Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Fulham drew 1-1 to Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday night at Motspur Park. A Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson cracker on the stroke of halftime gave the Whites the lead, but that was cancelled out in the second half by Max Sanders.
Fulham came into this game searching for their 6th straight league win. Last time out the Whites beat Newcastle United with an impressive 2-0 win at Motspur Park.
This week in the PL2 as it was fifth vs sixth, with Fulham looking to tighten their grip on the play-off spots, and also get one over on the Seagulls after losing to them in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
The opening quarter of an hour saw a couple of half chances for both teams, however neither team had a clear-cut opportunity.
It was Fulham that went closest in the first half. 19 minutes in and a cutting ball from Thorsteinsson found Michael Elstone on the left of the goal.
From outside the area Elstone attempted an audacious chip, hitting the crossbar in the process as it bounced out of danger.
Fulham maintained the pressure and went closes again in the 33rd minute, with some patient build up play the Whites were starting to apply more pressure on the Seagulls’ goal.
Adebayo tried to slip Mikolaj Kwietniewski in, and the ball was cleared as far as Thorsteinsson who attempted a trademark curling shot, only to be denied by a fantastic save.
The Icelandic did however land one of his shot. On the brink of half time he cut in on his defender from the back left corner of the box and curled a fantastic pinpoint shot into the top right of the net, the keeper rooted to his line.
Fulham went into the break deservedly a goal to the good.
The second half started in a similar fashion to the first, both teams trying to work their way forward and create an opportunity, neither finding much luck.
However, it was Brighton who looked the more likely to score. 63 minutes in and the Seagulls hit the woodwork, and followed up with numerous shots that Luca Ashby-Hammond did well to keep at bay.
In the 79th minute Brighton found the equaliser they had been searching for, the ball fell to Sanders just inside the box. The winger struck first time and guided his effort into the bottom left corner, levelling for the visitors.
That goal gave Fulham a new impetus to go forward and attack, and almost took all three points at the end.
Thorsteinsson took his man on on the left wing, and instead of cutting in as expected, went down the outside and lofted a ball into the box, chipping the keeper from close range.
Robert Lynch-Sanchez fumbled the ball, and Elijah Adebayo headed on target, however the keeper did well to punch his effort away from goal.
The match finished level, and both teams stay in the same position in the PL2 table.
Competition: PL2, Division 2
Date: Friday 8 December 2017
Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey
Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Jenz, Davies, Atkinson, Soares; Kait, Harris; Kwietniewski, Elstone (Kavanagh 59'), Thorsteinsson; Adebayo
Unused substitutes: Schwarzer, Andrason, Nabay
Line-up: Lynch-Sanchez; Hornby-Forbes, Goldson, Hall, Cox; Sanders, Collar; Tilley, Murphy, Skalak; Alzate
Unused substitutes: Bjordal, Vose, Mateju, Davies, Ahannach, Davies