Fulham 1-1 Bournemouth: Late Adarabioyo header keeps Whites top of Championship

Dominic Solanke’s 16th Championship goal of the season had put Bournemouth ahead early in the second half

Tosin Adarabioyo’s first goal for Fulham ensured his side shared the points with Bournemouth in a meeting of the Championship’s top two.

The defender glanced home substitute Tom Cairney’s cross with six minutes remaining to keep his team one point clear in first place.

Dominic Solanke had scored his 17th goal of the season six seconds into the second half to put Bournemouth ahead.

But they could not hang on to give manager Scott Parker a winning return to his old club.

It is now three successive draws for Marco Silva’s Fulham, whereas Bournemouth have won only one of their past six games following a blistering start to the season.

However, before the rest of the weekend’s games, there is an eight-point gap between the Cherries and third-placed QPR.

Fulham manager Marco Silva and Bournemouth counterpart Scott Parker will hope to finish in the Championship’s top two in May

Top two prove their quality

With the Championship season almost at its halfway point, there was genuine excitement ahead of the meeting of the division’s two outstanding teams so far and they did not disappoint with an enthralling encounter.

No side had scored more than Fulham’s 49 goals, while they and Bournemouth shared the joint best defensive record – along with West Brom – with just 16 conceded.

There was the added spice, too, of Parker returning to the club he left in the summer after more than two years in charge with both promotion and relegation on his CV from his time at Craven Cottage.

The tempo was high from the off with Adam Smith testing Marek Rodak for the visitors and Neeskens Kebano twice forcing saves out of Mark Travers at the other end all inside the first 10 minutes.

In a game littered with intrigue and sub-plots, the Championship’s top two strikers were also on the field in Aleksandar Mitrovic and Solanke.

Solanke is having his best ever season for goals and he twice nearly gave Bournemouth the lead, but the 24-year-old was just off target on both occasions.

But as a pulsating half ended, Fulham looked certain to score, only for visiting captain Steve Cook to make two…

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