Saturday 27 February 2016, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Middlesbrough
2
Adomah 3'; Leadbitter (pen) 20'

71' Yellow Card

Dan Burn Card was given for a foul

86' Red Card

Richard Stearman

90'+5 Yellow Card

Jamie O'Hara Card was given for a foul

22' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Moussa Dembele
Off:Ryan Fredericks

57' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Zakaria Labyad
Off:Chris Baird

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jamie O'Hara
Off:Ryan Tunnicliffe

3' Goal

Albert Adomah
Assist by Stewart Downing

20' Penalty

Grant Leadbitter

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cristhian Stuani
Off:Stewart Downing

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jordan Rhodes
Off:David Nugent

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:George Friend
Off:Gastón Ramírez

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Fulham fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

Fulham were unable to capitalise on a solid point and performance against Leeds United as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

Albert Adomah headed home at the back post in the third minute and Grant Leadbitter compounded a nightmare start for the Whites on 20 in a match where Fulham struggled to get a foothold.

Head Coach Slaviša Jokanović took the familiar decision to bring Captain Scott Parker back into the fold for a weekend match. The game also saw the return of Richard Stearman in the heart of the Fulham defence with Fernando Amorebieta suspended following his red card against Leeds. Jokanović sprung a surprise by opting to start Ross McCormack upfront on his own and including Ryan Tunnicliffe in a robust midfield unit alongside Chris Baird and Parker.

With the Fulham fans in good voice, the Whites started brightly with Tunnicliffe showing some real bite in the challenge and disrupting any Middlesbrough advances. However, the early positivity was eliminated as Stuart Downing played a pinpoint cross from the left wing that found Adomah. With Andrew Lonergan tracking the cross Adomah headed low to his left and sent the travelling fans into raptures.

Fulham didn’t let their heads drop and had some half chances in the minutes that followed the goal. Michael Madl saw a header from a McCormack free-kick well cleared and McCormack himself flashed a left-footed shot wide of the left post from just outside the box.

But things went from bad to worse for the Whites in the 20th minute as Baird clipped David Nugent as he cut in from the left flank. Middlesbrough skipper Leadbitter stepped up and calmly slid the penalty into the bottom left-hand corner.

Shortly after the second goal Jokanović was forced into a substitution after Ryan Fredericks injured his back challenging for an innocuous high ball. Rather than opting for a like-for-like substitution, the Head Coach thrust Moussa Dembélé on to partner McCormack.

Fulham sparked to life in the 30th minute when Tom Cairney cut out a crossfield ball and surged to the edge of the Boro box. After laying off to Parker, the skipper opted to play in McCormack rather than having an effort on goal. Nine minutes later Dembélé was close to manufacturing a goal from absolutely nothing. Dan Burn headed a cross down into the Cottage turf and as it was on the up the young Frenchman went airborne and sent a vicious overhead kick towards goal. Dimitrios Konstantopoulos was on hand to tip over with a good reaction save.

The press from the hosts continued and two minutes later McCormack found Madl unmarked at the back post. His header back across the face of goal had the beating of Konstantopoulos but this time it was Ritchie De Laet who was the hero for the visitors.

A quiet start to the second half ensued with Middlesbrough perfectly content to keep possession. When the Whites were looking to counter, the visitors had every man behind the ball, making it hard to break down their structure.

Fulham’s commitment was on show as Parker prevented an almost certain goal in the 64th minute. Downing was slipped in and rounded Lonergan but was thwarted by the Fulham skipper as he put his body on the line to block his goalbound shot.

In an attempt to get back into the game Jokanović made two substitutions, bringing on Zakaria Labyad and Jamie O’Hara for Baird and Tunnicliffe respectively. The changes almost made an immediate impact as a drilled cross from the Moroccan was met by Dembélé on the edge of the area. His powerful effort was blocked yet again by a stoic Boro backline.

The best chance of the game fell to O’Hara after a flick on by Dembélé with 10 minutes to go. From a tight angle and with only the keeper to beat, the substitute flashed a shot across the face of goal.

As the match drew to a close Stearman saw red for a tackle on Jordan Rhodes. An unfortunate slip allowed Rhodes in and he looked to surge into an empty Fulham half. However, before he could do so Stearman brought him down. After some debate, the referee produced the card and a dejected Stearman trudged off down the tunnel.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 27 February 2016
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 18,862

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Fulham

Line-up: Lonergan; Fredericks (Dembele 22'), Stearman, Madl, Burn, Garbutt; Cairney, Parker, Baird (Labyad 57'); McCormack, Tunnicliffe (O'Hara 68')

Unused substitutes: Lewis, Jazz Richards, Kacaniklic, Hyndman

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Middlesbrough

Line-up: Konstantopoulos; Nsue, Fry, Gibson, de Laet; Forshaw, Leadbitter; Adomah, Ramírez (Friend 87'), Downing (Stuani 73'); Nugent (Rhodes 79')

Unused substitutes: Tomás Mejías, Kalas, De Pena, Julien de Sart

Manager: Aitor Karanka

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Burnley 34 65
2 Hull City 33 64
3 Middlesbrough 32 64
4 Brighton and Hove Albion 33 60
5 Derby County 34 57
6 Sheffield Wednesday 34 55
7 Cardiff City 34 52
8 Birmingham City 33 51
9 Ipswich Town 33 51
10 Preston North End 34 48
11 Queens Park Rangers 34 44
12 Reading 33 43
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 43
14 Brentford 34 43
15 Nottingham Forest 33 42
16 Huddersfield Town 34 39
17 Leeds United 32 38
18 Blackburn Rovers 32 37
19 Bristol City 34 37
20 Fulham 34 36
21 Milton Keynes Dons 34 32
22 Rotherham United 34 29
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 25
24 Charlton Athletic 34 25
Goals
0
2
Total Shots
12
13
Shots On Target
2
3
Passing Accuracy
80%
74%
Fouls
11
11
Corners
3
11
Offsides
2
2
Bookings
2
0
Sending Offs
1
0
Fulham (5-3-2)
  • 24Andy Lonergan
  • 7Ryan Fredericks
  • 5Richard Stearman
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 3Luke Garbutt
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 22Chris Baird
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
Substitutes
  • 12Joe Lewis
  • 2Jazz Richards
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 20Zakaria Labyad
  • 23Jamie O'Hara
  • 28Emerson Hyndman
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Dimitrios Konstantopoulos
  • 24Nsue
  • 22Dael Fry
  • 6Ben Gibson
  • 5Ritchie de Laet
  • 34Adam Forshaw
  • 7Grant Leadbitter
  • 27Albert Adomah
  • 21Gastón Ramírez
  • 19Stewart Downing
  • 35David Nugent
Substitutes
  • 13Tomás Mejías
  • 3George Friend
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 10Carlos De Pena
  • 16Julien de Sart
  • 9Jordan Rhodes
  • 18Cristhian Stuani
Manager
  • Aitor Karanka
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 0, Middlesbrough 2.
  • 90'+7' Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Middlesbrough 2.
  • 90'+6' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • 90'+5' Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).
  • 90'+4' Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 90'+2' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.
  • 88' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Scott Parker.
  • 87' Substitution, Middlesbrough. George Friend replaces Gastón Ramírez.
  • 86' Richard Stearman (Fulham) is shown the red card.
  • 86' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 86' Jordan Rhodes (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 83' Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.
  • 80' Attempt missed. Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 79' Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jordan Rhodes replaces David Nugent.
  • 76' Attempt missed. Michael Madl (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.
  • 76' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 76' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Grant Leadbitter.
  • 76' Attempt blocked. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 74' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 74' Delay in match Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.
  • 73' Substitution, Middlesbrough. Cristhian Stuani replaces Stewart Downing.
  • 72' Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 72' Foul by Gastón Ramírez (Middlesbrough).
  • 71' Dan Burn (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 70' Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).
  • 70' Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 70' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 69' Luke Garbutt (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 69' Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).
  • 68' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 68' Substitution, Fulham. Jamie O'Hara replaces Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 67' Delay in match Ritchie de Laet (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.
  • 67' Attempt missed. Zakaria Labyad (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 65' Attempt missed. Nsue (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.
  • 64' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Scott Parker.
  • 64' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.
  • 64' Attempt saved. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 64' Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Adomah.
  • 62' Attempt blocked. Nsue (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stewart Downing.
  • 61' Attempt missed. David Nugent (Middlesbrough) header from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nsue following a corner.
  • 61' Attempt missed. Nsue (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left following a corner.
  • 60' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • 59' Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
  • 59' Nsue (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 57' Offside, Fulham. Moussa Dembele tries a through ball, but Ryan Tunnicliffe is caught offside.
  • 57' Substitution, Fulham. Zakaria Labyad replaces Chris Baird because of an injury.
  • 56' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 56' Nsue (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 55' Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
  • 55' Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Dan Burn (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Foul by Gastón Ramírez (Middlesbrough).
  • 51' Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
  • 51' Nsue (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 49' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 49' David Nugent (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 47' Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Gastón Ramírez.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Middlesbrough 2.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Middlesbrough 2.
  • 45' Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Nugent.
  • 42' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 42' Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 42' Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).
  • 42' Nsue (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 41' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.
  • 41' Attempt blocked. Michael Madl (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.
  • 40' Richard Stearman (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 40' Foul by Gastón Ramírez (Middlesbrough).
  • 39' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.
  • 39' Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Dan Burn with a headed pass.
  • 38' Chris Baird (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 38' Foul by Gastón Ramírez (Middlesbrough).
  • 36' Chris Baird (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 36' Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).
  • 35' Offside, Middlesbrough. David Nugent tries a through ball, but Gastón Ramírez is caught offside.
  • 33' Offside, Fulham. Scott Parker tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 31' Attempt blocked. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Garbutt.
  • 29' Attempt blocked. Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.
  • 29' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Michael Madl.
  • 27' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 25' Offside, Middlesbrough. Adam Forshaw tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.
  • 23' Attempt blocked. Ritchie de Laet (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dael Fry with a headed pass.
  • 23' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Michael Madl.
  • 22' Attempt blocked. Gastón Ramírez (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
  • 22' Substitution, Fulham. Moussa Dembele replaces Ryan Fredericks because of an injury.
  • 20' Goal! Fulham 0, Middlesbrough 2. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
  • 19' Penalty conceded by Chris Baird (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 19' Penalty Middlesbrough. David Nugent draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 17' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 17' Delay in match Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 15' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 15' Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Middlesbrough).
  • 13' Luke Garbutt (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 13' Foul by Gastón Ramírez (Middlesbrough).
  • 9' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 8' Luke Garbutt (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 8' Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).
  • 8' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 8' Foul by Dael Fry (Middlesbrough).
  • 4' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 4' Foul by Gastón Ramírez (Middlesbrough).
  • 3' Goal! Fulham 0, Middlesbrough 1. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.