Chelsea seal late 1-0 Premier League win at Fulham

The three points will offer a timely boost for manager Frank Lampard as he aims to haul his team back into the race for Europe in the coming weeks.

It was visitors that dominated things in the first 45 minutes with only the woodwork and Alphonse Areola keeping them out before the break.

Mason Mount was inches away from putting Chelsea in front, as he spanked a volley off the bar, before Areola produced a fantastic stop to deny Antonio Rudiger.

And with Chelsea growing in confidence before half time their cause was helped even further as Antonee Robinson was dismissed for a lunge at Cesar Azpilicueta.

Lampard’s team continued to boss it after the break with Areola again called into action to deny Hakim Ziyech and Jorginho.

But with Chelsea continuing to ramp up the pressure on Fulham’s overworked back line, Mount eventually conjured up a breakthrough.

Ben Chilwell’s cross was only half cleared out by Areola and Mount stayed cool to steer home through a crowd of Fulham defenders.

Under fire German international Timo Werner should have made it 2-0 in added time but he dragged poor effort well wide of the post.

Full Time at Craven Cottage it’s Fulham 0 Chelsea 1

10-man Fulham battle out 1-1 Premier League draw at Newcastle

The Cottagers were forced to play the final stages with ten men, but thanks to some battling spirit, they held on to edge themselves out of the relegation zone.

Both teams created decent chances in bright and breezy opening on Tyneside as former Magpie Aleksandar Mitrovic tested Karl Darlow and Alphonse Areola denied Miguel Almiron.

But with the visitors posing the greater threat, Parker’s team deservedly took the lead before the break.
Tosin Adarabioyo’s towering header from a Lookman corner caught the Newcastle defence flat footed as
Matt Ritchie a bizarre own goal past Darlow.

However, despite struggling to gain a foothold before the break, a rapid Newcastle counter on the hour flipped the tie on its head.

Callum Wilson was too quick for Joachim Anderson, with the Dane shown a straight red for hauling him down inside the box.

And the England hitman kept his calm to confidently slot past Areola.

The impressive Lookman and Joelinton exchanged chances in a frantic final few minutes but in the end neither side had enough to squeeze out a winner.

Full Time on an entertaining night at St. James’ Park it’s Newcastle 1 Fulham 1

Fulham secure shock 1-1 draw with Liverpool

The visitors struggled to click into top gear at Craven Cottage as Scott Parker’s team clinched a deserved point.

Fulham flew out of the blocks at the cottage with the returning Alisson forced into early action to save from Ivan Cavaleiro and Ademola Lookman.

And despite being denied a penalty after Fabinho tangled with Cavaleiro, Parker’s side were not to be denied as Bobby Reid fired them ahead.

Liverpool had three bites at the cherry to clear a corner and Lookman calmly rolled in Reid to smash past Alisson.

The Reds only manage to rouse themselves in patches before the break as Sadio Mane headed their best chance over the top.

The expected Liverpool reaction never really materialised after the restart as Mo Salah’s long-range effort was stopped by Alphonse Areola.

Klopp’s team did inevitably carry the bigger threat at Fulham began to bed in for the final 20 minutes, with Jordan Henderson missing an excellent chance.

Roberto Firmino’s cute pass freed the Reds skipper behind the Fulham defence but Areola was on him in a flash to make a block.

But with pressure creeping up and up, Klopp’s visitors grabbed their chance to equalise from the penalty spot.

Aboubakar Kamara handled Gini Wijnaldum’s free kick inside the box and Salah kept his nerve to hammer home.

Curtis Jones also set up a dramatic come back in the closing minutes but Areola stood firm to secure an unexpected point for Fulham.

Full Time at Craven Cottage it’s Fulham 1 Liverpool 1

Kevin De Bruyne inspires Manchester City to 2-0 Premier League win over Fulham

City put five past Burnley last weekend and they were unlucky not to beat that total after completing outclassing Scott Parker’s struggling visitors.

The hosts were right on their A-game from kick off at the Etihad as Raheem Sterling got the ball rolling inside the first five minutes.

Kevin De Bruyne’s perfect pass split the Fulham defence in two and Sterling raced on to calmly clip over the stranded Alphonse Areola.

The talismanic De Bruyne continued to the beating heart of City’s first half dominance, firstly forcing a smart stop from Areola before making it 2-0 on the half hour.

Sterling was caught by Joachim Anderson inside the box and the Belgian routinely tucked past Areola from the spot.

City clicked back into top gear after the break, with Fulham looking to batten down the hatches, as De Bruyne cracked another fine effort against the bar.

Parker’s side did show some signs of life in the final 20 as Ivan Cavaleiro forced a reaction stop from Ederson on the break.

But in reality, Guardiola’s side could and should have added to the lead in the closing minutes as Ruben Dias headed wide and Gabriel Jesus fired over.

Full Time at the Etihad Stadium it’s Manchester City 2 Fulham 0

West Ham secure late 1-0 Premier League win over Fulham

David Moyes’ side bossed the match against the Cottagers, but they were forced to wait until the 91st minute for Tomas Soucek to finally break through

West Ham were on the front foot early on in this one as Fulham keeper Alphonse Areola produced a two brilliant stops from Arthur Masuaku and Jarrod Bowen.

With Fulham clinging on in the opening stages they had the woodwork to thank on 10 minutes as Sebastien Haller’s header beat Areola but thumped back off the bar.

After withstanding that early wave of pressure, Fulham did grow into the game before the break as Aleksandr Mitrovic headed wide.

But it was to be the hosts that retook control after the break as Areola launched an early contender for save of the season.

Aaron Creswell’s drive free kick flew over the wall but the Frenchman produced an outrageous stop to tip into onto the bar.

Scott Parker’s side once again began to tiptoe into the game in the final 20 as Ademola Lookman and Bobby Reid tested Lukasz Fabianksi.

However, just as the game looked to be creeping towards a disappointing goalless draw, Soucek popped up in the right place at the right time in the Fulham box.

Haller’s cross was only half cleared by Fulham and Said Benrahma poked a pass into the Czech international and he confidently stroked home into the bottom corner.

But continuing the theme of last gasp drama, Fulham were handed a 95th minute penalty.

Mitrovic stepped aside to let Lookman take responsibility from the spot, but his limp Panenka was casually saved by Fabianksi, with Parker left fuming on the touchline.

Full Time at the London Stadium it’s West Ham 1 Fulham 0

Crystal Palace seal battling 2-1 Premier League win at Fulham

Jairo Reidewald and Wilf Zaha secured all three points for Roy Hodgson’s side and despite Tom Cairney’s late consolation the Eagles held on for the win.

Fulham bossed the opening stages but Scott Parker’s side struggled to carve out any clear cut chances.

And with the hosts unable to make their early pressure count Palace edged themselves in front through Reidewald.

Zaha led the Palace counterattack from inside his own half and after Alphonse Areola saved his driven effort, Riedewald reacted quickest to clip home the rebound.

Fulham reacted well to that setback but Alexander Mitrovic wasted an excellent chance to equalise.

Ademola Lookman’s strike rebound back off Vicente Guaita’s post but the Serbian made a mess of the ricochet to fire over the bar.

Parker’s side did look to tiptoe their way into the game after the break but their lack of cutting edge were ruthlessly punished by Zaha.

Andros Townsend’s pass in behind found Michy Batshuayi in space and his square ball was slid home by the Ivory Coast international.

And with Fulham heading for a sixth winless Premier League game substitute Aboubakar Kamara was shown a straight red card for a lunge at Eberechi Eze.

The Cottagers did salvage some pride in added time skipper Cairney fired past Guaita but there was no time for a late rally.

Full time at Craven Cottage it’s Fulham 1 Crystal Palace 2

Sheffield United and Fulham share the spoils in 1-1 Bramall Lane draw

Both sides have struggled in the opening weeks of the campaign, but a point apiece at full time was a fair enough result in West Yorkshire.

The Blades had the better chances in frantic opening 45 minutes with John Lundstrum and Enda Stevens both testing Alphonse Areola from distance.

But it was Scottish international Oli McBurnie that missed their best early chance as Areola reacted brilliantly to bat away his header.

That slice of luck allowed Fulham to gain the ascendency after the break and the Cottagers were gifted a perfect chance to edge in front on the hour.

Jack Robinson was penalised for handball inside the box but the normally reliable Aleksandar Mitrovic fired his spot kick off the bar.

But despite their rock bottom confidence, Fulham were not to be denied an opener, as Ademola Lookman smashed home with 12 minutes left.

The visitors looked to batten down the hatches in the final minutes but United found themselves a late equaliser as veteran Billy Sharp tucked home from the spot.

FULL TIME AT BRAMALL LANE IT’S SHEFFIELD UNITED 1 FULHAM 1

Fulham lose again in 1-0 defeat at Wolves

Scott Parker’s side are yet to pick up a point on their top-flight return, but Nuno Santo will be relieved to see own his side end a two-game losing streak.

The Cottagers were bright in the opening stages, as full back Antonee Robinson tested Rui Patricio.

But the hosts slowly began to gain control as the first half wore on with Alphonse Areola denying Pedro Neto and Nelson Semedo.

Wolves picked up that momentum again after the break, as Areola produced another vital stop, this time from Raul Jimenez.

But with his teammates unable to do much to offer protection, Areola was unable to do anything about Neto’s opener.

The visitors had three chances to clear their lines inside the box and Neto pounced on the loose ball to fire home.

Fulham did show some life in the final minutes, as Patricio saved from Neeksens Kebano, but another defeat means it will be another difficult week for Parker.

FULL TIME AT MOLINEUX IT’S WOLVES 1 FULHAM 0

Leeds edge out Fulham in a 4-3 Premier League thriller at Elland Road

The Whites picked up where they left off at Liverpool last weekend, as goals from Helder Costa, Mateusz Klich and Patrick Bamford sealed the three points, despite a late fight back from Scott Parker’s team.

Despite having no fans to roar them on a historic day in West Yorkshire, the home side flew out of the blocks, and Costa fired them in front on five minutes.

Kalvin Phillips’ corner was helped on at the front post, and with Fulham unable to clear their lines, Costa bulleted home the loose ball.

Leeds dominated the rest of the first half but were pegged back against the run of play on 34 minutes, as Aleksandar Mitrovic slotted home from the penalty spot.

However, that reprieve didn’t last long for the visitors as Klich confidently tucked home his own spot kick just before the break.

Bielsa side motored on after the restart, as Bamford put them into a quick fire 3-1 lead.

Klich’s through ball split the Fulham defence, and the former Chelsea man strode on and fired netted past Alphonse Areola.

And with Leeds’ confidence flowing all over the pitch, Costa added a brilliant fourth a few minutes later.

Bamford’s hard work hustled Kenny Tete off the ball put wide, and his neat ball found the onrushing Costa to crash home his second of game.

But despite being three goals behind, Fulham refused to lie down and Bobby De Cordova-Reid’s strike hauled them back into it.

Mitrovic then began to cause more and more problems for Leeds, and the Serbian got away from Liam Cooper to power home Tete’s cross.

With the balance of the game now completely swung in their favour, Fulham pushed and pushed for an equaliser in the final 20 minutes.

Neeskens Kebano hit a post as the Cottagers pressed, and Mitrovic forced a fine stop from Illan Meslier, but in the end, Leeds had enough to clinch a first Premier League win more than a decade.

FULL TIME AT ELLAND ROAD IT’S LEEDS 4 FULHAM 3

Fulham land PSG keeper Alphonse Areola on loan

The Premier League newcomers also hold an option to make the 27-year-old France international’s move permanent.

Areola told FFCtv: “I am very happy everything is done.

“Scott Parker (Fulham manager) called me and I had a good feeling. He said he really wanted me.

“Fulham is a historic club in London and I have heard a lot about the stadium.

“I hope this season will be a good one for us. I want to bring my energy and do everything for this team to keep us where we belong to be.”

Areola has made over 100 appearances for Paris St Germain since making his debut in 2013 and was a member of France’s World Cup-winning squad in 2018.

He spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, where he picked up a LaLiga winner’s medal.

Fulham sporting director Tony Khan said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Alphonse Areola to our Fulham family.

“Alphonse has experience at the very highest level, as he’s played in France’s national team, won the league title with PSG, had success at RC Lens, Bastia and with Villarreal, and most recently he played for Real Madrid as they won LaLiga last season.

“We’re excited that he’s joining us, and he’ll be an excellent addition to our squad for our Premier League campaign ahead.”