Wil­son dou­ble deep­ens gloom for Ful­ham

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Premier League - By Gerry Cox at Craven Cot­tage

Ful­ham’s sea­son went from bad to worse as they were thrashed 3-0 by Bournemouth whose fine start con­tin­ued with two goals from Cal­lum Wil­son and one from David Brooks.

Ed­die Howe’s side were too strong for strug­gling Ful­ham and Bournemouth re­main in sixth place, only six points be­hind lead­ers Liver­pool.

“It’s been a great start for us, the group is in a good place and con­fi­dence lev­els are high,” said Howe. “It’s im­por­tant we re­main that way and don’t look too far ahead.”

Ful­ham, by con­trast, are in a rot­ten run of form with only one league win – in Au­gust – since win­ning pro­mo­tion. Man­ager Slav­isa Jokanovic is con­cerned that his play­ers are strug­gling to adapt. “We were fight­ing to be here, and now the chal­lenge is to com­pete at this level,” he said. “It is hard for me, my team, the board. The so­lu­tion is in our hands, and we must be brave.”

Shahid Khan, the club’s owner, made one of his rare ap­pear­ances with his Jack­sonville Jaguars in town for to­day’s NFL match at Wem­b­ley, and re­it­er­ated in his pro­gramme notes his com­mit­ment to keep­ing Ful­ham at Craven Cot­tage.

But Ful­ham’s fu­ture in the Pre­mier League will be more short-lived un­less they can rec­tify the er­rors that are put­ting them on the back foot each week.

This time, it took just 13 min­utes for Ti­mothy Fosu-Men­sah to make a mis­take, tak­ing out Wil­son in the penalty area and giv­ing ref­eree An­dre Mar­riner an “easy de­ci­sion” as Jokanovic put it.

Wil­son stepped up to con­vert the penalty past Ser­gio Rico, the Spa­niard mak­ing his de­but on loan from Sevilla in place of dropped Mar­cus Bet­tinelli. Jokanovic had re­acted to last week’s 4-2 de­feat at Cardiff by mak­ing other changes, notably in de­fence.

An­dre Schur­rle had a sting­ing shot well saved by As­mir Be­govic and a cou­ple of head­ers were close, but Ful­ham of­fered lit­tle threat.

The im­pres­sive David Brooks capped a fine per­for­mance with Bournemouth’s sec­ond goal, fin­ish­ing off a thrilling end-to-end move by drilling the ball be­tween Rico’s legs.

Then Kevin McDon­ald got his sec­ond yel­low card for bring­ing down the young Welsh­man, and team-mate Aboubakar Ka­mara should have fol­lowed when he kicked the ball away af­ter con­ced­ing a foul. Bournemouth promptly scored again to make sure of all three points. Ryan Fraser, ex­cel­lent through­out, played a ball past Tim Ream far too eas­ily and Wil­son ran on to thump a first-time strike past Rico.

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