Harry Wilson’s Fulham debut was a great success. Marco Silva, however, had an unwelcoming introduction to Sky Bet Championship. Middlesbrough won a 1-1 draw.
Fulham took some time to start the match in an even half. However, Wilson (ex- Liverpool winger) gave Fulham a magical moment that made them win at halftime.
Although the hosts were among the favorites to win this season’s promotion, they started the second half strong and created a lot of opportunities. However, it was Middlesbrough that scored in the final minutes to score a point for Craven Cottage.
Substitutes Marcus Tavernier, Isaiah Jones and Marc Bola played brilliantly to set Marc Bola up. Marc Bola scored in the 77th minutes to give Silva a glimpse of the Championship.
Boro got a point at Craven Cottage
It took some time for both sides to get warm up before the season opener. Aleksandar Mitrovic, however was booked within 12 seconds of clattering into Jonny Howson from Boro.
Josh Onomah was the most visible goalkeeper in the first 15 minutes. However, Paddy McNair’s good tracking saw his attempt slip away. Wilson sent an angry volley goalwards shortly after. Joe Lumley saved the match with a brilliant leaping stop.
The most activity was on the bench as Fulham’s and Middlesbrough’s assistants Luis Boa Morte, and Kevin Blackwell, were each given yellow cards following a seemingly innocuous attack by Bola on Wilson. Both saw the rest of the match in their dugouts.
Wilson’s magic moment saw the deadlock being broken in the first half. After some excellent hold-up play to the right, Onomah selected him and gave the Wales international far too much space and time to locate his shooting spot. As he introduced himself to his fans, he made a spectacular half-volley and sailed past Lumley.
Middlesbrough displayed their most attacking form towards the end, but Fulham came charging out of the traps at the break.
Five minutes into the second quarter, Fabio Carvalho was penalized. Sam Morsy pressured him to go down. But Keith Stroud dismissed the claim. The 18-year old Carvalho nearly opened his season’s account, but he sent a strong effort into the Hammersmith End.
Fulham’s greatest chance after the goal was in the 63rd minutes. Mitrovic made a fantastic cross from the left flank, with Neeskens KEBANO – who was on loan at Boro for a few months earlier in this year – and he rose up to give the goal-goal. Lumley was unable to stop him from sending his attempt in. Kenny Tete rolled in a beautiful ball soon after. However, Mitrovic was clearly marked by Anfernee Diijksteel when his header flew wide.
Middlesbrough proved why the Championship is exciting by equalising against the odds with the first shot at the target. Tavernier deserves credit for his sensational run. Tete had to intervene in order to stop him. Jones won the ball, but Bola slipped Bola the ball, and Bola gracefully turned before firing in the corner.
Each side could have won it by scoring late goals. Wilson was unable to keep the ball above the goal line, and Mitrovic snatched the rebound from the crossbar. Tavernier tried his luck at the opposite end but Middlesbrough won the game with a point away from Craven Cottage.
Harry Wilson is the Man of Match
Wilson, who is well-known throughout the Championship, showed yet again what an amazing talent he truly is. Bola might be Boro’s hero for his goal but the Fulham winger kept him on the edge of his seat at all costs.
Silva did a great job and could have done more. Silva, despite the outcome, will be happy with Wilson’s money, which may end up being a great deal.
Silva, his manager said to Sky Sports that he would improve every day. Although he has been with us eight-ten days, he doesn’t have enough time to absorb what we expect from him in future. Because he is an excellent player, I requested the board to sign him. I know he will bring good things to us. His performance and game were excellent.”
The manager’s words
Fulham managerMarco Silva“In the end it was a frustrating experience for us as we failed to achieve what we desired and deserved. You know that when you win 1-0, and have complete control over the game, it is important to play more confidently and score more points.
We had some great moments in the first half. The goal was a perfect example of the things we’ve done so far. We wanted to get the second goal as quickly as possible at halftime.
We started the second half well, and had some chances to score. But we couldn’t get the second goal. The team created an opportunity and scored a great goal. Although our players did their best to win the match, at this stage, it was impossible for us not to have won the game.
Middlesbrough ManagerNeil Warnock: “If it had taken us another five minutes I believe we could have won the match. We [Fulham] have a fantastic team and we felt we needed to keep going.
I thought that the changes were good and so we started to work on them. Tav [Tavernier] regrets not scoring two goals and that is how he should be feeling. This is a great start. The fans are amazing and this is what has been missing.
“Bola had an excellent pre-season. To get through 90 minutes is amazing. This was an excellent goal. I can’t imagine a better striker.
Fulham will be back in Sky Bet Championship action Saturday, when they visit Huddersfield. Kick-off is 3pm. Middlesbrough will begin their Carabao Cup campaign Wednesday, when they travel to Blackpool. They then host Bristol City in Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship. Kick-off is 3:00pm.
Publiated at Sun, 8 Aug 2021 15:58:15 +0000