Saturday 2 January 2016, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield Wednesday
1
Wallace 29'

60' Yellow Card

Dan Burn Card was given for a foul

78' Yellow Card

Ross McCormack Card was given for a foul

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Scott Parker
Off:Jamie O'Hara

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luke Garbutt
Off:Sakari Mattila

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cauley Woodrow
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

29' Goal

Ross Wallace
Assist by Atdhe Nuhiu

45'+2 Yellow Card

Barry Bannan

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Modou Sougou
Off:Ross Wallace

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lucas João
Off:Atdhe Nuhiu

90'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jeremy Helan
Off:Fernando Forestieri

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Slaviša Jokanović’s first game in charge of Fulham ended in defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at the Cottage.

Slaviša Jokanović’s first game in charge of Fulham ended in defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at the Cottage.

In a poor first half in Fulham's first game of 2016, Emerson Hyndman and Jamie O’Hara went close for the Whites, before Ross Wallace fired the visitors in front in the 29th minute with a superb left-footed strike from distance that crashed in off the underside of the bar.

The Whites dominated the second period but never tested young Owls keeper Joe Wildsmith and were indebted to two good saves by Andrew Lonergan from Gary Hooper.

Jokanović, sporting a black and white Fulham scarf, made four changes to the side that beat Rotherham United last time out. In a 4-1-2-2-1 formation, in came Jazz Richards, Sakari Mattila for his first league start, Jamie O’Hara and Moussa Dembélé. Ryan Fredericks, Scott Parker, Tom Cairney and Cauley Woodrow made way. Mattila sat in front of the back four with O’Hara and Hyndman in the middle and Ross McCormack and Alexander Kačaniklić on the right and left flanks respectively, with Dembélé up top.

On a grey, drizzly day at the Cottage, Hooper headed just wide from a long punt forward by Liam Palmer in the fifth minute. Four minutes later at the other end, McCormack whipped in a dangerous free-kick from the left that no-one in a Fulham shirt could get on the end of, the ball going into the grateful hands of Wildsmith.

O’Hara had a sight of goal in the 14th minute after being teed up by Kačaniklić but sent his shot into the Putney End from 20 yards.

An Owls corner caused problems in the 15th minute. Barry Bannan delivered a low set-piece and in trying to run the ball out, McCormack lost possession to Vincent Sasso on the byline. His shot was blocked from near the line.

As the rain got heavier, a Kačaniklić run and cross was only cleared as far as Hyndman whose first-time shot was parried behind by Wildsmith in the 25th minute. A couple of minutes later, O’Hara let fly from distance. His shot sent Wildsmith scampering across his goal but fizzed inches wide. Wallace showed him how it was done soon after, cutting in from the right and hitting a thunderous left-footed shot from at least 30 yards that went in off the underside of the bar.

McCormack had the ball in the net in the 32nd minute but was rightly ruled offside, before a Kačaniklić cross on the stroke of half-time flashed across the face of goal. Bannan was booked in stoppage time at the end of the first half for petulantly throwing the ball to the floor after O’Hara had been awarded a free-kick.

There were no changes by either team at half-time and a 25-yard shot by Bannan that deflected into the arms of Lonergan was the first incident of note in the second period.

The Owls should have increased their lead in the 54th minute. Fernando Forestieri’s long pass sent Hooper scampering clear of the Fulham defence but Lonergan came out to narrow the angle and made a vital save.

Dan Burn was booked for pulling back Atdhe Nuhiu in the 59th minute and the towering frontman forced Lonergan into a fine save at his near post 60 seconds later with an angled drive.

Jokanović made his first change in the 62nd minute as O’Hara was replaced by Parker and the Whites continued to dominate possession without really threatening the Wednesday goal.

Richard Stearman made an important tackle on Kieran Lee as the Owls broke in the 67th minute, before Hooper went clear again but saw his flick turned brilliantly over the bar by Lonergan.

Mattila made way on 70 for Luke Garbutt, with Woodrow, the two-goal hero against Rotherham, replacing the impressive Kačaniklić on 76 in Fulham’s final change. McCormack was shown a yellow card for a foul on Wildsmith on 77 as the young keeper tried to shepherd the ball out of play.

Woodrow squandered a great opportunity with three minutes left, arriving unmarked to meet Richards’ cross but head over the bar from eight yards, before a good block by Stearman denied substitute Lucas Joao late on.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

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

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 19,263

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Fulham

Line-up: Lonergan; Jazz Richards, Stearman, Burn, Ream; Kacaniklic (Woodrow 77'), Mattila (Garbutt 71'), O'Hara (Parker 63'), Hyndman; McCormack, Dembele

Unused substitutes: Lewis, Hutchinson, Christensen, Matt Smith

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Sheffield Wednesday

Line-up: Wildsmith; Palmer, Sasso, Loovens, Pudil; Wallace (Sougou 76'), Bannan, Lee, Forestieri (Helan 90'); Hooper, Nuhiu (Lucas João 88')

Unused substitutes: Price, Hutchinson, Josè Semedo, Wiggins

Manager: Carlos Carvalhal

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Middlesbrough 24 52
2 Derby County 25 48
3 Hull City 25 47
4 Brighton and Hove Albion 25 44
5 Burnley 25 42
6 Ipswich Town 25 41
7 Sheffield Wednesday 25 39
8 Birmingham City 25 39
9 Cardiff City 25 37
10 Brentford 25 36
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 34
12 Reading 25 33
13 Leeds United 25 32
14 Nottingham Forest 25 31
15 Preston North End 25 31
16 Queens Park Rangers 25 30
17 Blackburn Rovers 24 28
18 Huddersfield Town 25 28
19 Fulham 25 27
20 Milton Keynes Dons 25 23
21 Rotherham United 25 21
22 Bristol City 25 21
23 Charlton Athletic 25 20
24 Bolton Wanderers 25 17
Goals
0
1
Total Shots
11
14
Shots On Target
1
6
Passing Accuracy
82%
64%
Fouls
15
14
Corners
4
7
Offsides
3
4
Bookings
2
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 24Andy Lonergan
  • 2Jazz Richards
  • 5Richard Stearman
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 14Sakari Mattila
  • 23Jamie O'Hara
  • 28Emerson Hyndman
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Substitutes
  • 12Joe Lewis
  • 3Luke Garbutt
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 9Matt Smith
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Sheffield Wednesday (4-4-2)
  • 28Joe Wildsmith
  • 2Liam Palmer
  • 23Vincent Sasso
  • 5Glenn Loovens
  • 36Daniel Pudil
  • 33Ross Wallace
  • 41Barry Bannan
  • 20Kieran Lee
  • 45Fernando Forestieri
  • 14Gary Hooper
  • 9Atdhe Nuhiu
Substitutes
  • 34Lewis Price
  • 4Sam Hutchinson
  • 6Josè Semedo
  • 16Rhoys Wiggins
  • 17Jeremy Helan
  • 24Modou Sougou
  • 18Lucas João
Manager
  • Carlos Carvalhal
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, Sheffield Wednesday 1.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.
  • 90'+5' Attempt blocked. Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Modou Sougou.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Emerson Hyndman (Fulham).
  • 90'+3' Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Jazz Richards (Fulham).
  • 90'+2' Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90'+2' Offside, Fulham. Dan Burn tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 90'+2' Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jeremy Helan replaces Fernando Forestieri.
  • 90' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 89' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 89' Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 88' Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lucas João replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.
  • 87' Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jazz Richards with a cross.
  • 86' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 86' Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 85' Foul by Emerson Hyndman (Fulham).
  • 85' Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 83' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 83' Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Jazz Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 82' Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 80' Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Liam Palmer is caught offside.
  • 79' Dan Burn (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 79' Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 79' Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jazz Richards.
  • 79' Attempt blocked. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 78' Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).
  • 78' Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 78' Ross McCormack (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 77' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 77' Joe Wildsmith (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 77' Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 76' Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Modou Sougou replaces Ross Wallace.
  • 75' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 73' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 73' Foul by Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 72' Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).
  • 72' Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 71' Substitution, Fulham. Luke Garbutt replaces Sakari Mattila.
  • 71' Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross following a corner.
  • 70' Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.
  • 70' Attempt saved. Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu with a headed pass.
  • 66' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Vincent Sasso.
  • 65' Attempt blocked. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emerson Hyndman.
  • 63' Substitution, Fulham. Scott Parker replaces Jamie O'Hara.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Vincent Sasso (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross following a corner.
  • 61' Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.
  • 60' Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.
  • 60' Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Liam Palmer with a cross.
  • 60' Dan Burn (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 59' Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).
  • 59' Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 57' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 57' Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 56' Attempt missed. Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic with a cross.
  • 55' Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 55' Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 55' Attempt saved. Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Barry Bannan.
  • 53' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gary Hooper.
  • 52' Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 52' Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 50' Attempt missed. Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ross Wallace with a cross following a corner.
  • 50' Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • 48' Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Fernando Forestieri is caught offside.
  • 47' Attempt saved. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ross Wallace.
  • 47' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 47' Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.
  • 45'+2' Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.
  • 45'+2' Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 45'+2' Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 45'+1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Kieran Lee.
  • 41' Foul by Jazz Richards (Fulham).
  • 41' Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 41' Attempt blocked. Sakari Mattila (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 40' Attempt blocked. Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.
  • 39' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 39' Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 38' Attempt missed. Sakari Mattila (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tim Ream.
  • 36' Attempt blocked. Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Hooper.
  • 35' Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Barry Bannan.
  • 34' Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • 34' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 34' Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 32' Offside, Fulham. Moussa Dembele tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 29' Goal! Fulham 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.
  • 28' Dan Burn (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 28' Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 28' Attempt missed. Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 25' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.
  • 25' Attempt saved. Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 22' Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Ross Wallace tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.
  • 20' Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 20' Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 19' Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 19' Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 18' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 18' Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 17' Offside, Fulham. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Emerson Hyndman is caught offside.
  • 16' Attempt saved. Vincent Sasso (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner.
  • 15' Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jazz Richards.
  • 15' Attempt missed. Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 14' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 13' Delay in match Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.
  • 11' Richard Stearman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 11' Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 10' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 10' Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 8' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 8' Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 8' Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Joe Wildsmith tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.
  • 6' Richard Stearman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 6' Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 5' Attempt missed. Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Palmer.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.