Saturday 10 March 2018, 3:00pm at Deepdale, Preston
Sky Bet Championship
Preston North End
1
Maguire 76'
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Mitrovic 69', 90'+1

76' Goal

Sean Maguire
Assist by Ben Pearson

85' Yellow Card

Calum Woods Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Calum Woods
Off:Greg Cunningham

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Harrop
Off:Daniel Johnson

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Billy Bodin
Off:Sean Maguire

69' Goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic

90'+1 Goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Assist by Tom Cairney

90'+4 Yellow Card

Marcus Bettinelli Card shown to player for time wasting

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lucas Piazon
Off:Floyd Ayité

67' Substitution

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

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sheyi Ojo
Off:Ryan Sessegnon

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Fulham maintained their unrelenting push for automatic promotion as they they picked up a grinding 2-1 victory over Preston North End at Deepdale on a dramatic Saturday afternoon.

Fulham maintained their unrelenting push for automatic promotion as they they picked up a grinding 2-1 victory over Preston North End at Deepdale on a dramatic Saturday afternoon.  

A second half strike from in form Aleksandar Mitrović was cancelled out by a Sean Maguire before the prolific Serbian pounced in stoppage time to seal a smash and grab victory away from home.

Slaviša Jokanović made one change from the side that ran out comprehensive winners at home against Sheffield United on Tuesday evening, re-introducing Floyd Ayité to the right wing in place of Sheyi Ojo.

An early afternoon shower subsided as the two made their way out on to the pitch. The positive atmosphere backed by the vocal 900 plus Fulham fans who had made the trip up North, positioned directly behind the goal in the away end.

It was the hosts who had the first opening in the second minute. A long punt forward skidded past Denis Odoi and Sean Maguire pounced on the loose ball and surged down the left wing. Kevin McDonald who had spotted the danger early tracked back well to slide in and clear an attempted cutback into the Whites box.

After surviving a lively start from Preston Fulham began to take a foothold on the game and in the eighth minute should have potentially had their first shot on target. Mitrović holding off the Preston defender long enough to cut one back into the path of Ayité. A brief window opened up for the attacker but he opted to try and beat his man and the ball was bundled clear.

The deadlock was almost broken in the 13th minute when Darnell Fisher unleashed a fizzing drive from the edge of the Fulham box after somewhat of a fortunate bounce off Matt Targett on the left wing. However, Marcus Bettinelli produced a diving save low to his left to parry an effort behind for a corner.

With the Whites still camped out in their own half and under heavy pressure they almost snatched an opener very much against the run of play. Stefan Johansen was played in by a neat through ball from Ryan Sessegnon. With the Preston defence scrambling to get back the combative midfielder surged through on goal from the left wing. With Declan Rudd committed in the North End net Johansen opted to cross into the path of Mitrović. The powerful striker didn’t connect cleanly and a defender punted the ball clear.

With the home fans sensing blood in the water as the hosts began to grow back into the encounter Fulham were dangerous on the counter. Ayité spotted the overlapping run of Ryan Fredericks down the right wing and played in the explosive fullback. After surveying his options, he whipped in a delightful cross into the path of the onrushing Sesegnon. The cross fizzed across the face of goal and just evaded the outstretched leg of the young winger.

With five minutes to go in the first half Preston were on the attack once again, this time in a far more direct manger. A long Rudd clearance eluded every in the Fulham back line and fell neatly into the path of Maguire once again. He looked to get a strike on target from a tight angle but a combination of Tim Ream throwing himself in front of the shot and the onrushing Bettinelli managed to block the effort and clear.

It was a matter of minutes at the start for the second half for the Whites to carve out the first opening and come within millimetres of an opener. A lacklustre press from Preston allowed Ayité far too much space 30 yards from goal and the Togolese forward duly obliged by unleashing a left-footed shot that looked destined for the top right hand corner. With all eyes tracking the path of the ball it was a fingertip that tipped it wide.

It proved to be one of the last acts of the match for Floyd as in the 59th minute he was replaced by Lucas Piazon.

A drab period of the game ensued with neither side able to carve out any clear openings and the gaffer made his second change in the 68th minute, replacing Fredericks with Cyrus Christie. 

It proved to be a master stroke as the powerful defender surged past his man on the right wing in the 69th minute. Keeping his cool he squared a perfect ball into the path of Mitrović who had so far been stifled by a stoic Preston back line. The striker made no mistake and slammed home an unstoppable effort past a stranded Rudd. He wheeled off in jubilation after what had been a frustrating afternoon and was mobbed by his jubilant teammates.

The setback didn’t perturb the hosts and they were back level in a matter of minutes when a hopeful cross was met by the head of Maguire. The diminutive striker headed an effort on target which was not held by Bettinelli and the ball snuck inside the post to send the Deepdale fans into raptures.

With the atmosphere ramping up as the home fans pushed their players on for the victory Jokanović made one final change and thrust on Sheyi Ojo in his place.

Tim Ream was on hand to remove any danger as Callum Robinson surged through on goal after the linesman’s flag was not raised with five minutes remaining everyone thought that might be it for the match.

However, as the linesman raised his board to signal 4 minutes of added on time Tom Cairney ghosted in behind the tired legs of the Preston back line and lofted a cross into the box. Mitrović who had already bagged himself a goal earlier in the encounter outmuscled the defenders and nodded an effort that crept agonisingly over the line. 

That was that and the Whites returned to London with three points on another fine day away from the confines of Craven Cottage. 

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 12,970

Referee: Simon Hooper

Preston North End

Line-up: Rudd; Fisher, Huntington, Davies, Cunningham (Woods 45'); Pearson, Johnson (Harrop 83'); Robinson, Browne, Tom Barkhuizen; Maguire (Bodin 83')

Unused substitutes: Maxwell, Clarke, Horgan, Gallagher

Manager: Alex Neil

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks (Christie 67'), Odoi, Ream, Targett; Cairney, McDonald, Johansen; Floyd Ayité (Lucas Piazon 59'), Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon (Sheyi Ojo 83')

Unused substitutes: Button, Norwood, Rui Fonte, Kamara

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 76
2 Cardiff City 36 73
3 Fulham 37 68
4 Aston Villa 35 66
5 Derby County 36 61
6 Middlesbrough 37 61
7 Bristol City 37 58
8 Preston North End 37 57
9 Sheffield United 36 56
10 Millwall 37 55
11 Brentford 36 53
12 Ipswich Town 36 52
13 Leeds United 37 50
14 Norwich City 36 48
15 Nottingham Forest 36 44
16 Queens Park Rangers 36 43
17 Sheffield Wednesday 37 38
18 Hull City 36 36
19 Reading 36 36
20 Bolton Wanderers 37 36
21 Barnsley 36 32
22 Birmingham City 37 30
23 Burton Albion 36 30
24 Sunderland 37 28
Goals
1
2
Total Shots
11
9
Shots On Target
5
5
Passing Accuracy
69%
74%
Fouls
7
6
Corners
6
8
Offsides
1
4
Bookings
1
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Preston North End (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Declan Rudd
  • 14Darnell Fisher
  • 23Paul Huntington
  • 20Ben Davies
  • 3Greg Cunningham
  • 4Ben Pearson
  • 11Daniel Johnson
  • 37Callum Robinson
  • 8Alan Browne
  • 29Tom Barkhuizen
  • 24Sean Maguire
Substitutes
  • 22Chris Maxwell
  • 5Tom Clarke
  • 15Calum Woods
  • 7Daryl Horgan
  • 10Josh Harrop
  • 12Paul Gallagher
  • 39Billy Bodin
Manager
  • Alex Neil
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 21Matt Targett
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 32Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
Substitutes
  • 27David Button
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 19Sheyi Ojo
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 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, Preston North End 1, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+4' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+1' Goal! Preston North End 1, Fulham 2. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.
  • 90' Attempt saved. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Calum Woods with a cross.
  • 89' Matt Targett (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Foul by Ben Davies (Preston North End).
  • 88' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matt Targett.
  • 85' Calum Woods (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 84' Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 84' Foul by Calum Woods (Preston North End).
  • 83' Substitution, Fulham. Sheyi Ojo replaces Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 83' Substitution, Preston North End. Billy Bodin replaces Sean Maguire.
  • 83' Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Harrop replaces Daniel Johnson.
  • 82' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matt Targett.
  • 82' Attempt blocked. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Pearson.
  • 79' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 76' Goal! Preston North End 1, Fulham 1. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Pearson with a cross.
  • 75' Attempt saved. Ben Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 75' Attempt blocked. Alan Browne (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Robinson with a cross.
  • 75' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.
  • 72' Offside, Fulham. Marcus Bettinelli tries a through ball, but Ryan Sessegnon is caught offside.
  • 69' Goal! Preston North End 0, Fulham 1. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a corner.
  • 68' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darnell Fisher.
  • 68' Attempt blocked. Matt Targett (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 67' Substitution, Fulham. Cyrus Christie replaces Ryan Fredericks.
  • 63' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Barkhuizen.
  • 62' Foul by Sean Maguire (Preston North End).
  • 62' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 61' Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).
  • 61' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 60' Attempt blocked. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Pearson.
  • 59' Substitution, Fulham. Lucas Piazon replaces Floyd Ayité.
  • 57' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 55' Attempt missed. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.
  • 54' Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 54' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Barkhuizen.
  • 51' Offside, Fulham. Tim Ream tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.
  • 50' Foul by Callum Robinson (Preston North End).
  • 50' Matt Targett (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 49' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Barkhuizen.
  • 48' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Declan Rudd.
  • 48' Attempt saved. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 45' Substitution, Preston North End. Calum Woods replaces Greg Cunningham because of an injury.
  • Second Half begins Preston North End 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Preston North End 0, Fulham 0.
  • 44' Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).
  • 44' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 41' Attempt blocked. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Declan Rudd.
  • 37' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 35' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darnell Fisher.
  • 28' Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 28' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 27' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Targett.
  • 27' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Davies.
  • 26' Offside, Preston North End. Paul Huntington tries a through ball, but Greg Cunningham is caught offside.
  • 25' Offside, Fulham. Stefan Johansen tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.
  • 25' Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).
  • 25' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 22' Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matt Targett.
  • 21' Attempt saved. Matt Targett (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 20' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 20' Delay in match Ben Pearson (Preston North End) because of an injury.
  • 19' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Davies.
  • 18' Attempt missed. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Greg Cunningham with a cross.
  • 16' Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 16' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 13' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 13' Attempt saved. Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.
  • 12' Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 12' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 6' Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 6' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 5' Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Browne.
  • 3' Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 3' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 2' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
  • 1' Offside, Fulham. Tim Ream tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.