U23 Report: Fulham 0-2 Saints

By SFC Media time Fri 13 Apr Fulham v Saints
Photo by James Bridle | Nathan Tella
Fri 13 Apr 7PM
Premier League 2 - Division 2
Fulham
0
Southampton
2
goal
Tella [1' 82']
Jenz (31') Edun (42') Atkinson (90+3')
yellow card
Valery (90+2') Rowthorn (81')
Fossey (62') Jenz (83')
red card
Referee: Sam Allison | Venue: Motspur Park | Attendance: 127

A goal either side of the break for Nathan Tella was enough to secure all three points against a nine man Fulham side, who suffered two second-half red cards.

The forward put Saints on the front foot inside the first minute, before embarking on a solo run in the second period, completing a fine night's work with a brace, and providing the visitors with an unassailable lead.

The frustration was telling for the home side, as a double dismissal saw Marlon Fossey and Mortiz Jenz leave the field early, with Fulham finishing the 90 with nine men.

Just as coach Radhi Jaïdi had instructed, Saints made a blistering start in pursuit of three points and a chance of a PL2 play-off spot, commanding the advantage within the first minute of play.

Tella slammed the ball home from close range, before Tyreke Johnson was testing the resolve of Magnus Norman once more, and Jake Hesketh further probed moments later. A frantic opening, Saints were authoritative from the off, and protected their early lead thereafter. 

Presentable chances came and went for both Michael Obafemi and Johnson in the proceeding ten minutes, with Hesketh the architect of both. And with Fulham on the back foot, Saints sensed the chance for more.

Never hurried, always finding space, the 22-year-old was dictating the flow and direction of each attack, before Johnson again fired marginally over in the 32nd minute. Constant waves of Saints pressure looked to be wearing down the Fulham rearguard.

Yet forward pairing Nicolas Santos Clase and Elijah Adebayo were determined to swing the momentum the home side's way, with a succession of quick fire chances just before the break. The former skewed his effort, allowing Jack Rose to collect, before striker Adebayo forced more of a conscientious save from Saints' stopper.

The determination of Rose prevailed again in the aftermath, saving smartly with his legs as Jayden Harris attempted to break Saints' resistance.

The second half bought more early drama. Tella was again released unimpeded, setting up a one on one with Norman, which the keeper was equal to, before Rose was in action at the other end, turning Alfie Jones's sliced clearance around the post.

62 minutes had past, before Saints were a goal and a man to the good. Fossey was dismissed for a late challenge on Ben Rowthorn, leaving Fulham to continue with ten.

Tella netted his second of the evening ten minutes from time, a virtuoso run, finishing with a fine low shot. It got worse for the hosts two minutes later, as Jenz's fate was sealed with a second caution - all but gifting Saints safe passage to three crucial points. 

Fulham

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    61
    comparison angle
    39
  • Shots
    8
    comparison angle
    13
  • Shots on target
    2
    comparison angle
    3
  • Corners
    5
    comparison angle
    10
  • Passes Complete
    290
    comparison angle
    152

Fulham PL2

1
Magnus Norman (GK)
6
Robert Atkinson yellow card
5
Aron Davies (C)
4
Moritz Jenz red card
8
Tayo Edun yellow card
11
Jayden Harris
replace Cameron Thompson (56′)
3
Steven Sessegnon
2
Marlon Fossey red card
10
Ryan De Havilland
9
Elijah Adebayo
7
Nicolas Santos-Clase
replace Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson (56′)
16
Cameron Thompson
15
Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
12
Julian Schwarzer
14
Jayden Mundle-Smith
17
Reece York

Southampton PL2

1
Jack Rose (GK)
5
Aaron O'Driscoll
2
Yan Valery yellow card
3
Jake Vokins
6
Alfie Jones (C)
10
Jake Hesketh
11
Tyreke Johnson
7
Nathan Tella goal goal
4
Ben Rowthorn yellow card
8
Callum Slattery
9
Michael Obafemi
13
Kingsley Latham
12
Will Wood
14
Thomas O'Connor
15
Siphesile Mdlalose
16
Olufela Olomola
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