Friday 30 September 2016, 4:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Kait 15', 37'; Humphrys 34'
Middlesbrough
1
De Pena (pen) 72'

15' Goal

Mattias Kait

34' Goal

Stephen Humphrys
Assist by Marlon Fossey

37' Goal

Mattias Kait

42' Yellow Card

Joshua Smile Card was given for a foul

48' Yellow Card

Mattias Kait Card was given for a foul

71' Yellow Card

Aron Davies Card was given for a foul

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mikolaj Kwietniewski
Off:Mattias Kait

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
Off:Stephen Humphrys

72' Penalty

Carlos De Pena

70' Yellow Card

Thomas McAloon Card was given for a foul

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josef Wheatley
Off:Bryn Morris

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marcus Tavernier
Off:James Husband

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joao Morelli
Off:Junior Mondal

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Fulham’s Premier League Cup campaign began with a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough at Motspur Park on Friday afternoon.

Fulham’s Premier League Cup campaign began with a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough at Motspur Park on Friday afternoon.

A first half blitz did the damage, with Mattias Kait netting either side of a Stephen Humphrys strike.

Boro improved after the break and pulled one back through Carlos De Pena’s penalty, but the Whites held on for a deserved three group stage points.

After Alexander Pattison and Robbie Tinkler had gone close for the visitors, Kait tested goalkeeper Aynsley Pears after intercepting a loose pass from former Fulham loanee James Husband.

The Estonian then broke the deadlock after quarter of an hour. After Boro failed to clear a dipping Josh Smile corner, Kait reacted quickest to poke it into the back of the net.

Decent efforts from Tayo Edun and Elijah Adebayo followed, before the Whites put the game to bed in a clinical four minute period.

The second goal was a fine team move, with Edun’s perfectly weighted ball over the top freeing Marlon Fossey, whose cutback was swept into the far corner by Humphrys.

Adebayo was then unfortunate to see his long ranger smack the post following some fine individual play, but it was 3-0 seconds later when Kait showed good composure in the area to take a touch and place the ball beyond Pears.

Boro looked to pull one back before the interval, but Bryn Morris whizzed his shot just past the post, while Marek Rodák denied Jordan McGhee in stoppage time.

The Teessiders caused more problems in the second half, with Rodák called into action to keep out Pattison and Thomas McAloon before the hour mark, while at the other end Adebayo’s acrobatic effort was well blocked.

They did reduce the deficit in the 72nd minute in controversial circumstances. Nobody was quite sure what the referee had blown for – perhaps handball – but De Pena didn’t mind as he lashed his penalty into the corner.

Middlesbrough squandered a couple more half chances through De Pena and Pattison as they chased the game, but Peter Grant’s troops held on to get off to the perfect start in the cup.

Match Information

Competition: Premier League Cup

Date: Friday 30 September 2016
Kick-off: 4:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey
Attendance: 127

Fulham

Line-up: Rodák; Fossey, Davies, Sheckleford, Kavanagh; Kait (Kwietniewski 57'), Smile, Edun; Humphrys (Thorsteinsson 69'), Adebayo, Walker

Unused substitutes: Soutter, Dolan, Jenz

Middlesbrough

Line-up: Pears; McGhee, McGoldrick, Morris (Wheatley 67'), Husband (Tavernier 75'); Tinkler, Elsdon; Mondal (Morelli 82'), Pattison, De Pena; McAloon

Unused substitutes: Johnson, Fryer

Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marek Rodák
  • 2Marlon Fossey
  • 5Aron Davies
  • 6Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 3Sean Kavanagh
  • 8Mattias Kait
  • 4Joshua Smile
  • 11Tayo Edun
  • 7Stephen Humphrys
  • 10Elijah Adebayo
  • 9Josh Walker
Substitutes
  • 12Jake Soutter
  • 14Anthony Dolan
  • 15Moritz Jenz
  • 16Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
  • 17Mikolaj Kwietniewski
Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Aynsley Pears
  • 2Jordan McGhee
  • 3Niall McGoldrick
  • 6Bryn Morris
  • 5James Husband
  • 8Robbie Tinkler
  • 4Matthew Elsdon
  • 7Junior Mondal
  • 10Alexander Pattison
  • 11Carlos De Pena
  • 9Thomas McAloon
Substitutes
  • 12Josef Wheatley
  • 14Joao Morelli
  • 15Marcus Tavernier
  • 16Callum Johnson
  • 17Joseph Fryer