Saturday 8 November 2014, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Rodallega 19'; Christensen 77'; McCormack 84'
Huddersfield Town
1
Lynch 75'

19' Goal

Hugo Rodallega
Assist by Ross McCormack

77' Goal

Lasse Vigen Christensen
Assist by Hugo Rodallega

84' Goal

Ross McCormack
Assist by Hugo Rodallega

36' Yellow Card

Lasse Vigen Christensen Card was given for a foul

51' Yellow Card

Dan Burn Card was given for a foul

75' Yellow Card

Elsad Zverotic Card was given for a foul

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Moussa Dembele
Off:George Williams

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Thomas Eisfeld
Off:Bryan Ruiz

75' Goal

Joel Lynch
Assist by Paul Dixon

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nahki Wells
Off:Jonathan Hogg

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Danny Ward
Off:Paul Dixon

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Fulham once again showed their never-say-die qualities by rallying late to win a hard-fought battle against Huddersfield.

Fulham once again showed their never-say-die qualities by rallying late to win a hard-fought battle against Huddersfield Town.

The Whites went ahead when Hugo Rodallega added a classy finish to a lethal counter-attack, inspired by Ross McCormack, on 19 minutes.

After a prolonged spell of pressure, Joel Lynch equalised on 75 minutes but Lasse Vigen Christensen provided the perfect response with an outstanding goal two minutes later.

McCormack put the seal on the victory with a thunderous drive after 84 minutes, as the Whites battled to the end to secure three points which propelled them five places up the Sky Bet Championship table.

Bolton Wanderers’ Friday night victory over Wigan Athletic meant the Whites kicked off the game inside the Championship’s bottom three. Manager Kit Symons made a pair of expected changes, with the previously suspended McCormack returning and Kostas Stafylidis replacing the injured Fernando Amorebieta at left-back, while young Moussa Dembélé was named as a substitute.

Players from both teams walked out wearing commemorative poppy t-shirts and a minute’s silence was observed to mark the anniversary of the end of the Great War.

The Terriers soon registered the first effort, when Jacob Butterfield’s second minute corner was headed wide of goal by Grant Holt, before the Whites charged downfield and George Williams’ 20-yard strike deflected into the arms of goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

The frantic opening exchanges continued when Elsad Zveroti─ç hacked the ball off the goal-line following Mark Hudson’s sixth-minute headed effort and the visitors scrambled back to halt another Fulham breakaway.

Nikolay Bodurov breathed a sigh of relief when referee Mr Woolmer waved play on following a questionable penalty-box tackle on Harry Bunn, and the nervy moments continued when goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli spilled a 12th-minute strike from Butterfield before collecting at the second attempt.

A stroke of luck allowed Bunn to run clean through on Fulham’s goal, after a double rebound fell kindly for him but, unchallenged and with the goal gaping, the midfielder dragged his side-footed shot wide.

The Whites made Huddersfield pay the price for that poor finish within moments, as McCormack collected a forward pass, ran half the length of the field, and put the ball on a plate for Rodallega to add a composed finish, his sixth of the season, on 19 minutes.

That excellent piece of link-up play between the two forwards lifted the Whites, with the defence executing a couple of strong blocks to deny the Terriers shooting opportunities.

The lead could have been doubled on 31 minutes when Captain Scott Parker’s perfectly weighted pass freed Williams, but the 19-year-old lifted his effort narrowly wide of goal with Smithies sprawling at his feet.

Parker was soon making his influence felt at both ends of the pitch, delivering a superb last-ditch tackle to deny Butterfield, before Christensen went into the referee’s book for a mistimed 36th-minute challenge on Sean Scannell.

Fulham were soaking up some pressure as half-time approached but, when Bodurov blocked Holt’s shot, the Whites launched another counter. McCormack and Williams combined to feed Christensen, and his tempting cross was headed agonisingly over from six yards by Rodallega.

It could easily have been two but, within minutes of the restart, Bunn missed a golden chance to level, cutting inside on his right foot, but his shot skewed well wide of goal.

The Terriers stayed on the front foot and Butterfield danced around Dan Burn, drawing a foul and a yellow card, before getting back to his feet and hitting a 20-yard free-kick just wide, with the visiting fans reacting to the net rippling as if it had been an equaliser.

The Whites responded well to Huddersfield’s bright start, Rodallega showed terrific foot-work to feint past one defender and brought a fine save from Smithies with his strike.

A quick counter then brought the visitors into dangerous territory. Parker made a fantastic tackle but Bunn found space to cross, and, thankfully, Jonathan Hogg mistimed his 10-yard volley.

Huddersfield had the momentum as the clock ticked past the hour mark, as Bunn wriggled free on the left. His shot beat Bettinelli but not Stafylidis, who cleared off the line.

As the rain begin to pour down and the sky turned dark, the Whites continued to battle but Huddersfield controlled. Holt missed a gilt-edge header from Paul Dixon’s delivery.

The Whites shifted to a midfield four with McCormack on the left and Ruiz on the right, with Dembélé introduced on 70 minutes for Williams to partner Rodallega up front.

But the change in system did not stem the Terriers flow, and the leveller finally arrived when substitute Nahki Wells won a free-kick and Lynch climbed highest to score on 75 minutes, despite Burn’s desperate attempts to keep the ball out.

No sooner had the Whites suffered the set-back, Christensen grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and created a goal from sheer will and determination.

Thundering towards goal, the Danish midfielder exchanged passes with Rodallega, played the ball through Hudson’s legs and lifted it over the advancing keeper Smithies.

The Whites were bouncing again and Rodallega almost extended the lead on 80 minutes, but could not keep his shot down, after excellent work from Dembélé and Ruiz.

Bettinelli was called into action to scramble the ball away from danger before Rodallega found McCormack to rifle the ball into the top corner on 84 minutes.

Thomas Eisfeld replaced Ruiz as Symons tried to shore up the Whites’ midfield and Rodallega volleyed over Eisfeld's cross as the game entered stoppage time.

The final whistle brought jubilant scenes in the torrential rain, as Fulham celebrated a win which takes them from 22nd to 17th place in the Championship table.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 8 November 2014
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 17,734

Referee: Andy Woolmer

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Zverotic, Bodurov, Burn, Stafylidis; Parker; Christensen, George Williams (Dembele 71'); Ruiz (Eisfeld 85'); Rodallega, McCormack

Unused substitutes: Kiraly, Hutchinson, Roberts, Hyndman, Woodrow

Manager: Kit Symons

Huddersfield Town

Line-up: Smithies; Smith, Hudson, Lynch, Dixon (Danny Ward 83'); Hogg (Wells 71'), Coady, Butterfield; Scannell, Holt, Bunn

Unused substitutes: Murphy, Wallace, Robinson, Peltier, Poyet

Manager: Chris Powell

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Derby County 17 32
2 A.F.C. Bournemouth 17 31
3 Middlesbrough 17 31
4 Ipswich Town 17 30
5 Watford 17 29
6 Brentford 17 28
7 Blackburn Rovers 17 27
8 Charlton Athletic 17 27
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 27
10 Norwich City 17 26
11 Nottingham Forest 17 25
12 Cardiff City 17 23
13 Sheffield Wednesday 17 21
14 Reading 17 21
15 Leeds United 17 20
16 Huddersfield Town 17 20
17 Fulham 17 19
18 Millwall 17 18
19 Rotherham United 17 18
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 17 17
21 Bolton Wanderers 17 17
22 Wigan Athletic 17 16
23 Birmingham City 17 16
24 Blackpool 17 7
Goals
3
1
Total Shots
13
16
Shots On Target
6
3
Passing Accuracy
72%
74%
Fouls
12
10
Corners
4
10
Offsides
0
0
Bookings
3
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2 (Diamond))
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 13Elsad Zverotic
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 27George Williams
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 44Ross McCormack
Substitutes
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 7Thomas Eisfeld
  • 14Patrick Roberts
  • 28Emerson Hyndman
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Huddersfield Town (4-3-3)
  • 1Alex Smithies
  • 27Tommy Smith
  • 4Mark Hudson
  • 33Joel Lynch
  • 3Paul Dixon
  • 6Jonathan Hogg
  • 10Conor Coady
  • 8Jacob Butterfield
  • 7Sean Scannell
  • 16Grant Holt
  • 30Harry Bunn
Substitutes
  • 13Joe Murphy
  • 15Murray Wallace
  • 17Jack Robinson
  • 37Lee Peltier
  • 44Diego Poyet
  • 11Danny Ward
  • 21Nahki Wells
Manager
  • Chris Powell
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, Fulham 3, Huddersfield Town 1.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 3, Huddersfield Town 1.
  • 90'+4' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tommy Smith.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Conor Coady (Huddersfield Town).
  • 90'+4' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+3' Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tommy Smith.
  • 90'+3' Attempt blocked. Grant Holt (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town).
  • 90'+1' Thomas Eisfeld (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 88' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Thomas Eisfeld with a cross.
  • 86' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 85' Substitution, Fulham. Thomas Eisfeld replaces Bryan Ruiz.
  • 84' Goal! Fulham 3, Huddersfield Town 1. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 83' Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Danny Ward replaces Paul Dixon.
  • 82' Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 82' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Elsad Zverotic.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a headed pass.
  • 79' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 79' Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 79' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 78' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 77' Goal! Fulham 2, Huddersfield Town 1. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 75' Goal! Fulham 1, Huddersfield Town 1. Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Dixon with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 75' Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 75' Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 75' Foul by Elsad Zverotic (Fulham).
  • 74' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sean Scannell.
  • 73' Attempt saved. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 71' Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Nahki Wells replaces Jonathan Hogg.
  • 71' Substitution, Fulham. Moussa Dembele replaces George Williams.
  • 68' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack following a set piece situation.
  • 68' Foul by Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town).
  • 68' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 65' Attempt missed. Grant Holt (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Paul Dixon with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 64' Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 64' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • 64' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Williams.
  • 63' Attempt missed. Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.
  • 61' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joel Lynch.
  • 61' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Elsad Zverotic.
  • 58' Attempt missed. Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Dixon with a cross.
  • 56' Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 55' Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).
  • 55' Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.
  • 51' Dan Burn (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 51' Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 51' Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).
  • 50' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 50' Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 50' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 46' Attempt missed. Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Conor Coady.
  • 46' Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 46' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Huddersfield Town 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Huddersfield Town 0.
  • 45'+1' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen with a cross.
  • 45' Attempt blocked. Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Holt.
  • 42' Foul by Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town).
  • 42' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 40' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by George Williams.
  • 36' Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 36' Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).
  • 36' Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 33' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 33' Foul by Grant Holt (Huddersfield Town).
  • 31' Attempt missed. George Williams (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Parker with a through ball.
  • 29' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 29' Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).
  • 28' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 28' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 28' Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Attempt blocked. Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Coady.
  • 21' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 21' Foul by Grant Holt (Huddersfield Town).
  • 19' Goal! Fulham 1, Huddersfield Town 0. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 18' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 18' Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 17' Attempt missed. Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
  • 15' Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.
  • 14' Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Grant Holt.
  • 11' Foul by Elsad Zverotic (Fulham).
  • 11' Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 9' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Paul Dixon.
  • 9' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 9' Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).
  • 6' Foul by George Williams (Fulham).
  • 6' Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 5' Attempt blocked. Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Paul Dixon with a cross.
  • 5' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • 4' Attempt saved. George Williams (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 4' Attempt missed. Grant Holt (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield with a cross following a corner.
  • 3' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Scott Parker.
  • 3' Attempt blocked. Grant Holt (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Bunn.
  • 1' Hand ball by Grant Holt (Huddersfield Town).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.