Tuesday 2 January 2018, 7:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship
Fulham FC
Fulham
4
Ryan Sessegnon 69', 74'; Kamara 72', 76'
Ipswich Town
Ipswich Town
1
Garner 45'

69' Goal

Ryan Sessegnon
Assist by Neeskens Kebano

72' Goal

Aboubakar Kamara
Assist by Oliver Norwood

74' Goal

Ryan Sessegnon
Assist by Tom Cairney

76' Goal

Aboubakar Kamara
Assist by Ryan Sessegnon

58' Yellow Card

Tim Ream Card was given for a foul

67' Yellow Card

Lucas Piazon

90'+5 Yellow Card

Neeskens Kebano Card was given for arguing during match

34' Substitution

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

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lucas Piazon
Off:Sheyi Ojo

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Rafa Soares
Off:Ryan Sessegnon

45' Goal

Joe Garner
Assist by Martyn Waghorn

49' Yellow Card

Callum Connolly Card was given for a foul

54' Red Card

Jordan Spence

90'+1 Yellow Card

Joe Garner Card was given for a foul

90'+5 Yellow Card

Martyn Waghorn Card was given for a foul

90'+6 Yellow Card

Luke Chambers

44' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Freddie Sears
Off:Grant Ward

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dominic Iorfa
Off:Bersant Celina

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luke Hyam
Off:Callum Connolly

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A brace each for Ryan Sessegnon and Aboubakar Kamara saw Fulham come from behind to secure an emphatic victory over Ipswich Town.

Fulham started the New Year with a ­­­­bang, as they rolled over Ipswich Town 4-1 at the Cottage.

Ryan Sessegnon and Aboubakar Kamara got a brace each, as the Whites went on a scoring spree during eight incredible second-half minutes.

Slaviša Jokanović made two changes to the side that drew away at Hull City, Oliver Norwood coming in for Kevin McDonald and Kamara leading the line from the off after his Man of the Match performance in Humberside. This meant that Tomas Kalas dropped to the bench, with Denis Odoi shifting over to centre-back and Sessegnon sliding in to play at left-back.

It had been drizzling on and off before kick-off, but the first half was played under absolute sheets of heavy rain, contributing to a fast, skipping pitch.

Fulham were the more aggressive team early on, and they started the match with the bit between their teeth. Kamara, full of confidence after his brace the previous weekend, was stretching the Ipswich backline with his pace, and Stefan Johansen, Sheyi Ojo, and Floyd Ayité all took turns running into the space the Frenchman had created.

It was Kamara himself who had the Whites’ first shot on target. Ayité slipped Kamara in and, from a tight angle, the striker did well to get a low drive off in the 12th minute. Bartosz Bialkowski got two hands on it, but was unable to prevent the rebound from falling to Ojo; his shot took a massive deflection on the way towards goal however, and a grateful Bialkowski was able to come and claim it.

In the 20th minute a recycled free kick fell to Kamara on the left wing. He darted into the Ipswich box and, finding his path blocked, laid an intelligent pass off to an onrushing Johansen. The Norwegian let fly from the top of the box, but his powerful drive curled just wide.

Three minutes later Fulham found themselves with a free-kick 30 yards out after Johansen’s shirt had been tugged several times by Callum Connolly. It was Oliver Norwood who ended up taking it and his rasping effort was just a little too high to cause any serious trouble. Still, Fulham were asking all the questions and they were relentless in their pressing, constantly hunting for that opening goal.

In the 34th minute the home team’s momentum was temporarily stalled when Jokanović was forced into an early substitution, bringing Neeskens Kebano on for an injured Ayité.

Even though the substitution came through unfortunate circumstances, it helped the Whites find yet another attacking level. Kebano was a livewire from the second he entered the pitch and, in the 39th minute, he came tantalisingly close to creating the opener.

Twisting and turning as he entered the box from the left, Kebano jinked one time too many for Jordan Spence, creating a yard for himself. He then cracked a fizzing cross that just needed the tiniest of nudges to go in. And Kamara came ever so close to providing that nudge, but the striker timed his run a nanosecond too late. It was Fulham’s best chance of the half, and most of the home crowd was left wondering how it didn’t go in.

In the 44th minute Mick McCarthy had to make his first change of the match, replacing the injured Grant Ward with Freddie Sears.

One minute later the Tractor Boys improbably found themselves ahead. It was Joe Garner who got the goal, after he headed powerfully down from a free-kick that Martyn Waghorn looped into the box. 1-0 to the away team on the stroke of half-time.

It was a complete sucker punch of a goal, and the Whites headed into the tunnel wondering how they could convert their early dominance into goals.

As the South West London downpour softened into a mist, Fulham set about starting the second half with real offensive intent. Johansen in particular seemed to be set on driving the game from midfield and he tried to set a high tempo in the early minutes of the second period.

First he drew the opening yellow of the game, when Connolly had to resort to consistently yanking him back in order to arrest the midfielder’s run. Then he took a free-kick from the corner of the box, which—although he put plenty of venom into it—couldn’t clear the wall.

In the 54th minute Ipswich went down to 10 men, and deservedly so. Spence needlessly clattered into Kamara after the striker won possession back and the off-the-ball shove prompted Keith Stroud to send the defender off.

Looking to bunker behind the ball, McCarthy made his second substitution of the match, bringing Bersant Celina off and the defender Dominic Iorfa on.

With Craven Cottage whipped into a frothy atmosphere, Tim Ream was the next player to enter the book, when he received a yellow for barging into Garner in the 58th minute.

The Blues were doing everything in their power to slow the game down, and, after the red card, several Ipswich players signalled for treatment on the pitch, thus disrupting the Whites’ attacking rhythm.

Looking to counteract McCarthy’s defensive tactics, Jokanović made his second substitution of the game in the 65th minute, replacing Ojo with Lucas Piazon.

Two minutes later it was the Brazilian’s turn to receive a yellow, when he was carded for perceived simulation after going down in the Ipswich box in the 67th minute.

In the 69th minute Fulham found the equaliser they so richly deserved. It was Sessegnon who both started and finished the move. After receiving the ball on the left, the teenager flew through the centre of the park, before dinking it out to Kamara on the flank. The Frenchman put in a stinging cross to the back post, where a waiting Kebano miscued it, but the ball fell kindly to Sessegnon who confidently nodded it home.

With the home crowd in full voice, and the Cottage rocking, Fulham pushed forward for a second. And three minutes later, they found one in the 72nd minute. Norwood’s shot from a Kebano cross was blocked but dropped to Kamara, who made no mistake in placing it into the back of the net to strike in consecutive games.  

The Whites barely had time to celebrate going ahead before they scored their third. Sessegnon—who was imperious in the second half—completing his brace in the 74th minute. This goal was all due to the footwork of Tom Cairney though, as the Captain just absolutely danced past three Ipswich defenders before squaring to the ball to Sessegnon, who was left with a tap-in. The home supporters couldn’t catch their breath, and chants were gloriously sprouting out, erupting one after another, from all four ends.

And then—when Fulham scored their fourth in the 76th minute to cap a wild eight minutes—the roof nearly lifted off the place. It was Kamara again, scoring a brace for the second game in a row. Fulham were breaking too quickly for Ipswich. After some rapid build-up, the ball fell to Kamara in the centre of the box and he wasted no time in getting his shot off, which sailed into the top corner via a deflection. Cue chants of “We want five” from the Hammersmith End.

After those near-insane eight minutes, the game understandably quieted somewhat. Looking to prevent further damage, McCarthy made his final substitution of the match, bringing Connolly off for Luke Hyam in the 82nd minute.

Jokanović then made his last substitution, bringing Sessegnon off after a heroic performance and replacing him with Rafa Soares in the 87th minute.

Then, in the first minute of stoppage time, Garner received a yellow for a nasty foul.

Still, nothing could dampen the party atmosphere at the Cottage, not even some late, cynical fouls from both teams. (Kebano, Waghorn, and Luke Chambers all received yellow cards deep into stoppage time) It was a fine old night on the banks of the Thames, and Fulham rang in the New Year with style, passion, and poise.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Tuesday 2 January 2018
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 17,415

Referee: Keith Stroud

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Odoi, Ream, Ryan Sessegnon (Rafa Soares 87'); Cairney, Norwood, Johansen; Sheyi Ojo (Lucas Piazon 65'), Kamara, Floyd Ayité (Kebano 34')

Unused substitutes: Button, Kalas, McDonald, Rui Fonte

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Ipswich Town

Line-up: Bialkowski; Spence, Chambers, Smith, Knudsen; Connolly (Hyam 82'), Skuse; Ward (Sears 44'), Waghorn, Celina (Iorfa 57'); Garner

Unused substitutes: Crowe, Kenlock, Bru, McGoldrick

Manager: Mick McCarthy

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 61
2 Derby County 26 49
3 Cardiff City 26 47
4 Bristol City 26 47
5 Aston Villa 26 44
6 Leeds United 26 43
7 Sheffield United 26 42
8 Middlesbrough 26 41
9 Preston North End 26 40
10 Fulham 26 39
11 Brentford 26 37
12 Ipswich Town 26 36
13 Norwich City 26 34
14 Nottingham Forest 26 32
15 Millwall 26 30
16 Sheffield Wednesday 26 30
17 Queens Park Rangers 26 30
18 Reading 25 28
19 Barnsley 26 26
20 Bolton Wanderers 26 25
21 Hull City 26 24
22 Burton Albion 26 24
23 Sunderland 26 22
24 Birmingham City 25 20
Goals
4
1
Total Shots
25
3
Shots On Target
8
1
Passing Accuracy
88%
68%
Fouls
17
10
Corners
8
2
Offsides
1
4
Bookings
3
4
Sending Offs
0
1
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 19Sheyi Ojo
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
  • 11Floyd Ayité
Substitutes
  • 27David Button
  • 5Rafa Soares
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 9Rui Fonte
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Ipswich Town (4-2-3-1)
  • 33Bartosz Bialkowski
  • 12Jordan Spence
  • 4Luke Chambers
  • 5Tommy Smith
  • 3Jonas Knudsen
  • 16Callum Connolly
  • 8Cole Skuse
  • 18Grant Ward
  • 9Martyn Waghorn
  • 11Bersant Celina
  • 14Joe Garner
Substitutes
  • 24Michael Crowe
  • 2Dominic Iorfa
  • 30Myles Kenlock
  • 19Luke Hyam
  • 28Kevin Bru
  • 10David McGoldrick
  • 20Freddie Sears
Manager
  • Mick McCarthy
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, Fulham 4, Ipswich Town 1.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 4, Ipswich Town 1.
  • 90'+6' Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+6' Foul by Neeskens Kebano (Fulham).
  • 90'+6' Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+5' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+5' Martyn Waghorn (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+4' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Ipswich Town).
  • 90'+4' Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 90'+3' Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+1' Joe Garner (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+1' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Joe Garner (Ipswich Town).
  • 90' Attempt blocked. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 90' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tommy Smith.
  • 87' Substitution, Fulham. Rafa Soares replaces Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 87' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 87' Joe Garner (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 86' Attempt saved. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano.
  • 85' Attempt missed. Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
  • 82' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 82' Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Hyam replaces Callum Connolly.
  • 81' Delay in match Stefan Johansen (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 80' Foul by Neeskens Kebano (Fulham).
  • 80' Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 79' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.
  • 79' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 76' Goal! Fulham 4, Ipswich Town 1. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 74' Goal! Fulham 3, Ipswich Town 1. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 73' Offside, Ipswich Town. Jonas Knudsen tries a through ball, but Joe Garner is caught offside.
  • 72' Goal! Fulham 2, Ipswich Town 1. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.
  • 72' Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 71' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Luke Chambers.
  • 70' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Foul by Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town).
  • 69' Goal! Fulham 1, Ipswich Town 1. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano.
  • 67' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 67' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) has gone down, but that's a dive.
  • 65' Substitution, Fulham. Lucas Piazon replaces Sheyi Ojo.
  • 63' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).
  • 63' Joe Garner (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 61' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 60' Delay in match Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.
  • 60' Foul by Neeskens Kebano (Fulham).
  • 60' Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 60' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 58' Tim Ream (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 57' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 57' Joe Garner (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 57' Substitution, Ipswich Town. Dominic Iorfa replaces Bersant Celina.
  • 57' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 57' Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 56' Attempt blocked. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.
  • 56' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Callum Connolly.
  • 54' Jordan Spence (Ipswich Town) is shown the red card for violent conduct.
  • 53' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 53' Foul by Jordan Spence (Ipswich Town).
  • 52' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 50' Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks following a set piece situation.
  • 50' Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 49' Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.
  • 49' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 49' Foul by Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town).
  • 48' Attempt missed. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano.
  • 47' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 47' Foul by Joe Garner (Ipswich Town).
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Ipswich Town 1.
  • 45'+5' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Ipswich Town 1.
  • 45'+3' Attempt saved. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tim Ream.
  • 45'+2' Offside, Ipswich Town. Bersant Celina tries a through ball, but Martyn Waghorn is caught offside.
  • 45'+2' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 45' Delay in match Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 45' Goal! Fulham 0, Ipswich Town 1. Joe Garner (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Martyn Waghorn with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 44' Substitution, Ipswich Town. Freddie Sears replaces Grant Ward because of an injury.
  • 44' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 44' Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 43' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 43' Delay in match Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.
  • 42' Attempt blocked. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a through ball.
  • 41' Foul by Neeskens Kebano (Fulham).
  • 41' Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 41' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 40' Delay in match Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.
  • 39' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 39' Joe Garner (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 38' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Grant Ward.
  • 38' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jordan Spence.
  • 37' Offside, Ipswich Town. Jonas Knudsen tries a through ball, but Bersant Celina is caught offside.
  • 34' Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Floyd Ayité because of an injury.
  • 32' Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Bersant Celina.
  • 32' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).
  • 32' Joe Garner (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 30' Offside, Ipswich Town. Callum Connolly tries a through ball, but Jonas Knudsen is caught offside.
  • 28' Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 27' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 27' Jordan Spence (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 25' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).
  • 25' Martyn Waghorn (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 24' Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.
  • 23' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 23' Foul by Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town).
  • 21' Attempt missed. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 20' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.
  • 20' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara.
  • 19' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 19' Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).
  • 18' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 18' Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).
  • 17' Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.
  • 16' Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 14' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 14' Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 12' Attempt blocked. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 12' Attempt saved. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 10' Offside, Fulham. Sheyi Ojo tries a through ball, but Ryan Sessegnon is caught offside.
  • 9' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 8' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jordan Spence.
  • 6' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 6' Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Ipswich Town).
  • 5' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 1' Joe Garner (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 1' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.