Fulham claimed simply its second win within the English Premier League by beating Leicester 2-1 away on Monday, celebrating one among its targets with a tribute to former player Papa Boupa Diop following his demise.
Ademola Lookman held up Senegal’s No 19 jersey worn by Diop after scoring the Thirtieth-minute opener for Fulham at King Energy Stadium.
Diop, fondly nicknamed “Wardrobe” throughout his time at Fulham, performed for the southwest London staff from 2004-07. His demise was introduced on Sunday (Monday NZT).
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Ivan Cavaleiro added a second aim for the guests from the penalty spot within the thirty eighth minute after Christian Fuchs tripped Bobby De Cordova Reid.
Fulham beforehand failed with three makes an attempt from the spot this season.
Fourth-placed Leicester, who diminished the deficit via substitute Harvey Barnes within the 86th minute, may have moved stage with Tottenham and Liverpool on the high with a win towards a staff whose solely earlier victory of their first season again within the top-flight was over one other struggling facet, West Bromwich Albion.
However Brendan Rodgers’ staff struggled to interrupt via the worst defence within the league, with an 86th-minute aim from substitute Harvey Barnes all Leicester may handle.
“I am delighted with the staff’s efforts,” Fulham supervisor Scott Parker stated.
“With the place we’re, we’re judged on our outcomes. It was a battling show, some magnificent performances and a few actual high quality as properly.”
Leicester struck the aim body twice in a matter of seconds within the first half, via Youri Tielemans after which Wesley Fofana with the follow-up, however Rodgers stated his staff was deservedly overwhelmed.
“We’re a younger facet and we have had some excellent performances,” Rodgers stated. “Evenings like this present the youthfulness of the staff and we have nonetheless bought work to do. We’re not adequate to be complacent on this league.”
HAMMERS RIDE LUCK AGAINST VILLA
Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins missed a penalty then had a stoppage-time equaliser dominated out by VAR for the narrowest of offside calls as West Ham held on for a 2-1 win to maneuver into fifth place within the English Premier League on Monday (Tuesday NZT).
Watkins thought he made amends for his 74th-minute failure from the spot – his effort struck the crossbar and bounced over – when he side-footed house a end from a left-wing cross at the beginning of 5 minutes of extra time.
The video assistant referee spent round three minutes deliberating whether or not Watkins’ outstretched arm made him offside and eventually reached the choice, a lot to the striker’s disgust.
Watkins may solely have had his arm out as a result of he was making an attempt to shrug off West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna, who had his arms across the striker contained in the penalty space.
“We have had a aim disallowed for part of the physique that may’t rating a aim anyway,” Villa supervisor Dean Smith stated.
“The one purpose his arm is out there’s as a result of he is getting fouled. I do not perceive that … if his arm is on the market ‘cos he is getting fouled, that is a penalty.”
West Ham supervisor David Moyes complained the choice took too lengthy to be reached and felt it was offside all alongside.
“I had one fast look and it seemed offside to me,” Moyes stated. “These small issues went for us tonight.”
West Ham’s targets got here proper at the beginning of every half, with Ogbonna heading house a nook inside the primary two minutes and Jarrod Bowen flicking in a header inside a minute into the second half.
Jack Grealish scored a deflected shot between these targets for Villa, who may have moved into the highest 4 with a win.