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Saints held at Fulham

premier-league Craven Cottage | Sat 26 Dec 3PM | Attendance: 0
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FUL vs SOU
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FUL vs SOU As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Southampton held to a goalless draw at Craven Cottage
  • Ward-Prowse hits the bar from a free-kick; late Walcott goal ruled out for offside by VAR
  • Four changes for Saints: Stephens, Diallo, Armstrong and Long come in
  • Vestergaard, Redmond and Ings out injured, Romeu suspended, Djenepo drops to the bench

Our report from Craven Cottage

Read our match report on a day when Saints chalked up a sixth Premier League clean sheet of the season.

17.30

it was a tough game. we were unlucky with two decisions, but it's a good point on the road. we were resilient and stopped them creating any real clear-cut chances."

kyle walker-peters
southampton defender
17.28

FULL TIME: Fulham 0-0 Southampton

It finishes goalless at Craven Cottage, where James Ward-Prowse hit the bar from a first-half free-kick and Shane Long and Theo Walcott both had goals ruled out for offside. Saints pushed for the winner in the absence of Jannik Vestergaard, Oriol Romeu, Nathan Redmond and Danny Ings, but will have to settle for a point and a sixth Premier League clean sheet of the season. 

16.58
+5’

Crucial block from Stephens!

One last chance here, as Aina smashes a shot goalwards, but Stephens heroically throws himself in the way and makes a fantastic block to preserve a clean sheet on his return to the side.

+3’

Southampton substitution: Moussa Djenepo replaces Stuart Armstrong

Djenepo comes on with just one minute of stoppage time to play.

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+3’

Mitrovic goes close...

The striker meets Robinson's low cross from the left with a first-time shot, but it's a yard wide and McCarthy watches it past the post.

+1’

Southampton substitution: Dan Nlundulu replaces Shane Long

Youngster N'Lundulu enters the fray for the closing stages.

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90’

4️⃣ added minutes...

We're into stoppage time in the capital.

89’

Fulham substitution: Neeskens Kebano replaces Ademola Lookman

A second change for the hosts - Saints still have their starting line-up out on the pitch.

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86’

VAR Decision: Goal awarded for Southampton [Theo Walcott] was cancelled

The goal is chalked off! Adams was offside before delivering the cross, and it remains goalless 😭

GOALSCORER 32 Theo Walcott

Walcott scores! But is he onside?

A well-worked goal, as Long helps the ball down the line for Adams, whose low cross is tucked away by Walcott!

84’

GOOOAL!!!

Theo Walcott (84’) | 0 1

84’

Stephens heads wide

Half a chance for the defender, but he can't get enough on the header to guide it into the far corner.

83’

Fulham substitution: Aleksandar Mitrovic replaces Bobby De Cordova-Reid

It's been a long time coming, but Fulham blink first with the first substitution of the game.

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77’

Long scores...but the flag is up 😩

The Irishman steals in behind the Fulham defence and finishes Bertrand's pass in style, but the flag is raised and rightly so - the goal is chalked off.

74’

Yellow Card for André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham)

Armstrong surges forward and Anguissa is booked for halting the counter-attack.

72’

Fulham survive a penalty claim

That looked as though Saints might be set to be awarded a spot-kick after Bertrand's volleyed cross struck Aina's outstretched arm. But after halting the game for VAR to review the incident, the verdict is no penalty.

69’

Long goes close

Better from Saints! Long has a go from 20 yards and strikes it well, but it's straight down the middle of the goal and Areola raises a hand to tip it over.

68’

Reed's shot deflected

The former Saint tries his luck with a shot from range that takes a deflection, but McCarthy is able to adjust and make a comfortable save.

62’

Adams's cross is too long

The striker seeks his partner, Long, but his cross from the left is just too long and goes behind for a goal kick. Still very little in the game here.

56’

Cavaleiro heads wide

That was a good chance for Fulham, as Cavaleiro finds space in the box to meet a cross from the left, but his header is high and wide of McCarthy's goal. He was completely unmarked in the middle.

53’

Robinson's shot blocked

First notable attack of the second half, as the Fulham wing-back makes up good ground to get into the box, but as he cuts inside, Walker-Peters is there to make a crucial block.

46’

We're back up and running...

The second half is under way at Craven Cottage!

The closest we've come...

The skipper was so unlucky from that free-kick! Let's keep pushing in the second half 💪

HALF-TIME: Fulham 0-0 Southampton

Not a first half that will live long in the memory. Southampton have come closest, as James Ward-Prowse threatened to break the deadlock from a trademark free-kick that was expertly kept out by goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, with the help of his goal frame. Then the loose ball just bounced away from Ché Adams, who looked set to score the rebound. Saints will hope for more in the second period.

43’

Bertrand gets forward

An encouraging overlap from the left-back, who runs beyond Armstrong and crosses low to the near post, but Areola holds on before Adams can pounce.

38’

Yellow Card for Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham)

The first yellow card of the game goes to the Fulham right wing-back - a harsh decision, it must be said, as he seemed to take the ball cleanly from Ward-Prowse.

35’

McCarthy out quickly

Lookman races on to a ball in behind the Saints defence, but out comes McCarthy to dive at his feet and smother the danger.

32’

So close!

It's a brilliant attempt from Ward-Prowse, who beats the wall and sends the ball arrowing towards the top corner, but goalkeeper Areola pushes it against the crossbar. It looks as though Adams is primed to score from the rebound, but the ball agonisingly spins away from the onrushing striker. Fulham's turn to breathe a mighty sigh of relief.

26’

Free-kick in JWP territory...

This is a tempting position for the skipper to strike.

25’

Golden chance for Anguissa

Fulham break at pace and Loftus-Cheek crosses accurately to the far post, where Lookman tees up Anguissa, but the midfielder completely misses his kick. That's a huge let-off for Saints.

21’

Armstrong drifting

The Scot started on the right, but has drifted into more central positions and has now swapped with Walcott. So it's now Walcott on the right and Armstrong on the left, as Saints search for openings.

18’

Sustained possession for Saints

Saints are doing a good job of just diffusing Fulham's early momentum here. It's a controlled spell of possession for the visitors, who are growing into the game.

10’

Handball appeal for Fulham

The ball gets flicked up on to Bednarek's arm, striking the defender on the elbow, but Saints survive some optimistic penalty appeals. Fulham on the front foot now in these early exchanges.

8’

McCarthy makes the first save

That's the first time either goalkeeper has been called upon. Lookman's shot takes a deflection that takes the pace off the ball, resulting in an easy stooping save for McCarthy, low to his left. 

6’

Boys in blue 💙

Saints are in their blue away strip this afternoon and have started reasonably well, but no chances at either end so far.

2’

Confidence is high 😇

Thanks for all your votes in our pre-match polls, Saints fans! A whopping 72% of you fancy an away win today!

1’

We're under way at Craven Cottage!

The action is up and running, come on you Saints!

Remember when Stu did THIS? 🚀

He's back in the team... wonder if Stuart Armstrong will reproduce this stunner from 2018 today! The Scot is the joint winner of our key man poll - both Armstrong and James Ward-Prowse won 24% of your votes!

14.54
VOTE NOW
POLL: Quick-fire predictions!

POLL: Quick-fire predictions!

The results so far:

  • Win - we've got this! ��
    72%
  • Draw - a point on the road ��
    25%
  • Lose - too many injuries ��
    3%

Getting WARM 🔥

The players have been undergoing their pre-match warm-up with kick-off fast approaching! 

14.43

The stage is set... ⏳

Stick with us for all the live match updates and commentary from Craven Cottage, where kick-off is less than half an hour away!

14.34
VOTE NOW
POLL: The teams are in! Who will be our key man today?

POLL: The teams are in! Who will be our key man today?

The results so far:

  • James Ward-Prowse
    24%
  • Ibrahima Diallo
    5%
  • Stuart Armstrong
    24%
  • Theo Walcott
    22%
  • Ché Adams
    16%
  • Shane Long
    9%
VOTE NOW
POLL: A few regulars out today, Saints fans... who will be the biggest miss?

POLL: A few regulars out today, Saints fans... who will be the biggest miss?

The results so far:

  • Jannik Vestergaard
    45%
  • Oriol Romeu
    36%
  • Nathan Redmond
    0%
  • Danny Ings
    19%

A big day for this guy! 🙌

It's a first Premier League start for Ibrahima Diallo today! The midfielder comes in for the suspended Oriol Romeu in one of four Saints changes, as Jack Stephens, Stuart Armstrong and Shane Long also come in.

14.11

Fulham team confirmed 

Starting XI: Areola, Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson, Reed, Anguissa, Loftus-Cheek, Cavaleiro, Lookman, Decordova-Reid.
Subs: Rodak, Hector, Odoi, Ream, Bryan, Cairney, Kebano, Kamara, Mitrovic.

14.02

SAINTS TEAM CONFIRMED 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Diallo, Armstrong, Walcott, Adams, Long.

Subs: Forster, Salisu, Valery, Vokins, Smallbone, Djenepo, Tella, Obafemi, N'Lundulu.

14.00

🔜 Team news...

We'll have both starting line-ups for you at 2pm GMT! Who would you like to see in the Saints XI?

13.41

ibra (diallo), sali (salisu) and jack stephens, they are training hard. now he (diallo) maybe gets the chance to play. we also have will smallbone as an option for a number six."

ralph hasenhüttl
on replacing the suspended oriol romeu
13.25

Injury problems for Hasenhüttl 🤕

The boss has been speaking to the media about some players who were unable to train at the start of the week. Check out his full team news update here.

13.21

Great knowledge, Saints fans! 🤓

The answer to our first trivia poll of the day was this man, Guly do Prado! The Brazilian cult hero netted a brace against Crystal Palace on this day nine years ago...

13.10

Get clued 🆙

We've got everything you need to know to get you prepared for kick-off, including team news, manager comments and all the key numbers in our Match Pack.

13.04

massive credit to ralph hasenhüttl because he's done a fantastic job there, got a team together that are very competitive and will do remarkably well this year, no doubt."

scott parker
fulham manager
12.48
Southampton FC

The S̶a̶i̶n̶t̶s̶ Santas! 🎅😆 #saintsfc

12.34

Last time at the Cottage 🏡

We may have been in different leagues, but Saints still faced Fulham last season! It was in the Carabao Cup second round - anyone remember who we were paired with in the third round...?

12.21
VOTE NOW
TRIVIA: Who scored two goals against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day 2011?

TRIVIA: Who scored two goals against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day 2011?

The results so far:

  • Rickie Lambert
    35%
  • Adam Lallana
    10%
  • Jay Rodriguez
    10%
  • Billy Sharp
    0%
  • Guly do Prado
    45%
  • David Connolly
    0%

Best of Boxing Day! 🥊

What's been your favourite Boxing Day win? We've picked out some memorable victories from years gone by...

11.52
Southampton FC

Ready for a Boxing Day 𝐁𝐀𝐓𝐓𝐋𝐄 👊 #saintsfc

11.47

we've had a difficult week - a few problems with injuries, but having a full week of training is never bad for us. our last match was by far our most intense game - our third of the week - and maybe that's why we now have some issues."

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
11.47

Hear from the boss! 🎙

We caught up with Ralph Hasenhüttl before Christmas to preview today's Boxing Day showdown, in which the boss revealed a few injury concerns in his squad. Who will be fit to play? We'll have all the team news bang on 2pm GMT.

11.45

Back at it! ☀️

Boxing Day means FOOTBALL! Southampton are back in Premier League action for the first of three games in 10 days - perhaps not the gruelling festive schedule of previous years, but still a key time in the season for Saints to capitalise on their excellent start. Today our hosts are Fulham, promoted in the summer and improving all the time. Join us for all the build-up and live match updates!

11.39

FUL vs SOU Line Ups

Fulham

1
Alphonse Areola (GK)
5
Joachim Andersen (C)
16
Tosin Adarabioyo
34
Ola Aina
15
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
33
Antonee Robinson
29
André-Frank Zambo Anguissa yellow card
21
Harrison Reed
14
Bobby De Cordova-Reid yellow card
replace Aleksandar Mitrovic (83′)
19
Ademola Lookman
replace Neeskens Kebano (90′)
17
Ivan Cavaleiro
10
Tom Cairney
9
Aleksandar Mitrovic
7
Neeskens Kebano
23
Joe Bryan
3
Michael Hector
13
Tim Ream
12
Marek Rodák
4
Denis Odoi
47
Aboubakar Kamara

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
5
Jack Stephens
35
Jan Bednarek
3
Ryan Bertrand
2
Kyle Walker-Peters
27
Ibrahima Diallo
32
Theo Walcott
17
Stuart Armstrong
replace Moussa Djenepo (93′)
8
James Ward-Prowse (C)
10
Che Adams
7
Shane Long
replace Daniel N'Lundulu (92′)
29
Jake Vokins
12
Moussa Djenepo
40
Daniel N'Lundulu
14
Michael Obafemi
22
Mohammed Salisu
20
William Smallbone
23
Nathan Tella
18
Yan Valery
44
Fraser Forster

FUL vs SOU Match Stats

Fulham

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    47
    comparison angle
    53
  • Shots
    10
    comparison angle
    3
  • Shots on target
    1
    comparison angle
    2
  • Corners
    6
    comparison angle
    3
  • Passes Complete
    238
    comparison angle
    285

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Shots On Target
1
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
chances created
Chances Created
1
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
passes completed
Passes Completed
50
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
tackles
Tackles
11
Kyle Walker-Peters
Kyle Walker-Peters
clearances
Clearances
8
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
saves
Saves
1
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy