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16:58

FULL TIME

It finishes 1-1 here at Vitality Stadium. A brilliant point for the Cherries in the final seconds!

90'+7'

GOAL - SOLANKE

HE SCORES!

Cool as you like as Solanke picks out the bottom corner. What a penalty!

90'+6'

Silva sent off

Fulham boss Marco Silva sent off. More time to wait for Solanke...

90'+5'

Adarabioyo booked

The Fulham man booked for his reaction.

Solanke is going to take. Fulham attempting to disrupt the box as much as possible.

90'+5'

PENALTY!!!!

THE CHERRIES HAVE A PENALTY!

Adam Smith is fouled in the area and the Cherries can equalise. Wilson with the foul as he clips him from behind. 

90'+4'

Still not away from the corner

Fulham waste a couple of minutes in the corner before Phillips wins a free-kick.

90'+3'

Corner to Fulham

Mitrovic and his teammates do well in the corner to waste a few seconds and win a throw-in.

90'+2'

Throw to Fulham

Wilson wins a throw following a tackle from Kelly. Fulham taking plenty of time to take their set-pieces, as you'd expect at this stage of the game.

Tete receives a yellow due to his time-wasting.

The throw is eventually taken and it's touched behind for a corner.

90+1'

Yellow for Rodak

Timewasting earns the keeper a booking.

90'

Just wide

That was a chance!

A ball into the box is headed down and it falls nicely for Cantwell, but his effort flies into the side netting.

Five minutes added.

87'

Yellow for Mitrovic

He clips Cook's ankles and receives a yellow. 

84'

Cherries pushing

The Cherries are really pushing for the equaliser now. Balls are coming in from wide players constantly.

Christie has the chance to shoot at the edge of the box, being being bundled to the floor. No foul.

80'

Fulham change

Jean Michael Seri replaces Tom Cairney in Fulham's final change.

Ten minutes to go for the Cherries!

77'

Cantwell on

The Cherries make a final change as Todd Cantwell replaces Jefferson Lerma.

76'

CLOSE!

Fulham almost have a second.

Wilson's ball from the right is headed back by Ream and from close range, Adarabioyo heads against the bar. 

75'

15 minutes to go

Can the Cherries get back into this game?

It's a very stop-start game as niggly fouls dominate proceedings, Smith receiving a yellow card for a foul on Carvalho. 

73'

Yellow for Robinson

The substitute receives a yellow card for a pull on Cook.

71'

Change for Fulham

Harrison Reed is replaced by Nathaniel Chalobah.

The midfielder was on a yellow card so clearly Fulham want to remove any chance of a red.

69'

Lots of niggly fouls now

Dembele makes a good run on the ball and is brought to the ground.

Christie takes the free-kick but his delivery is headed away. 

68'

Second change for the Cherries

Siriki Dembele replaces Jaidon Anthony here. 

67'

Just over!

Anthony takes it and tries to pick out the top corner. However, it's too heavy and flies just over the bar.

66'

Free-kick to the Cherries

Solanke wins a free-kick at the edge of the area after being bundled over by Reed.

The Fulham man is fortunate not to receive a second yellow card for that.

Nonetheless, it's a good area for a shot. Anthony and Christie over it...

63'

Lowe shot saved

Smith makes a good interception in the middle of the pitch and Lerma releases Lowe.

He drives forward and cuts inside, shooting from the edge of the box. His effort is fairly comfortable for Rodak.

62'

Yellow for Phillips

It's becoming very feisty here as Phillips receives a yellow card for a foul on Carvalho on the touchline. 

61'

Handball?!

The resulting corner is good and Phillips flings himself at it in the middle, but doesn't meet it.

The Cherries think Robinson has handballed it at the back post but the referee waves play on. 

60'

CLOSE!

Anthony's delivery is good and it's glanced on by Cairney, flying just wide of the back post. 

58'

Yellow card for Reed

The Cherries immediately search for an equaliser and counter attack quickly.

Laird picks up a good area and is smashed to the floor by Reed, who receives a yellow card.

It's a decent area to deliver the ball into the box...

54'

GOAL - Mitrovic

The visitors have the lead. 

Mitrovic rises highest at the back post and heads at goal. Travers thinks he's made an excellent save as he hooks it back away from goal.

The referee's watch signals its a goal though and Fulham celebrate. It looks incredibly tight.

53'

Good defending by Tete

The Cherries have been camped in the Fulham half to start this second half as they win a series of throws on the right touchline.

They don't come to anything and the Cherries shift it to the left flank. Lerma plays a clever pass into the area for Smith to run onto.

The wing-back looks favourite but Tete does well to get his body in the way and win a free-kick.

48'

Corner to the Cherries

A bright start to the second half as Solanke wins a corner on the right side.

Christie steps up to take it but his delivery towards the near post is headed away.

47'

Slight change to the shape

Nothing drastic has changed to the shape at the break but Lowe is the most advanced forward, Solanke is slightly deeper - where Billing was in the first half.

46'

Back underway!

The Cherries start us off in this second half...

HT

Half-time changes

Jamal Lowe is replacing Philip Billing at the break. The Dane was excellent in the first half but has been struggling with a knock.

Fulham also make a change as Antonee Robinson replaces Joe Bryan. The left-back struggled with Ryan Christie in the first half and conceded seven fouls, leaving him at risk of a second yellow at the break. 

HT

An even first half

There hasn't been a lot to separate the two teams and that is reflected in the stats at the interval.

Fulham have edged the possession with 51% of the ball, but I'd argue that Bournemouth have looked the most dangerous so far.

Both teams have had three shots but only Wilson's shot which Travers saved was on target.

The foul count is the one that probably reflects the first half the most accurately - Fulham have conceded 14 while the Cherries have conceded eight. Just shows how niggly it's been. 

HT

HALF-TIME

Still level at the break.

It's been a fascinating first half, albeit there have been few chances for either team.

The Cherries have played really well and have had some nice moves, while defending well at the back.

We're in store for a very interesting second half. 

45'+3'

Free-kick to the Cherries

Another dangerous area for the Cherries as Bryan is penalised for a handball.

It's in line with the area and Anthony whips it in. However, the referee immediately blows for a foul.

45+2'

Penalty claim for the Cherries!

Should the Cherries have a penalty here?!

Kelly plays a nice ball for Anthony to run onto and he turns, and darts into the box.

He thinks Tete has bundled him to the floor but the referee emphatically waves play on. 

45'

Three minutes added on

42'

Free-kick to the Cherries on the right

Billing wins a free-kick is a crossing position as Kebano bundles him over from behind.

Christie and Anthony stand over it, the latter whipping it into a great area between the defence and goalkeeper.

However, no Cherries player was there to get a touch and it bounces out of play.

39'

Solanke shot blocked

The Cherries win the ball in an advanced area as Solanke nicks it from Ream.

He drives forward and takes a shot from his left foot but a Fulham body deflects it wide for a corner.

Anthony's deep cross is aimed for Lerma to run onto but he doesn't get a firm connection on the header.

The Cherries keep it alive with a few crosses but Anthony's deep cross towards Billing and Christie bounces out of play. 

37'

Anthony presses Tete

The Cherries defend well as Carvalho's cross is forced out of play.

Phillips tries to quickly push the Cherries forward and plays a long ball to Anthony on the left.

At first, it looks an easy situation for Tete to deal with but pressure from Anthony rushes his header back to the goalkeeper and Rodak just keeps hold of it.

34'

Booking for Bryan

As play resumes, Phillips is called into action as he makes a great clearance from Kebano's cross.

At the other end, Christie picks out Anthony in space in the box, he attempts to cut back onto his strongest foot but is smothered by Fulham defenders.

Bryan fouls Christie as they go for a header and receives a yellow card. 

30'

Break in play

Philip Billing needs treatment and receives a couple moments of physio attention.

Scott Parker has a word with Jamal Lowe on the touchline in case the forward is needed but Billing is set to continue. 

28'

Tempers fraying a bit

It's a very competitive game here and Christie and Bryan battle on the touchline in front of the dugouts.

Both dugouts are unhappy with the way the opposition player took part in that battle of the ball and the referee has a word with both Parker and Silva.

24'

Somehow Bryan not booked

It's about foul number four from the Fulham left-back Joe Bryan, nearly all on Ryan Christie, and he's still avoided a yellow card. The referee signals to acknowledge all four fouls but gives him a warning.

22'

Good save, Travers!

The visitors have attempted to slow down the tempo that the Cherries set in the opening few minutes, and therefore limit the effect of the press.

They've been fairly successful at that, gaining a bit more control of the ball and winning their first corner, via Laird's block.

Reed passes it in from the left and the routine creates the opportunity for a Fulham shot, but Cook makes a good tackle.

It lands at Wilson and tries to pick out the far corner but Travers watches it all the way and pushes it away.

17'

A battle so far!

There really isn't much to separate the two teams so far. Both sets of player are giving everything for every loose ball and it's a really interesting encounter.

Very few chances to note so far though.

13'

Wilson's cross flies out of play

The tempo drops a little bit and Fulham have the chance to send in their first cross of the game as Wilson picks it up on the right.

His deep cross flies out of play for a goal-kick.

The early stages have been a bit stop-start, Graham Scott isn't letting play run much.

12'

It's been a decent start

The Vitality Stadium crowd have enjoyed what has been a really good opening period to this game.

The Cherries have looked sharp, moving the ball around nicely at times and making some big tackles. The press is as intense as we've seen all season.

Fulham can obviously play and it looks to be a really good game of football here.

7'

Nice move from the Cherries!

As we hit the seventh minute, the crowd chants David Brooks's name and the Cherries put together their best move of the game.

Solanke drops very deep and receives the ball from Phillips. After a nice one-two with Billing, Solanke touches it on for the Dane to run onto.

He curls a low ball into the area but it's cleared by a Fulham defender.

5'

How both teams line-up

The Cherries haven't quite returned to our usual 4-3-3 shape it looks like.

Jaidon Anthony is playing quite deep and narrow, while Billing and Lerma are pushing very high at times. Billing is on the right while Lerma is on the left, contrary to the usual sides.

When pressing, Billing is basically a second striker, playing just behind Solanke.

Fulham are also in a 4-3-3 as Kebano and Wilson operate on the touchline. The likes of Carvalho and Cairney are pushing forward too.

It's been fairly even so far as Adam Smith has the first shot from distance, his effort is blocked. 

2'

Yellow for Cook

Not the ideal start for Lewis Cook as he picks up a yellow.

Mitrovic deflects a midfield pass and Fulham burst away on the counter attack.

Cook darts back and bundles Wilson to the floor, receiving the first yellow card just a minute into the game.

Wilson takes aim from the set-piece but his effort crashes off the wall.

1'

Fulham get us underway!

The visitors kick us off at Vitality Stadium and we're underway!

14:57

Here they come!

The atmosphere is absolutely bouncing here!

Mike Botto, on the PA, gets a cheer from each of the stands as the Cherries fans burst into song. The Fulham fans match them from the away end.

There's a massive ovation as the two teams make their way to the pitch. It's definitely got a big game feel to it! 

14:50

All Player of the Season nominees playing today!

An interesting note this afternoon is that all three nominees for Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season are on the pitch today.

Dominic Solanke is nominated having scored 26 league goals for the Cherries, capping off an excellent individual season.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is surely the favourite for the award, the Fulham striker has netted 40 goals in 40 games this season.

His teammate, and former Cherries loanee, Harry Wilson is the third nominee - he's got ten goals and 16 assists this campaign.

The ceremony takes place on Sunday evening.

14:47

Big ovation for the Cherries

Scott Parker's side finish their warm-ups in-front of the Steve Fletcher Stand and get a big cheer from the home fans.

There's a good atmosphere already here!

14:46

Getting prepped!

14:45

Warm-ups well underway

Both teams are out on the pitch at Vitality Stadium going through some final warm-ups.

It's been interesting to watch what each team is doing.

The Cherries have been split into their different units, under the watchful eye of Scott Parker. The defenders have been doing some defensive drills while the forwards are shooting at goal.

Fulham have set up a crossing drill. One of the midfield players drills the ball to a wide player, who look to be their wing-backs, and they cross it into the box for two attacking players to try and score from.

That probably presents an idea of what Fulham will be about this afternoon - getting into crossing positions and trying to find the likes of Mitrovic in the middle.

14:41

Parker lavishes praise on Kelly

Scott Parker has been speaking about Cherries captain Lloyd Kelly in the build-up to this fixture.

He couldn't have been more complimentary.

He told the media during the week: "I think Lloyd Kelly has got the attributes and the ability to be a top Premier League centre-half. And I think we are blessed and very, very lucky to have someone of his quality, really.

"You take players like Lloyd probably for granted in the sense of he makes things look very effortless and easy.

“Lloyd Kelly is one of the first on this teamsheet, that’s the facts. And why is that? It's because I believe he's too good for this level, to be honest with you. And he's a top, top centre half."

“The responsibility on Lloyd Kelly is enormous, absolutely enormous.

"He's the captain of this side, at a very young age. The first time he's ever done that. And those experiences he's probably facing on a day-to-day basis are probably very different.

"So he's learning on that. The responsibility I put on him in this team in terms of first phase build up and what he needs to bring - high line, aggressive."

14:27

Laird is becoming a 'better person'

Manchester United loanee Ethan Laird makes his third consecutive start for the Cherries this afternoon.

He's been part of a defence who have kept two clean sheets in his first two starts, the 20-year-old making his mark after an injury affected start to his loan spell.

The full-back will be hoping to continue to impress and play a big part in the remainder of the season and we caught up with him during the week to discuss how he's finding his time here.

Laird said: “I definitely feel like I’m a better person because of this loan.

“You come from a bubble playing for Manchester United, I went to Swansea and already knew the Gaffer so it’s good to be in a new environment and working with a new manager.

“Obviously it’s hard when you come to a new place and it doesn’t go the way you want it, it’s about staying with the task, staying persistent and taking your chance when you get it and I’ve had my chance and I seem to be keeping my spot at the moment.

"I think the chemistry throughout the squad shows on the pitch, I can’t really say it about most squads but in this squad, everyone loves each other, it’s got a real family feel and it shows on the pitch. I’m loving it with the lads."

14:25

Relaxed and ready!

14:15

Billing is programme cover star

Cherries midfielder Philip Billing is back in the starting line-up and is the programme cover star this afternoon.

He caught up with MATCHDAY about the season so far for him and taking on new responsibilities at the club.

How has the season gone for you?

The season has gone well. Nine goals so far, seven assists. On a personal note, it’s been good so far. I have my goals and want to get more, could have had more but from a club and team perspective, so far so good. We’ve got a young team and I’m proud of every single player, everyone has contributed so much this season. The manager coming in in the summer and using the young players like he has, I obviously play closely with Jaidon and JZ, two great prospects, it’s enjoyable to play with them. We have to keep going but I think it’s been a great season so far, on a personal and team perspective. 

The young players in the team affectionately call you ‘Uncle Phil’. How have you adjusted to a leadership role this season?

This season has been different to every other season I’ve had, because the team is so young so all of the sudden you become one of the older players, even though I’m only 25. It’s a joy to help the young players, especially on the pitch, I’m just trying to do my part. If I can make someone feel better on the pitch and help them, I’ve done my job. It’s definitely different in that aspect, I do feel like I have to take on more responsibility. I’m not the biggest talker on the pitch, I’ll let my energy and my football do the talking and those games where I’ve done that, the team has followed.

How has your game developed this season?

I feel it’s developed a lot. I’ve always loved having tussles in games whereas this season is more about my position, it’s about waiting for the ball, finding positions and being more clever. I’ve learned more about that side of the game and you can see that in my stats: the chances created, goals, assists. It’s been an enjoyable season and I feel under the new gaffer that I’ve learned so much, on and off the pitch. For me, it’s been perfect so far.
 

14:00

TEAM NEWS

Scott Parker confirms how the Cherries will line-up for this afternoon's game.

Philip Billing returns to the starting line-up, while Jamal Lowe starts on the bench. 

13:40

Parker congratulates Fulham

Fulham's victory over Preston North End during the week confirmed promotion to the Premier League.

Cherries head coach Scott Parker congratulated his former side in his programme notes this afternoon.

He said: "I would like to extend my congratulations to Marco Silva, his staff, players and everyone connected with Fulham for securing promotion to the Premier League. It highlights how strong Fulham have been this season and we're expecting another tough game this afternoon, with plenty still to play for."

13:30

WELCOME TO OUR LIVE COVERAGE

Good afternoon,

Thank you for joining us as the Cherries welcome Fulham to Vitality Stadium.

Fulham are riding high having secured promotion to the Premier League on Tuesday while the Cherries are hoping to reaffirm their own top-flight ambitions.

We'll be bringing you live updates throughout the afternoon. 

Other games that day

  • Luton Town1
    Blackpool1
    FT
  • Peterborough United0
    Nottingham Forest1
    FT
  • Birmingham City2
    Millwall2
    FT
  • Derby County1
    Bristol City3
    FT
  • Hull City3
    Reading0
    FT
  • West Bromwich Albion0
    Coventry City0
    FT
  • Sheffield United1
    Cardiff City0
    FT
  • Swansea City1
    Middlesbrough1
    FT
  • Stoke City1
    Queens Park Rangers0
    FT

As it stood

PL GD Pts
1 Fulham 43 +61 87
3 Huddersfield Town 44 +14 76
4 Nottingham Forest 42 +29 73
5 Luton Town 44 +14 72
6 Sheffield United 44 +12 69
7 Millwall 44 +6 66
8 Middlesbrough 43 +8 64
9 Blackburn Rovers 43 +8 63
10 Queens Park Rangers 44 +2 63
11 Coventry City 44 +2 63
12 Stoke City 44 +7 61
13 West Bromwich Albion 44 +2 61
14 Swansea City 43 -5 60
15 Preston North End 43 -6 58
16 Blackpool 43 +1 57
17 Bristol City 44 -18 52
18 Hull City 44 -8 50
19 Cardiff City 43 -17 49
20 Birmingham City 44 -24 46
21 Reading 44 -31 41
22 Peterborough United 44 -46 34
23 Derby County 44 -9 31
24 Barnsley 43 -32 30

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