Saturday 30 July 2016, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Sone Aluko 36'; Matt Smith 55'; Floyd Ayité 90'+3
Crystal Palace
1
Anderson 79'

36' Goal

Sone Aluko
Assist by Tom Cairney

55' Goal

Matt Smith

90'+3 Goal

Floyd Ayité

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Scott Parker
Off:Ryan Tunnicliffe

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lasse Vigen Christensen
Off:Matt Smith

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Richard Stearman
Off:Sone Aluko

79' Goal

Keshi Anderson
Assist by Luke Dreher

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Connor Wickham
Off:Yannick Bolasie

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Keshi Anderson
Off:Jordon Mutch

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luke Croll
Off:Jason Puncheon

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luke Dreher
Off:Pape Souare

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chung-yong Lee
Off:Andros Townsend

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Martin Kelly
Off:Joel Ward

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sullay Kaikai
Off:Wilfried Zaha

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jonny Williams
Off:Mile Jedinak

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Fulham’s pre-season campaign ended in style with a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

Fulham’s pre-season campaign ended in style with a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

Sone Aluko had given his side a half-time lead after rounding goalkeeper Julian Speroni, and Matt Smith doubled the lead after the break following a mistake by the goalkeeper.

The FA Cup Finalists pulled one back through substitute Keshi Anderson, but Floyd Ayité wrapped things up at the end of stoppage time following a rapid counter-attack by the Whites.

David Button and Marcus Bettinelli were both carrying minor knocks so sat out as a precaution, meaning Jesse Joronen was named between the sticks. Tim Ream also missed out through illness, while Cauley Woodrow was not risked due to a slight ankle issue.

The best chance in the opening stages came about in the seventh minute. A driving run through the middle by Aluko culminated in him slipping Ayité in on the left flank, whose first time cross was met well by Smith, but his header was straight at Speroni.

With quarter of an hour played Ayité gave the Craven Cottage faithful a glimpse of what he was capable of when he dribbled beyond two defenders to work space for a shot, with his angled drive parried away by Speroni.

But it was the visitors who should have gone in front two minutes later. Scott Dann found space to power in a header from Jason Puncheon’s free-kick from point blank range, but Joronen made a fantastic reaction stop to keep it out.  

The hosts were creating the better openings, though, and midway through the half Smith jinked in between a labyrinth of Palace bodies in order to get a shot away, but it flew over the angle of post and crossbar.

In the 26th minute the Whites were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box after Kevin McDonald had been scythed down by Jordon Mutch. But Cairney, who was wearing the Captain’s armband, drilled it low and into the wall.

At the other end Mutch torpedoed over a cross to Wilfried Zaha, who couldn’t control his header which sailed harmlessly wide.

The breakthrough which Fulham had been threatening arrived 36 minutes in. A slack Palace pass was gleefully seized upon by Cairney who quickly sent Aluko in behind a shell-shocked defence. He then showed great composure to round Speroni and slot into an empty net.

The Eagles looked for an immediate response and went close through Zaha, but he fired his low shot wide of the near post.

They started the second half on the front foot and within two minutes went agonisingly close when Townsend’s wicked inswinging cross just escaped the toe of Mutch who surely would have scored from inside the six-yard box.

But despite their impressive showing after the break, Palace found themselves two down with just 10 minutes played. Denis Odoi’s cross from the right seemed simple enough for Speroni, but he spilled the ball and Smith was on hand to poke in.

The South-East Londoners should have halved the deficit just before the hour mark. Substitute Connor Wickham had done well to bustle his way into the box and his cutback towards both Puncheon and Zaha was blasted wide by the former.

There was concern for Aluko in the 68th minute after he was felled by a despicable Puncheon foul, thankfully he was able to continue though.

Two minutes later McDonald sent the recently introduced Scott Parker in behind the defence with a disguised pass, but the 35-year-old sliced off target on his weaker left foot.

Out of nothing Crystal Palace pulled a goal back with 11 minutes remaining. Luke Dreher sent a ball over the top for Anderson to run on to, and he managed to prod it beyond Joronen before the Finland international could cut it out.

They could have been level shortly after when Mile Jedinak volleyed towards goal following a wide free-kick, but his side-footed effort was straight at Joronen.

Cairney almost added a stunning third in the 86th minute, but his first time curler from the edge of the box bent just beyond the far post.

There was an open end to the game and Ayité should have put the result beyond doubt two minutes later when the ball fell his way in the box following a determined Lasse Vigen Christensen run, but he blasted over the bar.

But the third goal did arrive in the final action of the game. As Fulham countered from a Palace corner, Cairney saw his shot cleared off the line by Jonny Williams, but the ball dropped straight to Ayité who coolly lashed a strike beyond Speroni to bring the curtain down on an impressive pre-season for his side.

Match Information

Competition: Pre-Season Friendly

Date: Saturday 30 July 2016
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 9,219

Fulham

Line-up: Joronen; Odoi, Kalas, Madl, Sessegnon; McDonald, Tunnicliffe (Parker 64'); Cairney, Sone Aluko (Stearman 84'), Floyd Ayité; Matt Smith (Christensen 70')

Unused substitutes: Rodák

Crystal Palace

Line-up: Speroni; Ward (Kelly 75'), Dann, Delaney, Souare (Dreher 70'); Mutch (Anderson 62'), Jedinak (Williams 82'), Puncheon (Croll 70'); Townsend (Lee 75'), Bolasie (Wickham 46'), Zaha (Kaikai 78')

Unused substitutes: Binnom-Williams, Perntreou, Wynter

Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 41Jesse Joronen
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 30Ryan Sessegnon
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 9Matt Smith
Substitutes
  • 42Marek Rodák
  • 5Richard Stearman
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
Crystal Palace (4-3-3)
  • 1Julian Speroni
  • 2Joel Ward
  • 6Scott Dann
  • 27Damien Delaney
  • 23Pape Souare
  • 22Jordon Mutch
  • 15Mile Jedinak
  • 42Jason Puncheon
  • 17Andros Townsend
  • 10Yannick Bolasie
  • 11Wilfried Zaha
Substitutes
  • 3Jerome Binnom-Williams
  • 4Luke Dreher
  • 7Sullay Kaikai
  • 8Keshi Anderson
  • 13Kleton Perntreou
  • 14Chung-yong Lee
  • 16Luke Croll
  • 18Ben Wynter
  • 20Jonny Williams
  • 21Connor Wickham
  • 34Martin Kelly