Fulham fell to a 2-0 defeat in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Premier League side Southampton at Staplewood this afternoon.

Both sides put out strong line-ups for the 80-minute encounter, with Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic keen to keep his squad sharp during the international break.

It was a cagey opening, with James Ward-Prowse causing a number of problems for the visitors, including teeing up Charlie Austin who was denied by Denis Odoi on the line.

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Fulham also had their moments, with a Rui Fonte effort hitting the post, with a deflection off Jack Stephens the only thing denying an excellent curling effort.

However the second half saw the breakthrough as an excellent run by Nathan Redmond led the ball to former-QPR man Charlie Austin who provided an instinctive finish to give the Saints the lead.

The hosts were then firmly in control and wrapped up the win when Ward-Prowse finished well on 74 minutes to seal the win for Southampton.

Southampton XI: Taylor; Targett, Stephens, Gardos, McQueen; Romeu (Smallbone), Højbjerg; Redmond (Bakary), Ward-Prowse (Vokins), Boufal (Mdlalose); Austin.

Fulham XI: Bettinelli, Odoi, Madl, Djalo, Soares, de la Torre (Francois), Cisse, O’Reilly, Graham, Fonte (Humphrys), Mollo.