Within the 21st minute, Borussia Dortmund loanee Andre Schurrle let rip a long-range effort on Bournemouth‘s aim. It stung the palms of Asmir Begovic, who barely needed to transfer to bat away the strike from the Fulham ahead.
It was the West London aspect’s solely shot on the right track for a 90 minutes during which Bournemouth’s assault teased aside one other woeful Fulham defence. But once more, supervisor Slavisa Jokanovic named a completely totally different defensive position to any that had appeared within the Premier League earlier than, and but once more Fulham conceded three goals. Little question the roll of the cube can be totally different subsequent week too.
Fulham operated a Four-2-Three-1 with Aboubakar Kamara introduced in on the best wing and Andre Schurrle in a No 10 position. In defence they sat in a deep Four-Four-1-1, in an try and stifle counterattacks from Bournemouth’s aggressive entrance three. A brand new system to enrich the brand new defensive position.
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In assault, Seri sat in a deep playmaking position within the mould of a Sergio Busquets, breaking apart play and then making an attempt to attach attackers and large gamers with brief and medium vary progressive passes. The person in Catalonia won’t be fearing for his job any time quickly, as the gambit didn’t unlock the Fulham assault as was deliberate.
Bournemouth lined up in a Three-Four-Three, and their distinctive entrance three tore aside Fulham over the course of the match. Though Fulham held the lions share of the ball, Bournemouth did as Bournemouth does and scored two goals exploiting damaged play and a excessive defensive position. The opposite, a penalty from a foul from Timothy Fosu-Mensah, duly transformed by Callum Wilson.
Jokanovic reverted to his favoured Four-Three-Three within the second-half with the introduction of Tom Cairney, however the second aim, adopted by a Kevin McDonald red card sealed the match. Eddie Howe might be very satistfied with a job nicely accomplished away from residence.
Bournemouth proceed their exceptional run of type, Fulham keep on monitor to concede 106 Premier League goals this season.
Right here’s how they rated.
Callum Wilson of AFC Bournemouth scores a penalty previous Sergio Rico of Fulham (Getty Pictures)
Sergio Rico Four/10
Dived for a penalty handed down the center. A nervy punch within the 53rd which went instantly up might have been a howler if a Bournemouth participant had taken benefit. Redeemed himself two minutes later with an distinctive save. Nutmegged as he rushed out to Brooks for the second. Didn’t transfer for the third. Letting in three goals from 5 photographs on the right track is a dangerous look, and the best way they have been conceded suggests he’s not Fulham’s answer to their points on the again.
Denis Odoi 5/10
His off-target cross to Kevin McDonald introduced concerning the red card. Made a lot of interceptions and cleared the ball ceaselessly. In all probability among the many higher performers within the defensive position as we speak, which isn’t saying a lot.
Tim Ream Four/10
A reasonably dangerous day on the workplace. He didn’t monitor Brooks for the second aim and confirmed his lack of tempo as a problem. Was nowhere close to Callum Wilson for the essential by means of ball that introduced concerning the third.
Maxime Le Marchand 6/10
Shifted to left again and carried out fairly properly, to be truthful to him. Brooks wasn’t getting a lot pleasure down Fulham’s left aspect till Le Marchand departed the sector.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah 5/10
Dedicated the foul for the penalty. Understandably appeared a bit timid and cautious of one other offence after. Stored on prime of Ryan Fraser’s runs steadily. When the wheels fell off the defence within the second half, he wasn’t actually at fault. You would argue he was out of place for the second, however it was a fast counterattack and the remaining defenders didn’t do their jobs.
Callum Wilson of AFC Bournemouth is fouled by Timothy Fosu-Mensah of Fulham (Getty Pictures)
Kevin McDonald 2/10
He and Seri operated predominately in defensive phrases in entrance of the centre-backs in an try and restrict injury. It didn’t work. He was booked within the second half for a horrible deal with on Ryan Fraser very removed from the ball. For the second objective, he let Ryan Fraser dribble at him for 20 yards on the counter with out committing as soon as.
He then leapt into a merely silly foul as the final defender on David Brooks, who had additionally handed him, for a second yellow card, capping an terrible afternoon in defensive midfield. The baffling choice, at 2-Zero down, determined the sport and his identify will in all probability not seem among the many starters on the teamsheet for a whereas.
Jean Michael Seri Four/10
Sat in a holding position in defence however tried to behave as playmaker from deep. He has an eye fixed for a cross and all the time presents. It’s good to see him demanding the ball so steadily, however he sometimes lacks a little bit of urgency and incision. He was simply dispossessed on a variety of events and it’s clear he wants some physicality round him in midfield to help his apparent limitations, regardless of his distinctive technical means. Nevertheless, that physicality wants a little extra tempo and guile than Kevin McDonald possesses. When dribbling out of defence within the 65th minute he was clattered whereas dawdling and it’s clear there’s a step as much as be made. Substituted within the 80th minute.
Ryan Sessegnon 5/10
One to overlook for the teenager. Began up the sector however was moved additional again to accommodate Tom Cairney.
Andre Schurrle 5/10
Let rip a lengthy shot within the 21st minute, which had a lot of venom on it however pressured Begovic into a comparatively simple save as it was so central. Some unfastened touches at occasions in assault.
Aboubakar Kamara 6/10
Being booked within the 17th minute for a dive didn’t cease him from urgent like a lunatic in defence. Filled with power, however barely questionable high quality in assault – within the first half he managed over 20 touches, however let off two photographs off track and solely accomplished 50 per cent of his passes. Clearly is making an attempt to create, however there are simply little errors together with his contact that permit him down.
Aleksandar Mitrovic 5/10
Didn’t see a lot of the ball early on, however dropped deep to assist with defensive duties. Confirmed effort by urgent Begovic when he got here out to gather the ball on the sting of his space. Appealed for a penalty however no cube. Seemed annoyed all recreation as he obtained no respectable service central.
Tom Cairney 5/10
Got here on for Maxime Le Marchand within the 60th minute as Slavisa Jokanovic chased the sport and switched again to his typical Four-Three-Three. Got here on to vary the course of the match and present attacking impetus. Didn’t succeed.
Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa 5/10
Took Seri’s place in midfield and was fairly nameless.
Asmir Begovic 7/10
Some very nervy moments with the ball, together with amassing it on the road of his space to penalty appeals and inviting strain from attackers with it at his ft. Solely wanted to make one save and it was simple, however a clear sheet is a clear sheet.
Simon Francis 6/10
Pressured Sergio Rico into a good save within the 55th minute with a fiery lengthy vary effort. Mixed properly with Adam Smith and Lewis Prepare dinner now and again and did his defensive duties properly. Schurrle and Sessegnon each struggled to seek out area round him.
Steve Prepare dinner 7/10
The one reserving for the Bournemouth aspect, Prepare dinner martialled the penalty space nicely and didn’t let Aleksandar Mitrovic get a sniff of the ball. Job finished, as far as Eddie Howe is worried.
Nathan Ake eight/10
Calm in defence and a superb presence on the ball. Intercepted and tackled nicely. Didn’t fiddle when he couldn’t afford to, however began attacking phases with gusto. He’s placing in efficiency after efficiency of late and might be attracting some consideration in January at this price.
Adam Smith 7/10
Filled with power and typically dribbled his means out of hassle. All the time sought to hyperlink up with teammates and tracked again nicely when he wanted to. An effervescent drive in vast areas and wonderful at offering fast transition from defence to assault.
Lewis Prepare dinner 6/10
His passing was adept and he went on a few good dribbles that confirmed what his wonderful ft can do. He’s reached a actual understanding with Lerma and the 2 divide up attacking and defensive duties properly. If he didn’t have as robust and tireless a midfield companion his defensive output could possibly be questioned.
Jefferson Lerma 7/10
Continued his tenacious good type this season with one other combative look. Liberates Prepare dinner to do what he does greatest and is such a calming presence on the aspect.
Charlie Daniels 6/10
Let off some horrible passes and pretty crosses in equal measure early on. Grew into the sport and stored Ryan Sessegnon quiet for a lot of the match. Then handled André Schurrle with comparable ease. Seemed calm going ahead and provided some much-needed width that stretched Fulham.
David Brooks of AFC Bournemouth celebrates after scoring his workforce’s second objective (Getty Pictures)
David Brooks 7/10
Used his physicality a bit within the first half, and was a common menace. He held his run nicely for the second earlier than operating a nice line and ending brilliantly. Drew a silly foul from Kevin McDonald for a red card. Excellent day on the workplace.
Ryan Fraser eight/10
Seemed fairly pocketed by Fosu-Mensah early on. His runs have been industrious however ineffective and his motion, in fact, was a bit poor. He should have had a pick-me-up at half time as a result of he then dribbled properly within the second half and put it on a plate for David Brooks for the second objective. His by means of ball for Callum Wilson’s objective was sensible, profiting from a sleeping backline having drifted central. No goals, however continues his very fantastic type.
Callum Wilson 9/10
Took the 13th minute penalty he drew from Fosu-Menah, and despatched it straight down the center. Rico dived, fortunately. Threatened with a header within the 28th, and was inflicting the Fulham centre-backs some points. His slide deal with within the second-half, introduced concerning the counter-attack resulting in Brooks’ objective. Completely hammered residence his shot for his third. Distinctive efficiency.
Dan Gosling 6/10
Got here on for Lewis Prepare dinner within the 80th minute when the sport was already gained.
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Junior Stanislas 5/10
Substituted on for David Brooks. No fireworks however no errors.
Jermain Defoe 5/10
Got here on within the 89th minute and managed a temporary snort with Denis Odoi. The giggles in all probability didn’t assist the temper of Fulham followers watching on, wonderful rustling from the veteran.