
Off:Andre Gray

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ken Sema
Off:Roberto Pereyra

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Fulham came from behind but had to settle for a point against Watford in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at Craven Cottage.

Fulham came from behind but had to settle for a point against Watford in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at Craven Cottage.

For the second week in a row, we found ourselves one down with fewer than two minutes played, this time when Andre Gray finished clinically at the Hammersmith End.

Chances for the Whites were few and far between inside the opening 45, but we were much improved after the restart and deservedly equalised through Aleksandar Mitrović’s flick from a Luciano Vietto cross.

Both sides had chances to win it, although Fulham came closest through Mitrović twice, but he was denied by Ben Foster and then the crossbar.

Slaviša Jokanović made two changes to his side, both in defence, as Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Calum Chambers replaced Cyrus Christie and Denis Odoi, who took their places on the bench.

Watford took the lead in scrappy style inside two minutes. From a routine throw, Fulham struggled to clear the lines and the visitors bumbled their way through, with Will Hughes eventually poking the ball to Gray who slid it beyond Marcus Bettinelli.

Our first sniff of goal came six minutes later as we countered quickly from a Watford corner. André Schürrle’s clip over the top picked out Vietto, but the slippery ball span off his chest as he tried to control, and Foster was able to claim.

Vietto then had a double chance to equalise when Schürrle sent him in on goal. He managed to break clear of Daryl Janmaat who was tugging at his shirt, but his prodded shot was parried by Foster. Vietto got to the loose ball first, however his curled effort on the spin was some way off target.

The action went straight up the other end following the goal kick, and Bettinelli needed to make himself big to keep out Troy Deeney on the angle. The Hornets almost made it two from the subsequent corner, but Christian Kabasele headed into Ryan Sessegnon from close range.

Bettinelli then got a teammate out of trouble with a fantastic save. Alfie Mawson tried to head a ball back to his goalkeeper, unaware of Gray’s presence, but Bettinelli reacted quickly and smothered the goal scorer’s powerful shot.

The first yellow card of the afternoon was awarded to Mawson after he mistimed his challenge on Roberto Pereyra. Fosu-Mensah followed him into the book moments later for a high tackle on Deeney.

Mitrović was then denied a penalty when Hughes barged into him as he tried to connect with a Vietto cross. Nothing doing from referee Martin Atkinson.

The final chance of the half saw Pereyra attempt to plant a placed shot inside the far post, but it thankfully dropped a yard wide.

Jokanović switched things up at half-time, replacing Mawson and Kevin McDonald with Odoi and Floyd Ayité. Bettinelli took the captain’s armband following Macca’s withdrawal.

Our best chance of the game arrived four minutes after the restart when Schürrle sent over a delightful cross from the right. Mitrović had the beating of Craig Cathcart in the air, but headed over.

Vietto then blazed over from the edge of the box, when perhaps a pass to the overlapping Fosu-Mensah may have been a more favourable option.

Watford’s first booking was given to Jose Holebas on 58 minutes for scything down Vietto as he looked to break down the right flank.

It was a tense game, with the Hornets biding their time and attempting to counter attack, something that almost paid dividends when Gray got in behind, but Bettinelli made a good low save to deny him.

Fulham’s final change then saw André-Frank Zambo Anguissa come on for Stefan Johansen. The visitors responded shortly after when Hughes made way for Kiko Femenia.

The Whites’ equaliser arrived from the ever reliable boot of Mitrović in the 78th minute. Vietto showed great persistence to get beyond Janmaat in the box, before squaring to our top scorer who flicked home with a deft touch.

Watford made a change up top following that goal, with Isaac Success replacing Gray.

The substitute crafted an opening for himself with five minutes to go, shimmying to earn a yard of space before sending in a low strike that Bettinelli was alert to.

Mitrović came close to a stunning winner in the 89th minute when he curled one in from 20 yards on his left foot. It had Foster worried but the former England goalkeeper managed to get across to tip behind.

Mitrović then went even closer from the corner, rising highest and powering his header against the bar, and with that the final opportunity of the game was gone.

Match Information

Competition: Premier League

Date: Saturday 22 September 2018
Kick-off: 12:30pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 23,418

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fosu-Mensah, Mawson (Odoi 45'), Chambers, Ryan Sessegnon; Johansen (Zambo Anguissa 64'), McDonald (Ayité 45'), Seri; Vietto, Mitrovic, Schürrle

Unused substitutes: Rico, Le Marchand, Christie, Kamara

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Watford

Line-up: Foster; Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Hughes (Kiko Femenía 70'), Pereyra (Sema 90'); Gray (Isaac Success 80'), Deeney

Unused substitutes: Heurelho Gomes, Mariappa, Masina, Chalobah

Manager: Javier Gracia

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 5 15
2 Liverpool 5 15
3 Manchester City 5 13
4 Watford 6 13
5 A.F.C. Bournemouth 5 10
6 Tottenham Hotspur 5 9
7 Arsenal 5 9
8 Manchester United 5 9
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 8
10 Everton 5 6
11 Leicester City 5 6
12 Crystal Palace 5 6
13 Southampton 5 5
14 Brighton and Hove Albion 5 5
15 Fulham 6 5
16 West Ham United 5 3
17 Cardiff City 5 2
18 Huddersfield Town 5 2
19 Newcastle United 5 1
20 Burnley 5 1
Goals
1
1
Total Shots
15
11
Shots On Target
3
6
Passing Accuracy
76%
65%
Fouls
11
9
Corners
8
8
Offsides
5
6
Bookings
2
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 21Timothy Fosu-Mensah
  • 26Alfie Mawson
  • 5Calum Chambers
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 24Jean Michael Seri
  • 19Luciano Vietto
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 14André Schürrle
Substitutes
  • 25Sergio Rico
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 20Maxime Le Marchand
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 29André-Frank Zambo Anguissa
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Watford (4-2-2-2)
  • 26Ben Foster
  • 2Daryl Janmaat
  • 15Craig Cathcart
  • 27Christian Kabasele
  • 25José Holebas
  • 16Abdoulaye Doucouré
  • 29Etienne Capoue
  • 19Will Hughes
  • 37Roberto Pereyra
  • 18Andre Gray
  • 9Troy Deeney
Substitutes
  • 1Heurelho Gomes
  • 6Adrian Mariappa
  • 11Adam Masina
  • 21Kiko Femenía
  • 12Ken Sema
  • 14Nathaniel Chalobah
  • 10Isaac Success
Manager
  • Javier Gracia
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, Watford 1.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Watford 1.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 90'+3' Christian Kabasele (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Daryl Janmaat.
  • 90'+2' Offside, Fulham. Calum Chambers tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
  • 90'+1' Attempt missed. Isaac Success (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
  • 90' Substitution, Watford. Ken Sema replaces Roberto Pereyra.
  • 90' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) hits the bar with a header from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by Jean Michael Seri with a cross following a corner.
  • 89' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Foster.
  • 89' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luciano Vietto.
  • 86' Offside, Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon tries a through ball, but André Schürrle is caught offside.
  • 85' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 85' Attempt saved. Isaac Success (Watford) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré.
  • 83' Offside, Watford. José Holebas tries a through ball, but Roberto Pereyra is caught offside.
  • 80' Offside, Watford. Ben Foster tries a through ball, but Isaac Success is caught offside.
  • 80' Substitution, Watford. Isaac Success replaces Andre Gray.
  • 79' Foul by Luciano Vietto (Fulham).
  • 79' Craig Cathcart (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 78' Goal! Fulham 1, Watford 1. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luciano Vietto.
  • 78' Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jean Michael Seri.
  • 76' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 75' Delay in match Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 74' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
  • 73' Attempt blocked. Calum Chambers (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa.
  • 73' Attempt missed. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
  • 72' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Kiko Femenía.
  • 72' Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jean Michael Seri.
  • 70' Substitution, Watford. Kiko Femenía replaces Will Hughes.
  • 69' Foul by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham).
  • 69' Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 67' Offside, Fulham. Timothy Fosu-Mensah tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
  • 66' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jean Michael Seri with a cross following a corner.
  • 66' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Christian Kabasele.
  • 65' Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Will Hughes.
  • 64' Substitution, Fulham. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa replaces Stefan Johansen.
  • 63' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by André Schürrle.
  • 63' Attempt missed. José Holebas (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
  • 61' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Daryl Janmaat.
  • 61' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Timothy Fosu-Mensah with a cross.
  • 59' Attempt saved. Andre Gray (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré.
  • 58' José Holebas (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 58' Luciano Vietto (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 58' Foul by José Holebas (Watford).
  • 57' Foul by Calum Chambers (Fulham).
  • 57' Will Hughes (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 56' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 56' Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).
  • 53' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 53' Foul by Christian Kabasele (Watford).
  • 52' Attempt missed. Luciano Vietto (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 51' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 51' Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Watford).
  • 50' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 50' Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Watford).
  • 49' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by André Schürrle with a cross.
  • 48' Offside, Fulham. Marcus Bettinelli tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Floyd Ayité replaces Kevin McDonald.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Denis Odoi replaces Alfie Mawson.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Watford 1.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Watford 1.
  • 45'+1' Offside, Watford. Christian Kabasele tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Calum Chambers (Fulham).
  • 45'+1' Andre Gray (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 45' Attempt missed. Roberto Pereyra (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Foster.
  • 44' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Daryl Janmaat.
  • 44' Luciano Vietto (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 44' Foul by Craig Cathcart (Watford).
  • 42' Foul by Calum Chambers (Fulham).
  • 42' Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 40' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.
  • 39' Offside, Watford. Will Hughes tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.
  • 37' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Calum Chambers.
  • 34' Attempt saved. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 33' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
  • 32' Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 32' Foul by Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Fulham).
  • 32' Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 31' Offside, Fulham. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
  • 31' Jean Michael Seri (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 31' Foul by Will Hughes (Watford).
  • 30' Alfie Mawson (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 29' Foul by Alfie Mawson (Fulham).
  • 29' Roberto Pereyra (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 28' Foul by Calum Chambers (Fulham).
  • 28' Will Hughes (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 25' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Timothy Fosu-Mensah with a through ball.
  • 22' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.
  • 22' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 22' Foul by Will Hughes (Watford).
  • 18' Offside, Watford. Will Hughes tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.
  • 17' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 17' Attempt saved. Andre Gray (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 16' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 16' José Holebas (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 15' Offside, Watford. Roberto Pereyra tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.
  • 14' Attempt blocked. Christian Kabasele (Watford) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by José Holebas with a cross.
  • 13' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 13' Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 12' Attempt missed. Luciano Vietto (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a fast break.
  • 12' Attempt saved. Luciano Vietto (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by André Schürrle.
  • 7' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Stefan Johansen.
  • 7' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 6' Foul by Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Fulham).
  • 6' Roberto Pereyra (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 3' André Schürrle (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 3' Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Watford).
  • 2' Goal! Fulham 0, Watford 1. Andre Gray (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Will Hughes.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.