Monday 23 January 2017, 4:00pm at Victoria Park, Hartlepool
Jakupovic (pen) 84'
Fulham FC
Thorsteinsson 42'; Williams (pen) 76'

84' Penalty

Arnsel Jakupovic

56' Yellow Card

Callum Cooke Card was given for a foul

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lewis Maloney
Off:Junior Mondal

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mikael Soisalo
Off:Alexander Pattison

42' Goal

Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson

76' Penalty

George Williams

30' Yellow Card

Aron Davies Card was given for a foul

59' Yellow Card

Steven Sessegnon Card was given for a foul

51' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mikolaj Kwietniewski
Off:Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson

Fulham’s third Premier League Cup fixture ended in a 2-1 victory away to Middlesbrough on Monday afternoon.

Fulham’s third Premier League Cup fixture ended in a 2-1 victory away to Middlesbrough on Monday afternoon.

Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson smashed Peter Grant’s side into a half-time lead at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park, before George Williams doubled the advantage from the penalty spot after the restart.

Arnel Jakupovic netted a spot-kick of his own to half the deficit late on, but the Whites saw the game out to go top of Group F.

Both sides had chances early on, with Thorsteinsson denied by experienced goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopolous, before Josh Smile cleared Niall McGoldrick’s header off the line following a Boro corner.

But Thorsteinsson wasn’t to be denied, continuing a fine few days – which included a new contract and a goal for the Under-18s – with a sweet volley from the edge of the box shortly before half-time.

Jesse Joronen was called into action five minutes after the restart, with his double save keeping out Alex Pattison and Junior Mondal.

His counterpart Konstantopolous was next to be tested as he got down to Mattias Kait’s low shot, before plucking the ball bravely from Josh Walker’s feet to deny him a shooting chance.

But the second Fulham goal arrived soon after when Williams converted from 12 yards following a handball by Johnny Burn.

Joronen then saved from Jordan McGhee and Jakupovic, but the latter got the better of him from the spot following another handball decision, placing his penalty straight down the middle.

Callum Cooke and McGhee then both had efforts as Boro went in search of an equaliser, but Fulham remained a threat on the counter, with Konstantopolous forced into two saves to thwart Williams.

In the dying stages of the game Joronen made two crucial stops to keep home captain Cooke out and secure all three points for his side.

Match Information

Competition: Premier League Cup

Date: Monday 23 January 2017
Kick-off: 4:00pm

Venue: Victoria Park, Hartlepool


Line-up: Konstantopolous; Burn, McGoldrick, Fry; McGhee, Tinkler, Pattison (Soisalo 72'), Tavernier; Cooke, Mondal (Maloney 60'); Jakupovic

Unused substitutes: Fewster, Liddle, Pears


Line-up: Joronen; Sessegnon, Davies, Jenz, Opoku; Kait, Smile; de la Torre, Williams, Thorsteinsson (Kwietniewski 51'); Walker

Unused substitutes: Ashby-Hammond, Garrido

Middlesbrough (3-4-2-1)
  • 1Dimi Konstantopolous
  • 4Jonathan Burn
  • 5Niall McGoldrick
  • 3Dael Fry
  • 2Jordan McGhee
  • 7Robbie Tinkler
  • 8Alexander Pattison
  • 6Marcus Tavernier
  • 10Callum Cooke
  • 11Junior Mondal
  • 9Arnsel Jakupovic
  • 12Bradley Fewster
  • 14Ben Liddle
  • 15Lewis Maloney
  • 16Mikael Soisalo
  • 21Aynsley Pears
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Jesse Joronen
  • 2Steven Sessegnon
  • 5Aron Davies
  • 6Moritz Jenz
  • 3Jerome Opoku
  • 8Mattias Kait
  • 4Joshua Smile
  • 7Luca de la Torre
  • 10George Williams
  • 11Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
  • 9Josh Walker
  • 12Taye Ashby-Hammond
  • 13Jose Garrido
  • 14Mikolaj Kwietniewski