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Fulham face Charlton in Craven Cottage friendly

Fulham have announced a pre-season friendly against Charlton Athletic at Craven Cottage on Saturday 31 July.

The club have confirmed that the warm-up against Nigel Adkins’ side will be open to supporters. Ticketing information will be available via the club’s website in due course.

Fulham also revealed revealed that other friendly games against ‘Premier League, Championship and League One opposition’ will be played behind closed doors at various training grounds.

Cole on trial at Charlton

Larnell Cole is currently on trial with Charlton Athletic as he looks to finalise a move away from Fulham.

The former Manchester United midfielder has been told he can leave Craven Cottage by head coach Slavisa Jokanovic having barely featured for the club over the past year. Cole, who came through the youth ranks at Carrington with a big reputation, joined the Whites on transfer deadline day in January 2014 when former United coach Rene Meulensteen was at the helm and made his only first-team appearance as a substitute in the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford the following month.

Following Meulensteen’s abrupt sacking, Cole was considered surplus to requirements by Felix Magath and sent on loan to Milton Keynes. Having drifted further away from the first team picture, he had two loan spells with Shrewsbury Town and has now joined the Addicks on trial with a view to reigniting his career. The 23 year-old, who can play wide or in the centre of midfield, played 80 minutes for the League One club’s Under 23 side against Colchester United yesterday afternoon.

Jensen joins Fulham

Fulham have signed Charlton midfielder Claus Jensen in a surprise £1.25m swoop.

The Addicks opted to cash in on their Danish international after the 27 year-old revealed he did not want to sign a new contract having entered the final year of his deal at the Valley. Jensen had spent four years in south London making over a hundred senior appearances since signing from Bolton Wanderers.

Jensen, who has signed a three-year deal at Craven Cottage, told Fulham’s official website:

“Having spoken to Chris Coleman and seeing the facilities here at Fulham, I am more than happy to have made the switch from South to West London and believe it is the right move for me at this stage of my career.”

Coleman believes Jensen will make a significant difference to the Fulham midfield.

I am delighted to welcome Claus to Fulham. He has had a great career in The Premiership so far, being a valuable member of both Bolton and Charlton’s teams over a number of years. I know that he will add a great deal to the squad in terms of passing ability and his dead ball prowess and I look forward to him becoming an important part of next season’s campaign.

The Fulham boss denied that Jensen was a direct replacement for Sean Davis, who left for Tottenham Hotspur last month.

“They are two different players. Sean was more of a box-to-box man while Claus is better suited to an attacking role.”

Coleman pleased with victory

Sean Davis will be back in Chris Coleman’s good books after scoring the volley which sent Fulham surging back into the race for Europe.

The midfielder, dropped for last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Liverpool as punishment for breaking a late-night curfew over Easter, thundered home from 20 yards in the 65th minute.

Steed Malbranque gave Fulham the lead in the 16th minute, sending Dean Kiely the wrong way from the penalty spot after the keeper brought down Luis Boa Morte.

Coleman was a happy man after his side revive their hopes of Europe.

“We needed that result if we were to keep our hopes alive of finishing in the top six,” he said.

“It looks like no-one wants to claim the UEFA Cup spot. We’re seventh and it’s all to play for.”

Coleman acclaimed Davis’ contribution after his disciplinary problems.

“Sean shut me up and I’m glad,” the boss said. “On the goal, he’ll probably claim the first touch was deliberate but I don’t think it was. The second touch certainly was deliberate though.

“When Sean’s on that type of form, he’s a very good player and can’t be far off knocking on the England door.

“He was full of enthusiasm and he was trying to prove a point to me as I’d left him out.

“I didn’t live like a priest when I was a player. I always enjoyed a beer with the lads – but I didn’t do it 48 hours before a game.”

Coleman conceded his side had luck on their side when Charlton’s penalty appeals were turned down.

“You see them given,” he added. “They had a few decisions turned down and sometimes you get them and sometimes you don’t.

Malbranque and Davis guide Fulham past Charlton

Steed Malbranque and Sean Davis steered Fulham to a win over Charlton Athletic at Loftus Road this afternoon that keeps Chris Coleman’s side in European contention.

French midfielder Malbranque kept his cool to convert a first-half penalty after Dean Kiely had brought down Luis Boa Morte. Davis put the disciplinary issues of the past week – he was dropped for the trip to Anfield after breaching a club curfew – behind him by smashing home the decisive second goal from 20 yards after coming on as a substitute to ensure he was back in his manager’s good books.

Both sides had plenty of chances in a very watchable London derby that was played at a frenetic pace. The hosts could have had a penalty within the opening ten seconds when Collins John tumbled in the area under a challenge from Luke Young but referee Matt Messias waved play on. Charlton almost opened the scoring from their very first attack when Paul Konchesky’s cross found its way to Claus Jensen but Edwin van der Sar saved at the Danish midfielder’s feet.

Fulham put together a couple more dangerous attacks as Boa Morte shot wildly high and wide after raiding down the left and Jon Fortune nipped in to nick the ball away from John as the Dutch teenager was lining up an effort. Up at the other end, Graham Stuart and Jensen went close for Alan Curbishley’s outfit before Malbranque converted the spot-kick after Kiely clumsily felled Boa Morte after the Portuguese winger had sped away from Herman Hreidarsson.

Charlton were furious when their own strong claims for a spot-kick were rebuffed six minutes later after Martin Djetou appeared to handle Young’s cross, with referee Matt Messias signalling that he believed the contact was accidental. Malbranque nearly rubbed salt into the Addicks’ by almost conjuring up a superb second on the half. The prodigiously talented French midfield bamboozled three defenders making space where there seemed to be none for a shot that was well saved by Kiely.

The away fans were up in arms again when Messias ignored their pleas for a penalty after Alain Goma had tangled with Jason Euell in the box and although the visitors finished the first half the stronger they had nothing to show for a prolonged period of possession. They weathered a strong Fulham spell at the start of the second half as Sylvain Legwinski nearly scored a piledriver from twenty yards, but the cruical second goal arrived from another long-distance drive.

Boa Morte was involved again as he beat Matt Holland far too easily on the halfway line and sprinted into the space available on the left flank. He rolled the ball into the path of Davis, whose initial failure to control send the ball spinning into the air but the midfielder produced a majestic strike from outside the area that arrowed into the bottom corner.

To their great credit, Charlton didn’t give up. They had a succession of attacks but couldn’t find a route back into the game. Euell lifted an ambitious effort over the crossbar from the edge of the area and sent a headed opportunity wide. Fortune twice tested van der Sar in the dying embers of the contest – firstly with a glancing header and then with a snapshot that the Fulham goalkeeper did brilliantly to keep out.

FULHAM (4-3-3): van der Sar; Volz, Bocanegra, Goma, Pearce; Legwinski, Djetou, Malbranque; Petta (Davis 45), Boa Morte (Inamoto 76), John (McBride 69). Subs (not used): Crossley, Knight.


GOALS: Malbranque (pen 18), Davis (64).

CHARLTON ATHLETIC (4-4-2): Kiely; Young, Powell (Perry 72), Fortune, Hreidarsson; Holland, Jensen, Stuart (Di Canio 72), Konchesky; Euell, Cole (Johansson 72). Subs (not used): Royce, Kishishev.

BOOKED: Powell.

REFEREE: Matt Messias (North Yorkshire).