Monday 20 January 2014, 7:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Della Verde 37'
West Ham United
West Ham United U21s

37' Goal

Lyle Della Verde
Assist by Tu Na Banga

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:George Williams
Off:Lyle Della Verde

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jordan Evans
Off:Tu Na Banga

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Emerson Hyndman
Off:Chris David

45'+2 Yellow Card

Matthias Fanimo Card was given for a foul

18' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Sean Maguire
Off:Jaanai Gordon-Hutton

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nathan Mavila
Off:George Moncur

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Manny Onariase
Off:Matthias Fanimo

An own goal saw Fulham Under-21s extend their unbeaten league record to 12 matches.

A Pelly Ruddock own goal following a deflected strike from Lyle Della Verde earned Fulham Under-21s a 1-0 win over West Ham United at Motspur Park on Monday evening.

After Muamer Tanković had squandered a decent opening, the home side went ahead in the 37th minute when Ruddock sent the ball over the line as he attempted to block Della Verde’s effort.

Tanković then missed another golden opportunity, before Chris David hit the crossbar as Fulham attempted to put the game to bed.

It looked as though they might have been made to pay for the missed chances as West Ham put the Whites under plenty of pressure late on, but Kit Symons’ troops held firm to go a 12th game unbeaten in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.                                                  

“It was a decent game of football, competitive from both sides,” Symons told “There was some good football played by us and we created a few chances. We should have scored more than the one goal we did, to be honest, which would have made life a little bit easier for ourselves.

“We were a little bit wasteful in front of goal but then defended very, very well second half for 40 minutes, but then for the last five minutes people lost their minds and we could have very easily conceded an equaliser. So we were a little bit disappointed with the last five minutes but obviously pleased in the end to hold on.

“The lads are still unbeaten in the league halfway through January which is a really great achievement from them so as much as I’ll always be critical and think of things that we could do better, they’ve done fantastically well overall.”

Tanković – who was operating as Fulham’s central striker – will be frustrated that he wasn’t able to add his name to the scoresheet with several good chances falling his way, but Kit is pleased that he can call on the Swede’s services in that position when necessary.

“His best position is more as a 10 but he played as a nine because Moussa Dembélé got injured yesterday,” he explained. “Moussa went over on his ankle which was unfortunate for him, but Tank can do that nine role now – he’s working hard and he's the fittest and quickest he’s ever been, which makes a huge difference to his game. I still think he’s better as that second striker or number 10, but he can do that nine role now.”

With regular centre-backs Jack Grimmer and Stephen Arthurworrey out on loan at Port Vale and Tranmere Rovers, respectively, Liam Donnelly was handed another start, with the 17-year-old playing his part in the Whites’ clean sheet.

“Liam’s doing well,” Kit said. “He’s a good player who we’ve got high hopes for. He played as a right-back against Arsenal [in the Premier League Cup] and he played centre-back today – he can play either position – and had a steady game. I was pleased with his performance.”

Fulham: Stockdale; Zverotić, Donnelly, Buatu, Richards; Na Bangna (Evans 77), Christensen, Pritchard, Della Verde (Williams 69); David (Hyndman 81); Tanković

Subs (not used): Norman, Banya

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Monday 20 January 2014
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Stockdale; Zverotic, Donnelly, Buatu-Mananga, Richards; Pritchard; Banga (Evans 77'), Christensen, David (Hyndman 81'), Della Verde (George Williams 69'); Tankovic

Manager: Kit Symons

West Ham United U21s

Line-up: Spiegel; Driver, Ruddock, Potts, Shaw; Whitehead, Lletget; Gordon-Hutton (Maguire 18'), Moncur (Mavila 88'), Fanimo (Onariase 88'); Lee

Fulham U21s (4-1-4-1)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 2Elsad Zverotic
  • 6Liam Donnelly
  • 5Jonathan Buatu-Mananga
  • 3Tom Richards
  • 4Josh Pritchard
  • 7Tu Na Banga
  • 8Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 10Chris David
  • 11Lyle Della Verde
  • 9Muamer Tankovic
  • 16Jordan Evans
  • 14George Williams
  • 17Emerson Hyndman
  • Kit Symons
West Ham United U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Raphael Spiegel
  • 2Callum Driver
  • 6Pelly Ruddock
  • 5Daniel Potts
  • 3Frazer Shaw
  • 10Danny Whitehead
  • 4Sebastian Lletget
  • 7Jaanai Gordon-Hutton
  • 8George Moncur
  • 11Matthias Fanimo
  • 9Elliot Lee
  • 14Manny Onariase
  • 15Nathan Mavila
  • 12Sean Maguire