U23 Report: Fulham 1-1 Saints

By SFC Media time Sat 01 Sep Fulham v Saints
Photo by James Bridle | Michael Obafemi
Sat 01 Sep 1PM
Premier League 2 - Division 2
Fulham
1
Southampton
1
Davies [66']
goal
Obafemi [52']
Mundle-Smith (42') Harris (45+1')
yellow card
Referee: Alan Dale | Venue: Craven Cottage | Attendance: 120

Southampton's youngsters were forced to settle for a point at Craven Cottage on a sunny afternoon in West London.

The visitors went ahead through Michael Obafemi just after half time, with Will Smallbone the architect, before Fulham levelled with a 70th minute header from Aron Davies.

Both sides had chances to seal maximum spoils, but a point apiece was perhaps fair on reflection, and extends Saints' unbeaten run in Premier League 2 to four games.

It was a confident start for Radhi Jaïdi's young side, who travelled to the capital as Under-23s league leaders after their opening three ties.

Both Tom O'Connor and Marcus Barnes attempted efforts from range inside ten minutes - one sailing over and the other marginally wide - but the early intent was clear.

The hosts too threatened, but it was a mistake of Saints' own making that gifted the chance.

Barnes played a blind back pass to keeper Jack Rose, which was read well by Fulham's Jayden Harris, who poked just wide. A let off for the Saints winger, who had otherwise started the game brightly.

The remainder of the half was comparatively quiet, and it wasn't until the second period that the visitors exploded into life.

Smallbone created an unmissable chance for Obafemi just after the restart, having picked the pocket of fullback Cody Dramah, before squaring a pass towards the unmarked striker, who applied the easiest of finishing touches.

The hosts responded, though, having fallen behind with plenty of time left in the clash. A simple dead ball was floated into the area by Matthew O'Riley, where midfielder Davies had peeled away at the back post, before guiding an unopposed header into Rose's net.

Saints rode a wave of pressure in the dying stages, effectively managing a series of Fulham corners, before creating a latch ditch chance of their own, which was squandered by Tyreke Johnson.

The point means Saints are still competing at the top end of the league in these early stages of the campaign, and will serve as another dose of confidence heading into Tuesday night's Checkatrade Trophy meeting with Colchester United.

Fulham

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    59
    comparison angle
    41
  • Shots
    8
    comparison angle
    10
  • Shots on target
    1
    comparison angle
    1
  • Corners
    7
    comparison angle
    1
  • Passes Complete
    391
    comparison angle
    238

Fulham PL2

1
Luca Ashby-Hammond (GK)
2
Cody Drameh
3
Jayden Mundle-Smith yellow card
5
Moritz Jenz
6
Jerome Opoku
replace Robert Atkinson (87′)
8
Matt O'Riley
4
Aron Davies (C) goal
10
Tyrese Francois
9
Cameron Thompson
11
Jayden Harris yellow card
7
Luca De La Torre
replace Fabio Carvalho (67′)
17
Fabio Carvalho
16
Timmy Abraham
14
Robert Atkinson
12
Toni Stahl
15
Christopher Kelly

Southampton PL2

1
Jack Rose (GK)
3
Jake Vokins
2
Yan Valery
6
Christoph Klarer
5
Aaron O'Driscoll (C)
8
Thomas O'Connor
7
Marcus Barnes
replace Nathan Tella (54′)
11
Tyreke Johnson
10
William Smallbone
4
Ben Rowthorn
9
Michael Obafemi goal
replace Jonathan Afolabi (87′)
12
Jamie Bradley-Green
15
Nathan Tella
16
Jonathan Afolabi
14
Harry Hamblin
13
Adam Parkes
Video: Jaïdi reflects on Fulham draw timeSun 02 Sep
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U23s remain unbeaten in PL2 after claiming a point at Craven Cottage.

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