Report by Samuel Brady
VAR ruled out Adam Lallana’s second half strike as Brighton were unlucky not to pick up three points against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night.
The first half produced very little action after a cagey start from both sides, but it was Brighton who forced the issue after the restart and came close to taking the lead when Lewis Dunk’s header and subsequent rebound were both denied by Fulham keeper Alphonse Areola.
Brighton did then break the deadlock when Adam Lallana slotted the ball into the corner of the net but only for VAR to rule it out due to a Danny Welbeck handball in the build-up.
The visitors came close again just on the hour mark when Adam Webster rose highest as his powerful header struck against the crossbar following a corner. Fulham looked a little fatigued throughout the game but had their best chance when Ruben Loftus-Cheek found himself through on goal but was denied by the legs of Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez, who was making just his second Premier League start.
Sanchez was busy again when he brilliantly denied Ademola Lookman’s two efforts on target late on in the game after good linkup play with substitute, Alexander Mitrovic.
The draw is the first 0-0 stalemate at Craven Cottage since way back in 2011 and it will be Fulham who should be happiest with the point in a game in which they looked out of sorts following their efforts in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool at the weekend.
Sub-edited by Cameron Winstanley