Saturday 23 April 2016, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Matt Smith 62'
Nottingham Forest
3
Tesche 23'; Lansbury (pen) 43', 70'

62' Goal

Matt Smith
Assist by Ross McCormack

21' Yellow Card

Ryan Fredericks Card was given for a foul

81' Yellow Card

Matt Smith Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

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

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lasse Vigen Christensen
Off:Emerson Hyndman

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Tunnicliffe
Off:Scott Parker

23' Goal

Robert Tesche
Assist by Henri Lansbury

43' Penalty

Henri Lansbury

70' Goal

Henri Lansbury
Assist by Eric Lichaj

18' Yellow Card

Matt Mills Card was given for a foul

90'+3 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Britt Assombalonga
Off:Dexter Blackstock

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A disappointing afternoon at Craven Cottage saw Fulham beaten 3-1 by Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

A disappointing afternoon at Craven Cottage saw Fulham beaten 3-1 by Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

The Whites were well below their best in the first half and deservedly trailed at the interval. Robert Tesche had fired his side in front following a Forest free-kick, before Henri Lansbury doubled the lead from the penalty spot.

Matt Smith was introduced at the break and made a noticeable difference with his physical presence, particularly when he nodded in just after the hour mark.

But the visitors didn’t need long to re-establish their two goal advantage, as Lansbury’s neat finish wrapped up a first win for his side at the Cottage since 1975.

Slaviša Jokanović made five changes to the team that drew at Ipswich Town in midweek. Tom Cairney came off the bench in that fixture and was promoted to the starting XI, while Michael Madl and Fernando Amorebieta shook off knocks to take their places in the centre of defence. Ryan Fredericks also came in at right-back, and Emerson Hyndman recovered from illness to start on the left.

Richard Stearman, Shaun Hutchinson, Dan Burn, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Lasse Vigen Christensen were the men who made way.

Forest started the better of the two sides and had the game’s first attempt six minutes in, although Lansbury’s low shot from 20 yards was comfortably saved by Marcus Bettinelli.

Five minutes later, Moussa Dembélé was chopped down 25-plus yards from goal following some good work from Rohan Ince. Ross McCormack took the set-piece but smashed it into the wall.

Dembélé then elected to shoot on his left foot from the edge of the box, but didn’t get hold of his effort and dragged it wide of the near post, before Lansbury drilled one off target at the other end under pressure from Madl.

Dembélé was causing the Forest defence plenty of problems, and after skipping beyond Lansbury he was cynically brought down by Mills, who was correctly booked. McCormack took on free-kick duties again, this time from a closer range but tighter angle, and his low effort needed turning around the post by Dorus De Vries.

Fredericks soon followed Mills into the referee’s notepad for a needless challenge deep in Forest territory.

The Reds then took the lead at the midway point of the first half. After Amorebieta had conceded a free-kick wide on the right, Lansbury cut the ball back to Tesche who swept home first time to successfully pull off a routine straight from the training ground.

Fulham were struggling to really get going and a swift counter from the visitors almost led to them doubling their lead five minutes before the break, with Lansbury’s shot deflecting behind for a corner.

And moments later they were given an even better chance. Hyndman stuck out a leg in the box which Tesche went over, and Lansbury tucked the spot-kick out of the reach of Bettinelli who had dived the right way.

Cairney almost pulled one back in the final minute of the half with a delicate first time strike from 20 yards, but De Vries backpeddled quickly to tip it over the bar.

In stoppage time Fulham felt they should have been given a penalty of their own after McCormack was sent tumbling, but the referee ruled that the infringement took place outside the area. It almost didn’t matter as the Scotsman smashed in a fine strike, which unfortunately came back off the woodwork, with nobody in white able to tuck home the rebound.

Something needed to change for the home side, and so Jokanović acted at half-time by bringing Smith on for Cairney, and Christensen for Hyndman. It brought about a switch in formation, with the Whites going for three at the back.

Forest were understandably happy to take the sting out of the game in the second half, with no incident of note until after the hour mark.

Dembélé’s pot-shot forced a fine save from De Vries, and from the resulting corner Smith nodded McCormack’s cross in at the far post to half the deficit.

But if Fulham thought that was their way back into the game, they were brought back down to earth on 70 minutes when Lansbury flicked in his second of the afternoon from Eric Lichaj’s cross.

Shortly after, Fulham felt aggrieved once again at the referee’s opinion of where a foul took place. Fredericks felt he was pulled back in the area, but the official decided it was several yards outside.

Again, though, the Whites almost scored anyway as Madl got a firm head of McCormack’s delivery, only for De Vries to make a fine reaction save.

It should have been 3-2 in the 79th minute when McCormack sent Dembélé in on goal, but the striker took too long to pull the trigger and his shot was blocked by Mills.

Smith then saw a penalty appeal fall on deaf ears after he was sandwiched in the area, just before Tunnicliffe came on for Parker.

At the other end, Dexter Blackstock used Tim Ream as leverage to get his head on a cross but he could only direct it back across goal.

Smith was then carded for pulling down Lansbury.

Lansbury was on the hunt for a hat-trick and went close on 82 minutes when he ghosted in behind, but Madl was able to get in the way of his shot at the expense of a corner.

McCormack then smashed a shot into a defender’s arm in the box but, in keeping with how decisions had gone previously, no penalty was awarded.

Smith’s presence in the air had made a big difference in the second half and in the 89th minute he glanced a deep cross from the left towards goal, but straight into the arms of De Vries.

Following a Smith flick-on, McCormack controlled and volleyed over on the spin halfway through five minutes of stoppage time, after which Forest replaced Blackstock with Britt Assombalonga.

Assombalonga drew a save from Bettinelli at the death with what was the final action of note in a deeply frustrating match for Fulham.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 23 April 2016
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 18,253

Referee: Robert Lewis

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Madl, Amorebieta, Ream; Parker (Tunnicliffe 80'); Cairney (Matt Smith 45'), Ince, Hyndman (Christensen 45'); McCormack, Dembele

Unused substitutes: Lonergan, Stearman, Baird, Woodrow

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Nottingham Forest

Line-up: de Vries; Lichaj, Mills, Fox, Jokic; Cohen, Tesche, Gary Gardner, Osborn; Lansbury; Blackstock (Assombalonga 90')

Unused substitutes: Evtimov, Worrall, Ryan Mendes, Burke, Macheda, O'Grady

Manager: Paul Williams

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Burnley 44 87
2 Middlesbrough 44 87
3 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 87
4 Hull City 43 77
5 Derby County 44 77
6 Sheffield Wednesday 44 71
7 Cardiff City 44 67
8 Ipswich Town 44 63
9 Birmingham City 44 61
10 Brentford 43 59
11 Preston North End 44 58
12 Leeds United 44 58
13 Queens Park Rangers 44 57
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 54
15 Reading 44 52
16 Huddersfield Town 44 51
17 Nottingham Forest 44 51
18 Blackburn Rovers 44 49
19 Rotherham United 44 49
20 Bristol City 44 49
21 Fulham 44 48
22 Milton Keynes Dons 44 39
23 Charlton Athletic 44 37
24 Bolton Wanderers 44 27
Goals
1
3
Total Shots
22
13
Shots On Target
6
5
Passing Accuracy
74%
76%
Fouls
16
13
Corners
5
2
Offsides
0
1
Bookings
2
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-1-3-2)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 7Ryan Fredericks
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 45Fernando Amorebieta
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 31Rohan Ince
  • 28Emerson Hyndman
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Substitutes
  • 24Andy Lonergan
  • 5Richard Stearman
  • 22Chris Baird
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 9Matt Smith
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Nottingham Forest (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Dorus de Vries
  • 2Eric Lichaj
  • 5Matt Mills
  • 13Daniel Fox
  • 3Bojan Jokic
  • 8Chris Cohen
  • 32Robert Tesche
  • 22Gary Gardner
  • 38Ben Osborn
  • 10Henri Lansbury
  • 23Dexter Blackstock
Substitutes
  • 26Dimitar Evtimov
  • 42Joe Worrall
  • 15Ryan Mendes
  • 35Oliver Burke
  • 9Britt Assombalonga
  • 18Federico Macheda
  • 29Chris O'Grady
Manager
  • Paul Williams
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 1, Nottingham Forest 3.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Nottingham Forest 3.
  • 90'+5' Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Osborn.
  • 90'+3' Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Britt Assombalonga replaces Dexter Blackstock.
  • 90'+2' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.
  • 89' Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen with a cross.
  • 89' Attempt blocked. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 87' Hand ball by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 86' Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 86' Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).
  • 84' Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 84' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 84' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 83' Foul by Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest).
  • 83' Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.
  • 82' Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Cohen.
  • 81' Matt Smith (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 81' Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).
  • 81' Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.
  • 80' Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Tunnicliffe replaces Scott Parker.
  • 79' Attempt blocked. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a through ball.
  • 78' Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).
  • 78' Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 76' Attempt saved. Michael Madl (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.
  • 76' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 76' Foul by Bojan Jokic (Nottingham Forest).
  • 73' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 73' Foul by Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest).
  • 70' Goal! Fulham 1, Nottingham Forest 3. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Eric Lichaj with a cross.
  • 68' Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.
  • 68' Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 68' Foul by Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest).
  • 67' Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 67' Foul by Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest).
  • 65' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 64' Delay in match Scott Parker (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 62' Goal! Fulham 1, Nottingham Forest 2. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross following a corner.
  • 61' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Matt Mills.
  • 61' Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 59' Rohan Ince (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 59' Foul by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).
  • 58' Attempt missed. Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left from a direct free kick.
  • 58' Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).
  • 58' Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 57' Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 57' Foul by Bojan Jokic (Nottingham Forest).
  • 57' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 57' Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 56' Attempt blocked. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 53' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.
  • 52' Attempt missed. Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.
  • 51' Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).
  • 51' Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Tom Cairney.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Lasse Vigen Christensen replaces Emerson Hyndman.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Nottingham Forest 2.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Nottingham Forest 2.
  • 45'+4' Ross McCormack (Fulham) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.
  • 45'+2' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 45'+2' Foul by Bojan Jokic (Nottingham Forest).
  • 45' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Dorus de Vries.
  • 45' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.
  • 45' Attempt blocked. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 43' Goal! Fulham 0, Nottingham Forest 2. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
  • 43' Penalty Nottingham Forest. Robert Tesche draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 43' Penalty conceded by Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 42' Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 42' Foul by Rohan Ince (Fulham).
  • 40' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Scott Parker.
  • 40' Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Cohen.
  • 39' Foul by Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest).
  • 39' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 38' Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 38' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 37' Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 37' Foul by Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest).
  • 36' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 36' Foul by Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest).
  • 34' Attempt missed. Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.
  • 34' Attempt missed. Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high from a direct free kick.
  • 34' Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 34' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 32' Offside, Nottingham Forest. Chris Cohen tries a through ball, but Dexter Blackstock is caught offside.
  • 28' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gary Gardner.
  • 25' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Matt Mills.
  • 25' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.
  • 25' Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
  • 25' Attempt blocked. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 24' Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
  • 24' Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 23' Goal! Fulham 0, Nottingham Forest 1. Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Henri Lansbury following a set piece situation.
  • 22' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 22' Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 21' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 20' Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 20' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 20' Attempt blocked. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.
  • 19' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Dorus de Vries.
  • 19' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 18' Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 18' Foul by Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest).
  • 18' Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 14' Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Cohen.
  • 13' Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 12' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 11' Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 11' Foul by Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest).
  • 6' Attempt saved. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 4' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 2' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 2' Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.