Wednesday 17 September 2014, 7:45pm at City Ground, Nottingham
Nottingham Forest
5
Assombalonga 9', (pen) 21', 79'; Antonio 77'; Paterson 89'
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
McCormack 31', 65'; Rodallega 51'
Nottingham Forest came out on top from a topsy-turvy match at the City Ground on Wednesday night.

9' Goal

Britt Assombalonga
Assist by Henri Lansbury

21' Penalty

Britt Assombalonga

77' Goal

Michail Antonio
Assist by Michael Mancienne

79' Goal

Britt Assombalonga

89' Goal

Jamie Paterson
Assist by Michail Antonio

90'+2 Yellow Card

Jamie Paterson Card was given for celebrating in an unsporting manner

90'+5 Yellow Card

Jamaal Lascelles Card was given for a foul

56' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kelvin Wilson
Off:Eric Lichaj

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jamie Paterson
Off:Ben Osborn

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jamaal Lascelles
Off:Robert Tesche

31' Goal

Ross McCormack

51' Goal

Hugo Rodallega
Assist by Fernando Amorebieta

65' Goal

Ross McCormack
Assist by Hugo Rodallega

20' Yellow Card

Shaun Hutchinson Card was given for a foul

20' Yellow Card

Dan Burn

50' Yellow Card

Mark Fotheringham Card was given for a foul

58' Yellow Card

Fernando Amorebieta Card was given for a foul

69' Yellow Card

Nikolay Bodurov Card was given for a foul

73' Yellow Card

Scott Parker

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris David
Off:Shaun Hutchinson

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Patrick Roberts
Off:Mark Fotheringham

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Nottingham Forest came out on top from a topsy-turvy match at the City Ground on Wednesday night.

Britt Assombalonga’s early brace – the second a highly contentious penalty – put the home side in control of the game, but the Whites turned things around to lead courtesy of strikes by Ross McCormack (2) and Hugo Rodallega.

Fulham then looked the more likely of the sides to score again, but two goals in three minutes from Michail Antonio and Assombalonga put them back in the ascendancy.

The visitors searched for a second response of the evening but it wasn’t forthcoming, particularly after Jamie Paterson made it five for Forest with a minute of normal time remaining.

Felix Magath made five changes from the side that lost to Reading four days ago, with Kostas Stafylidis, Shaun Hutchinson, Mark Fotheringham and Rodallega all recalled, while Fernando Amorebieta was given a first run-out of the season.

Tim Hoogland, who was operating in a fairly advanced position, sent in a half-volley from 20 yards with three minutes on the clock, but it was too close to Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow who claimed without too much distress.

Darlow was far less convincing moments later, though, when McCormack’s shot proved too hot to handle and squirmed through his legs – just recovering in time to prevent it crossing the line.

Despite their dominant start to the game, the Whites found themselves 1-0 down with nine minutes played. After Antonio won a free-kick in a wide position, Henri Lansbury’s excellent delivery was bundled in from close range by Assombalonga.

The home side were then awarded a penalty on 19 minutes when Hutchinson was alleged to have felled Antonio. It looked like a reasonable challenge – in addition to being outside the box – but the referee thought otherwise and Assombalonga smashed the ball in from 12 yards.

Fulham could have let their heads drop but instead hauled themselves right back into the contest just past the half hour mark. Stafylidis was pulled to the ground 25 yards from goal and McCormack bent the subsequent free-kick in at the near post. A fine strike by our summer signing.

Assombalonga squandered a good chance to claim the match ball when his header missed the target, before Fulham went close to an equaliser in the 42nd minute.

An exquisite through ball from McCormack sent Rodallega in on goal – the Colombian rounded Darlow but ended up making an acute angle for himself and his subsequent shot was cleared off the line by a covering defender.

Chris David came on for Hutchinson at half-time and made an instant impact, sending Rodallega through. The striker appeared to be pulled back as he bore down on goal but the referee was not interested, much to the fury of the Fulham players and staff.

A deep free-kick landed at Nikolay Bodurov’s feet in the Forest penalty area on 48 minutes but the Bulgarian volleyed his shot over the bar.

It was a positive start to the second half by the Whites and they were duly rewarded on 51 minutes. A brilliant cross from Amorebieta on the left was met by Rodallega who made no mistake from close range to bring his side to level terms.

Slick link-up play between McCormack and Rodallega on 57 minutes culminated in the latter being sent through one-on-one. He didn’t make the connection he would have liked with his shot but it still required a save from Darlow.

The duo combined again on 65 minutes and this time it was to devastating effect. Hoogland won the ball on the right flank which David promptly picked up. He found Rodallega in space on the edge of the box before swivelling and playing in McCormack who poked the ball beyond Darlow at his near post to send the travelling supporters behind the goal into delirium.

The home fans thought they equalised moments later when Chris Burke’s header rustled the net, but it soon became apparent that his effort flew into the side-netting.

A snap-shot by McCormack from distance then had Darlow scrambling and the Forest stopper just managed to push it behind for a corner.

The front pairing of McCormack and Rodallega was causing the home defence no end of problems and they combined again on 74 minutes with some neat interchanges that resulted in McCormack bending one just wide.

Fulham were looking by far the more likely to score the game’s sixth goal and so it came as a bitter blow when Antonio equalised on 77 minutes. The winger showed great strength and skill to twist his way into the box before neatly finding the far corner of Gabor Kiraly’s net.

And if that was hard to take, the next goal was even more gutting as Forest turned the game on its head two minutes later. Assombalonga’s header came off the far post and the forward reacted quickest to turn in the rebound for his hat-trick.

Magath responded by throwing Patrick Roberts on for Fotheringham with nine minutes left to play.

The youngster showed a glimpse of his talent in the 88th minute when he weaved beyond several challenges to find a shooting position, but he was off balance when he struck and his effort sailed wide.

But it was the home side who would have the final say when substitute Paterson found space in the box before skipping beyond Dan Burn and firing home to condemn Fulham to a sixth defeat of the season.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Wednesday 17 September 2014
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: City Ground, Nottingham
Attendance: 22,572

Referee: Darren Deadman

Nottingham Forest

Line-up: Darlow; Hunt, Mancienne, Fox, Lichaj (Wilson 56'); Tesche (Lascelles 90'), Osborn (Paterson 69'); Burke, Lansbury, Antonio; Assombalonga

Unused substitutes: de Vries, Veldwijk, Vaughan, McLaughlin

Manager: Stuart Pearce

Fulham

Line-up: Kiraly; Bodurov, Hutchinson (David 45'), Burn, Amorebieta; Hoogland, Fotheringham (Roberts 81'), Parker, Stafylidis; Rodallega, McCormack

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Kavanagh, Eisfeld, George Williams, Hyndman

Manager: Felix Magath

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Nottingham Forest 7 17
2 Norwich City 7 16
3 Watford 7 15
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 14
5 Charlton Athletic 7 13
6 Reading 7 13
7 Derby County 7 12
8 Sheffield Wednesday 7 12
9 Middlesbrough 7 12
10 Ipswich Town 7 11
11 Brentford 7 11
12 Millwall 7 10
13 Blackburn Rovers 7 10
14 Leeds United 7 10
15 A.F.C. Bournemouth 7 8
16 Wigan Athletic 7 8
17 Cardiff City 7 8
18 Brighton and Hove Albion 7 7
19 Rotherham United 7 7
20 Birmingham City 7 6
21 Bolton Wanderers 7 5
22 Huddersfield Town 7 5
23 Blackpool 7 1
24 Fulham 7 1
Goals
5
3
Total Shots
14
13
Shots On Target
5
7
Passing Accuracy
73%
72%
Fouls
11
11
Corners
1
7
Offsides
3
1
Bookings
2
6
Sending Offs
0
0
Nottingham Forest (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Karl Darlow
  • 17Jack Hunt
  • 4Michael Mancienne
  • 13Daniel Fox
  • 2Eric Lichaj
  • 32Robert Tesche
  • 38Ben Osborn
  • 27Chris Burke
  • 10Henri Lansbury
  • 18Michail Antonio
  • 9Britt Assombalonga
Substitutes
  • 29Dorus de Vries
  • 6Kelvin Wilson
  • 16Jamaal Lascelles
  • 14Lars Veldwijk
  • 24David Vaughan
  • 30Stephen McLaughlin
  • 21Jamie Paterson
Manager
  • Stuart Pearce
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 5Fernando Amorebieta
  • 2Tim Hoogland
  • 26Mark Fotheringham
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 44Ross McCormack
Substitutes
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 32Sean Kavanagh
  • 7Thomas Eisfeld
  • 14Patrick Roberts
  • 27George Williams
  • 28Emerson Hyndman
  • 30Chris David
Manager
  • Felix Magath
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, Nottingham Forest 5, Fulham 3.
  • 90'+7' Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 5, Fulham 3.
  • 90'+5' Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).
  • 90'+5' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+4' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Fernando Amorebieta.
  • 90' Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamaal Lascelles replaces Robert Tesche.
  • 90' Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.
  • 89' Goal! Nottingham Forest 5, Fulham 3. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michail Antonio.
  • 88' Attempt missed. Patrick Roberts (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 83' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Burke.
  • 81' Jack Hunt (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 81' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 81' Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Mark Fotheringham.
  • 80' Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 80' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • 79' Goal! Nottingham Forest 4, Fulham 3. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.
  • 79' Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.
  • 78' Offside, Fulham. Chris David tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 77' Goal! Nottingham Forest 3, Fulham 3. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Mancienne.
  • 75' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • 74' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 73' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michail Antonio.
  • 73' Scott Parker (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 72' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jack Hunt.
  • 72' Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).
  • 72' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 70' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Karl Darlow.
  • 70' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Fotheringham.
  • 69' Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Fox with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 69' Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Paterson replaces Ben Osborn.
  • 69' Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 68' Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 68' Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).
  • 66' Attempt missed. Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) header from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Fox with a cross.
  • 65' Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Fulham 3. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 64' Offside, Nottingham Forest. Daniel Fox tries a through ball, but Michail Antonio is caught offside.
  • 63' Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 63' Foul by Chris David (Fulham).
  • 62' Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn tries a through ball, but Chris Burke is caught offside.
  • 60' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 59' Delay in match Dan Burn (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 58' Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 57' Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 57' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 57' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Karl Darlow.
  • 56' Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Kelvin Wilson replaces Eric Lichaj.
  • 53' Attempt missed. Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.
  • 53' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Britt Assombalonga.
  • 52' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jack Hunt.
  • 51' Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Fulham 2. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fernando Amorebieta with a cross.
  • 50' Mark Fotheringham (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 49' Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 49' Foul by Mark Fotheringham (Fulham).
  • 49' Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eric Lichaj.
  • 48' Attempt missed. Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high following a set piece situation.
  • 47' Foul by Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest).
  • 47' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 47' Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn.
  • 46' Attempt blocked. Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • Second Half begins Nottingham Forest 2, Fulham 1.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Chris David replaces Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Fulham 1.
  • 42' Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a through ball.
  • 38' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 38' Delay in match Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.
  • 37' Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Eric Lichaj with a cross.
  • 36' Attempt missed. Dan Burn (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Konstantinos Stafylidis following a set piece situation.
  • 35' Foul by Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest).
  • 35' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 33' Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).
  • 33' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 31' Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Fulham 1. Ross McCormack (Fulham) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
  • 30' Foul by Jack Hunt (Nottingham Forest).
  • 30' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 27' Foul by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest).
  • 27' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 26' Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).
  • 26' Gabor Kiraly (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 25' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 25' Delay in match Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.
  • 25' Delay in match Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 22' Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga with a headed pass.
  • 21' Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Fulham 0. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
  • 20' Dan Burn (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 20' Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 19' Penalty Nottingham Forest. Michail Antonio draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 19' Penalty conceded by Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 16' Jack Hunt (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 16' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • 15' Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).
  • 15' Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 15' Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).
  • 15' Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 12' Attempt missed. Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 12' Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 12' Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).
  • 10' Jack Hunt (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 10' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 9' Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Fulham 0. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 8' Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 8' Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).
  • 6' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 4' Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).
  • 4' Dan Burn (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 4' Attempt saved. Tim Hoogland (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 3' Offside, Nottingham Forest. Henri Lansbury tries a through ball, but Chris Burke is caught offside.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.