Fulham were without injured midfielders Fabio Carvalho and Harry Wilson and missed their creativity as the Blackpool dominated had the best chances in the opening moments of the game.
Fulham set up in the familiar 4-2-3-1 formation that their manager Marco Silva has stuck to since taking over at Craven Cottage. Domingos Quina was handed a debut after joining from Watford on transfer deadline day, replacing the injured Fabio Carvalho, who proved to be a significant loss. Ivan Cavaleiro came in for Harry Wilson, who was still suffering from the concussion sustained with Wales on international duty.
Fulham were able to dominate possession of the ball and created many chances in both halves, but lacked the creativity and aggressiveness needed to convert the chances they created. They recorded a higher xG than Blackpool but had a lesser number of shots on target. Aleksandar Mitrovic was involved in most of the build-ups towards goal and created more chances. Fulham dominated most of the attacking stats during the game but their main concern was the low number of shots on goal. They did well in the other aspects of the game and were able to defend well throughout the game other than the goal they conceded. They were quick to the ball in the opposition half and had a high number of recoveries.
Fulham attempted a total of 21 shots on goal but had a very low shot on target percentage of 9.52%. They were only able to get two shots on target and those efforts were saved by the Blackpool keeper. But they had 19 shots off target, which was the main concern for Fulham as they failed to be clinical with their attempts. Fulham failed to put any pressure on the opposition keeper. They had a high number of shots that were taken from outside the penalty box and had a low threat on the opposition defence. This indicates that there was a desperation in the Fulham players to score a goal and this can be depicted from the high number of shots they attempted from outside the box.
Fulham created numerous chances and were able to pose a high threat on the Blackpool defence a couple of time but were not able to capitalise on these efforts. They had a higher xG throughout the game because of the couple of chances they created on goal in the initial stages of the game. Fulham players attempted six shots on goal in the final stages of the game desperate to score an equaliser but were unable to do so as the Blackpool defensive unit did not allow any gaps while defending. Blackpool worked hard to stay compact and get players behind the ball making it extremely difficult to get any pass in behind them, forcing Fulham to shoot from range on multiple occasions.
Fulham clearly missed the creativity of Fabio Carvalho and Harry Wilson as they created fewer chances than in previous games. The pair would have changed the angle of attack and would have been able to be a threat to the Blackpool defence. Fulham had a very low number of shots on target. But none of this can hide the fact that Blackpool were defensively brilliant and played together as a unit to get their first win of the season.