21 Apr AFC Bournemouth v Fulham Match Report, 20/04/2019, Premier League
Fulham have hit form in the incorrect time, chalking up back-to-back successes following their relegation to the Championship has been verified.
Aleksandar Mitrovic revealed he has what it takes to stay a Premier League player with a strong performance along with also the winning goal since relegated Fulham beat Bournemouth 1-0 in Vitality Stadium.
The Serbian striker won and scored a second-half punishment as Scott Parker’s side chalked up back-to-back successes and also the type of performance they appeared incapable of delivering through a nine-game losing series between February and April.
The outcome spoiled Bournemouth director Eddie Howe’s parties as he took control of his 500th game, and he watched Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser miss enormous chances only a week after they scored at a 5-0 mauling of Brighton and Hove Albion.
Bournemouth have three games to bet their claim for a spot at the upper half of the Premier League table however on this revealing they seem unlikely to coincide with their own ninth-placed end of 2 seasons ago.
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) April 20, 2019
Fraser obtained in supporting the Fulham defence and crossed to the toes of Wilson on the border of this six-yard box although the striker leant back and blazed over the crossbar with his first shot shooter.
Mitrovic volleyed on the top in the opposite end before Sergio Rico created a super save, getting down to parry Fraser’s push off after the winger’s mazy dribble
Junior Stanislas went down clutching his knee after having a free-kick and has been replaced by Jack Simpson, while the finest Fulham could muster until the period was a Denis Odoi header from close range that Artur Boruc got down well to save.
Ryan Babel headed over the crossbar from 10 yards as Fulham pressed in the second half and they made the breakthrough after Simpson was judged to have fouled Mitrovic from the box.
Mitrovic murdered the penalty at the bottom left corner and Fulham continued to assault, Sessegnon twice analyzing Boruc until Fraser was denied at one-on-one with Rico having latched onto David Brooks’ defence-splitting pass.
Rico double denied Wilson at close range as Bournemouth sought an equaliser that failed to materialise and Boruc produced a great diving save from Joe Bryan’s angled driveway to spare his aspect farther blushes.
What exactly does it imply? Fulham stars from the store window
The likes of Sessegnon and Babel will feel they’re good enough to play high flight football and played in a level that indicates that’s accurate, but their failure to send sooner in the season will probably infuriate Fulham fans.
Mitrovic impresses as nightclubs seem on
Rumoured for a transfer goal for West Ham, among other clubs, Mitrovic was in confident mood and he also induced Bournemouth issues all day while at the same time catching the winner.
Not Wilson’s afternoon
After scoring his 12th Premier League goal of the season in Bournemouth’s 5-0 rout of Brighton per week earlier, Wilson had a forgettable afternoon and missed a sitter at the opening moments.
Crucial Opta Facts
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Fulham picked up their first league win over Bournemouth since January 1994, when both sides have been at the next grade of English football.
Fulham have won back matches in the Premier League for the first time since April 2014, when they beat Aston Villa and Norwich beneath Felix Magath.
Bournemouth have dropped four of the seven Premier League home games from teams beginning the day from the relegation zone, for this their first such defeat as falling from Crystal Palace at January 2017.
No scene has observed more penalties given this year compared to Vitality Stadium (10 — seven to Bournemouth, three to get the resistance ).
Mitrovic’s aim for Fulham finished a streak of nine Premier League games without scoring – that he hadn’t netted with some of his preceding 36 shots from the contest before his punishment.
Mitrovic’s punishment was the very first he’s scored in all competitions since April 2016 (such as Newcastle v Norwich) — he’d failed to evaluate each of his past two penalties before now.
What is next?
Fulham have the chance to drag Cardiff City down to the Championship together in Craven Cottage second weekend while Bournemouth create the brief journey along the south east shore to Southampton.