Wednesday 21 January 2015, 7:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
McCormack 7', 18', 35'
Nottingham Forest
2
Lansbury 45'+1, 62'

7' Goal

Ross McCormack
Assist by Hugo Rodallega

18' Goal

Ross McCormack
Assist by Hugo Rodallega

35' Goal

Ross McCormack

84' Yellow Card

Jack Grimmer Card was given for a foul

90'+3 Yellow Card

Alexander Kacaniklic Card shown to player for time wasting

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bryan Ruiz
Off:Scott Parker

77' Substitution

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

45'+1 Goal

Henri Lansbury
Assist by Robert Tesche

62' Goal

Henri Lansbury

32' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stephen McLaughlin
Off:Eric Lichaj

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Ross McCormack hit a hat-trick but Fulham were left clinging on after a Nottingham Forest comeback.

Ross McCormack hit a superb hat-trick but Fulham were left clinging on for the three points after a Nottingham Forest comeback.

The Whites were cruising at 3-0 thanks to a superb first-half treble from McCormack. He hit his first from distance in the seventh minute, adding another long-range strike on 18. He took his tally for the season to 10 in one fell swoop when his shot took a deflection off Todd Kane on 35 minutes, but Forest got on the scoresheet on the stroke of half-time when Henri Lansbury curled in an excellent free-kick.

It was a completely different second half and Lansbury smashed home again just after the hour mark to ensure a nervy last 30 minutes. Britt Assombalonga missed a golden chance to level the scores when he missed the target from two yards and Fulham clung on to seal the win.

Kit Symons named an unchanged side from the team that beat Reading 2-1 on Saturday, although he tinkered with the formation, with Alexander Kačaniklić starting at the top of a diamond midfield.

Fulham made a bright start, taking the game to Forest. McCormack looked like he’d put the Whites in front as early as the third minute but his curling shot from just inside the box was superbly tipped over the bar by Dorus De Vries. It was a fine effort and an equally fine save.

McCormack found the net four minutes later, though. Seko Fofana’s misplaced pass ran through to Hugo Rodallega who laid the ball off to McCormack. The Scotsman hit a sweet left-footed effort from 20 yards that flew past De Vries and nestled into the corner of the net.

It could have been even better for Fulham in the 12th minute. A long ball forward from Nikolay Bodurov saw McCormack outpace Jack Hobbs and pull it back from the left of the area for Kačaniklić who had arrived in support. The Swede snatched at his shot, though, and it trickled into the arms of De Vries.

It didn’t matter too much – it was 2-0 to Fulham in the 18th minute and it was that man McCormack again. A ball forward was knocked back to McCormack by Rodallega and the summer signing from Leeds United took a touch before letting fly – this time with his right foot – with his shot kissing both posts before rolling into the net.

Forest hadn’t had a sniff until that point but Fulham almost gifted them a way back into the game when Kostas Stafylidis sent a poor header back to Marcus Bettinelli without realising Assombalonga was lurking. Bettinelli, however, raced out of his goal to block the shot from the Forest striker.

In the 26th minute a beautifully flighted pass by Scott Parker from the middle of the park sent Rodallega scampering in behind the Forest defence but De Vries came out of his area to scramble the ball to safety.

A superb save by De Vries on the half-hour mark prevented Fulham from increasing their lead. A fine flick by McCormack sent Kačaniklić in down the left. His cross from the byline was met by Fofana but his stretching shot from six yards was brilliantly pushed away by De Vries.

Such was Fulham’s dominance, Forest boss Stuart Pearce made a substitution moments later, with Stephen McLaughlin replacing defender Eric Lichaj.

It made no difference – Fulham made it 3-0 on 36 minutes through, who else, but McCormack. A ball forward was only cleared as far as McCormack who feigned to pass to the overlapping Stafylidis. Instead he went for goal and saw his shot from the corner of the box find the far corner via a slight nick off Kane.

As two minutes of additional time were announced, Forest pulled one back. Stafylidis was harshly adjudged to have fouled Michail Antonio who appeared to have run into the left-back and from the resulting free-kick, Lansbury curled a fine 20-yard effort around the wall and in at Bettinelli’s near post.

Galvanised by that goal on the stroke of half-time, Forest came flying out of the blocks for the start of the second period. Hobbs snatched at a shot after a corner had caused confusion, with Stafylidis clearing his mishit effort from near the line.

The Whites made a change on 57 minutes with Parker replaced by Saturday’s goal hero Bryan Ruiz. McCormack took the armband as Parker trotted off.

From completely coasting, Fulham suddenly found themselves only one goal ahead. A loose ball broke to Lansbury who lashed home from 18 yards.

With Fulham nerves jangling, Assombalonga then shot over moments later, before somehow heading off target from just two yards out in front of an open goal as he met a McLaughlin cross from the right. In fairness, the ball came at him quickly but it was a shocking miss.

Assombalonga was continuing to cause problems, tearing onto a throughball but, with Jack Grimmer in attendance, sending his attempted chip well wide.

Rodallega made way for Cauley Woodrow with 14 minutes remaining, but still Fulham couldn’t stem the red tide, Antonio turning a shot just past the post soon after. Grimmer was shown the first yellow card of the game for chopping down Antonio on the left flank with seven minutes left.

Fulham hearts were in mouths in the 85th minute when Bettinelli almost fumbled a Robert Tesche header, clutching the ball near the line at the second attempt.

Woodrow had the ball in the net in stoppage time as Fulham broke but saw his effort ruled out for offside, before Kačaniklić was booked for wasting time.

Forest threw everyone forward in the dying seconds but Fulham held their nerve – just – to earn a second home win in succession.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Wednesday 21 January 2015
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 15,512

Referee: Andy Haines

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Grimmer, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Stafylidis; Parker (Ruiz 57'); Tunnicliffe, Fofana; Kacaniklic; Rodallega (Woodrow 77'), McCormack

Unused substitutes: Kiraly, Burn, Roberts, George Williams, Dembele

Manager: Kit Symons

Nottingham Forest

Line-up: de Vries; Kane, Hobbs, Wilson, Lichaj (McLaughlin 32'); Antonio, Gary Gardner, Lansbury, Osborn; Tesche; Assombalonga

Unused substitutes: Darlow, Lascelles, Vaughan, Chris Burke, Veldwijk, Paterson

Manager: Stuart Pearce

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 A.F.C. Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Derby County 26 48
5 Brentford 26 46
6 Watford 26 44
7 Norwich City 26 43
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
16 Charlton Athletic 26 31
17 Huddersfield Town 26 31
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 26 21
24 Blackpool 26 17
Goals
3
2
Total Shots
11
23
Shots On Target
6
7
Passing Accuracy
72%
72%
Fouls
12
10
Corners
6
8
Offsides
3
2
Bookings
2
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2 (Diamond))
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 37Jack Grimmer
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 12Seko Fofana
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 44Ross McCormack
Substitutes
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 14Patrick Roberts
  • 27George Williams
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Nottingham Forest (4-4-1-1)
  • 29Dorus de Vries
  • 17Todd Kane
  • 25Jack Hobbs
  • 6Kelvin Wilson
  • 2Eric Lichaj
  • 18Michail Antonio
  • 22Gary Gardner
  • 10Henri Lansbury
  • 38Ben Osborn
  • 32Robert Tesche
  • 9Britt Assombalonga
Substitutes
  • 1Karl Darlow
  • 16Jamaal Lascelles
  • 24David Vaughan
  • 27Chris Burke
  • 30Stephen McLaughlin
  • 14Lars Veldwijk
  • 21Jamie Paterson
Manager
  • Stuart Pearce
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, Nottingham Forest 2.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 3, Nottingham Forest 2.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Jack Grimmer (Fulham).
  • 90'+4' Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+3' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+2' Offside, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.
  • 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).
  • 90'+2' Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+1' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 89' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).
  • 88' Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).
  • 88' Todd Kane (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 86' Attempt missed. Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross following a corner.
  • 86' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.
  • 85' Attempt saved. Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a headed pass.
  • 84' Jack Grimmer (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 83' Foul by Jack Grimmer (Fulham).
  • 83' Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 81' Seko Fofana (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 81' Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).
  • 80' Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gary Gardner.
  • 80' Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left.
  • 77' Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Hugo Rodallega.
  • 75' Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stephen McLaughlin with a cross.
  • 73' Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
  • 72' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Henri Lansbury.
  • 72' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 72' Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).
  • 70' Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Todd Kane.
  • 69' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 69' Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 68' Offside, Nottingham Forest. Michail Antonio tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.
  • 68' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • 68' Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 67' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Osborn.
  • 65' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 63' Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Robert Tesche.
  • 62' Goal! Fulham 3, Nottingham Forest 2. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.
  • 61' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • 61' Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 59' Attempt saved. Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Todd Kane.
  • 58' Offside, Fulham. Konstantinos Stafylidis tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 57' Substitution, Fulham. Bryan Ruiz replaces Scott Parker.
  • 56' Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn.
  • 56' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 56' Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 55' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 55' Foul by Kelvin Wilson (Nottingham Forest).
  • 55' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 55' Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 53' Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 53' Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).
  • 51' Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 51' Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).
  • 50' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 50' Delay in match Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 49' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 49' Foul by Kelvin Wilson (Nottingham Forest).
  • 49' Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 48' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 48' Attempt blocked. Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.
  • 48' Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
  • 48' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 3, Nottingham Forest 1.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Fulham 3, Nottingham Forest 1.
  • 45'+2' Attempt blocked. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 45'+1' Goal! Fulham 3, Nottingham Forest 1. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Robert Tesche following a set piece situation.
  • 45' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • 45' Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 42' Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.
  • 39' Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Seko Fofana.
  • 37' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • 37' Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 35' Goal! Fulham 3, Nottingham Forest 0. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.
  • 33' Offside, Nottingham Forest. Henri Lansbury tries a through ball, but Robert Tesche is caught offside.
  • 33' Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
  • 32' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Scott Parker.
  • 32' Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
  • 32' Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Stephen McLaughlin replaces Eric Lichaj.
  • 31' Attempt saved. Seko Fofana (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 29' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Todd Kane.
  • 25' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Kelvin Wilson.
  • 23' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 23' Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).
  • 23' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 23' Kelvin Wilson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 23' Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 21' Attempt blocked. Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 20' Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).
  • 20' Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 19' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 19' Foul by Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest).
  • 18' Goal! Fulham 2, Nottingham Forest 0. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 18' Attempt missed. Seko Fofana (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.
  • 15' Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.
  • 15' Attempt blocked. Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.
  • 15' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.
  • 13' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 13' Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).
  • 11' Attempt saved. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 8' Offside, Fulham. Ryan Tunnicliffe tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 7' Goal! Fulham 1, Nottingham Forest 0. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 5' Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.
  • 3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Dorus de Vries.
  • 3' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 2' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Todd Kane.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.