Friday 7 February 2014, 7:05pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Woodrow (pen) 55'
Chelsea U21s
Swift 19'; Baker 36'

55' Penalty

Cauley Woodrow

23' Yellow Card

Lyle Della Verde Card was given for a foul

55' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joshua Passley
Off:Josh Pritchard

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:George Williams
Off:Tu Na Banga

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alex Brister
Off:Lyle Della Verde

19' Goal

John Swift
Assist by Alex Kiwomya

36' Goal

Lewis Baker

38' Yellow Card

Lewis Baker Card was given for a foul

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Isak Ssewankambo
Off:Ruben Loftus-Cheek

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Charly Musonda
Off:Alex Kiwomya

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ola Aina
Off:Lewis Baker

Fulham suffered defeat for the first time in the league this season on Friday night.

Fulham’s Under-21s suffered defeat for the first time in the league this season after a 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea on Friday night.

Chelsea started brightly at a chilly Motspur Park in the Barclays U21 Premier League, with Jesse Joronen saving at the feet of Alex Kiwomya early on, before John Swift saw a shot from 25 yards fly straight into the arms of the Fulham keeper.

Swift soon found the scoresheet, however, sweeping home from close range in the 19th minute after Kiwomya had beaten Josh Pritchard and crossed into the middle.

Fulham responded with Buomesca Tué Na Bangna, formerly on the books of Chelsea, seeing a shot deflected just over, before Chris David sent Cauley Woodrow racing clear only for the striker to send his effort the wrong side of the post.

The miss came back to haunt Fulham as Chelsea increased their advantage shortly afterwards, and in some style, Lewis Baker smashing home a loose ball from the edge of the box in the 36th minute.

The second half began in much the same vein, with Kiwomya shooting too close to Joronen after being found by Nathan Ake.

Lyle Della Verde then went close for Fulham before the Whites were handed a way back into the game in the 55th minute when David’s trickery bamboozled Ake who fouled the Dutchman in the box to earn Fulham a penalty. Woodrow took the spot-kick and although Mitchell Beeney got a hand to it, the ball nestled into the corner of the net.

Woodrow, back from his loan spell at Southend United, almost levelled for Fulham, volleying just wide after meeting a corner. With five minutes remaining, Elsad Zverotić, playing in midfield, unleashed a long-range effort that whistled just past the post, while David forced a save from Beeney in stoppage time with a volley that lacked real power.

In the dying seconds, Swift almost added a third for Chelsea after a quick breakaway but shot into the side netting before the final whistle sounded to signal a rare defeat for Fulham.

Under-21s boss Kit Symons said: “It was a classic game of two halves. They were by far and away the better side in the first half. They had better possession, better chances and obviously scored the two goals. I thought we showed them too much respect and some of our players didn’t show enough courage when in possession of the ball.

“At half-time I let the players know in no uncertain terms that they weren’t up to the standards we’d been setting. And, to be fair to them, the response was excellent and we dominated the second half. We got one goal back but unfortunately that wasn’t enough.”

He added: “The fact that this group of players have been unbeaten going into February is a remarkable achievement. It’s something they can be very proud of. But now the run’s finished, it’s up to the players to start another one. We play Aston Villa away on Wednesday which will be tough - good, that’s what we want. We want challenges and we want to be tested.”

Fulham: Joronen, Donnelly, Pritchard (Passley 54), Buatu, Richards, Na Bangna (Williams 63), Zverotić, Christensen, Della Verde (Brister 76), David, Woodrow.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Friday 7 February 2014
Kick-off: 7:05pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Joronen; Donnelly, Pritchard (Passley 55'), Buatu-Mananga, Richards; Zverotic; Banga (George Williams 63'), Christensen, David, Della Verde (Brister 76'); Woodrow

Manager: Kit Symons

Chelsea U21s

Line-up: Beeney; Dabo, Davey, Christensen, Aké; Baker (Aina 87'), Loftus-Cheek (Ssewankambo 71'); Swift, Boga, Alex Kiwomya (Musonda 77'); Feruz

Fulham U21s (4-1-4-1)
  • 1Jesse Joronen
  • 2Liam Donnelly
  • 4Josh Pritchard
  • 5Jonathan Buatu-Mananga
  • 3Tom Richards
  • 6Elsad Zverotic
  • 7Tu Na Banga
  • 8Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 10Chris David
  • 11Lyle Della Verde
  • 9Cauley Woodrow
  • 14Alex Brister
  • 17Joshua Passley
  • 16George Williams
  • Kit Symons
Chelsea U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Mitchell Beeney
  • 2Fankaty Dabo
  • 3Alex Davey
  • 4Andreas Christensen
  • 5Nathan Aké
  • 6Lewis Baker
  • 8Ruben Loftus-Cheek
  • 7John Swift
  • 10Jeremie Boga
  • 11Alex Kiwomya
  • 9Islam Feruz
  • 12Isak Ssewankambo
  • 15Ola Aina
  • 16Charly Musonda