CM – Robbie Brady makes his Bournemouth debut but is split at Craven Cottage after Fulham’s late equalizer



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Scott Parker and the Bournemouth players look dejected after their top draw in the Sky Bet Championship against Fulham. (Photo by Clive Rose / Getty Images) Newsdesk Twitter Email

Irishman Robbie Brady finally made his Bournemouth debut with an 88.

Dominic Solanke’s Cherries goal was few Seconds into the start of the second half looked like Scott Parker’s guests would make his first return to Fulham since retiring as coach in June.

But defender Adarabioyo headed a cross from substitute Tom Cairney to make sure that Fulham had a point ahead of an often bad-tempered home game against their automatic promotion rivals.

Both goalkeepers were tested early. Fulham’s Marek Rodak was comfortable enough behind Adam Smiths Drive before Mark Travers parried a low drive from Neeskens Kebano at the other end at the expense of a curve.

The lively Kebano was soon back, with exactly the same result and the corner that followed led to an in-goal scramble with the ball struck by Bournemouth’s Gary Cahill on the arm, but referee Tim Robinson either failed to notice or ruled it unintentionally.

Lewis Cook was booked for a 15th-minute lunge against Kebano , with both feet off the ground, and the game was stopped shortly afterwards for Solanke, who was injured in a collision with Adarabioyo, to have his head bandaged.

The bandage almost got an immediate submission, when Solanke placed a header from seven meters just next to Rodak’s right post.

The former Englishman returned in the 30th minute, burst into the box on the left and shot kna pp past the gate.

Jack Stacey became the next Bournemouth man to be booked for another lunge on Kebano, and the couple reunited shortly afterwards, with Stacey blocking the winger’s shot from the six yard area. </ Referee Robinson had to make a different decision within seconds when Harry Wilson went down in the penalty area under a Solanke challenge, but he dismissed criminal complaints.

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Cherries skipper Steve Cook competed Fulham twice within a few seconds just before the break. First he dived to prevent Aleksandar Mitrovic from rolling the ball home from the left penalty area.

Fabio Carvalho was on the rebound, but the veteran defender somehow managed to get his head in the way.

Fulham coach Marco Silva still had time to be cautioned for excessive dissent – and his mood was little improved when Bournemouth scored early in the second period.

A few passes were exchanged before Philip Billings ball over the top resulted in Solanke leaving Denis Odoi behind and whipping him high past Rodak.

Fulham responded with a Kebano move that toppled Travers over the bar before Wilson forced another save and then a narrow shot missed.

Mitrovic had been kept calm but sent a header from a free kick that was narrowly over after Adam Smith stumbled into Wilson without warning.

Bournemouth tried to get Sp iel to slow down, with Travers booked for a waste of time before saving another Mitrovic header and fending off Kebano with his legs.

Travers dived to fend off another Mitrovic header – and Kebano whipped the loose ball out of short Distance into the distance, but Fulham was undisputed.

Adarabioyo hit substitute Cairney’s cross to head the ball from seven meters behind Travers to keep the Cottagers on top.




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