Friday 20 April 2018, 7:45pm at The Den, London
Sky Bet Championship
Millwall
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Ryan Sessegnon 46'; McDonald 56'; Mitrovic 89'

62' Yellow Card

Shaun Hutchinson Card was given for a foul

82' Yellow Card

Jed Wallace Card was given for a foul

88' Yellow Card

Tim Cahill Card was given for a foul

90'+1 Yellow Card

Lee Gregory Card was given for a foul

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tom Elliott
Off:Ben Marshall

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tim Cahill
Off:James Meredith

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aiden O'Brien
Off:Mahlon Romeo

46' Goal

Ryan Sessegnon

56' Goal

Kevin McDonald
Assist by Matt Targett

89' Goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Assist by Tomas Kalas

71' Yellow Card

Tim Ream Card was given for a foul

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tomas Kalas
Off:Lucas Piazon

90'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cyrus Christie
Off:Ryan Fredericks

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Fulham beat Millwall 3-0 on a Friday night kickoff that saw the Whites come away with three very important points at the Den.

Fulham beat Millwall 3-0 on a Friday night kickoff that saw the Whites come away with three very important points at the Den.

Ryan Sessegnon opened the scoring in the 46th minute with a precise, drilled finish, Kevin McDonald notched the second with a wonderstrike ten minutes later and Aleksandar Mitrović completed the scoring with a bullet in the 87th minute.

Slaviša Jokanović named an unchanged starting line-up for the third game in a row as the Fulham Head Coach looked to extend his side’s unbeaten run to 22 straight games. This meant that Mitrović was tasked with leading the line again and Marcus Bettinelli resumed his normal position between the posts.

It was an eventful opening 15 minutes at the Den. Millwall thought they had the ball in the back of the net in the 14th minute through George Saville, but Andre Marriner whistled the play dead for a foul. Overall it was a testy and tense atmosphere, one befitting a London Derby played under the lights.

After the first quarter of an hour, Fulham started to exert more and more pressure. In the 21st minute Matt Targett found Mitrović through a lovely flowing move, but the striker could only head over the bar. Then in the 24th minute Stefan Johansen found Sessegnon with a clever through-ball but the teenager’s fizzed centre was hacked clear by Jake Cooper.

In the 29th minute Tim Ream executed a wonderful goal-line sliding tackle to keep the scoreline at 0-0, drawing shouts of “REAM” from the away supporters massed behind Bettinelli’s goal.

As the half wore on a pattern emerged of the home side sitting back in two banks of four and looking to break through long balls up to Steve Morison and Lee Gregory. It was a battle of push versus precision and several times it looked like Millwall were trying to bully the ball into the bet through sheer force alone.

But the Whites stuck to their passing principles and never panicked or resorted to lumping the ball in the air.

Overall it was a fascinating tactical battle as the two strategies negated each other throughout the first period and when the Referee blew for half time—after Targett’s long-range missile just clipped the top of the bar—both sides jogged into the tunnel wondering how to find a solution, and a goal, in the second half.

As if on cue, the second half could not have started better for the Whites. They came out of the tunnel bursting with energy and within two minutes they were ahead through Sessegnon. Mitrović popped a shot in from 25 yards and Sessegnon was first to respond to the rebound, lasering a low drive through Jordan Archer’s legs. It was a goal that felt so cathartic and the 17-year old and the away fans raucously celebrated with each other, feeding off the mutual energy.

Even though the dam broke, the Whites did not stop pouring forth. In the seven minutes following the goal, Johansen, Lucas Piazon and Tom Cairney all had efforts that went close. There was no doubt that Fulham were hunting for another goal, unsatisfied with just one.

And in the 56th minute they found another. It was McDonald with an absolute screamer—a stunning strike that provoked delirium and disbelief in both his teammates and the away end. After receiving the ball around 25 yards out, the midfielder body-swerved his marker and unloaded a dipping piledriver that left Archer with no chance. And the Whites made sure the celebration matched the goal—Mcdonald was immediately surrounded by the rest of the team and wrestled into a joyous dogpile.

In the 62nd minute Shaun Hutchinson picked up the game’s first yellow for a late foul on Mitrović.

Three minutes later Neil Harris made his first change, taking off Ben Marshall and bringing on Tom Elliott.

In the 71st minute Ream was the first Fulham player to be carded; the American defender went into the book for a challenge on Mahlon Romeo.

Harris made his second substitution five minutes later, replacing James Meredith with Tim Cahill in an attacking move for the home side.

And then five minutes after that, Jokanović made his first change: Tomas Kalas on for Piazon in the 82nd minute.

As the game petered out Harris made his last change in the 87th minute, taking Romeo off and bringing on Aiden O’Brien.

But it was the Fulham substitute Kalas who made an immediate impact, when he sprinted half the length of the pitch in the 87th minute before depositing the ball to Mitrović on the edge of the box. The striker did what he did all season—score with power and precision.

It was a fitting capstone on a wonderful night and—besides Cyrus Christie coming on for Ryan Fredericks—it was the last significant action of the night. When the final whistle went the Whites sprinted over to salute the away support and their cheers echoed throughout the East London air as Fulham racked up another incredible victory.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Friday 20 April 2018
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: The Den, London
Attendance: 17,614

Referee: Andre Marriner

Millwall

Line-up: Archer; Romeo (O'Brien 87'), Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith (Cahill 77'); Wallace, Williams, Saville, Marshall (Elliott 65'); Gregory, Morison

Unused substitutes: Martin, Shackell, Onyedinma, Tunnicliffe

Manager: Neil Harris

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks (Christie 90'), Odoi, Ream, Targett; Cairney, McDonald, Johansen; Lucas Piazon (Kalas 83'), Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon

Unused substitutes: Button, Kebano, Norwood, Rui Fonte, Kamara

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 43 95
2 Fulham 44 85
3 Cardiff City 42 83
4 Aston Villa 43 79
5 Middlesbrough 43 69
6 Millwall 44 69
7 Derby County 42 68
8 Preston North End 43 66
9 Sheffield United 43 66
10 Brentford 43 65
11 Bristol City 43 65
12 Ipswich Town 43 56
13 Norwich City 43 56
14 Leeds United 43 54
15 Queens Park Rangers 43 53
16 Sheffield Wednesday 43 50
17 Nottingham Forest 42 49
18 Hull City 43 47
19 Reading 43 43
20 Bolton Wanderers 43 40
21 Birmingham City 43 40
22 Barnsley 42 38
23 Burton Albion 43 35
24 Sunderland 43 34
Goals
0
3
Total Shots
7
17
Shots On Target
4
5
Passing Accuracy
63%
84%
Fouls
17
8
Corners
2
1
Offsides
4
0
Bookings
4
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Millwall (4-4-2)
  • 1Jordan Archer
  • 12Mahlon Romeo
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 35Jake Cooper
  • 3James Meredith
  • 14Jed Wallace
  • 6Shaun Williams
  • 23George Saville
  • 44Ben Marshall
  • 9Lee Gregory
  • 20Steve Morison
Substitutes
  • 16David Martin
  • 24Jason Shackell
  • 10Fred Onyedinma
  • 18Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 7Tim Cahill
  • 19Tom Elliott
  • 22Aiden O'Brien
Manager
  • Neil Harris
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 21Matt Targett
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 32Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
Substitutes
  • 27David Button
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 9Rui Fonte
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
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, Millwall 0, Fulham 3.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Millwall 0, Fulham 3.
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. George Saville (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jed Wallace.
  • 90'+2' Substitution, Fulham. Cyrus Christie replaces Ryan Fredericks.
  • 90'+1' Lee Gregory (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+1' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Lee Gregory (Millwall).
  • 89' Goal! Millwall 0, Fulham 3. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Tomas Kalas.
  • 88' Tim Cahill (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 88' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 88' Foul by Tim Cahill (Millwall).
  • 87' Substitution, Millwall. Aiden O'Brien replaces Mahlon Romeo.
  • 85' Attempt blocked. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 84' Attempt missed. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 83' Substitution, Fulham. Tomas Kalas replaces Lucas Piazon.
  • 82' Jed Wallace (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 81' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 81' Foul by Jed Wallace (Millwall).
  • 77' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 77' Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 77' Substitution, Millwall. Tim Cahill replaces James Meredith.
  • 76' Attempt missed. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 74' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by James Meredith.
  • 73' Attempt saved. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 72' Offside, Millwall. James Meredith tries a through ball, but Tom Elliott is caught offside.
  • 71' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 71' Tim Ream (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 71' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 71' Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 69' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Targett.
  • 68' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 68' Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).
  • 65' Substitution, Millwall. Tom Elliott replaces Ben Marshall.
  • 63' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 63' Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Attempt saved. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 62' Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 62' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 62' Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall).
  • 61' Offside, Millwall. Jake Cooper tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.
  • 60' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 60' Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).
  • 57' Offside, Millwall. James Meredith tries a through ball, but Steve Morison is caught offside.
  • 56' Goal! Millwall 0, Fulham 2. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Matt Targett.
  • 53' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 50' Attempt missed. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.
  • 48' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.
  • 46' Goal! Millwall 0, Fulham 1. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the centre of the goal.
  • 46' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • Second Half begins Millwall 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Millwall 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' Matt Targett (Fulham) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 45' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 45' George Saville (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45' Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).
  • 44' Attempt missed. Steve Morison (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.
  • 42' Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Steve Morison with a cross.
  • 40' Offside, Millwall. Jordan Archer tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.
  • 40' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 40' Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 38' Matt Targett (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 38' Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall).
  • 38' Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 31' Attempt blocked. Matt Targett (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 29' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 29' Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).
  • 28' Attempt blocked. Jed Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
  • 27' Attempt missed. Matt Targett (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 27' Hand ball by Lee Gregory (Millwall).
  • 26' Hand ball by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 22' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 22' Foul by Ben Marshall (Millwall).
  • 21' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross.
  • 20' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 19' Delay in match George Saville (Millwall) because of an injury.
  • 17' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 17' Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 16' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 16' Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall).
  • 15' Matt Targett (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 15' Foul by Jed Wallace (Millwall).
  • 12' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 12' Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 11' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 11' Foul by Lee Gregory (Millwall).
  • 8' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 8' Foul by Jed Wallace (Millwall).
  • 4' Hand ball by James Meredith (Millwall).
  • 4' Attempt saved. Shaun Williams (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 4' Attempt saved. Jake Cooper (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.
  • 3' Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 2' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.