Saints edged out in five-goal thriller

Craven Cottage | Sat 24 Nov 3PM | Attendance: 24,603
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FUL vs Saints
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FUL vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Mitrovic's second fires Fulham back in front in thrilling game at Craven Cottage
  • Armstrong scores twice for Saints, the second a brilliant curling shot to make it 2-2
  • Saints led 1-0 before trailing 2-1 at the break after goals from Mitrovic and Schurrle
  • Targett and Austin in for Bertrand and Ings; Ranieri's first game in charge of Fulham
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Who will be Saints' key man today?
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Who will be Saints' key man today?

The results so far:

  • Matt Targett
    10%
  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
    29%
  • Stuart Armstrong
    20%
  • Nathan Redmond
    2%
  • Manolo Gabbiadini
    27%
  • Charlie Austin
    12%
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Who scored the only goal on Saints' last visit to Craven Cottage?
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Who scored the only goal on Saints' last visit to Craven Cottage?

The results so far:

  • Rickie Lambert
    40%
  • Adam Lallana
    0%
  • Jay Rodriguez
    0%
  • James Ward-Prowse
    53%
  • Charlie Austin
    7%
  • Manolo Gabbiadini
    0%

FULL TIME: Fulham 3-2 Southampton

It's all over at Craven Cottage, where Fulham have held on to secure a vital win that lifts them off the bottom and level on points with Southampton. It was a game full of drama, in which Saints took a first-half lead only to find themselves trailing at the interval. Stuart Armstrong's second goal of the game hauled the visitors level in style, but Aleksandar Mitrovic volleyed the winner.

+5’

Rico saves again

Saints have kept coming, and could not be accused of a lack of effort, but Højbjerg's shot takes a deflection, which takes the sting out of it and allows Rico to fall on top of it for a simple save.

+3’

Rico saves from Obafemi!

Saints are getting closer... Obafemi has been lively since he came on, and his shot on the turn from Elyounoussi's cross forces Rico into a vital stop, before his follow-up effort is blocked.

90’

5️⃣ added minutes...

We're into stoppage time, as Højbjerg heads wide from a corner. You can sense the anxiety in the home crowd - there is plenty of time for Saints and Fulham are desperately hanging on here.

87’

Obafemi shoots off target

Lemina fizzes a low pass into Obafemi, who brilliantly turns his man, but as the ball sits up he cuts across it and his shot veers away from goal.

86’

Fulham substitution: Floyd Ayité replaces Aleksandar Mitrovic

That's the end of Mitrovic's afternoon - he might have done enough to earn victory for the hosts, unless Saints can produce something special with five minutes to go.

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84’

Obafemi crowded out

Patient play from Saints, who wait for the right moment to unlock the defence as Targett gets in behind and picks out Obafemi, but the youngster is surrounded by white shirts and the ball is cleared against him for a goal kick.

80’

Second change for Saints...

Obafemi comes on, replacing two-goal midfielder Armstrong, who has been nursing cramp.

1️⃣5️⃣ minutes to go... ⏳

It's been end to end stuff - is there another twist in the tale? Saints are pushing for what could be a vital equaliser in both teams' seasons.

73’

Fulham substitution: Aboubakar Kamara replaces André Schürrle

Goalscorer Schurrle is replaced and the pacey Kamara joins the Fulham attack.

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73’

Yellow Card for Wesley Hoedt (Southampton)

Hoedt joins Højbjerg in the referee's book.

72’

Højbjerg denied by Rico

Good football from Saints, who are back in the ascendancy as they chase another equaliser. Neat interplay leads to Højbjerg faking to shoot on his right foot before letting fly with his left. It's a powerful strike, but too close to Rico, who beats it away.

68’

Southampton substitution: Mohamed Elyounoussi replaces Charlie Austin

Gabbiadini will become Saints' focal point as Austin is withdrawn.

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68’

Fulham substitution: Stefan Johansen replaces Jean Michael Seri

Both sides have made their first change...

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67’

Yellow Card for Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton)

Højbjerg catches Cairney with a late sliding tackle in midfield.

Mitrovic volleys Fulham back in front

Fulham have been stuck inside their own half for much of the game since the interval, but in Mitrovic they have a deadly finisher in their ranks. Christie crosses, Sessegnon wins the flick on and Mitrovic volleys in his second with a crisp strike from 12 yards.

63’

GOAL

Aleksandar Mitrovic (63’) | 3 2

GOALSCORER 17 Stuart Armstrong

What a strike!

Stunning equaliser from Saints! Cédric combines with Gabbiadini and plays a clever backheel into the path of Armstrong, who finishes in superb fashion, planting a curling shot high to Rico's left from 20 yards 😇

53’

GOOOAL!!!

Stuart Armstrong (53’) | 2 2

52’

Brilliant save from McCarthy 👏

Fulham launch a rapid counter-attack as Mitrovic finds Schurrle, who returns the favour to the big Serb. His driven shot is low to McCarthy's right, but the keeper gets down incredibly quickly to push it away from goal. Fantastic save.

50’

Crucial clearance from Mawson

Bright start to the second half from Saints, as Targett feeds Redmond down the left, whose cross is destined for Gabbiadini's head until Mawson intervenes and concedes a corner.

45’

Saints get the second half started

It's a big 45 minutes for both sides... Come on, Saints! 💪

HALF TIME: Fulham 2-1 Southampton

It started so well for Saints, who should have taken the lead even before Stuart Armstrong fired in his first goal for the club after 18 minutes at Craven Cottage. But the hosts hit back, equalising through Aleksandar Mitrovic's header, before Andre Schurrle finished off a low cross from Ryan Sessegnon to turn the tide in favour of the Londoners. Work to do for Saints in the capital.

Schurrle turns the game on its head 😨

Out of nowhere, Saints find themselves behind. Good work from Sessegnon down the left, as he produces a low cross that fizzes across the box and Schurrle provides the finishing touch from close range at the far post.

43’

GOAL

André Schürrle (43’) | 2 1

43’

Sustained spell of Saints pressure...

Plenty of possession in the Fulham half as Saints enjoy a really positive spell, but there is no finishing product to go with some promising crossing positions.

37’

Lemina heads over

Half a chance for Saints, as Targett's free-kick from wide on the left is met by Lemina at the near post, but the midfielder heads over from ten yards.

36’

Christie shoots wide

Confidence restored, Fulham attack again through right-back Christie, whose quick feet take him past Redmond before his left-footed shot flies narrowly wide of the far post with McCarthy rooted to the spot.

34’

Rico saves from Gabbiadini

First time Gabbiadini has had the opportunity to step inside and left fly on his left foot. He looks to curl one, but Rico is in the right place to make a routine save.

Mitrovic levels things up

The hosts have just managed to find a bit of momentum and have taken full advantage, as Le Marchand crosses well and Mitrovic's downward header nestles just inside the far post to level the scores.

32’

GOAL

Aleksandar Mitrovic (32’) | 1 1

31’

Sessegnon fires over

Nothing to be too alarmed about, as Sessegnon fires in a warning shot from distance that sails over. Fulham need a spark to get them going here, but Saints must keep their focus.

GOALSCORER 17 Stuart Armstrong

Armstrong opens his Saints account!

He's already come close once in this game, but this time Armstrong finds the net! Redmond did excellently to find a cross from the left as it looked like the ball would run out of play. Le Marchand's header falls kindly for Armstrong, who takes the ball in his stride and drills a low shot into the bottom corner via a slight deflection. Get in!

17’

GOOOAL!!!

Stuart Armstrong (17’) | 0 1

15’

McCarthy denies Chambers

A close call there... Seri delivers a corner from the left to pick out ex-Saint Chambers, who peels away into a yard of space but heads straight at McCarthy.

13’

Sessegnon's shot is blocked

The hosts are coming into the game now. Cairney feeds Le Marchand to his left, whose low cross picks out Sessegnon. The youngster shoots sharply on the turn, but Cédric and Yoshida are in position to diffuse the danger.

10’

Hoedt stops Mitrovic ⛔️

First Fulham attack of promise, but Hoedt comes across to win the ball cleanly with a crucial tackle.

7’

What a chance for Gabbiadini 😩

Great opportunity for Saints! Armstrong rifles in a low shot that Rico can only parry into the path of Gabbiadini, but the Italian's shot is too close to the keeper, who was still on the ground, but recovers to make an important stop.

6’

Saints force the first corner...

Good early intent from the visitors, who win the first corner. Warm applause for Targett as he trots across to take.

0’

We're up and running!

Fulham have kicked off and we're under way at Craven Cottage. Come on, lads! 😇

The teams are in the tunnel... ⏳

We're counting down to kick-off and the players are ready to emerge from the tunnel to be greeted by a packed house at Craven Cottage, including a sold-out away end! Magnificent support from the travelling Saints fans 👏

14.54

Back on familiar territory!

Matt Targett is clearly a popular man at Craven Cottage - the Saints defender, who starts at left-back today, has been warmly received by the home fans following his contribution to Fulham's promotion success last season.

14.52

Warmed up 🔥

Both sides have completed their pre-match warm-ups and we're ten minutes from kick-off! Stay with us for regular live match updates 💪

14.50

The manager's final thoughts 💭

Mark Hughes speaks for the final time ahead of kick-off, which is now less than 15 minutes away!

14.47

Captain Pierre 😍

Your Saints skipper for the first time today is this man! He's also the winner of our key player poll 😇 thank you for voting!

14.46

Lemina focused on Fulham test

We're counting down to kick-off here at Craven Cottage! Hear from Saints midfielder Mario Lemina on arrival at the stadium...

14.37

Back at the Cottage 👊

The players are here and ready to go - take a look at our photographer's arrival photos! 📸

14.24

Saints are here! 👋

Check out the footage of Saints arriving at Craven Cottage, as the players get themselves in the zone ahead of the big kick-off...

14.18

2️⃣ changes for Saints 😇

The teams are in! Both Saints changes are enforced, as the suspended Ryan Bertrand and injured Danny Ings (hamstring) miss out. There are straight swaps in both positions, as Matt Targett comes in at left-back having starred in Fulham's promotion-winning season, and Charlie Austin - fresh from scoring that controversially disallowed goal against Watford - leads the line.

14.09

Fulham team confirmed

Starting XI: Rico, Christie, Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand, Chambers, Seri, Schurrle, Cairney, Sessegnon, Mitrovic.

Subs: Bettinelli, Ream, Bryan, Johansen, Ayité, Kebano, Kamara.

14.04

Saints team confirmed 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Cédric, Yoshida, Hoedt, Targett, Højbjerg, Lemina, Gabbiadini, Armstrong, Redmond, Austin.

Subs: Gunn, Vestergaard, Stephens, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi, Obafemi.

14.00

we don't talk about them - we only talk about us. we come here to win this game. we have to show the same positive attitude on the pitch and get the three points.

mario lemina
southampton midfielder
13.37

Did you pick the right scorer? 

It's the result of our poll! Were you in the away end for January's FA Cup meeting? Well done to the 53% of you who correctly answered James Ward-Prowse! 👏

13.34

Watch Saints gear up for Fulham clash

We were in position at Staplewood to capture the best bits from training, as Saints were put through their paces ahead of today's game...

13.23

One hour until team news ⏳

We're counting down to kick-off here at Craven Cottage. In one hour's time, we'll have both starting line-ups for you - who would you like to see come into the Saints team today? Refresh this page at 2pm GMT to find out who Mark Hughes has entrusted this afternoon.

13.04

Under new management...

What to expect from Claudio Ranieri's Fulham? Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe investigates how the hosts' approach could change in the new manager's first game in charge, in the latest edition of our Tactical Watch column.

12.47

Get clued up with our Match Pack 🤓

Check out our extensive Match Pack for a comprehensive preview of today's game, including team news, managers' thoughts, the form guide and past results between the clubs.

12.10
Southampton FC

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11.50

it's a little bit difficult to really gauge where they're at in terms of preparation, formation and personnel because of their new manager, but it's about what we do. we have to go out there and execute what we talk about and what we prepare for - if we do that, they'll find it very difficult.

mark hughes
southampton manager
11.49

Hear from the boss! 💬

We caught up with Mark Hughes to get his thoughts ahead of his team's return to Premier League action after a two-week break for international fixtures. The Saints manager is relishing the challenge ahead, knowing he can now keep his squad focused exclusively on club matters for the foreseeable future.

11.45

Last time out in London 🤩

Remember Saints' last trip to the capital? It proved a successful visit for Mark Hughes and co - refresh your memory with these highlights!

11.37

It's matchday 👊

It's another big weekend in the Premier League, as Southampton return to the capital to face a Fulham team under new management. The hosts replaced Slavisa Jokanovic with Claudio Ranieri over the international break, and the Italian knows he needs positive results quickly. Stay with us for all the build-up and team news, before we provide live match updates and free commentary from Craven Cottage!

11.34

FUL vs Saints Line Ups

Fulham

25
Sergio Rico (GK)
26
Alfie Mawson
20
Maxime Le Marchand
22
Cyrus Christie
4
Denis Odoi
24
Jean Michael Seri
Stefan Johansen (68′)
14
André Schürrle
Aboubakar Kamara (74′)
3
Ryan Sessegnon
5
Calum Chambers
10
Tom Cairney (C)
9
Aleksandar Mitrovic
Floyd Ayité (86′)
7
Neeskens Kebano
47
Aboubakar Kamara
23
Joe Bryan
11
Floyd Ayité
13
Tim Ream
1
Marcus Bettinelli
8
Stefan Johansen

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
3
Maya Yoshida
2
Cédric Soares
6
Wesley Hoedt
33
Matt Targett
22
Nathan Redmond
18
Mario Lemina
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
17
Stuart Armstrong
Michael Obafemi (81′)
10
Charlie Austin
Mohamed Elyounoussi (68′)
11
Mohamed Elyounoussi
16
James Ward-Prowse
61
Michael Obafemi
28
Angus Gunn
8
Steven Davis
5
Jack Stephens
4
Jannik Vestergaard

FUL vs Saints Match Stats

Fulham

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    37
    63
  • Shots
    10
    19
  • Shots on target
    5
    8
  • Corners
    2
    5
  • Passes Complete
    264
    480

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
2
Stuart  Armstrong
Stuart Armstrong
Shots On Target
3
Stuart  Armstrong
Stuart Armstrong
Chances Created
3
Matt Targett
Matt Targett
Passes Completed
74
Wesley Hoedt
Wesley Hoedt
Tackles
4
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Clearances
3
Cédric
Cédric
Saves
2
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy