Wednesday 26 December 2018, 12:30pm at Craven Cottage, London
Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Ryan Sessegnon 74'
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolverhampton Wanderers
1
Saïss 85'

74' Goal

Ryan Sessegnon

44' Yellow Card

Calum Chambers Card was given for arguing during match

45' Yellow Card

Cyrus Christie Card was given for arguing during match

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Sessegnon
Off:André Schürrle

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tom Cairney
Off:Aboubakar Kamara

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kevin McDonald
Off:Jean Michael Seri

85' Goal

Romain Saïss

44' Yellow Card

Romain Saïss Card was given for arguing during match

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ivan Cavaleiro
Off:Adama Traoré

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hélder Costa
Off:Morgan Gibbs-White

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Rúben Vinagre
Off:Jonny

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Ryan Sessegnon marked his return to action with a goal, but Fulham were forced to settle for a point against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Craven Cottage.

Ryan Sessegnon marked his return to action with a goal, but Fulham were forced to settle for a point against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Craven Cottage.

The Whites bossed the opening 45 minutes, with Aleksandar Mitrović a particularly lively customer, but were unable to find a way through.

That changed with the introduction of Sessegnon in the second half, though, when he needed just seven minutes to display his predatory instincts.

But a vital win eluded the Whites when Romain Saiss tapped home a late equaliser for Wanderers which they perhaps deserved on the balance of play.

Claudio Ranieri made one change to the side that drew in Newcastle four days earlier, with Aboubakar Kamara taking the place of Tom Cairney who dropped to the bench, where he was joined by the returning Sessegnon.

A wayward Adama Traore effort was the only shot that arrived in the opening stages of the encounter, until Mitrović had two half chances from corners in the 10th minute. His first was bravely blocked by a gold shirt, while he glanced the second one a yard wide with his head.

Raul Jimenez showed great technique two minutes later to bring a high ball down in between his markers, before spinning and volleying towards goal, just clearing Sergio Rico’s crossbar.

On 17 minutes some neat work from Calum Chambers in the middle of the park allowed him to free André Schürrle to his right. He immediately cut back to Mitrović who took a touch into the box, only to skew his shot while under pressure from a closing defender.

A wonderful counter attack 26 minutes in yielded the first effort on target of the game. Positive running from Kamara ended with Cyrus Christie floating a cross to the far stick where Mitrović beat his man, but couldn’t get enough behind his header to overly trouble Rui Patricio.

The Portugal international was the busier of the two goalkeepers and he had to be alert again a minute later when Schürrle hit a low effort goalwards following a smart one-two with Mitrović.

It was a great spell of dominance for the Whites and we went even closer moments later when Christie drilled agonisingly wide from a very acute angle.

The pressure continued when, just after the half hour mark, Mitrović held off Conor Coady to collect Rico’s clearance. He bore down on goal but the Wolves captain recovered to get back and put him off balance as Mitrović pulled the trigger from the edge of the box.

Wanderers responded with a vicious Jimenez volley on the angle, that warmed the palms of Rico.

Mitrović had the crowd on its feet five minutes before half-time when he showed some wonderfully nimble footwork to send Willy Boly for a round of mince pies before slipping beyond Coady to go one-on-one, but Patricio made himself big and pulled off a fine save.

The first cards then arrived when Chambers mistimed his challenge of Saiss, who retaliated by pushing the Arsenal loanee in the face. Christie also ended up having his name taken for his role in the subsequent melee.­­­­­­

Wolves made a straight swap at the interval, with Ivan Cavaleiro replacing Traore.

The first chance of the second half fell the way of the visitors when Jonny Otto got to the byline and clipped a cross into Jimenez who connected well, but sent his header over.

Wolves had certainly upped the intensity since the break and Rico had to be alert to tip away Jimenez’s curling strike shortly before the hour mark.

They then made their second change as Morgan Gibbs-White made way for Helder Costa. Ranieri followed suit not long after when he introduced Sessegnon in place of Schürrle.

Sessegnon made an immediate impact as he got in down the left and managed to squeeze in a cross towards Kamara, only for a critical Boly intervention to take it off the Frenchman’s toes.

In the 72nd minute Kamara was withdrawn, with Club Captain Cairney taking his place.

Sessegnon was a menace to Wolves last season in this fixture when he opened the scoring, and he did likewise again with just over quarter of an hour to play. Wanderers failed to clear their lines and the 18-year-old smacked a ball through a host of bodies until it hit Coady who was a couple of yards inside the goal, causing Craven Cottage to erupt.

On 81 minutes Jimenez threatened an equaliser when he climbed highest to meet a cross from the left, but his header sailed miles over.

Ranieri then brought on Kevin McDonald for Jean Michaël Seri to protect his lead, while Ruben Vinagre replaced Jonny for Wanderers.

We were unable to keep the Wolves from the door, though, as Saiss tapped in after Joe Bryan inadvertently sent Cavaleiro’s ball across the face back the way it came while under pressure from Costa.

Mitrović thought he’d snatched the win in the final seconds of normal time when he poked the ball beyond Patricio after getting on the end of a fantastic Rico punt, but Coady did brilliantly to get back and hack it off the line.

A Saiss thunderbolt in stoppage time threatened to take all the points back to the Midlands but it flew wide, with the sides having to share the Boxing Day spoils.

Match Information

Competition: Premier League

Date: Wednesday 26 December 2018
Kick-off: 12:30pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 24,382

Referee: Andre Marriner

Fulham

Line-up: Rico; Odoi, Mawson, Ream; Christie, Chambers, Seri (McDonald 82'), Bryan; Kamara (Cairney 73'), Mitrovic, Schürrle (Ryan Sessegnon 67')

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Le Marchand, Ayité, Vietto

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Line-up: Rui Patrício; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, João Moutinho, Saïss, Jonny (Rúben Vinagre 82'); Gibbs-White (Hélder Costa 63'); Traoré (Cavaleiro 45'), Jiménez

Unused substitutes: Ruddy, Kilman, Rúben Neves, Léo Bonatini

Manager: Nuno Espírito Santo

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Liverpool 18 48
2 Manchester City 18 44
3 Tottenham Hotspur 18 42
4 Chelsea 18 37
5 Arsenal 18 37
6 Manchester United 18 29
7 Watford 18 27
8 A.F.C. Bournemouth 18 26
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 26
10 Leicester City 18 25
11 Everton 18 24
12 West Ham United 18 24
13 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 21
14 Crystal Palace 18 18
15 Newcastle United 18 17
16 Southampton 18 15
17 Cardiff City 18 14
18 Burnley 18 12
19 Fulham 19 11
20 Huddersfield Town 18 10
Goals
1
1
Total Shots
11
14
Shots On Target
5
5
Passing Accuracy
71%
86%
Fouls
9
6
Corners
2
0
Offsides
0
2
Bookings
2
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (3-4-3)
  • 25Sergio Rico
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 26Alfie Mawson
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 5Calum Chambers
  • 24Jean Michael Seri
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 14André Schürrle
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 20Maxime Le Marchand
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 19Luciano Vietto
Manager
  • Claudio Ranieri
Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-4-1-2)
  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 5Ryan Bennett
  • 16Conor Coady
  • 15Willy Boly
  • 2Matt Doherty
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 27Romain Saïss
  • 19Jonny
  • 17Morgan Gibbs-White
  • 37Adama Traoré
  • 9Raúl Jiménez
Substitutes
  • 21John Ruddy
  • 29Rúben Vinagre
  • 49Max Kilman
  • 8Rúben Neves
  • 7Ivan Cavaleiro
  • 10Hélder Costa
  • 33Léo Bonatini
Manager
  • Nuno Espírito Santo
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, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.
  • 90'+2' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho.
  • 90'+2' Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Romain Saïss with a cross.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Rúben Vinagre (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
  • 90'+1' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Rico.
  • 90' Attempt saved. Rúben Vinagre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Hélder Costa.
  • 86' Attempt missed. Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
  • 85' Goal! Fulham 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.
  • 84' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.
  • 82' Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Vinagre replaces Jonny.
  • 82' Substitution, Fulham. Kevin McDonald replaces Jean Michael Seri.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Romain Saïss with a cross.
  • 74' Goal! Fulham 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.
  • 73' Foul by Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
  • 73' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 73' Substitution, Fulham. Tom Cairney replaces Aboubakar Kamara.
  • 67' Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon replaces André Schürrle.
  • 66' Attempt missed. Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 63' Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa replaces Morgan Gibbs-White.
  • 58' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 56' Attempt blocked. Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty.
  • 51' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jonny with a cross.
  • 46' Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
  • 46' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 46' João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 46' Foul by Jean Michael Seri (Fulham).
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Adama Traoré.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.
  • 45' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 44' Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.
  • 44' Calum Chambers (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 44' Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 44' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 43' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
  • 40' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 39' Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traoré tries a through ball, but Jonny is caught offside.
  • 38' Foul by Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
  • 38' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 36' Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 36' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 35' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 33' Delay in match Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.
  • 33' Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 33' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 32' Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 31' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sergio Rico.
  • 28' Attempt missed. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara.
  • 27' Attempt saved. André Schürrle (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 26' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.
  • 24' Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 24' Foul by Calum Chambers (Fulham).
  • 21' Foul by Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
  • 21' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 18' Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Ryan Bennett is caught offside.
  • 18' Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 18' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 17' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by André Schürrle.
  • 12' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by João Moutinho.
  • 11' Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 11' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 10' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by André Schürrle with a cross following a corner.
  • 10' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Romain Saïss.
  • 10' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Schürrle with a cross.
  • 9' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Romain Saïss.
  • 8' Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jonny.
  • 2' Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 2' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 1' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
  • 1' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 1' João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 1' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.