Wednesday 22 February 2017, 8:00pm at Ashton Gate, Bristol
Sky Bet Championship
Bristol City
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Lucas Piazon 17'; Cairney 54'

61' Yellow Card

Jens Hegeler

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bobby Reid
Off:Josh Brownhill

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lee Tomlin
Off:Adam Matthews

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Gary O'Neil
Off:Jens Hegeler

17' Goal

Lucas Piazon
Assist by Tom Cairney

54' Goal

Tom Cairney
Assist by Floyd Ayité

45' Yellow Card

Stefan Johansen

71' Yellow Card

Tim Ream Card was given for a foul

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Martin
Off:Floyd Ayité

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Fredericks
Off:Lucas Piazon

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sone Aluko
Off:Neeskens Kebano

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90
Fulham beat Bristol City at Ashton Gate in a thrilling 2-0 win, goals came from Lucas Piazon and Tom Cairney.

Fulham beat Bristol City in a 2-0 victory at Ashton gate on Wednesday evening to reach 7th place in the league.

Two consecutive league wins at the Cottage in the space of four days, both ending as five goal thrillers meant the Whites were looking to continue their league momentum after exiting The F.A Cup on Sunday and push on with the remainder of the season.

Bristol City’s form was starkly different, 21st in the league with one win in their last 12 outings, and to make matters worse they were without star striker Tammy Abraham.

The Whites started at a quick pace with several attacks down the left hand side by Ryan Sessegnon, who linking up well with Tom Cairney.

It took four minutes for Fulham to have their first chance of the match as the ball fell to Cairney just outside the box and he struck his effort over the bar. Just five minutes later Denis Odoi made an important cross stopping block.

Bristol City looked their most dangerous from set pieces and Button made his presence known from the first corner, controlling his area and punching the ball out of danger.

A quarter of an hour into the game and both teams were creating chances. City’s Joe Bryan found himself in space left inside the area and pulled a ball back, Kalas however was on hand with an important sliding intercept, to stop a dangerous Bristol City attack.

Fulham capitalised on their first clear cut chance of the game in the 16th minute; tidy link up play led to a clinically struck goal from Lucas Piazon.

Stefan Johansen played a tight ball through to a surrounded Cairney. He took it under his spell before sending an exquisite through ball to Piazon, who efficiently slotted it past the keeper.

The best chance of the first half for Bristol City came in the 22nd minute. David Cotterill sent a teasing ball in from the right with Milan Duric waiting in the middle. Duric got a head to the ball but wasn’t able to equalise as his effort flew over the bar by inches.

Fulham then gathered momentum down the left of the pitch and created a chance that was chalked offside by the officials.  Cairney once more slotted a pinpoint ball through the Bristol City back line with Kebano latching onto the end of it. With a tight angle he squeezed the ball past the goalkeeper, the travelling fans cheered but the line-judges flag was up early and it wasn’t to count.

Bristol City ventured forward with more urgency after conceding and won a succession of corners. Button was called into action, tipping a shot over the bar. The second corner the cross dropped awkwardly and Matty Taylor has a shot ricochet off the post.

The Whites broke quickly from City’s attack and Ayité sprinted up the left hand side of the pitch with Johansen unmarked in an abundance of space charging at goal. Ayité overcooked his cross and the goalkeeper came out to extinguish the attack.

Fulham were enjoying their football just before the half time break and had a couple of shots just go wide of the post. Ayité shot left of the box and did not miss by much, followed suite by Sessegnon who galloped up the pitch in a similar effort, turned his defender and saw his shot also go wide.

Ayité sprung forward in the 44th minute as a ball was played over the top of the defence, he was unable to get quite reach the ball as onrushing keeper Fabian Giefer got a hand to  it first.

The second half resumed and Bristol City tried in vain to slow the Whites’ attack. Sessegnon used his pace effectively five minutes into the half to outsprint Cotterill and get into the box. He ran out of pitch as he managed to get a shot away which was palmed back into play by Griefer, luckily for him with no white shirts in the box.

In the 54th minute Fulham made their dominance in the game count. The Bristol attempted to clear the ball right of their own box but it travelled only as far as Ayité, who squared the ball to Cairney.

Still with a lot to do, Cairney pinged the ball top right corner with his left foot and left Giefer rooted to the spot to double Fulham’s lead.

In the 65th minute a rare lapse in concentration lead to a one on one from Taylor, bearing down on goal but Button stood his ground and the shot bounced off him.

In the final 15 minutes of the game Fulham sat back and invited pressure, happy to hold onto their two goal cushion. They stopped everything Bristol City could throw at them.

With nine minutes to go Button was needed once more to save a strong shot from substitute Bobby Reid, the ball spilled and Button dived on the ball.

Minutes later Ryan Fredericks, who had come on to see out the game in the final 20, showed his pace bursting past the left back to hit a ball into the box. Griefer pushed the ball over for a corner.

The corner was sent into the box and McDonald was very close to adding a third to seal the match, he headed the ball inches over the bar.

Six minutes was added onto the 90, and Fulham managed to see the game out well without conceding. That made it three consecutive league wins as the Whites continue their push up the table.

 

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Wednesday 22 February 2017
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Ashton Gate, Bristol
Attendance: 17,272

Referee: Tim Robinson

Bristol City

Line-up: Giefer; Matthews (Tomlin 57'), Flint, Wright, Scott Golbourne; Cotterill, Brownhill (Reid 45'), Hegeler (O'Neil 62'), Bryan; Taylor, Djuric

Unused substitutes: Fielding, Magnusson, Pack, Wilbraham

Manager: Lee Johnson

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Odoi, Kalas, Ream, Ryan Sessegnon; McDonald, Johansen; Kebano (Sone Aluko 76'), Cairney, Lucas Piazon (Fredericks 70'); Floyd Ayité (Martin 62')

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Malone, Parker, Cyriac

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Newcastle United 32 69
2 Brighton and Hove Albion 32 68
3 Huddersfield Town 32 64
4 Reading 33 60
5 Leeds United 33 58
6 Sheffield Wednesday 33 58
7 Fulham 32 52
8 Norwich City 33 51
9 Barnsley 33 49
10 Preston North End 33 49
11 Derby County 32 48
12 Cardiff City 33 45
13 Ipswich Town 33 41
14 Brentford 32 40
15 Queens Park Rangers 33 40
16 Birmingham City 33 40
17 Aston Villa 32 36
18 Nottingham Forest 33 36
19 Wolverhampton Wanderers 31 35
20 Burton Albion 33 35
21 Bristol City 32 32
22 Wigan Athletic 33 30
23 Blackburn Rovers 31 29
24 Rotherham United 33 17
Goals
0
2
Total Shots
7
11
Shots On Target
2
3
Passing Accuracy
76%
84%
Fouls
11
10
Corners
5
5
Offsides
2
3
Bookings
1
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Bristol City (4-4-2)
  • 33Fabian Giefer
  • 27Adam Matthews
  • 4Aden Flint
  • 42Bailey Wright
  • 13Scott Golbourne
  • 32David Cotterill
  • 8Josh Brownhill
  • 31Jens Hegeler
  • 3Joe Bryan
  • 12Matty Taylor
  • 22Milan Djuric
Substitutes
  • 1Frank Fielding
  • 23Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson
  • 6Gary O'Neil
  • 14Bobby Reid
  • 21Marlon Pack
  • 10Lee Tomlin
  • 18Aaron Wilbraham
Manager
  • Lee Johnson
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 27David Button
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 30Ryan Sessegnon
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 14Stefan Johansen
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 11Floyd Ayité
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 3Scott Malone
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 9Cyriac
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • 25Chris Martin
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
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, Bristol City 0, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+7' Second Half ends, Bristol City 0, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+6' Attempt missed. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Matty Taylor.
  • 90'+5' Offside, Bristol City. Gary O'Neil tries a through ball, but Bobby Reid is caught offside.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).
  • 90'+4' Scott Golbourne (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 88' Delay in match Kevin McDonald (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 86' Hand ball by Matty Taylor (Bristol City).
  • 84' Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a corner.
  • 84' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Aden Flint.
  • 83' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Fabian Giefer.
  • 81' Attempt saved. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
  • 76' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 76' Foul by Bailey Wright (Bristol City).
  • 76' Substitution, Fulham. Sone Aluko replaces Neeskens Kebano.
  • 73' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 73' Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 71' Tim Ream (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 71' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 71' Milan Djuric (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 70' Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Fredericks replaces Lucas Piazon.
  • 67' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 67' Foul by Bailey Wright (Bristol City).
  • 66' Attempt missed. Milan Djuric (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matty Taylor with a headed pass.
  • 66' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.
  • 65' Attempt blocked. Matty Taylor (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Milan Djuric with a headed pass.
  • 64' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Chris Martin is caught offside.
  • 64' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 64' Foul by Bailey Wright (Bristol City).
  • 62' Substitution, Bristol City. Gary O'Neil replaces Jens Hegeler.
  • 62' Substitution, Fulham. Chris Martin replaces Floyd Ayité.
  • 61' Jens Hegeler (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.
  • 60' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 60' Foul by Jens Hegeler (Bristol City).
  • 59' Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
  • 57' Substitution, Bristol City. Lee Tomlin replaces Adam Matthews.
  • 57' Offside, Fulham. Tomas Kalas tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.
  • 55' Offside, Bristol City. Fabian Giefer tries a through ball, but Milan Djuric is caught offside.
  • 54' Goal! Bristol City 0, Fulham 2. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 54' Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 54' Adam Matthews (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 53' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 53' Foul by Jens Hegeler (Bristol City).
  • 52' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Foul by Milan Djuric (Bristol City).
  • 51' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 51' Foul by Jens Hegeler (Bristol City).
  • 50' Attempt saved. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin McDonald with a through ball.
  • 50' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 50' Foul by Bobby Reid (Bristol City).
  • 49' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 48' Delay in match Tom Cairney (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 46' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 46' Foul by Jens Hegeler (Bristol City).
  • Second Half begins Bristol City 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45' Substitution, Bristol City. Bobby Reid replaces Josh Brownhill.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Bristol City 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 45' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 45' Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45' Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Denis Odoi.
  • 42' Attempt missed. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.
  • 41' Foul by Neeskens Kebano (Fulham).
  • 41' Bailey Wright (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 37' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Aden Flint.
  • 37' Attempt blocked. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.
  • 33' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 33' Milan Djuric (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 30' Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
  • 29' Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 29' Attempt saved. Jens Hegeler (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.
  • 29' Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 28' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jens Hegeler.
  • 26' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Neeskens Kebano is caught offside.
  • 25' Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.
  • 24' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 24' Foul by Bailey Wright (Bristol City).
  • 22' Milan Djuric (Bristol City) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.
  • 21' Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 21' Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 17' Goal! Bristol City 0, Fulham 1. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a through ball.
  • 14' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jens Hegeler.
  • 12' Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matty Taylor.
  • 11' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 11' Matty Taylor (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 11' Attempt blocked. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
  • 8' Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 8' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 8' Matty Taylor (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 5' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.