Fulham seems to have gone past their recent woes as they shocked a high-flying Leicester side to claim a 2-1 victory at the King Power Stadium to move out of the relegation zone.
Prior to the Monday Night Football contest, Fulham had not found the back of the net from the penalty spot from three trials in their previous games in the Premier League.
However, Lookman, who missed one of those three spot-kicks put that behind him to finish past Kasper Schmeichel and give the visitors the lead in the 30th minute before Ivan Cavaleiro, who also missed Fulham’s last penalty against Everton, banished the west London club’s penalty misery with an emphatic finish into the top corner after Bobby Decordova-Reid was fouled by Christian Fuchs in the area.
Brendan Rodgers made some changes at halftime with Harvey Barnes and Cengiz Under coming on. Barnes gave Leicester a glimmer of hope in the 85th minute, but, Fulham held on to ensure their first away win of the season.
The victory moves Scott Parker’s side out of the bottom three to 17th, while Leicester, who missed out on the chance to move level on 21 points with Tottenham and Liverpool at the top of the table, stay fourth.
STATS AND FACTS FROM THE MATCH (OPTA)
- Fulham have lost just one of their seven Premier League games against Leicester (W3 D3).
- Leicester have lost consecutive Premier League games against sides starting the day in the relegation zone for the first time since November 2014; Indeed, the Foxes have lost three of their last four such fixtures (W1), as many defeats as in their previous 27 (W14 D10).
- Fulham have won a Premier League game against a side starting the day in the top four of the table for the first time since March 2013 (a 1-0 victory at Tottenham), having lost 14 of their last 15 such matches (D1).
- Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers suffered his first ever managerial defeat against Fulham in the Premier League, having won each of his previous seven against the Cottagers in the competition.
WEST HAM 2-1 ASTON VILLA: HAMMERS GO FIFTH WITH VICTORY OVER SCOTT PARKER’S SIDE
Ollie Watkins endured a torrid night as he missed a penalty and saw an injury-time equaliser which would have given him a bit of redemption ruled out by VAR in Aston Villa’s 2-1 defeat at West Ham.
West Ham went ahead in the opening moments of either half, with Angelo Ogbonna grabbing the hammers first with less than two minutes on the clock before Jack Grealish continued his fine run of form with a solo run and finish to level.
Jared Bowen then headed the hosts back ahead 28 seconds into the second half while Villa were put through more penalty heartache a week after VAR denied them a late spot-kick in their defeat to Brighton.
But while VAR agreed Villa deserved a penalty kick, Watkins poor run from 12 yards continued as he struck the bar.
STATS AND FACTS FROM THE MATCH (OPTA)
- West Ham have won three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since May 2019, while they have lost just one of their last eight (W5 D2) after losing the two directly before that.
- Aston Villa have lost four of their last five top-flight games (W1), after enjoying an unbeaten run of eight games before that (W6 D2).
- West Ham became the first side to score in the opening two minutes of the first and second half in a single Premier League game since Man City against Fulham in September 2018.
- A divisional-high five of Aston Villa’s Premier League goals this season have come from outside the box (Grealish 2, Barkley 2, McGinn 1).
- These two sides have made fewer changes to their starting XI’s than any other teams in the Premier League this season (Aston Villa 4, West Ham 5).
- Angelo Ogbonna’s opener for West Ham (1 minute & 50 seconds) was the Hammers’ fastest Premier League goal since November 2016, when Diafra Sakho netted after 1 minute and 30 seconds against Manchester United.