Hull City 2-2 Fulham: Player ratings

by Dan on December 31, 2017

Man-to-man marking on Fulham’s spirited comeback to claim a point at the KCOM Stadium yesterday …

Marcus Bettinelli: Stood no chance with either of the first half goals that seemed certain to doom Fulham to a demoralising defeat so soon after the high of beating Cardiff on Boxing Day. In common with most of his team-mates, struggled to get going early on but made a couple of smart saves before Jarrod Bowen and Nouha Dicko appeared to give Hull an unassailable lead. Made a crucial stop in the second half from Bowen with his feet that kept Fulham in the game at 2-1 – and, as it turned out, proved absolutely pivotal to the Whites grabbing a point. 7

Ryan Fredericks: An iffy first 45 minutes saw him get forward to good effect on a couple of occasions, but he was one of Fulham’s most potent threats in the second period. Covered an awful lot of ground as he surged forward from right full-back. Threw himself in front of Bowen to reduce his shooting angle for that vital Bettinelli save and pushed forward in the final ten minutes regularly, eventually starting the move of one-touch passes that led to Kamara’s equaliser. 7

Tomas Kalas: A tough afternoon for the Czech centre half who appeared unsettled by the physicality of Nouha Dicko as well as Bowen’s willing running. Played the Welsh youngster onside from a barely cleared corner for Hull’s first and was too easily brushed aside by Dicko four minutes later when the striker raced away to bury Jon Toral’s forward pass. Largely untroubled in the second period. 5

Tim Ream: The American struggled with his early distribution from the back but wasn’t helped by the lack of movement from Fulham’s forward runners. Didn’t do enough to show Dicko wide when he burst through to double Hull’s advantage before the break, but stood firm in the second half and carried the ball forward confidently to begin plenty of promising moves from the back. 6

Denis Odoi: Seemed reluctant to go forward from left back and struggled to impose himself defensively with the back four looking all over the place having been unnerved by Hull’s enterprising start. Made just one tackle and a single interception in a quiet display and was eventually withdrawn in favour of Lucas Piazon with seventeen minutes to go as Jokanovic went in search of an equaliser. 5

Kevin McDonald: The Scot struggled to shore up the Fulham defence as he so often does with Hull’s early attacking intent and the movement of their forwards really posing problems in front of the back four. McDonald was one of a number of Fulham players who failed to clear the corner from which Bowen eventually put Hull ahead and he wasn’t in a deep enough position to affect the run of Dicko for the second goal. Showed his leadership credentials by driving Fulham forward time and time again in the second half and was booked for crudely preventing a Hull break from developing into something dangeorus with Fulham understaffed at the back. 6

Stefan Johansen: Recovered from a poor first half to become more of an influence on proceedings. Johansen might have done more to prevent Toral from getting in the position to release Dicko for the Tigers’ second goal, but it looked as if he’d been affected by a long talking to from David Webb only moments earlier that appeared to promise a booking should he commit another foul. Drove over from a short corner in one of Fulham’s only real moves of the first half and eventually got his passing going after the break. Made one chance for Sessegnon and then played a key part in Kamara’s equaliser. 6

Tom Cairney: Fulham’s shining light for much of the contest on his return to the club that gave him his break after being released by Leeds as a youngster. Was far too deep to influence proceedings for much of the first half, but shone in the second period when he looked to make things happen. Delivered a lovely lofted ball for Kamara that led to the penalty and then was involved in the flawless move that created the French forward’s second. Still looks troubled by his knee injury at times, but is getting back to his best. 7

Sheyi Ojo: Hauled off after a disappointing forty minutes, but he paid the penalty that could have been handed out to several other players. Worked hard but didn’t deliver much when he got into promising positions, overhitting one cross and spooning a shot from the edge of the area high over the bar. Not his day but Ojo has demonstrated real ability over the last few weeks so should soon have a chance to put this poor afternoon behind him. 4

Ryan Sessegnon: Looked the most likely to spark Fulham into life during a fairly listless first half. Was eager to run at the Hull defence throughout and proved a potent threat as the visitors went on the offensive after getting a foothold in the contest. Had the beating of his man constantly and made a couple of good chances for Kebano and Kamara. Lively and used his pace excellently to help his defenders on a couple of occasions. 7

Floyd Ayite: Largely anonymous up front, failing to hold the ball up and bring his team-mates into play, although in fairness he was largely starved of service. Found it difficult against the taller Michael Dawson and Michael Hector who dealt with his threat well and was replaced off 40 minutes as Jokanovic sought to try something different with the game slipping away. 4

Substitutes:

Neeskens Kebano (replaced Sheyi Ojo, 40): A livewire almost from the moment he came on. Could have halved the arrears when he soared magnificently to propel a header fractions wide of the far post towards the end of the first half and was a constant threat in the second period. Went close on a couple of occasions – berating himself for missing a good chance served up by Sessegnon – but went looking for the ball and posed real problems for the Hull defence. Drove a shot straight at McGregor from the right angle of the six-yard box and also whipped in a number of dangerous balls. 7

Aboubakar Kamara (replaced Floyd Ayite, 40): Undoubtedly his finest showing in a Fulham shirt. Won the penalty all by himself, making a clever run to be reached by Cairney’s forward pass, bringing it down superb and, although isolated, driving into the box before enticing a senseless challenge from Michael Hector. Motioned that he wanted to take the penalty and produced a brilliant finish from twelve yards, before bullying the Hull centre backs for the remainder of the afternoon. Missed a glorious chance after McGregor saved at the feet of Sessegnon but didn’t dwell on that – instead stroking home superbly from Piazon’s precise lay-off. Superb. 9

Lucas Piazon (replaced Denis Odoi, 73): Offered a more substantial forward threat as Fulham went for broke in the final quarter of the contest. Looked eager to get involved and his clever movement found pockets of space between the Hull defence and midfield. Given his desire to get back playing sooner than expected after another horrid injury setback, it was fitting that Kamara placed home his pass to put Fulham back on level terms. Another encouraging cameo from the bench. 7

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  • brian.

    Mostly “spot on”.

  • brian.

    ratings.

  • brian.

    ratings.
    brian.

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