Fulham climbed out of the Premier League relegation locations with a powerful victory over Leicester that denied Brendan Rodgers’ facet a share of prime spot.
The guests scored twice in eight first-half minutes, their first arriving when Ademola Lookman slotted previous Kasper Schmeichel following Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s driving run from inside his personal half.
Ivan Cavaleiro then made amends for his missed penalty towards Everton eight days in the past with a assured spot-kick, awarded after referee Simon Hooper reviewed Christian Fuchs’ deal with on Bobby Decordova-Reid on the pitch-side monitor.
Leicester had earlier struck the woodwork twice in fast succession as Wesley Fofana’s follow-up to Youri Tielemans’ volley cannoned off the crossbar.
However the Foxes, as they did of their 3-0 defeat by Liverpool, endured one other irritating night time in assault till substitute Harvey Barnes’ late reply ensured a nervy finale for Scott Parker’s males.
Fulham’s second win of the season takes them up two locations to seventeenth, whereas Leicester stay fourth and three factors behind leaders Tottenham.
RB Leipzig loanee Lookman celebrated his objective by holding up a Senegal shirt which had been hung within the guests’ dressing room, in tribute to former midfielder Papa Bouba Diop who died aged 42 on Sunday.
Fulham present they’re up for the combat
A visit to the King Energy Stadium marked the beginning of a tough run of fixtures for Parker’s facet, with a visit to Manchester Metropolis and the go to of Liverpool to return and conferences with 5 of the ‘huge six’ of their subsequent 9.
Following successive defeats, this was set to be a troublesome sport for a crew with the league’s joint-worst defensive document and just one win in 25 Premier League away matches.
However Parker known as for better depth after his facet let in three targets of their defeat by Everton – the fourth time they’d conceded three or extra in 9 league video games – and the way his name was answered right here.
The guests appeared centered and well-organised from the off, whereas the return of Anguissa introduced calm in midfield.
Anguissa’s optimistic play and neat through-ball teed up Lookman’s well-taken opener, whereas the mazy runs of England youth worldwide Lookman induced Leicester issues on the break all through.
Cavaleiro’s coolness from the spot, following his unlucky slip in his earlier miss, maybe greatest typified a remodeled Fulham show.
The guests took a way more defensive strategy within the second half in an try to maintain Leicester at bay however, after Lookman was denied by Schmeichel at shut vary with quarter-hour remaining, Parker’s males efficiently endured a late barrage to depart with a wonderful three factors.
Under-par Leicester miss out
Brighton’s injury-time equaliser towards Liverpool and Tottenham’s goalless draw with Chelsea over the weekend gave Leicester the possibility to maintain tempo on the prime and put a disappointing show at Anfield behind them.
Nonetheless, a late flurry was not sufficient to undo the harm of an uninspiring first-half efficiency.
Rodgers’ facet needed to wait till the nineteenth minute for his or her first makes an attempt at objective, however Fofana lacked composure after he was quickest to react to Tielemans’ sweetly hit volley from the sting of the penalty space.
Starved of provide towards Liverpool, final season’s Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy struggled once more towards the Londoners, touching the ball solely as soon as within the first 25 minutes on the King Energy Stadium.
Vardy, whose last-gasp equaliser towards Braga on Thursday ensured qualification for the Europa League final 32 with two video games to spare, produced a intelligent flick from Dennis Praet’s cross to attract Alphonse Areola into motion, however it was a uncommon alternative for the hosts.
After Vardy’s header arrange Barnes, substitute Kelechi Iheanacho twice had a shot blocked in a determined last push for an equaliser – however it’s now successive league defeats for the Foxes.
Following their penultimate Europa League group sport towards Zorya Luhansk in Ukraine on Thursday (17:55 GMT), Leicester go to Sheffield United on Sunday (14:15).
Fulham have 4 days to regroup earlier than they journey to Manchester Metropolis on Saturday afternoon (15:00).
- 24MendySubstituted forIheanachoat 70′minutes
- 33ThomasSubstituted forÜnderat 45′minutes
- 26PraetSubstituted forBarnesat 45′minutes
- 14De Cordova-Reid
- 16AdarabioyoBooked at 89mins
- 15Loftus-CheekSubstituted forLeminaat 77′minutes
- 21ReedBooked at 18mins
- 29Zambo Anguissa
- 19LookmanSubstituted forBryanat 90′minutes
- 17CavaleiroSubstituted forMitrovicat 87′minutes
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Match ends, Leicester Metropolis 1, Fulham 2.
Second Half ends, Leicester Metropolis 1, Fulham 2.
Nook, Fulham. Conceded by Christian Fuchs.
Try blocked. Ola Aina (Fulham) left footed shot from greater than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Nook, Leicester Metropolis. Conceded by Tosin Adarabioyo.
Try blocked. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester Metropolis) left footed shot from the precise facet of the six yard field is blocked. Assisted by Cengiz Ünder.
Try missed. James Justin (Leicester Metropolis) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is excessive and extensive to the precise following a nook.
Nook, Leicester Metropolis. Conceded by Ola Aina.
Try blocked. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester Metropolis) left footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Harvey Barnes.
Substitution, Fulham. Joe Bryan replaces Ademola Lookman.
Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester Metropolis).
Tosin Adarabioyo (Fulham) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Tosin Adarabioyo (Fulham) is proven the yellow card.
Foul by Wesley Fofana (Leicester Metropolis).
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Try missed. James Maddison (Leicester Metropolis) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is just too excessive. Assisted by Christian Fuchs.
Substitution, Fulham. Aleksandar Mitrovic replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.
Aim! Leicester Metropolis 1, Fulham 2. Harvey Barnes (Leicester Metropolis) left footed shot from the centre of the field to the highest left nook. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a headed cross.
Try blocked. Cengiz Ünder (Leicester Metropolis) left footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Youri Tielemans.
Nook, Leicester Metropolis. Conceded by Joachim Andersen.