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Adarabioyo rescues point for Fulham in draw with Bournemouth


Dominic Solanke
Dominic Solanke’s 16th Championship goal of the season had put Bournemouth ahead early in the second half

Tosin Adarabioyo’s first goal for Fulham ensured his side shared the points with Bournemouth in a meeting of the Championship’s top two.

The defender glanced home substitute Tom Cairney’s cross with six minutes remaining to keep his team one point clear in first place.

Dominic Solanke had scored his 17th goal of the season six seconds into the second half to put Bournemouth ahead.

But they could not hang on to give manager Scott Parker a winning return to his old club.

It is now three successive draws for Marco Silva’s Fulham, whereas Bournemouth have won only one of their past six games following a blistering start to the season.

With the Championship season almost at its halfway point, there was genuine excitement ahead of the meeting of the division’s two outstanding teams so far and they did not disappoint with an enthralling encounter.

No side had scored more than Fulham’s 49 goals, while they and Bournemouth shared the joint best defensive record – along with West Brom – with just 16 conceded.

There was the added spice, too, of Parker returning to the club he left in the summer after more than two years in charge with both promotion and relegation on his CV from his time at Craven Cottage.

The tempo was high from the off with Adam Smith testing Marek Rodak for the visitors and Neeskens Kebano twice forcing saves out of Mark Travers at the other end all inside the first 10 minutes.

In a game littered with intrigue and sub-plots, the Championship’s top two strikers were also on the field in Aleksandar Mitrovic and Solanke.

Solanke is having his best ever season for goals and he twice nearly gave Bournemouth the lead, but the 24-year-old was just off target on both occasions.

But as a pulsating half ended, Fulham looked certain to score, only for visiting captain Steve Cook to make two sensational goalbound blocks in the same attack, from Mitrovic and then Fabio Carvalho.

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Fulham

  1. Squad number1Player nameRodák

  2. Squad number4Player nameOdoi

  3. Squad number16Player nameTosin

  4. Squad number13Player nameReam

  5. Squad number23Player nameBryan

  6. Squad number24Player nameSeri

  7. Squad number6Player nameReed

  8. Squad number8Player nameWilson

  9. Squad number28Player nameCarvalho

  10. Squad number7Player nameKebano

  11. Squad number9Player nameMitrovic

  1. Squad number10Player nameCairney

  2. Squad number14Player nameDe Cordova-Reid

AFC Bournemouth

  1. Squad number42Player nameTravers

  2. Squad number17Player nameStacey

  3. Squad number24Player nameCahill

  4. Squad number3Player nameS Cook

  5. Squad number15Player nameA Smith

  6. Squad number4Player nameL Cook

  7. Squad number29Player nameBilling

  8. Squad number11Player nameEmiliano Marcondes

  9. Squad number10Player nameChristie

  10. Squad number9Player nameSolanke

  11. Squad number32Player nameAnthony

  1. Squad number6Player nameMepham

  2. Squad number12Player nameBrady

  3. Squad number22Player namePearson

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Rodák
  • 4Odoi
  • 16Tosin
  • 13Ream
  • 23BryanBooked at 68mins
  • 24SeriSubstituted forCairneyat 70′minutes
  • 6Reed
  • 8Wilson
  • 28CarvalhoBooked at 51minsSubstituted forDe Cordova-Reidat 70′minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 7Kebano
  • 9Mitrovic

Substitutes

  • 2Tete
  • 3Hector
  • 10Cairney
  • 14De Cordova-Reid
  • 19Muniz Carvalho
  • 21Gazzaniga
  • 25Onomah

Bournemouth

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 42TraversBooked at 62mins
  • 17StaceyBooked at 34mins
  • 24Cahill
  • 3S Cook
  • 15A SmithBooked at 61minsSubstituted forMephamat 89′minutes
  • 4L CookBooked at 16mins
  • 29BillingBooked at 88mins
  • 11MarcondesSubstituted forPearsonat 56′minutes
  • 10ChristieBooked at 80mins
  • 9Solanke
  • 32AnthonySubstituted forBradyat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Nyland
  • 6Mepham
  • 12Brady
  • 18Lowe
  • 22Pearson
  • 26Kilkenny
  • 27Rogers

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