A Fulham select XI falls to defeat against a lower league side for the second time out of two games, an 80th minute strike from Robin Shroot settling things. Seems as if the team I put up first time round was correct compared to the one offered by the Stevenage site but I appreciated the updates nonetheless. Read a report on the game on the official website here.
Reserve boss Billy Mckinlay had some words to say on the game:
“It was obviously disappointing to lose the match because we dominated the game territorially and were defensively solid. However we were not sharp enough in the final third, but that will come with the work we will be doing over the coming weeks. Overall it was a good shift for the players and a good physical workout. The players who were not involved in Thursday’s European game in Belfast saw action. They were supplemented by half a dozen younger players from our Development Squad.”
On Riise making his debut Mckinlay also said:
“John Arne Riise also played 60 minutes today, which was always the plan. I know he’s not done a great deal of training but he’s up and running now.”
I wonder if we’ll see Frei on Thursday after 3 starts so close together, it’ll be a shame if we don’t. The Fulham team that did play is as follows (although it doesn’t mention any of the substitutes we made and I only know of a couple):
STEVENAGE: Day (Julian), Henry, Laird (Harrison), Roberts, Bostwick, Mousinho, Murphy (Edwards), Wilson (Shroot), Myrie-Williams (Long), Beardsley (Reid), Thalassitis (Charles).
GOAL: Shroot (80).
FULHAM XI: Etheridge (Bettinelli 45); Kelly, Senderos, Halliche, John Arne Riise (Harris 60); Frei, Sidwell, Donegan, Smith; Dalla Valle, Trotta.