Fulham edge out extra time FA Cup win at QPR

The Cottagers struggled to create much inside the first 90 minutes but extra time strikes from Bobby Reid and Neeskens Kebano proved the difference on the night.

Rangers were the better side in the opening stages as Illias Chair and Bright Samuel both tested Marek Rodak before the break.

The expected Fulham response never really got going in the second period with Joe Bryan’s snapshot the only real test for Seny Dieng.

But the Cottagers looked refreshed in the extra 30 minutes as Scott Parker’s charges showed their top-flight edge.

Reid proved the key in the door for Parker as he lashed home the breakthrough goal from outside the box before Kebano tucked home Josh Onomah’s pass to seal it.

Full Time at Loftus Road it’s QPR 0 Fulham 2

Spurs-Fulham off due to Covid-19 cases in Cottagers’ camp

The Cottagers returned a number of positive test results on Tuesday and after more came in on Wednesday the Premier League decided to call the match off less than three hours before the scheduled 6pm kick-off.

It becomes the third top-flight game to be wiped out by the virus, following Newcastle’s match with Aston Villa earlier this month and Monday’s game between Everton and Manchester City.

A Tottenham statement said: “The Premier League informed us of the decision this [Wednesday] afternoon, with Fulham having requested the postponement on the grounds of the number of Covid-19 positive cases among their players and staff.

“Everyone at Tottenham Hotspur sends their best wishes to Fulham for a safe and speedy recovery to all those who are affected.”

No new date for the game has been announced.

Premier League Preview: Fulham v Southampton

Things seem to be slowly looking up for Scott Parker in recent weeks with three successive draws heading into this one.

Parker also seems to be finally nailing down his best starting XI but he will have a few enforced changes to make for this one.

Joachim Andersen serves a one-game ban with Dennis Odoi set to slot in for him at the back.

But injuries to Tom Cairney and Ivan Cavaleiro present a bigger problem for Parker with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Bobby Reid the most likely replacements.

Southampton’s own form has dipped a bit in December with a draw at Arsenal and defeat to Manchester City.

And Ralph Hasenhuttl’s concerns will be deepened further by the absences of Oriol Romeu and Danny Ings for the trip to the capital.

Romeu has hit his five bookings limit for the campaign with Ings out for a month with a hamstring strain.

The Austrian does have options to shake things up at the Cottage, with Stuart Armstrong, Shane Long and Nathan Redmond amongst the possible returning faces.

Kick Off in this one is 3pm on Boxing Day at Craven Cottage

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

Premier League Preview: Fulham v Liverpool

Klopp is still battling against an injury crisis at Anfield with seven first team players still sidelined through injury.

Goalkeeper Alisson has returned to training this week but with Caoimhin Kelleher performing excellently in his absence, Klopp may stick with the Irishman.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also be in line for his first appearance this season but Diogo Jota as Kostas Tsimikas are set to miss out.

Fulham boss Scott Parker has reported a clean bill of health ahead of this weekend with key defender Kenny Tete fit to return.

And with the Cottagers likely to be on the back foot for the majority of the game, Parker could look to draft in some extra defensive numbers, with Mario Lemina, Tim Ream and Tom Cairney coming back in.

Kick Off is 4.30pm on Sunday at Craven Cottage

Fulham could recall loan star Anthony Knockaert in January

The Cottagers have struggled for goals following their return to the top-flight with just seven from their first eight games back in the big time.

According to reports from footballfancast.com, Parker has targeted a return for Knockaert as a possible option in 2021.

The former Leicester City man joined Nottingham Forest on a season long deal in October, but Fulham do have an early recall clause on the Frenchman.

The same outlet have also revealed Fulham made a summer move for Divock Origi, but they are not expected to reignite their interest in 2021, with Jurgen Klopp wanting to keep his options open on the Belgian.

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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

Premier League Preview: Fulham v West Brom

The Cottagers find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table with just one point from six games, with rivals West Brom only faring slightly better with three points on the board

Fulham boss Scott Parker has confirmed no new injury worries ahead of this game with Kenny Tete, Josh Onomah and Neeskens Kebano all ruled out.

Aboubakar Kamara will also miss out through suspension but Harrison Reed and Joe Bryan should both be in line to return.

For the Baggies, Slaven Bilic is still without Hal Robson-Kanu, as the Welsh international continues his recovery from a broken arm, but Irish defender Dara O’Shea is back fit to return.

The Croatian boss was pleased with their draw against Brighton last time out, but he could look to recall Callum Robinson and Kyle Bartley in West London.

And it will be a 5.30pm kick off on Monday night at Craven Cottage.

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

Premier League Preview: Fulham v Wolves

The Cottagers have lost all three of their games in September, and he faces a crucial run of matches in the coming weeks.

Midfielder Harrison Reed missed last weekend’s defeat against Aston Villa, but he should be fit to return for this one.

However, Kenny Tete failed a midweek fitness test, with Maxime Le Marchand set for cover a right back.

For Wolves, Nuno Santo’s side have also found it tough going of late, with back to back Premier League defeats against Manchester City and West Ham.

However, the Portuguese boss is boosted by no new injury to deal with, after Fernando Marcal and Daniel Podence were both passed fit to return.

Kick off is 2pm sharp tomorrow at Molineux