Saturday 2 April 2016, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
McCormack 54'; Dembele 75'
MK Dons
Milton Keynes Dons
1
Josh Murphy 63'

54' Goal

Ross McCormack
Assist by Moussa Dembele

75' Goal

Moussa Dembele
Assist by Ross McCormack

19' Yellow Card

Fernando Amorebieta Card was given for a foul

33' Yellow Card

Richard Stearman Card was given for a foul

90'+3 Yellow Card

Ryan Tunnicliffe Card shown to player for time wasting

90'+6 Yellow Card

Moussa Dembele Card was given for a foul

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Fredericks
Off:Richard Stearman

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matt Smith
Off:Tom Cairney

90'+5 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dan Burn
Off:Ross McCormack

63' Goal

Josh Murphy
Assist by Jake Forster-Caskey

57' Yellow Card

Joe Walsh Card was given for a foul

56' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Carl Baker
Off:Jonathan Williams

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nicky Maynard
Off:Dean Bowditch

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Daniel Powell
Off:Jake Forster-Caskey

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Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembélé were on target as Fulham earned a vital win over relegation rivals Milton Keynes Dons.

Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembélé were on target as Fulham earned a vital win over relegation rivals Milton Keynes Dons.

Fulham began the day a point and a place above their visitors who sat in the final relegation spot. And the hosts dominated the first half without finding the net. Tom Cairney and Dembélé squandered early chances, before McCormack crashed a long-range effort against the post. Cairney and Dembélé saw shots brilliantly saved by Cody Cropper as the first half finished goalless.

McCormack, though, finally made the breakthrough early in the second half when he tapped home after excellent work by Dembélé. The pair were then denied by Cropper before MK levelled out of nothing when Josh Murphy latched onto a long ball and lobbed Marcus Bettinelli, who hadn’t really had a save to make at that point.

But Dembélé won it for Fulham with 15 minutes left when McCormack sent a cross from substitute Ryan Fredericks into his path as the Whites picked up a crucial three points.

Slaviša Jokanović made two chances to the side that drew 1-1 with Birmingham City last time out but stuck with the 4-4-2 formation. In came Fernando Amorebieta for Dan Burn, with Ryan Tunnicliffe replacing Emerson Hyndman.

Backed by a vocal home support as the game kicked off, Fulham started strongly and Cairney dragged a shot wide from the edge of the box in the opening 40 seconds after being found by Scott Parker.

An even better chance fell Fulham’s way in the third minute. An MK clearance was inadvertently sent into the path of Dembélé. He had to wait for the ball to fall but outmuscled the challenge of a defender, only to send his half-volley well over from eight yards.

Cairney took aim in the seventh minute but his shot from 20 yards was comfortably held by Cropper. MK responded by sending a free header wide of the goal from a corner after Joe Walsh met Dean Bowditch’s delivery.

Bowditch rode a couple of challenges in the 15th minute but fired well over the bar, before Amorebieta was booked for a late tackle on Bowditch. Cairney went for goal again in the 21st minute but was once more off target from distance after some neat build-up play. A Michael Madl clearance fell fortunately to Alex Revell soon after but he blazed an effort into the Hammersmith End.

Fulham were so close to going in front in the 26th minute when a quick breakaway saw Rohan Ince and Dembélé work the ball to McCormack. From 30 yards out, he went for goal and saw his shot beat Cropper but cannon back off the post.

Richard Stearman was shown a yellow card just after the half-hour mark for what looked like an innocuous challenge on Dean Lewington, son of Fulham legend Ray.

Fulham continued to knock on the door. A Tunnicliffe delivery flashed low across the penalty area but no-one in a white shirt could get a touch on it.

Cairney then forced Cropper into tipping his long-range shot over the bar, before the Dons keeper made a brilliant save from Dembélé’s point-blank range effort in what was the final effort of note of the first half.

There were no changes by either team for the start of the second period, with Ince sending an early effort well over after some intricate passing from Fulham as they tried to get past a Dons side defending in numbers. When Dons did break, they did so quickly and Madl made a good block to turn a Murphy cross behind after the winger had skinned Stearman.

Fulham, though, finally made the breakthrough in the 54th minute. A long ball by Amorebieta saw Dembélé get behind the MK backline. It looked as if he’d overrun it at one stage but he managed to pull the ball back from the byline where McCormack was waiting to scoop it in for his 22nd goal of the season.

The Dons were rattled and Walsh was booked in the 56th minute as Cairney looked to burst clear. McCormack then let fly with an outrageous effort from a tight angle which Cropper parried away. Dembélé won the ball back and went for goal with a right-footed curler, with Cropper pushing his effort over the bar.

Totally against the run of play, MK were level. A punt forward by Cropper was contested by the two Fulham centre-halves and Revell and the ball flicked into the path of Murphy who lobbed the outrushing Bettinelli.

Fulham made their first change of the afternoon in the 67th minute as Stearman, who had taken a blow to the head, was replaced by Fredericks. Dembélé teed up Tunnicliffe for a low drive soon after but Cropper was able to gather. Bettinelli then got down quickly to smother an effort from substitute Carl Baker at the other end.

The nerves were jangling but the Whites were back in front in the 75th minute. Fredericks whipped the ball in from the right. His cross initially looked too deep but McCormack reached it at the far stick and pulled it back for Dembélé to slot home.

Dons replied through a header from Anthony Kay at a corner that went just over and Murphy got his shot all wrong after a cross from the right had eventually found its way to him at the far post. Cairney departed the action with seven minutes remaining for Matt Smith.

Fulham hearts were in mouths in stoppage time as a Baker free-kick skimmed the side-netting. Tunnicliffe was booked for time wasting soon after, before McCormack made way for Burn in the dying seconds. Dembélé was then shown a yellow card for a foul on George Baldock.

A late goalmouth scramble for MK ended in Bettinelli pouncing on a loose ball and the final whistle was greeted by huge celebrations amongst the Fulham ranks as the Whites moved four points clear of the drop zone.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 2 April 2016
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 17,588

Referee: Tim Robinson

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Stearman (Fredericks 68'), Madl, Amorebieta, Ream; Cairney (Matt Smith 83'), Parker, Ince, Tunnicliffe; McCormack (Burn 90'), Dembele

Unused substitutes: Lonergan, Garbutt, O'Hara, Woodrow

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Milton Keynes Dons

Line-up: Cropper; Baldock, Kay, Walsh, Lewington; Forster-Caskey (Powell 88'), Potter; Bowditch (Maynard 72'), Williams (Baker 56'), Josh Murphy; Revell

Unused substitutes: Burns, Spence, Long, Carruthers

Manager: Karl Robinson

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Burnley 39 76
2 Middlesbrough 38 73
3 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 72
4 Hull City 38 69
5 Sheffield Wednesday 39 65
6 Derby County 39 64
7 Cardiff City 39 62
8 Ipswich Town 39 59
9 Birmingham City 38 56
10 Preston North End 39 56
11 Queens Park Rangers 39 51
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 49
13 Reading 38 48
14 Leeds United 38 47
15 Blackburn Rovers 39 46
16 Nottingham Forest 39 46
17 Brentford 38 46
18 Huddersfield Town 39 45
19 Bristol City 39 43
20 Rotherham United 39 42
21 Fulham 39 41
22 Milton Keynes Dons 39 37
23 Charlton Athletic 39 35
24 Bolton Wanderers 39 26
Goals
2
1
Total Shots
22
12
Shots On Target
9
3
Passing Accuracy
75%
64%
Fouls
18
10
Corners
5
6
Offsides
2
6
Bookings
4
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 5Richard Stearman
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 45Fernando Amorebieta
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 31Rohan Ince
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Substitutes
  • 24Andy Lonergan
  • 3Luke Garbutt
  • 7Ryan Fredericks
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 23Jamie O'Hara
  • 9Matt Smith
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Milton Keynes Dons (4-2-3-1)
  • 22Cody Cropper
  • 21George Baldock
  • 6Antony Kay
  • 16Joe Walsh
  • 3Dean Lewington
  • 44Jake Forster-Caskey
  • 8Darren Potter
  • 9Dean Bowditch
  • 23Jonathan Williams
  • 31Josh Murphy
  • 18Alex Revell
Substitutes
  • 29Charlie Burns
  • 12Jordan Spence
  • 40Kevin Long
  • 7Carl Baker
  • 14Samir Carruthers
  • 17Daniel Powell
  • 28Nicky Maynard
Manager
  • Karl Robinson
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 2, MK Dons 1.
  • 90'+7' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, MK Dons 1.
  • 90'+6' Attempt blocked. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 90'+6' Moussa Dembele (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+6' Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
  • 90'+6' George Baldock (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+5' Substitution, Fulham. Dan Burn replaces Ross McCormack.
  • 90'+5' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Josh Murphy (MK Dons).
  • 90'+3' Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).
  • 90'+3' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+2' Rohan Ince (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Daniel Powell (MK Dons).
  • 90'+2' Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
  • 90'+2' Joe Walsh (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+1' Attempt missed. Carl Baker (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.
  • 90' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 90' Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 88' Offside, MK Dons. Nicky Maynard tries a through ball, but Daniel Powell is caught offside.
  • 88' Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.
  • 87' Offside, Fulham. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.
  • 86' Attempt blocked. Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Carl Baker.
  • 84' Foul by Rohan Ince (Fulham).
  • 84' Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 83' Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Tom Cairney.
  • 82' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Foul by Josh Murphy (MK Dons).
  • 80' Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 79' Attempt missed. Josh Murphy (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
  • 78' Foul by Rohan Ince (Fulham).
  • 78' Jake Forster-Caskey (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 77' Attempt missed. Antony Kay (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey with a cross following a corner.
  • 77' Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Michael Madl.
  • 75' Goal! Fulham 2, MK Dons 1. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 74' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 74' Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).
  • 72' Substitution, MK Dons. Nicky Maynard replaces Dean Bowditch.
  • 72' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 72' Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Offside, MK Dons. Dean Lewington tries a through ball, but Alex Revell is caught offside.
  • 70' Foul by Rohan Ince (Fulham).
  • 70' Carl Baker (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 69' Attempt saved. Carl Baker (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dean Bowditch.
  • 68' Attempt saved. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.
  • 68' Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Fredericks replaces Richard Stearman.
  • 67' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 65' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 65' Delay in match Richard Stearman (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 63' Goal! Fulham 1, MK Dons 1. Josh Murphy (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey.
  • 62' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by George Baldock.
  • 61' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 61' Antony Kay (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 60' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Cody Cropper.
  • 60' Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 60' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 58' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.
  • 57' Joe Walsh (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 56' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 56' Foul by Joe Walsh (MK Dons).
  • 56' Substitution, MK Dons. Carl Baker replaces Jonathan Williams.
  • 54' Goal! Fulham 1, MK Dons 0. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.
  • 54' Offside, MK Dons. George Baldock tries a through ball, but Alex Revell is caught offside.
  • 53' Attempt saved. Josh Murphy (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Darren Potter.
  • 51' Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.
  • 51' Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Richard Stearman with a cross.
  • 49' Offside, MK Dons. Jonathan Williams tries a through ball, but Alex Revell is caught offside.
  • 48' Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Michael Madl.
  • 46' Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, MK Dons 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, MK Dons 0.
  • 45'+2' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 45'+2' Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45'+1' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 45'+1' Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).
  • 44' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 44' Alex Revell (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 42' Offside, Fulham. Fernando Amorebieta tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 39' Michael Madl (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 39' Foul by Josh Murphy (MK Dons).
  • 39' Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 38' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Cody Cropper.
  • 38' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 38' Attempt blocked. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 37' Richard Stearman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 37' Foul by Alex Revell (MK Dons).
  • 36' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 36' Josh Murphy (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 34' Attempt blocked. Antony Kay (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Bowditch with a headed pass.
  • 34' Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Rohan Ince.
  • 33' Richard Stearman (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 33' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 33' Josh Murphy (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 33' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tim Ream with a headed pass.
  • 27' Attempt saved. Rohan Ince (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 27' Attempt blocked. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 26' Ross McCormack (Fulham) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.
  • 25' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 25' Alex Revell (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 24' Attempt missed. Alex Revell (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Murphy.
  • 23' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 23' Jake Forster-Caskey (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 22' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 20' Offside, MK Dons. George Baldock tries a through ball, but Josh Murphy is caught offside.
  • 19' Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 19' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 19' Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 17' Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
  • 17' Josh Murphy (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 16' Attempt missed. Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Murphy.
  • 14' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darren Potter.
  • 14' Attempt blocked. Rohan Ince (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.
  • 13' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by George Baldock.
  • 10' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 10' Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (MK Dons).
  • 9' Hand ball by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
  • 9' Attempt missed. Joe Walsh (MK Dons) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Dean Bowditch with a cross following a corner.
  • 8' Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Michael Madl.
  • 7' Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Michael Madl.
  • 7' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tim Ream.
  • 5' Offside, MK Dons. Cody Cropper tries a through ball, but Alex Revell is caught offside.
  • 4' Foul by Rohan Ince (Fulham).
  • 4' Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 3' Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
  • 1' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.