Saturday 21 March 2015, 3:00pm at John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
Huddersfield Town
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Kacaniklic 2'; Fofana 90'+6

61' Missed Penalty

Nahki Wells

72' Missed Penalty

Nahki Wells

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joe Lolley
Off:Jonathan Hogg

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Radoslaw Majewski
Off:Tommy Smith

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jake Charles
Off:David Edgar

2' Goal

Alexander Kacaniklic

90'+6 Goal

Seko Fofana

45'+1 Yellow Card

Tim Hoogland Card was given for a foul

48' Yellow Card

Matt Smith Card was given for a foul

60' Red Card

Shaun Hutchinson

72' Yellow Card

Ashley Richards Card was given for a foul

72' Yellow Card

Marcus Bettinelli

90'+7 Yellow Card

Seko Fofana

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nikolay Bodurov
Off:Sean Kavanagh

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Seko Fofana
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hugo Rodallega
Off:Cauley Woodrow

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Fulham defeated Huddersfield Town 2-0 in a quite remarkable match at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Fulham defeated Huddersfield Town 2-0 in a quite remarkable match at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Alexander Kačaniklić scored directly from a corner in the opening stages, and Fulham held on until half-time without too much distress, but it was the second half when it all kicked off.

After the hosts were awarded a controversial penalty for an apparent handball on the line, Cauley Woodrow was sent off in a case of mistaken identity, with Shaun Hutchinson eventually the man to walk. Nahki Wells then saw his penalty brilliantly saved by Marcus Bettinelli.

Town were awarded a second spot-kick 10 minutes later but Wells again missed, this time smashing his shot against the post. And with six minutes of time added on at the end, Seko Fofana scored with the final kick of the game to secure a huge three points for his side.

Kit Symons made four changes to the side that lost to Leeds United in midweek, with Bryan Ruiz, Ross McCormack and Scott Parker missing out through injury, whilst Kostas Stafylidis served his one-match ban. In came Jack Grimmer, Sean Kavanagh, Kačaniklić and Woodrow. Hutchinson captained the team for the first time in the absence of Parker and McCormack.

Fulham made a blistering start to the match and after Woodrow won a corner inside the opening minute, Kačaniklić’s set-piece went straight into the net. His near post dead ball was aimed at Matt Smith who made enough of a presence of himself to befuddle the home defence and see the ball cross the line. The big striker seemed to be claiming it so potentially one for the dubious goals panel.

Huddersfield’s first chance to threaten the Whites goal arrived five minutes later when Sean Scannell was picked out in the area by Tommy Smith, but the winger sent his header directly into the welcoming arms of Bettinelli.

The Terriers did go close to an equaliser on 19 minutes though when Hutchinson tried to cut out a cross and inadvertently sent the ball towards goal, but Bettinelli adjusted his position well to claw it away at the expense of a corner.

Ishmael Miller was proving a presence up top for Huddersfield and his strength presented him with a sight of goal just after the half hour mark, but his left footer was always moving away from goal. He then nodded a cross goalbound on 37 minutes, but Bettinelli saved with ease.

Jacob Butterfield was next to try his luck and when he fired a swerving strike through a crowd of bodies, Bettinelli did well to push away the ball which he would have seen very late.

The Fulham fans behind the goal were indebted to the 22-year-old again on 40 minutes when a Wells header from Miller’s cross from the left looked set to creep in until his intervention knocked it onto the post, before he beat away another effort from Miller just seconds later.

Huddersfield were on top now but a Fulham counter then resulted in the ball sitting up for Tim Hoogland on the edge of the box. The German tried to get his body over the ball but his volley still sliced over the crossbar. He was then given the first yellow card of the game in first half stoppage time for pulling Miller’s shirt.

There was still time for one more chance each way as Joel Lynch headed into Bettinelli’s arms and Kačaniklić blazed over, with the referee Richard Clark then blowing for half-time.

Shortly after the restart, Smith followed Hoogland into the book for a foul on Lynch.

Scannell then sent a cross-shot towards the far post on 51 minutes but, thankfully, there wasn’t a Huddersfield player on hand to tap the loose ball in.

Butterfield has impressed in midfield for the Terriers this season and he showed his qualities again four minutes later when he jabbed a clever shot with the outside of his boot towards goal that drew another save from Bettinelli.

The match then descended into absolute farce as Huddersfield were awarded a penalty and Woodrow was sent off for an apparent handball on the line. Referee Clark hadn’t initially given the penalty but changed his mind when surrounded by Town players. He then decided that Woodrow was not the guilty party and dismissed Hutchinson. After what seemed an eternity, Wells eventually took the spot-kick but was superbly thwarted by Bettinelli. Nikolay Bodurov then entered the action for Kavanagh to fill the void in the centre of defence.

Fulham had barely ventured into the opposition half in the second period but went close to a second on 64 minutes when Woodrow collected Hoogland’s cute, clipped pass before rounding goalkeeper Alex Smithies, only to see his shot from an acute angle strike the post.

Symons then made his second change as the lively Kačaniklić was replaced by Fofana.

On 69 minutes Butterfield chipped a nice pass into Wells who had back-peddled to within eight yards of goal, but he didn’t connect well and Bettinelli pounced to claim the ball.

Huddersfield were then awarded a second spot-kick when Jazz Richards hauled down Scannell in the box. He was given a yellow card for his troubles, as was Bettinelli (for remonstrating, presumably), but again Fulham escaped as Wells cracked his effort against the right-hand post.

The Terriers responded by throwing on Joe Lolley and Radoslaw Majewski for Jonathan Hogg and Smith.

Fulham were up against it but had another chance to grab a second on 79 minutes. Fofana’s cross-field pass fed Woodrow but his ball across the face couldn’t find Smith or the net.

It looked as though we may be haunted by that miss as Majewski was set up on the edge of the box, but he fired his first-time strike marginally wide.

On 84 minutes, the ball dropped for David Edgar in the area. The defender swung a boot at the ball and it seemed to be travelling goalbound until a block was made. Bettinelli then pushed another Butterfield swerver onto the post as the home side continued to turn the screw.

The England Under-21 squad member then dove onto a loose ball to prevent Scanell from popping in the equaliser. Brave stuff from our keeper.

In the 87th minute both teams made their final change, as Jake Charles came on for Edgar, and Hugo Rodallega replaced Woodrow.

Just as six minutes were announced – an unsurprising number considering the significant delay surrounding the first penalty – Butterfield curled a decent effort towards goal from 20 yards, but it landed on top of the net.

Miller fired in a low strike in the second minute of added time that required a smart stop from Bettinelli, and two minutes later Butterfield skewed a long ranger miles over after being encouraged by the home crowd to shoot.

In the 95th minute Rodallega saw Smithies off his line and rifled in a volley from 35 yards but it dropped shallow of the near post.

But a minute later the killer goal did arrive as Fofana grabbed his first for the Club. With Huddersfield having kept everyone upfield, a clearance found the Frenchman on his own on the halfway line and he had the pace to race clear.

His initial shot came back off the post but he had enough composure to rifle the rebound into the empty net to send the away fans behind the goal into hysteria. At the end of what was an incredibly tense game it came as a huge relief, something that was evident as every Fulham player – Bettinelli included – ran the length of the pitch to celebrate with Fofana and the supporters he was embracing.

Fofana was booked for his celebrations but he will care not one iota after having the final say in what was an enthralling encounter in Yorkshire.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 21 March 2015
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 11,635

Referee: Richard Clark

Huddersfield Town

Line-up: Alex Smithies; Edgar (Charles 87'), Hudson, Lynch; Scannell, Hogg (Lolley 74'), Coady, Butterfield, Smith (Majewski 75'); Miller, Wells

Unused substitutes: Murphy, Wallace, Carroll, Gobern

Manager: Chris Powell

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Grimmer, Hutchinson, Turner, Richards; Kacaniklic (Fofana 67'), Hoogland, Tunnicliffe, Kavanagh (Bodurov 61'); Woodrow (Rodallega 88'), Matt Smith

Unused substitutes: Kiraly, Burn, Donnelly, Roberts

Manager: Kit Symons

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 A.F.C. Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23
Goals
0
2
Total Shots
31
10
Shots On Target
13
3
Passing Accuracy
73%
54%
Fouls
10
16
Corners
10
1
Offsides
3
0
Bookings
0
5
Sending Offs
0
1
Huddersfield Town (3-5-2)
  • 1Alex Smithies
  • 2David Edgar
  • 4Mark Hudson
  • 33Joel Lynch
  • 7Sean Scannell
  • 6Jonathan Hogg
  • 10Conor Coady
  • 8Jacob Butterfield
  • 27Tommy Smith
  • 11Ishmael Miller
  • 21Nahki Wells
Substitutes
  • 13Joe Murphy
  • 15Murray Wallace
  • 25Jake Carroll
  • 28Oscar Gobern
  • 45Radoslaw Majewski
  • 18Joe Lolley
  • 34Jake Charles
Manager
  • Chris Powell
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 37Jack Grimmer
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 18Michael Turner
  • 29Ashley Richards
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 2Tim Hoogland
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 32Sean Kavanagh
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
  • 9Matt Smith
Substitutes
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 43Liam Donnelly
  • 12Seko Fofana
  • 14Patrick Roberts
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+7' Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+7' Seko Fofana (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+6' Goal! Huddersfield Town 0, Fulham 2. Seko Fofana (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner following a fast break.
  • 90'+6' Seko Fofana (Fulham) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass following a fast break.
  • 90'+6' Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Radoslaw Majewski.
  • 90'+5' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from long range on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tim Hoogland.
  • 90'+4' Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
  • 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 90'+1' Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Radoslaw Majewski.
  • 90' Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 88' Offside, Huddersfield Town. Nahki Wells tries a through ball, but Joel Lynch is caught offside.
  • 88' Substitution, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega replaces Cauley Woodrow.
  • 87' Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Jake Charles replaces David Edgar.
  • 86' Attempt saved. Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 86' Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Hudson.
  • 86' Attempt blocked. David Edgar (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 85' Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Joel Lynch.
  • 84' Attempt blocked. David Edgar (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Hudson with a headed pass.
  • 84' Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 84' Foul by Tim Hoogland (Fulham).
  • 82' Attempt missed. Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
  • 80' Attempt missed. Radoslaw Majewski (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Conor Coady.
  • 79' Attempt blocked. Radoslaw Majewski (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.
  • 77' Attempt saved. Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Conor Coady.
  • 76' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.
  • 75' Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Radoslaw Majewski replaces Tommy Smith.
  • 74' Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Joe Lolley replaces Jonathan Hogg.
  • 72' Penalty missed! Still Huddersfield Town 0, Fulham 1. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) hits the right post with a right footed shot.
  • 72' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 72' Ashley Richards (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 72' Penalty Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 72' Penalty conceded by Ashley Richards (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 69' Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.
  • 67' Substitution, Fulham. Seko Fofana replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 67' Foul by David Edgar (Huddersfield Town).
  • 67' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 66' Hand ball by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).
  • 64' Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).
  • 64' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 64' Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Tim Hoogland.
  • 61' Substitution, Fulham. Nikolay Bodurov replaces Sean Kavanagh.
  • 61' Attempt missed. Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.
  • 61' Penalty saved! Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 60' Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) is shown the red card.
  • 57' Penalty conceded by Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) with a hand ball in the penalty area.
  • 57' Attempt blocked. Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Scannell.
  • 57' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Ashley Richards.
  • 56' Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ishmael Miller.
  • 55' Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).
  • 55' Tim Hoogland (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nahki Wells.
  • 53' Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 53' Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham).
  • 52' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Sean Kavanagh.
  • 48' Conor Coady (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 48' Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).
  • 48' Matt Smith (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 47' Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 47' Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).
  • Second Half begins Huddersfield Town 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+3' Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.
  • 45'+2' Attempt saved. Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.
  • 45'+2' Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 45'+2' Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).
  • 45'+1' Tim Hoogland (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 45'+1' Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Tim Hoogland (Fulham).
  • 45' Alex Smithies (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45' Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).
  • 43' Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 43' Attempt blocked. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow.
  • 42' Attempt missed. Tim Hoogland (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 41' Offside, Huddersfield Town. Jonathan Hogg tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.
  • 40' Attempt saved. Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.
  • 40' Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Ishmael Miller with a cross.
  • 39' Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean Scannell.
  • 39' Attempt missed. Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield with a cross following a corner.
  • 38' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Michael Turner.
  • 37' Attempt saved. Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield with a cross.
  • 36' Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean Kavanagh with a cross.
  • 36' Foul by Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town).
  • 36' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 35' Attempt missed. David Edgar (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield with a cross following a corner.
  • 34' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Michael Turner.
  • 32' Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 32' Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).
  • 32' Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).
  • 32' Michael Turner (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 31' Attempt missed. Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Edgar.
  • 30' Offside, Huddersfield Town. Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Ishmael Miller is caught offside.
  • 29' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 29' Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 29' Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).
  • 28' Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).
  • 28' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 26' Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 26' Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham).
  • 25' Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 25' Foul by Michael Turner (Fulham).
  • 25' Foul by Conor Coady (Huddersfield Town).
  • 25' Matt Smith (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 22' Foul by Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town).
  • 22' Ashley Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 19' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 18' Foul by Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town).
  • 18' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 16' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 15' Attempt saved. Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nahki Wells.
  • 13' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.
  • 8' Hand ball by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).
  • 7' Attempt saved. Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a cross.
  • 5' Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).
  • 5' Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 3' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.
  • 2' Goal! Huddersfield Town 0, Fulham 1. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right to the top right corner following a corner.
  • 1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joel Lynch.
  • 1' Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 1' Foul by Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.