Fulham supervisor Claudio Ranieri was denied victory over former membership Leicester as James Maddison scored for the second successive match to safe a degree for the Foxes.
Till Maddison swept within the equaliser from Shinji Okazaki’s cross from the suitable, the hosts had seemed on target to climb off the underside of the Premier League and out of the relegation zone due to Aboubakar Kamara’s aim.
The French ahead, who had not scored in a league match since 2 January, chased on to Aleksandar Mitrovic’s flick, exploiting a mistake from Caglar Soyuncu, to drive a shot by means of Kasper Schmeichel’s legs.
However the guests, who had began brightly and handed up greater than sufficient possibilities to win, deserved their level.
It left the Cottagers to equal an undesirable membership document of 19 top-flight matches in a row with no clear sheet, relationship again to 1950, and solely Barnsley, in 1997-98, have conceded extra objectives at this stage of a Premier League season.
The outcome leaves Fulham backside of the desk, whereas Leicester stay ninth.
Totally different proposition for Ranieri
When Ranieri masterminded Leicester’s beautiful Premier League title-winning marketing campaign two years in the past, he did so at odds of 5,000-1.
His newest job – main Fulham to security – is definitely a extra modest problem, however it’s an altogether totally different proposition on the unsuitable finish of the desk.
Ranieri arrested a sequence of seven consecutive defeats with victory over Southampton, however he’s but to plug the top-flight’s leakiest defence.
Fulham haven’t received consecutive residence matches within the Premier League since April 2013 – and with journeys to Manchester United, Newcastle and Arsenal within the subsequent month, they might regard this as a possibility missed.
Regardless of posing an attacking menace with 25 pictures on aim, solely seven of these have been on the right track, and so they seemed decidedly shaky on the again.
Goalkeeper Sergio Rico made a number of wonderful stops, notably to disclaim Kelechi Iheanacho within the opening two minutes, whereas Wes Morgan and Maddison each didn’t hit the goal from shut vary when unmarked.
Maddison strikes new tone
Leicester’s group contained 5 gamers concerned in Ranieri’s final fixture in cost – a 2-1 Champions League defeat in Seville in February 2017 – however there’s a totally different really feel to them beneath Claude Puel.
With out the tempo of Jamie Vardy, lacking with a groin harm, the lightning counter-attacking fashion employed by Ranieri gave option to a extra possession-orientated method.
And through a primary interval wherein they managed the stream and tempo of the sport, the Foxes might have put the outcome past doubt.
Maddison was on the coronary heart of their finest work – offering tempo to their passing – and it was his threaded go that set Iheanacho away early on.
As soon as Okazaki and Demarai Grey had been launched, the 22-year-old had the liberty to press additional ahead and his surge into the penalty space delivered the reward of an equalising aim, his fifth of a powerful debut season within the Premier League.
Had he not snatched at a late likelihood from eight yards – the one certainly one of his three efforts to not hit the goal – the Foxes could have received the primary of three consecutive matches in opposition to London golf equipment.
Man of the match – James Maddison (Leicester Metropolis)
‘Ultimately we are going to win’ – what they stated
Fulham supervisor Claudio Ranieri chatting with BBC Match of the Day: “I believe a draw was proper. It was simply that that they had two nice possibilities at the start and so they had one other two after they scored.
“In our greatest second we conceded a aim and we then had the final likelihood to win the sport. A draw is OK. We have now to combat and ultimately we are going to win. All people is working exhausting to do their finest and within the second half we had the match in our palms. However that is soccer.”
On Fulham’s defensive issues: “I’ve to unravel it working day-after-day, an increasing number of and extra.”
On his reception from followers: “The expertise was unbelievable from the start when the followers collectively shouted my identify. However after I used to be so concentrated.”
Leicester supervisor Claude Puel chatting with BBC Match of the Day: “I believe it was a traditional draw. Any group might have received or misplaced this sport. We had good possibilities, notably within the first half.
“We performed a very good group, who did effectively in opposition to Chelsea and Southampton. We have been up and down within the sport and we would have liked to handle it extra.
“I want to congratulate my gamers for coming again, which is an efficient factor for our mentality. We believed in ourselves and that is a very good signal for the longer term.”
On Kelechi Iheanacho: “After his first likelihood he lacked a bit confidence to maneuver and create different conditions. I am blissful about our mentality to combat and attempt to win however at present we had loads of difficulties.”
On Jamie Vardy being again for the weekend: “I do not know, we are going to see. We’ll adapt within the few days earlier than the sport.”
Fulham’s joint worst begin – the stats
- Fulham’s tally of 9 factors after 15 league video games is their joint-worst whole at this stage of a season within the Soccer League (assuming three factors for a win), stage with the 9 that they had within the third tier in 1993-94, a season wherein they have been relegated.
- Leicester have gone six league video games with out defeat (W2 D4) for the primary time since Might 2016 (12 video games), after they received the Premier League beneath Ranieri.
- Leicester haven’t misplaced any of their previous 5 away Premier League video games in opposition to newly promoted opponents (W3 D2), their finest ever undefeated run away at such opposition within the competitors.
- Kamara is the primary French participant to attain a Premier League aim for Fulham (excluding personal objectives) since Philippe Christanval in opposition to West Ham in January 2007.
- Mitrovic has been immediately concerned in 60% of Fulham’s 15 league objectives this season (seven objectives, two assists), the best ratio for any participant for a specific membership within the Premier League.
Fulham journey to Manchester United of their subsequent Premier League sport on Saturday (15:00 GMT) whereas Leicester host Tottenham on the identical day (19:45 GMT).