Foday Nabay Card was given for a foul
Elijah Adebayo Card was given for a foul
Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson Card was given for a foul
Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Fulham beat AFC Wimbledon 2-0 in the Premier League Cup in their Thursday lunchtime fixture. The lead came from Elijah Adebayo’s in the first half as he slotted it past the keeper, with George Williams sealing the match in the second from a one on one.
This was the final group fixture of the PL Cup for Fulham and they had already secured qualification for the next round by topping their group.
The Whites beat Charlton in their last outing in a dramatic 4-2 win at Motspur to send them through to the knock out stages.
With only 4 games left in the PL2 this season, the Whites were looking to secure a win to build momentum going into their next match against Blackburn on Monday.
The match kicked off and within two minutes Fulham put pressure on the Wimbledon defence. Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson weaved his way through midfield and passed to Mattias Kait, who sent a through ball to George Williams.
The Welshman managed to get a shot off low, but Nik Tzanev who was in goal for the Dons managed to poke it wide.
A moment later the corner was swung in and Jerome Opoku stretched out a leg and knocked the ball on target, but Tzanez was on hand once more and caught his effort.
The match then settled for ten minutes until Thorsteinsson won the ball in midfield. He offloaded to Foday Nabay who slotted a through ball to Adebayo running at pace.
Adebayo held the ball up well, a trait throughout game. Thorsteinsson had caught up with play and received the ball at the edge of the area and curled a shot over the top corner.
Fulham kept the ball well and Wimbledon were putting pressure on the back four, trying to force a mistake. It took 17 minutes for the Dons to have their first threat at goal.
Wimbledon won a free kick to the left of the area high up the pitch. The ball was lofted towards the back post to a waiting big defender, but Kait managed to get his head to the ball and tip it over his head.
The Whites were creative throughout the first half. Thorsteinsson played a long ball to Kait, he brought the ball under his control and Williams snached possession off him and wildly shot wide.
Within minutes Williams found himself in a similar position, but this time made more of a controlled effort that went very close to the post.
The pressure from Fulham mounted and the breakthrough goal came in the 35th minute as Thorsteinsson played an exquisite ball straight to Adebayo’s feet inside the box. He calmly slotted his shot right of the keeper and wheeled off in celebration after giving Fulham a deserved lead.
Wimbledon looked to get straight back into the game. Egli Kaja crossed the ball in and Toyos Olusanya who headed it just over the bar. Wimbledon made several attacks down the channels, crossing balls into the box with nobody was able to put the ball in the back of the net.
Five minutes into the second half Josh Smile was brought down high up the pitch.
He played his free kick short to substitute Matt O’Riley, who ran across the face of goal as he looked to let fly, but his shot blocked by an oncoming defender.
Ten minutes later and the Whites were putting more pressure on the Dons defence once again. A corner was whipped in and Adebayo managed to get to it near post. He attempted to steer the ball towards goal but a blue shirt blocked the effort.
Ryheem Sheckleford found some joy in the last quarter of the match down the right of the pitch as he started to get forward. He sprinted past his defender cut a ball inside to Kait, who in turn rifled a cross to Williams in the box but he could only hook it wide of the upright.
Sheckleford broke forward once again and but this time he was pulled down outside the area with the Dons defence unable to keep up with him. Thorsteinsson and O’Riley stood over the ball, and the former hammered a shot over the cross bar.
The game was sealed in the 79th minute as the Whites made their dominance count. Adebayo held the ball up high up the pitch and was pulled down by a defender.
Quick thinking from Kait saw him take a quick free kick, sending a through ball along the floor to Williams who was sprinting into the box and was faced with a one on one with the keeper. Williams coolly slotted the ball past the keeper to make it 11 goals in 11 games.
The match look done and dusted, but Wimbledon piled men forward and sent long balls into the box. Sheckleford committed a foul in the area and the ref awarded a penalty in injury time.
Jayden Antwi struck his penalty bottom left and Ashby-Hammond guessed correctly and got a strong hand to the ball to keep it out of the goal and to maintain his clean sheet.
Fulham walked away with a well deserved three points, which mean the Whites finish with 15 points in the group, six above their closest rivals Charlton. Their attention now turns back to the PL2 with their away trip to Blackburn on Monday whilst we wait to see who they will play in the next round.
Competition: Premier League Cup
Date: Thursday 2 March 2017
Venue: Cobham Training Centre, Surrey
Line-up: Tzanev; Renee-Pringle, Kalambayi, Sibbick, Owens; Egan, Gallagher; Kaja, Olusanya, Bellikli; Oakley
Unused substitutes: Antwi, Budsik, Chapman, Williams-Bowers, Scott
Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Sheckleford, Jenz, Opoku, Mundle-Smith (Martin 45'); Nabay (O'Riley 45'), Smile; Kait, Williams, Thorsteinsson; Adebayo
Unused substitutes: Lukwata, Harris, Elstone