Fulham 2-2 Bournemouth: The Cherries remain unbeaten under Gary O’Neil


Aleksandar Mitrovic’s penalty goal was his fifth this season at Craven Cottage.

Bournemouth remain unbeaten under interim manager Gary O’Neil after drawing 2-2 with Fulham.

The Cherries took the lead through Dominic Solanke after just over a minute, but Issa Diop equalized for the hosts.

Jefferson Lerma restored the lead before the break, but an Aleksandar Mitrovic penalty early in the second half brought Fulham level again.

O’Neil has now overseen four draws and two wins since Scott Parker was sacked in August.

Fulham fought back well to twice come from behind to earn a point after back-to-back defeats at Newcastle and West Ham.

The result leaves Bournemouth in ninth place in the Premier League, with Fulham one place and one point below.

The O’Neil job application is going strong

O’Neil remains a good chance to be Parker’s permanent successor after another impressive display for the Cherries.

Parker’s sacking, following the 9-0 humiliation by Liverpool at Anfield, led to the 39-year-old stepping down, but Bill Foley’s handover looks set to be completed with O’Neil continuing for now.

It took just 64 seconds for his confident side to get off to a flying start when a brilliant pass from Marcus Tavernier saw Philip Billing and Solanke trade passes before the former Liverpool striker slotted his shot past Bernd Leno.

And they were quickly shaken by Fulham leveling when Solanke set up Lerma, who gave Leno no chance from the edge of the box.

But following Mitrovic’s equaliser, Bournemouth spent much of the second half on the back foot and rarely threatened to regain the lead for a third time.

They face Southampton at home on Wednesday and should relish the chance to fight alongside their neighbors on a six-match unbeaten run.

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Player of the match

ChristieRyan Christie

Fulham

  1. Group number9Player nameMitrovica

  2. Group number20Player nameWilliam

  3. Group number18Player nameAndreas Pereira

  4. Group number10Player nameCairney

  5. Group number8Player nameWilson

  6. Group number30Player nameCarlos Vinicius

  7. Group number26Player nameJoão Palhinha

  8. Group number31Player nameDiop

  9. Group number21Player nameJames

  10. Group number17Player nameLeno

  11. Group number33Player nameRobinson

  12. Group number14Player nameCordova-Reid

  13. Group number6Player nameReed

  14. Group number7Player nameKebano

  15. Group number13Player namethe oar

AFC Bournemouth

  1. Group number10Player nameChristie

  2. Group number9Player nameSolanke

  3. Group number29Player nameBilling

  4. Group number6Player nameMefam

  5. Group number8Player nameLerma

  6. Group number15Player namea smith

  7. Group number16Player namebartender

  8. Group number4Player nameL to the cook

  9. Group number13Player nameNeto

  10. Group number25Player namein the year

  11. Group number2Player nameFredericks

  12. Group number21Player nameMoore

  13. Group number33Player nameto heaven

  14. Group number17Player nameStacey

  15. Group number32Player nameAnthony

The eleven

Fulham

training 4-2-3-1

  • 17Leno
  • 14Cordova-ReidBooked in 38 minutes
  • 31Diop
  • 13the oarBooked in 54 minutes
  • 33Robinson
  • 6Reedreplaced byCairneyin 45′minutes
  • 26Wolf Alves Palhinha Gonçalves
  • 21Jamesreplaced byWilliamin 45′minutes
  • 18Pereirareplaced byAlves Moraisin 87′minutes
  • 7Kebanoreplaced byWilsonin 62′minutes
  • 9Mitrovica

replacements

  • 1local
  • 4In fact
  • 5Duffy
  • 8Wilson
  • 10Cairney
  • 20William
  • 27mother
  • 30Alves Morais
  • 38Harris

Bournemouth

training 4-4-2

  • 13Murara Neto
  • 2Fredericks
  • 6Mefam
  • 25in the year
  • 15a smith
  • 10Christiereplaced byStaceyin 89′minutes
  • 4L to the cook
  • 8Lerma
  • 16bartenderreplaced byAnthonyin 75′minutes
  • 29Billingreplaced byto heavenin 80′minutes
  • 9Solankereplaced byMoorein 89′minutes

replacements

  • 1Travers
  • 3Stephens
  • 14Rothwell
  • 17Stacey
  • 19Stanislas
  • 20Dembele’s
  • 21Moore
  • 32Anthony
  • 33to heaven

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