News Tech: At least Fulham can now focus more on its main aim of Premier League survival.
Fulham’s first-teamers have been doing much better this season on the club’s return to the Premier League after promotion, drawing with Liverpool and Wolverhampton and then beating Brentford on Saturday in an unbeaten start for a club whose priority will simply be staying up.
Fielding a team full of fringe players, Fulham was beaten 2-0 by fourth-tier Crawley in the second round of the English League Cup on Tuesday.
“We were relentless in our pressing and our application,” said Crawley manager Kevin Betsy, whose team has one point from five league games this season. “We stuck to the game plan extremely well. It worked. It was a fantastic night for everyone.” Leicester and Bournemouth needed to win penalty shootouts against lower-league opposition to avoid slipping to the same fate as Fulham in the round that sees Premier League teams enter the competition, except for those clubs in Europe.
Demarai Gray scored Everton’s goal in a 1-0 win at third-tier Fleetwood. Wolves beat second-tier Preston 2-1, and Palace won 2-0 at third-tier Oxford United.
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