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FUL vs Saints
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FUL vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Second-half Obafemi strike sends Saints into Carabao Cup third round
  • Goalscorer Obafemi and influential Redmond hobble off nursing injuries
  • Hosts hit the bar from an early free-kick, Romeu has great chance saved after half time
  • Starts for Djenepo, Boufal and Obafemi; Højbjerg at left-back on 100th Saints appearance
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SAINTS POLL: Which sub would you turn to first?

SAINTS POLL: Which sub would you turn to first?

The results so far:

  • Maya Yoshida
    5%
  • Jack Stephens
    0%
  • Yan Valery
    6%
  • Stuart Armstrong
    32%
  • Shane Long
    34%
  • Danny Ings
    24%
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SAINTS POLL: The teams are in, Saints fans! Who will be our key man tonight?

SAINTS POLL: The teams are in, Saints fans! Who will be our key man tonight?

The results so far:

  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
    7%
  • James Ward-Prowse
    4%
  • Moussa Djenepo
    33%
  • Sofiane Boufal
    34%
  • Nathan Redmond
    17%
  • Michael Obafemi
    5%
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SAINTS TRIVIA: Who scored twice on Saints' last visit to Craven Cottage?

SAINTS TRIVIA: Who scored twice on Saints' last visit to Craven Cottage?

The results so far:

  • James Ward-Prowse
    19%
  • Nathan Redmond
    6%
  • Stuart Armstrong
    52%
  • Danny Ings
    6%
  • Charlie Austin
    8%
  • Manolo Gabbiadini
    10%

FULL TIME: Fulham 0-1 Southampton

Saints are safely through, but the margin of victory should have been greater. Michael Obafemi applied the decisive blow, tapping home Nathan Redmond's low cross, but both players later left the field injured to cast a cloud over an otherwise encouraging night. It's back-to-back wins for Ralph Hasenhüttl's side ahead of the visit of Manchester United to St Mary's on Saturday 💪

+2’

Fulham substitution: Martell Taylor-Crossdale replaces Aboubakar Kamara

Final throw of the dice for the hosts. Four added minutes remain...

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+2’

Djenepo's volley easily saved

Boufal takes over free-kick duty from Ward-Prowse and hits the wall, but the ball loops up into the air for Djenepo to strike on the volley. He connects cleanly, but it lacks the power to trouble Rodak.

90’

6️⃣ added minutes...

Still a long way to go here! Most of this stoppage time must've come from the Redmond injury.

89’

Saints still can't finish the job!

Ings is involved again as his shot is blocked, before he has the vision to spot Long in space six yards out, but the pass is slightly behind the Irishman, who scoops the chance wide. How are Fulham still in this?

85’

Rodak thwarts Ings again

The striker intercepts another stray pass out of the Fulham defence and escapes a cynical attempted challenge to go eye to eye with Rodak, but again the keeper saves well, before denying Yoshida's header from the resulting corner. Saints still can't quite kill this one off!

82’

Decordova-Reid tries his luck

Fulham have suddenly remembered they're still in this, having been outplayed since half time. Decordova-Reid has a go from 25 yards and hits the sidenetting. The hosts claim a corner and don't take too kindly to the decision when it's not given.

79’

Ings kept out by Rodak

First chance for Ings since coming on. He races away, cuts back inside the last defender and forces an important save from Rodak, who spreads himself to good effect.

📸 That goalscoring feeling!

Michael Obafemi wheels away to celebrate in front of the travelling Saints fans. It's his goal that still separates the teams with 12 minutes to go...

76’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Nathan Redmond

It's the final change for Saints, which is forced on them. Redmond did get to his feet to hobble off, but still looked in pain.

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74’

Redmond is down 😨

More lively play from the forward, who receives the ball from Højbjerg and turns to find space to shoot. This time he forces a save from Rodak, but now he's down and looks in some discomfort.

70’

Free-kick right on the edge...

Great work by Djenepo, who not only keeps the ball in play but then frightens the life out of Bryan, who resorts to dragging him down just before the winger reaches the penalty area.

67’

Southampton substitution: Danny Ings replaces Michael Obafemi

Here comes Ings, who enters the attack in place of the stricken Obafemi.

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67’

Obafemi is down...

The goalscorer just embarked on a lung-busting run at the Fulham defence, but now he's pulled up and may need to be replaced.

66’

Redmond fires over

He's been at the heart of everything tonight, just struggling to hit the target! Another purposeful burst from Redmond into shooting territory, but it's high and wide from 20 yards.

59’

Southampton substitution: Maya Yoshida replaces Jan Bednarek

First change arrives just shy of the hour, as Bednarek is given a rest.

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GOALSCORER 20 Michael Obafemi

IT HAD BEEN COMING!

Saints finally have the breakthrough and it's the youngster who scores! Brilliant work again by Redmond, whose cross is turned in for an easy tap in by Obafemi, registering the second goal of his senior career. Get in!

56’

GOOOAL!!!

Michael Obafemi (56’) | 0 1

55’

Redmond heads over

A wicked delivery from Ward-Prowse's wide free-kick beats the Fulham defence, but it bounces up sharply in front of Redmond, who does well to react but can't keep his header down and it flies into the Saints fans behind Rodak's goal.

54’

Great save denies Romeu 😩

Fulham play with fire in trying to play out from the back, as Romeu steps in and wins the ball to go charging through on goal. Only Rodak stands in his way, but the keeper stands up and makes a fine save, diving to his right.

49’

Over the top from Ward-Prowse

Ward-Prowse has a go from the free-kick, but can't get it to dip and Rodak watches it over the bar.

47’

Yellow Card for Stefan Johansen (Fulham)

A really cynical tackle by Johansen to bring down Boufal in full flight. As clear a yellow card as you will ever see, and the Moroccan is receiving treatment.

46’

The second half has begun...

Straightaway Kamara uses his pace again to worry Saints. Bednarek brings him down, but the resulting free-kick is cleared.

Will we see Longy tonight?

You voted Shane Long as your favoured impact sub - who will make the difference in the second half? We're about to get back under way!

HALF TIME: Southampton 0-0 Fulham

It's goalless at the interval, but Saints have got better as it's gone on. The visitors were dealt an early scare when Fulham struck the crossbar from a free-kick, but Ralph Hasenhüttl's side have come more and more into the game, with Nathan Redmond particularly threatening. Who will make the breakthrough?

+1’

Redmond fires over

Another presentable opening. Redmond targets that inside-left channel again, cuts inside and looks for the far corner, but it's high and wide on this occasion.

45’

One added minute...

We're into the last 60 seconds of the first half.

41’

Djenepo's shot is blocked

Saints are firmly in the ascendancy now. DJenepo advances towards the box, but his shot is blocked by a defender. Saints continue to press with half time approaching.

39’

Redmond goes close!

He gets away and finds space in the box, but his attempted curler inside the far post is deflected behind for a corner.

34’

Decordova-Reid fires wide

Bright build-up play from Fulham, as the ball is laid off for Decordova-Reid, but he opens his foot out too far and his shot veers away from goal.

33’

Djenepo appeals for a penalty

The winger bursts into the Fulham box and goes under what looked like a nudge in the back, but it's not enough to earn a spot-kick in the eyes of the referee.

30’

Redmond tries to release Obafemi

Redmond picks up possession and flies forward with real purpose, but McDonald intercepts perfectly as he tries to send Obafemi through on goal.

29’

Cédric's cross is well held

The right-back surges into a good area and fires the ball across goal, but keeper Rodak does well to hold on with attackers flying in to meet it.

25’

Tricky footwork from Boufal

The maverick midfielder receives the ball inside the penalty area, but is immediately put under pressure from a swarm of white shirts, and despite his best efforts, cannot maintain possession.

19’

De La Torre goes close

The winger carries the ball deep into Saints territory and goes for goal with a low shot towards the far corner, but it just whistles wide of the upright.

18’

Ward-Prowse delivers...

...It's not his best. It was a free-kick in a reasonable crossing position, but for once the midfielder over hits it, and the ball goes behind for a goal kick.

16’

Saints settling down now

After a really fast start from Fulham, Saints appear to have weathered the storm and are starting to come into the contest, enjoying much more possession.

8’

Yellow Card for James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Another early booking, this time to Ward-Prowse for a high tackle.

8’

Against the bar! 😳

So close to a Fulham opener, as the free-kick rattles against the underside of the bar, before McCarthy has to be alert to tip over the rebound. The hosts have started well here.

6’

Yellow Card for Kevin Danso (Southampton)

Kamara accelerates away from Danso, who pulls him back on the edge of the box. Free-kick to Fulham in a dangerous area...

6’

First chance falls Fulham's way

Decent approach play from the hosts, as Kamara finds Onomah down the line, who has time to deliver a cross, but it bounces awkwardly in front of the onrushing O'Riley, who balloons his shot as a result.

2’

New role for the skipper...

It looks like Højbjerg is Saints' left-back tonight. Romeu and Ward-Prowse are the central midfielders, with Boufal and Djenepo providing the width and Redmond and Obafemi completing a speedy attack.

0’

We're under way!

Saints get the game started and our 2019/20 Carabao Cup campaign is up and running...

We're ready to go at the Cottage!

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg is in the centre circle, going through the pre-match formalities with Fulham skipper Kevin McDonald. We're seconds away from kick-off!

19.44

You're excited to see this man! 🔥

Thanks for all your votes on our line-up poll - you chose Sofiane Boufal as our key man... over to you now, Sof!

19.43

First start for this guy! 🇲🇱

He proved to be Saints' secret weapon at Brighton, and tonight Moussa Djenepo makes his first start for his new club. We're all excited to see him! 🤩

19.20
Southampton FC

PEH makes his 100th #SaintsFC appearance tonight 😍©️

18.55

Fulham team confirmed

Starting XI: Rodak, Christie, McDonald, Le Marchand, Bryan, O'Riley, Onomah, Johansen, Kamara, Decordova-Reid, De La Torre.

Subs: Norman, Odoi, Sessegnon, Davis, Opoku, Francois, Taylor-Crossdale.

18.47

Saints team confirmed 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Cédric, Bednarek, Danso, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Højbjerg, Boufal, Djenepo, Redmond, Obafemi.

Subs: Gunn, Yoshida, Stephens, Valery, Armstrong, Long, Ings.

18.45

Saints have arrived! 👋

Our cameras were on hand to capture the players arriving at Craven Cottage. We'll have team news in five minutes... who would you like to see given a start?

18.40

What a finish this was! 🔥

Last time Saints were here, at Craven Cottage, Stuart Armstrong unleashed this thunderbolt - his second goal of the day! Well done to the 52% of you who voted for Stu in our first poll of the day 👏

17.36
Southampton FC

😍 M A T C H D A Y 😍

17.32

Get clued up ahead of kick-off! 🤓

Our Match Pack includes everything you could possibly need to know to get prepared for tonight's game - cast an eye over all the news, facts and stats here.

16.39

More of the same please, Saints! 😍

Cast your mind back to Saturday's 2-0 success at Brighton - Saints' first Premier League victory of the new season. Can we make it back-to-back wins tonight? 💪

16.37

i have a lot of players, especially in the attacking positions, so there are many options. we are very focused and we really want to give everything to be in the next round.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
16.35

The boss has his say...

We caught up with Ralph Hasenhüttl after Saturday's game at Brighton, where the boss quickly turned his attention to tonight's cup tie.

16.31

Up for the cup! 🏆

Southampton are back on the road for a second away game in four days, as Ralph Hasenhüttl leads his team to Fulham for tonight's Carabao Cup second round tie. Saints are on a high after the weekend win at Brighton, while the hosts have endured a mixed start to life back in the Championship. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, regular match updates and live commentary from Craven Cottage!

16.28

FUL vs Saints Line Ups

Fulham

12
Marek Rodák (GK)
20
Maxime Le Marchand
23
Joe Bryan
22
Cyrus Christie
6
Kevin McDonald (C)
47
Aboubakar Kamara
Martell Taylor-Crossdale (92′)
36
Luca De La Torre
Benjamin Davis (90′)
8
Stefan Johansen
Tyrese Francois (80′)
33
Matt O'Riley
25
Josh Onomah
14
Bobby De Cordova-Reid
43
Steven Sessegnon
38
Benjamin Davis
35
Tyrese Francois
32
Magnus Norman
4
Denis Odoi
34
Jerome Opoku
39
Martell Taylor-Crossdale

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
35
Jan Bednarek
Maya Yoshida (60′)
2
Cédric Soares
38
Kevin Danso
14
Oriol Romeu
16
James Ward-Prowse
12
Moussa Djenepo
19
Sofiane Boufal
22
Nathan Redmond
Shane Long (76′)
20
Michael Obafemi
Danny Ings (68′)
3
Maya Yoshida
17
Stuart Armstrong
43
Yan Valery
9
Danny Ings
7
Shane Long
28
Angus Gunn
5
Jack Stephens

FUL vs Saints Match Stats

Fulham

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    60
    40
  • Shots
    7
    19
  • Shots on target
    1
    7
  • Corners
    1
    7
  • Passes Complete
    481
    298

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Michael Obafemi
Michael Obafemi
Shots On Target
2
Danny Ings
Danny Ings
Chances Created
5
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Passes Completed
49
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
10
Sofiane Boufal
Sofiane Boufal
Clearances
2
Kevin Danso
Kevin Danso
Saves
1
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy