Tosin Adarabioyo’s first objective for Fulham ensured his facet shared the factors with Bournemouth in a gathering of the Championship’s high two.
The defender glanced dwelling substitute Tom Cairney’s cross with six minutes remaining to maintain his staff one level clear in first place.
Dominic Solanke had scored his seventeenth objective of the season six seconds into the second half to place Bournemouth forward.
However they may not grasp on to present supervisor Scott Parker a successful return to his outdated membership.
It’s now three successive attracts for Marco Silva’s Fulham, whereas Bournemouth have gained solely one in all their previous six video games following a blistering begin to the season.
Nevertheless, earlier than the remainder of the weekend’s video games, there may be an eight-point hole between the Cherries and third-placed QPR.
High two show their high quality
With the Championship season nearly at its midway level, there was real pleasure forward of the assembly of the division’s two excellent groups thus far and they didn’t disappoint with an enthralling encounter.
No facet had scored greater than Fulham’s 49 objectives, whereas they and Bournemouth shared the joint greatest defensive file – together with West Brom – with simply 16 conceded.
There was the added spice, too, of Parker returning to the membership he left in the summertime after greater than two years in cost with each promotion and relegation on his CV from his time at Craven Cottage.
The tempo was excessive from the off with Adam Smith testing Marek Rodak for the guests and Neeskens Kebano twice forcing saves out of Mark Travers on the different finish all inside the primary 10 minutes.
In a sport suffering from intrigue and sub-plots, the Championship’s high two strikers have been additionally on the sphere in Aleksandar Mitrovic and Solanke.
Solanke is having his greatest ever season for objectives and he twice practically gave Bournemouth the lead, however the 24-year-old was simply off beam on each events.
However as a pulsating half ended, Fulham seemed sure to attain, just for visiting captain Steve Cook dinner to make two sensational goalbound blocks in the identical assault, from Mitrovic after which Fabio Carvalho.
Solanke’s objective straight from the restart caught the house facet chilly as he latched on to Philip Billing’s lofted cross in what seemed to be a coaching floor transfer.
Fulham have been shocked and took time to reply earlier than they turned up the stress on the guests’ objective, with Travers referred to as upon to disclaim Kebano and Mitrovic.
However with six minutes left, Adarabioyo discovered the online for the primary time since a objective on mortgage for Blackburn in June 2020 to assert some extent their efforts deserved.
It was a superb advert for the Championship and on this proof, either side will probably be favourites to assert the 2 automated promotion slots in Might.
Fulham ‘deserved extra’ – response
Fulham supervisor Marco Silva informed BBC Radio London:
“I feel everybody who noticed the sport will suppose we deserved extra from it. We have been the most effective staff on the pitch undoubtedly.
“They tried to shock us a bit with a change of formation, however we bought the message throughout early and handled it and went into half-time the stronger facet.
“We had a transparent penalty not given and plenty of, many occasions these choices are going in opposition to us so hopefully someday, they are going to begin to go our means.
“We switched off for 2 seconds at first of the second half and we will not concede a objective like that at this degree.
“However I used to be impressed that we by no means gave up, we saved preventing, saved creating probabilities and we deserved greater than we bought from the sport.
“They fought and fought and did properly, Steve Cook dinner was great for them, like a second goalkeeper with these blocks within the first half. However we all know we should always’ve put among the probabilities we had away.”
Bournemouth supervisor Scott Parker informed BBC Radio Solent:
“We have come right here with a bunch of gamers and a few of them solely off the again of simply someday’s coaching. Gary Cahill and Adam Smith have been out for some time, however we’re a little bit bit determined in the mean time and we’re struggling in that sense.
“We go forward after which they put us underneath immense stress from that time onwards and we weren’t fairly in a position to maintain out.
“There’s components of the efficiency you wish to enhance so early within the course of, however general, I am extremely happy with my staff and every one in all them.
“I do know the state of affairs in-house at this second in time and a few of these boys on the market put their hand up once I get that it wasn’t ultimate.
“Steve Cook dinner epitomised all the things that we wanted to do tonight, Mark Travers and Cahill too.
“I stated earlier than the sport that we would wish to climate it and it will be painful at occasions, however they put it in.
“The objective was straight off the coaching floor. We labored on it on Thursday to attempt to work out the place they have been weak and typically they do not all the time come to fruition on the stage.
“However tonight, there’s nothing extra pleasing that it got here off. We needed to attempt to exploit the areas between full-back and centre-half on transitions and the areas the place Dominic Solanke was popping up, and it labored.”
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Match ends, Fulham 1, Bournemouth 1.
Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Bournemouth 1.
Try blocked. Harrison Reed (Fulham) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked.
Nook, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Pearson.
Try blocked. Harrison Reed (Fulham) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Harry Wilson.
Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick on the fitting wing.
Foul by Robbie Brady (Bournemouth).
Substitution, Bournemouth. Chris Mepham replaces Adam Smith.
Substitution, Bournemouth. Robbie Brady replaces Jaidon Anthony.
Philip Billing (Bournemouth) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Harry Wilson (Fulham) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Philip Billing (Bournemouth).
Aim! Fulham 1, Bournemouth 1. Tosin Adarabioyo (Fulham) header from the centre of the field to the underside left nook. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a nook.
Nook, Fulham. Conceded by Steve Cook dinner.
Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) is proven the yellow card.
Try missed. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) left footed shot from the left facet of the six yard field is shut, however misses to the left following a set piece state of affairs.
Try saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the objective. Assisted by Harry Wilson with a cross.
Ryan Christie (Bournemouth) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ryan Christie (Bournemouth).