Monday 23 September 2019

Ranieri tinkering proves costly

Fulham 1 Wolves 1

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri. Photo: Steven Paston/PA Wire
Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri. Photo: Steven Paston/PA Wire

Daily Telegraph

All Fulham wanted for Christmas was a win.

When they took the lead in this tight, intriguing tactical battle 16 minutes from time, Claudio Ranieri's side seemed to have the resilience and organisation to see the game out.

But perhaps 'The Tinker Man' tinkered too much. The late introductions of Tom Cairney and Kevin McDonald for Jean Michel Seri and Aboubakar Kamara seemed to disrupt his side's rhythm and led to them retreating.

Wolves seized the invitation and deservedly equalised through Romain Saiss five minutes from time.

The draw lifts Fulham off the bottom of the Premier League table but they are still four points from safety.

"When a team is bottom everything goes against this team," said Ranieri.

Ranieri introduced Ryan Sessegnon for the final 25 minutes and his pace on the left almost led to a clear chance for Aleksandar Mitrovic to open the scoring before Willy Boly brilliantly blocked the cross at the last moment.

Sessegnon's next contribution appeared to be decisive as he reacted first after Rui Patricio had punched the ball clear to volley it back over the line.

However, the withdrawal of Seri for McDonald seemed to destabilise Fulham and Wolves took their chance.

The visitors were invited to surge forward and did so down the left side, where Ivan Cavaleiro crossed low for Helder Costa, who touched it back inside for Saiss to score in the 90th minute, (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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