Saturday 18 November 2017

Teen star Sessegnon shines as Fulham add to Hull's woes

Fulham's Tomas Kalas brings down Hull City's Andrew Robertson to concede a penalty. Photo credit: Paul Harding/PA Wire
Fulham's Tomas Kalas brings down Hull City's Andrew Robertson to concede a penalty. Photo credit: Paul Harding/PA Wire

Helen Rowe

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic believes 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon is a top-flight star in the making after his goal helped the Cottagers beat Hull.

Fulham 4 Hull City 1

A first-half strike from Sone Aluko was matched by Hull's Evandro just after half-time, but further efforts from Chris Martin, Sessegnon and Stefan Johansen capped a dominant display by the Fulham.

Fulham's Marcus Bettinelli fouls Hull City's Abel Hernandez and a penalty is awarded. Photo: Reuters / Paul Childs
Fulham's Marcus Bettinelli fouls Hull City's Abel Hernandez and a penalty is awarded. Photo: Reuters / Paul Childs

Jokanovic said teenager Sessegnon proved he has the quality to go a long way in the game.

"He has showed the right personality, he is only 16 years old but he is 100 per cent going to be in the highest level soon but I am enjoying working with him. He will shine in the future."

The Fulham manager added: "Our general performance was very good. We have tried to move the ball around against a strong Hull who showed in midweek how good they can be, and what they have changed."

Hull, who now find themselves out of both cup competitions after back-to-back disappointments, were awarded two penalties with only minutes left but Abel Hernandez missed both, which could cost him the spot-kick responsibility.

Hull City's Andrew Robertson (right) and Fulham's Tomas Kalas battle for the ball. Photo credit: Paul Harding/PA Wire
Hull City's Andrew Robertson (right) and Fulham's Tomas Kalas battle for the ball. Photo credit: Paul Harding/PA Wire

Manager Marco Silva said: "We will see. I need to think about it. It is a decision I will take for the next penalty.

"It is not easy when we lost like we did today. Fulham deserved it. We did not start well, we were out of focus.

"We need a reaction but not everything is wrong. I will analyse the game with the players so we can prepare."

Meanwhile, Milwall beat Watford 1-0 courtesy of Steve Morison's late winner. Supporters of the League One team already had reason to celebrate with the news that the threat of compulsary purchase of land around the Den and their unwanted relocation to Kent had been staved off.

Fulham's Marcus Bettinelli makes a save. Photo: Reuters / Dylan Martinez
Fulham's Marcus Bettinelli makes a save. Photo: Reuters / Dylan Martinez
Hull City's Abel Hernandez wins a second penalty after being brought down by Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli. Photo credit: Paul Harding/PA Wire
Hull City's Abel Hernandez wins a second penalty after being brought down by Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli. Photo credit: Paul Harding/PA Wire

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