Saturday 7 April 2018, 3:00pm at Hillsborough, Sheffield
Sky Bet Championship
Sheffield Wednesday
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Mitrovic 78'

85' Yellow Card

Daniel Pudil Card was given for a foul

90'+1 Yellow Card

Jacob Butterfield Card was given for a foul

31' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Jacob Butterfield
Off:Barry Bannan

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fernando Forestieri
Off:Lucas João

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marco Matias
Off:George Boyd

78' Goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Assist by Ryan Sessegnon

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Floyd Ayité
Off:Sheyi Ojo

72' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Neeskens Kebano
Off:Floyd Ayité

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Fulham beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 to climb to two points off the automatic promotion places.

Fulham beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 as the Whites travelled to Hillsborough on a misty Saturday afternoon.

Aleksandar Mitrović scored the game’s only goal in the 78th minute to send the Whites to two points off the automatic promotion places.

Slaviša Jokanović made just one change to the starting line-up that won at home against Leeds United on Tuesday, replacing Floyd Ayité with Sheyi Ojo.

The first ten minutes started slowly as both sides struggled to impose themselves on the match. In the 11th minute the Whites had the ball in the back of the net, only for the linesman to whistle for offside, Ojo creeping just inches beyond the last defender before prodding home.

But the disallowed goal seemed to spur Fulham on and their attacks started to become more fluid from that point, more mesmerising. Ojo was dangerous in the first half, finding acres of space on the right wing. In the 14th minute he skinned George Boyd before drilling a low shot at goal that Joe Wildsmith was able to smother.

In the 23rd minute Ryan Sessegnon headed a Mitrović cross onto the bar after a lovely flowing move from the Whites. It started in midfield, when McDonald took the Wednesday backline out of the play with a clever diagonal pass to Sessegnon, who in turn sprinted into the box. Eventually the ball was floated towards him, but the teenager—despite rising over everyone—could only get enough contact on it to kiss the top of the bar.

Three minutes later it was McDonald’s turn to have a go and the midfielder’s stinging shot from 20 yards out was palmed away by Wildsmith. There was no doubt however that the Whites were knocking on the door, beating the Owls back into their own half with increasing frequency.

In the 30th minute Jos Luhukay had to make his first substitution of the match, taking off Barry Bannan, who had just received treatment, and bringing on Jacob Butterfield.

Then, in the 43rd minute, Fulham came so close to finding the opening goal. Ryan Fredericks hared down the right touchline and clipped a cross towards Mitrović, who positively thumped the ball towards goal. But Wildsmith, even though the shot was behind him, contorted his body in air to get two hands to it. It was a wonderful sequence from the Whites and only a stupendous save prevented them from going up 1-0.

It proved to be last significant action of the half and Fulham jogged into the tunnel wondering how they could turn all of their hard work into something tangible.

But the first 15 minutes of the second half went much the same way as the first 15 minutes of the first half, tentative football as neither side could quite find an entry point back into the match.

Seeking to introduce a fresh angle of attack, Jokanović made his first change in the 62nd minute—taking Ojo off and bringing on Ayité.

Unfortunately, the Togolese attacker felt a twinge nine minutes later and had to be replaced by Neeskens Kebano.

But the Whites were still pressing hard to find the opener, driving towards Wildsmith’s goal from all angles. In the 73rd minute Johansen smashed a shot on goal—after Kebano played him in—but the Owls’ goalkeeper again stood tall.

In the 76th minute Luhukay made his second change, replacing Lucas João with Hillsborough favourite Fernando Forestieri.

Two minutes later the Whites finally scored the goal all their attacking play had merited. It was—who else?—Mitrović, scoring his ninth goal in nine games. Sessegnon was slipped in behind and he did extremely well to keep his head, look up, and skim a cross along the six-yard box that Mitrović duly deposited into the back of the net. 1-0 to the Whites in the 78th minute and right in front of the traveling supporters as well.

In the 85th minute, after persistent, niggling fouls, Daniel Pudil received the first yellow card of the game.

One minute later, Luhukay made his final substitution of the match, putting Marco Matias on in place of George Boyd.

Kebano, who had been bright since he stepped on the pitch, was next to go close for the away team. Wildsmith blocked the attacker’s goal-bound chip after McDonald played him in with a smart ball.

In the first minute of stoppage time, Butterfield saw the second yellow of the match, Stephen Martin showing him a card for scything down Mitrović.

And then, at last, the final whistle came and the Whites could return to London with three points in the bag and their eyes set on the top two.

 

 

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 7 April 2018
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Hillsborough, Sheffield
Attendance: 25,653

Referee: Steve Martin

Sheffield Wednesday

Line-up: Wildsmith; Frederico Venâncio, Lees, Pudil; Hunt, Pelupessy, Bannan (Butterfield 31'), Reach, Boyd (Marco Matias 86'); Nuhiu, Lucas João (Forestieri 76')

Unused substitutes: Dawson, Thorniley, Jones, Rhodes

Manager: Jos Luhukay

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Odoi, Ream, Targett; McDonald, Johansen; Sheyi Ojo (Floyd Ayité 62' (Kebano 72')), Cairney, Ryan Sessegnon; Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Button, Christie, Kalas, Norwood, Kamara

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 41 89
2 Cardiff City 40 80
3 Fulham 41 78
4 Aston Villa 41 73
5 Derby County 40 68
6 Middlesbrough 41 66
7 Millwall 41 65
8 Bristol City 41 62
9 Sheffield United 41 62
10 Brentford 41 61
11 Preston North End 41 60
12 Norwich City 41 55
13 Leeds United 41 54
14 Ipswich Town 41 53
15 Queens Park Rangers 41 50
16 Sheffield Wednesday 41 47
17 Nottingham Forest 40 46
18 Hull City 41 44
19 Reading 41 42
20 Birmingham City 41 40
21 Bolton Wanderers 41 39
22 Barnsley 40 37
23 Sunderland 41 32
24 Burton Albion 41 32
Goals
0
1
Total Shots
4
22
Shots On Target
0
8
Passing Accuracy
70%
86%
Fouls
18
7
Corners
1
11
Offsides
3
3
Bookings
2
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Sheffield Wednesday (3-5-2)
  • 28Joe Wildsmith
  • 46Frederico Venâncio
  • 15Tom Lees
  • 36Daniel Pudil
  • 2Jack Hunt
  • 32Joey Pelupessy
  • 10Barry Bannan
  • 20Adam Reach
  • 21George Boyd
  • 17Atdhe Nuhiu
  • 18Lucas João
Substitutes
  • 25Cameron Dawson
  • 39Jordan Thorniley
  • 3David Jones
  • 8Jacob Butterfield
  • 7Jordan Rhodes
  • 19Marco Matias
  • 45Fernando Forestieri
Manager
  • Jos Luhukay
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 21Matt Targett
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 19Sheyi Ojo
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 32Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes
  • 27David Button
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 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, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+4' Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Adam Reach.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 90'+3' Frederico Venâncio (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+3' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 90'+2' Delay in match Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 90'+1' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 90'+1' Jacob Butterfield (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+1' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 90' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.
  • 89' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Frederico Venâncio.
  • 89' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Foul by Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 88' Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 88' Attempt saved. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin McDonald with a through ball.
  • 87' Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Targett with a through ball.
  • 86' Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Marco Matias replaces George Boyd.
  • 85' Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 85' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 85' Foul by Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 85' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 85' Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 83' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 83' Foul by George Boyd (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 82' Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen following a set piece situation.
  • 81' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 81' Foul by Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 80' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 80' Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 78' Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Fulham 1. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 76' Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Fernando Forestieri replaces Lucas João.
  • 74' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jack Hunt.
  • 74' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 74' Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 73' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 73' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Targett.
  • 73' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Wildsmith.
  • 73' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano.
  • 72' Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Floyd Ayité because of an injury.
  • 72' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 70' Delay in match Floyd Ayité (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 70' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 70' Foul by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 66' Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 66' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Lees.
  • 65' 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 following a corner.
  • 64' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joey Pelupessy.
  • 63' Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Joey Pelupessy tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.
  • 63' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 63' Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 62' Substitution, Fulham. Floyd Ayité replaces Sheyi Ojo.
  • 60' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 60' Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 58' Attempt saved. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 57' Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.
  • 55' Offside, Fulham. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Ryan Sessegnon is caught offside.
  • 55' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 55' Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Attempt blocked. Matt Targett (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 51' Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 51' Foul by Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 50' Offside, Fulham. Matt Targett tries a through ball, but Ryan Sessegnon is caught offside.
  • 50' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 50' Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 47' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Frederico Venâncio.
  • Second Half begins Sheffield Wednesday 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross following a corner.
  • 45'+1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Adam Reach.
  • 45' Foul by Sheyi Ojo (Fulham).
  • 45' Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 45' Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 44' Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Adam Reach tries a through ball, but George Boyd is caught offside.
  • 44' Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu with a headed pass.
  • 43' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Wildsmith.
  • 43' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.
  • 42' Attempt missed. Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Joey Pelupessy with a cross following a corner.
  • 41' Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 41' Matt Targett (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 41' Foul by Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 40' Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Jacob Butterfield tries a through ball, but Daniel Pudil is caught offside.
  • 39' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 39' Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 37' Attempt missed. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 36' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 36' Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 34' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 34' Foul by Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 33' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 32' Delay in match Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.
  • 31' Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jacob Butterfield replaces Barry Bannan because of an injury.
  • 30' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 28' Delay in match Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.
  • 27' Attempt saved. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross.
  • 26' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.
  • 26' Attempt blocked. Denis Odoi (Fulham) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross.
  • 26' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Wildsmith.
  • 26' Attempt saved. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 23' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 21' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 21' Foul by Frederico Venâncio (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 14' Attempt saved. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 11' Offside, Fulham. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Sheyi Ojo is caught offside.
  • 7' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 7' Foul by Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 6' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Frederico Venâncio.
  • 6' Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 6' Foul by Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 5' Attempt missed. Matt Targett (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.