Saturday 1 April 2017, 3:00pm at New York Stadium, Rotherham
Sky Bet Championship
Rotherham United
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Sone Aluko 66'

82' Yellow Card

Ben Purrington Card was given for a foul

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jerry Yates
Off:Carlton Morris

76' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Ben Purrington
Off:Darnell Fisher

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Anthony Forde
Off:Lee Frecklington

66' Goal

Sone Aluko

90' Yellow Card

Stefan Johansen Card was given for a foul

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Floyd Ayité
Off:Neeskens Kebano

90'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Sessegnon
Off:Sone Aluko

90'+4 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tim Ream
Off:Scott Malone

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A 1-0 win at Rotherham United moved Fulham into the Play-Off places for the first time since September.

A 1-0 win at Rotherham United moved Fulham into the Play-Off places for the first time since September.

Sone Aluko made the telling contribution midway through the second half when he converted from a yard out after a melee in the Millers box.

The hosts – who were relegated as a result of their failure to win – should have gone ahead early doors, only for Danny Ward to send his second minute header wide.

Fulham squandered a golden chance of their own after the restart when Chris Martin miscued his shot with the goal at his mercy, but it ended up mattering little thanks to Aluko’s finish.

Three changes were made to the starting XI which last appeared before the international break. Out went Tim Ream, Ryan Sessegnon and Floyd Ayité, with Michael Madl, Scott Malone and Martin the men to come in.

Rotherham went into the match knowing anything other than victory would mathematically confirm their relegation, and they should have taken the lead inside two minutes. Joe Newell whipped in a superb ball from the left that Ward got on the end of, but sent his header wide of the near post.

Fulham’s first half chance arrived 10 minutes later when Tomas Kalas got on the end of Stefan Johansen’s swirling free-kick, but he couldn’t make a proper connection under pressure from his marker, resulting in a goal kick.

Johansen was sent through on goal by Kevin McDonald shortly after the quarter hour mark, but he just mistimed his run and was flagged offside.

Immediately afterwards Lee Frecklington tried his luck from long range, and his floater looked to be heading into the top corner until the sprawling David Button intervened.

Some good hold up play by Martin in the area in the 28th minute culminated in him laying the ball off to Aluko, but his snapshot had to be hurried and it skewed wide.

A great chance fell the Whites’ way 35 minutes in when Ryan Fredericks demonstrated his electric pace to beat Lewis Price to the ball and cut it back. But too many bodies in the area prevented Martin from tucking it in.

Not long after, a lovely clipped pass from Madl picked out Malone down the left-flank. His dangerous cross was reached by the outstretched toe of Semi Ajayi, who almost turned it into his own net.

How Fulham didn’t take the lead eight minutes after the restart, we’ll never know. Neeskens Kebano broke with pace before releasing Tom Cairney who squared to Martin for a tap-in, but he stumbled as he went to connect and the chance was gone.

Things almost got worse a minute later when Newell got to the byline and cut the ball back to Jon Taylor who seemed certain to score, but a combination of Button and his defence managed to hack the ball away.

Martin went closer on the hour mark when he rose highest to meet Kebano’s corner, but he glanced his header a couple of yards wide.

Both sides then made their first change of the afternoon, as Jerry Yates replaced Carlton Morris, and Ayité came on for Kebano.

The breakthrough finally arrived in the 66th minute, and although it was scrappy as hell, the away fans behind the goal minded not one jot. A goalmouth scramble saw Martin, Johansen and Cairney all have shots blocked, and after one even appeared to have maybe crossed the line, Aluko made sure by slamming home.

With quarter of an hour to play, Ben Purrington came on for Darnell Fisher, with Frecklington departing in place of Anthony Forde shortly after.

In the 81st minute Fulham hearts were in mouths when a long throw dropped to Ward in the box, only for Fredericks to make a wonderful block to deny the goalbound effort.

A minute later Purrington was booked for hauling Aluko down after he’d nipped beyond him.

Johansen was booked in the final minute of normal time for a kick on Forde as he tried to prevent the Reds winger from breaking.

Midway through three minutes of stoppage time being played, Sessegnon was introduced in place of Aluko.

Another beast of a long throw then caused concern in the Fulham area, but the tension was relieved when Aimen Bellaid ballooned the ball over.

To eat up the final seconds Jokanović threw Tim Ream on for Malone, but the American didn’t have time to touch the ball as the final whistle was soon blown to secure a huge three points for Fulham, who moved into sixth following Sheffield Wednesday's draw earlier in the day.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 1 April 2017
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: New York Stadium, Rotherham
Attendance: 9,004

Referee: Tim Robinson

Rotherham United

Line-up: Price; Vaulks, Semi Ajayi, Belaid, Fisher (Purrington 76'); Taylor, Smallwood, Frecklington (Forde 79'), Newell; Ward, Morris (Yates 62')

Unused substitutes: O'Donnell, Stephen Kelly, Wood, Bray

Manager: Paul Warne

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Fredericks, Kalas, Madl, Malone (Ream 90'); McDonald, Johansen; Sone Aluko (Ryan Sessegnon 90'), Cairney, Kebano (Floyd Ayité 63'); Martin

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Sigurdsson, Petsos, Cyriac

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Newcastle United 39 81
2 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 80
3 Huddersfield Town 38 71
4 Leeds United 38 69
5 Reading 38 67
6 Fulham 39 64
7 Sheffield Wednesday 39 63
8 Preston North End 39 58
9 Norwich City 39 57
10 Derby County 39 56
11 Aston Villa 39 54
12 Brentford 39 53
13 Barnsley 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Queens Park Rangers 39 50
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 48
17 Ipswich Town 39 46
18 Birmingham City 39 46
19 Burton Albion 39 44
20 Nottingham Forest 39 42
21 Bristol City 39 41
22 Blackburn Rovers 39 40
23 Wigan Athletic 39 34
24 Rotherham United 39 17
Goals
0
1
Total Shots
8
10
Shots On Target
2
2
Passing Accuracy
61%
81%
Fouls
10
14
Corners
5
4
Offsides
4
1
Bookings
1
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Rotherham United (4-4-2)
  • 12Lewis Price
  • 4Will Vaulks
  • 15Semi Ajayi
  • 26Aimen Belaid
  • 17Darnell Fisher
  • 11Jon Taylor
  • 33Richard Smallwood
  • 8Lee Frecklington
  • 22Joe Newell
  • 9Danny Ward
  • 10Carlton Morris
Substitutes
  • 18Richard O'Donnell
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 6Richard Wood
  • 30Ben Purrington
  • 7Anthony Forde
  • 27Alex Bray
  • 39Jerry Yates
Manager
  • Paul Warne
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 27David Button
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 3Scott Malone
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 14Stefan Johansen
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 25Chris Martin
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 17Ragnar Sigurdsson
  • 30Ryan Sessegnon
  • 33Thanos Petsos
  • 9Cyriac
  • 11Floyd Ayité
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, Rotherham United 0, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Rotherham United 0, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+4' Substitution, Fulham. Tim Ream replaces Scott Malone.
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. Aimen Belaid (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Semi Ajayi.
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
  • 90'+2' Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon replaces Sone Aluko.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Chris Martin (Fulham).
  • 90'+1' Ben Purrington (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 90' Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 89' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Foul by Jon Taylor (Rotherham United).
  • 88' Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 88' Aimen Belaid (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 87' Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Fulham) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Floyd Ayité with a cross following a corner.
  • 86' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.
  • 86' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 86' Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).
  • 82' Ben Purrington (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 82' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 82' Foul by Ben Purrington (Rotherham United).
  • 81' Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 81' Attempt blocked. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 81' Attempt blocked. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jerry Yates.
  • 79' Foul by Chris Martin (Fulham).
  • 79' Ben Purrington (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 79' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 79' Substitution, Rotherham United. Anthony Forde replaces Lee Frecklington.
  • 78' Delay in match Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) because of an injury.
  • 77' Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 77' Ben Purrington (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 77' Attempt blocked. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jon Taylor.
  • 76' Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
  • 76' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 76' Substitution, Rotherham United. Ben Purrington replaces Darnell Fisher because of an injury.
  • 75' Delay in match Michael Madl (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 75' Delay in match Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) because of an injury.
  • 72' Chris Martin (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 72' Foul by Aimen Belaid (Rotherham United).
  • 71' Offside, Rotherham United. Will Vaulks tries a through ball, but Semi Ajayi is caught offside.
  • 69' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 69' Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 66' Goal! Rotherham United 0, Fulham 1. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.
  • 66' Attempt saved. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Martin.
  • 66' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 66' Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 63' Hand ball by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 63' Substitution, Fulham. Floyd Ayité replaces Neeskens Kebano.
  • 62' Substitution, Rotherham United. Jerry Yates replaces Carlton Morris.
  • 60' Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Fulham) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano with a cross following a corner.
  • 60' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darnell Fisher.
  • 55' Attempt saved. Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Newell.
  • 53' Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 51' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 51' Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 50' Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Scott Malone.
  • 49' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 49' Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • Second Half begins Rotherham United 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+1' First Half ends, Rotherham United 0, Fulham 0.
  • 44' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 44' Foul by Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United).
  • 39' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.
  • 38' Offside, Rotherham United. Darnell Fisher tries a through ball, but Carlton Morris is caught offside.
  • 37' Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).
  • 37' Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 36' Foul by Chris Martin (Fulham).
  • 36' Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 33' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 33' Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).
  • 32' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 32' Foul by Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United).
  • 31' Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross.
  • 30' Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Stefan Johansen.
  • 28' Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 28' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 28' Foul by Carlton Morris (Rotherham United).
  • 24' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darnell Fisher.
  • 20' Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).
  • 20' Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 19' Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).
  • 19' Danny Ward (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 18' Offside, Rotherham United. Aimen Belaid tries a through ball, but Joe Newell is caught offside.
  • 17' Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by David Button.
  • 17' Attempt saved. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Danny Ward.
  • 16' Offside, Fulham. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Stefan Johansen is caught offside.
  • 14' Offside, Rotherham United. Lewis Price tries a through ball, but Danny Ward is caught offside.
  • 12' Attempt missed. Tomas Kalas (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 11' Scott Malone (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 11' Foul by Jon Taylor (Rotherham United).
  • 10' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 10' Foul by Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United).
  • 8' Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).
  • 8' Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Attempt missed. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Newell with a cross.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.