Tuesday 3 April 2018, 7:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
McDonald 33'; Mitrovic 63'
Leeds United
0

33' Goal

Kevin McDonald
Assist by Aleksandar Mitrovic

63' Goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Assist by Tom Cairney

68' Yellow Card

Marcus Bettinelli Card shown to player for time wasting

69' Yellow Card

Kevin McDonald Card was given for a foul

78' Yellow Card

Stefan Johansen Card was given for a foul

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Oliver Norwood
Off:Floyd Ayité

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tomas Kalas
Off:Kevin McDonald

43' Yellow Card

Pontus Jansson

23' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Kalvin Phillips
Off:Eunan O'Kane

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jay-Roy Grot
Off:Ezgjan Alioski

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Pierre-Michel Lasogga
Off:Caleb Ekuban

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Fulham began April with a victory as they beat Leeds 2-0 in a midweek fixture under the Cottage lights.

Fulham began April with a victory as they beat Leeds 2-0 in a midweek fixture under the Cottage lights.

Kevin McDonald and Aleksandar Mitrović were the goal-scorers on the night, with goals in the 33rd and 63rd minutes to see the Whites on their way to another three points.

Slaviša Jokanović only made one change to the team that won 2-0 away at Norwich on Good Friday, bringing Ryan Sessegnon in from the start in place of Lucas Piazon.

The first major chance of the night came down the left-hand side, after Stefan Johansen slipped in a sprinting Matt Targett in the fourth minute. The Fulham left-back squared the ball in the box for Mitrović, but the striker could only drill his first-time shot just wide.

The Whites continued to absolutely pepper the Leeds’ goal in the opening quarter of an hour. In the 10th minute Floyd Ayité smacked a low drive off the post and—from the corner after Ayité’s attempt was scrambled clear—Mitrović glanced a header downwards that Bailey Peacock-Farrell had to rush down to save. Fulham looked dangerous every single time they brought the ball forward and there was no question that the Whites were locked-in and ready to go from the first whistle.

In the 22nd minute Paul Heckingbottom was forced into making his first substitution when Eunan O’Kane had to withdraw after remaining down on the pitch. The Leeds Head Coach sent Kalvin Phillips on to replace him.

Even if the pace slowed somewhat after those furious opening minutes, Fulham never stopped hunting for a goal. And in the 33rd minute they found one.

It was McDonald who got the final touch after a Whites’ corner pinballed around the six-yard box following a Mitrović flick-on. It was a scrappy goal, but Fulham’s liquid, flowing football up to that point more than merited the advantage and the Craven Cottage faithful lustily celebrated the lead.

In the 43rd minute Pontus Jansson became the first player to enter referee Peter Bankes’ book when he was adjudged to have complained one time too many.

That proved to be the last significant action of the half and once the whistle went the Whites sauntered off to the tunnel knowing they had started brightly, but there was still lots of work to be done.

The second half began with a more chippy, attritional style of football as Leeds sought to clog the midfield and prevent Fulham from finding the gaps that they found so easily in the first half.

Still, as they have all season, the Whites pushed and pushed to score. Sessegnon came close in the 59th minute when, after a skidding and slaloming move, he lifted a biting shot on target. Peacock-Farrell palmed it away at full stretch.

Then, in the 63rd minute, Fulham scored their second goal from a sequence of events that left each and every Whites supporter standing and applauding.

It was an end-to-end move that began with Marcus Bettinelli spreading himself to stupendously smother Caleb Ekuban’s goal-bound strike. Sensing a mismatch in transition, Fulham immediately ran forward as a pack, sharing the ball amongst themselves until Tom Cairney found Mitrović on the edge of the box. The striker then did what he has been doing since he arrived in January, sweeping the ball in with power and precision. It was thrilling to watch and, once the ball went in, the Whites players bifurcated—half rushing to congratulate Bettinelli on his save and the other half rushing to do the same with Mitrović and his goal.

Soon after the second goal, Jokanović made his first change of the night, taking off Ayité and bringing Oliver Norwood on in the 67th minute. Two Fulham players then entered the book in rapid succession, Bettinelli and McDonald seeing yellow in the 68th and 69th minutes respectively.

Heckingbottom sensed the game was still there to play for and accordingly made a double change in the 72nd minute, swapping Ekuban and Ezgjan Alioski for Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Jay-Roy Grot.

As the minutes ticked by the match started to become more bitter and tense. With a little less than a quarter of an hour to play, Johansen became the next Fulham player to see yellow, this time for a tactical foul that arrested a Leeds counterattack.

In the 88th minute Jokanović replaced the goal-scorer McDonald with Tomas Kalas in an attempt to see out the final few minutes.

It was successful. After five minutes of stoppage time—plus a yellow card for Phillips and a very close Pablo Hernandez free-kick—the Whites tasted their second straight 2-0 victory to complete another glorious night on the banks of the Thames.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Tuesday 3 April 2018
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 21,538

Referee: Peter Bankes

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Odoi, Ream, Targett; Johansen, McDonald (Kalas 88'), Cairney; Floyd Ayité (Norwood 67'), Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon

Unused substitutes: Button, Christie, Kebano, Lucas Piazon, Kamara

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Leeds United

Line-up: Peacock-Farrell; Dallas, Jansson, Pennington, Berardi; O'Kane (Phillips 23'), Vieira; Alioski (Grot 72'), Samuel Sáiz, Pablo Hernández; Ekuban (Lasogga 72')

Unused substitutes: Lonergan, Pearce, Anita, Cibicki

Manager: Paul Heckingbottom

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 40 86
2 Cardiff City 39 80
3 Fulham 40 75
4 Aston Villa 40 73
5 Derby County 39 65
6 Middlesbrough 40 63
7 Bristol City 40 62
8 Millwall 40 62
9 Sheffield United 40 62
10 Preston North End 40 60
11 Brentford 40 58
12 Ipswich Town 40 53
13 Leeds United 40 53
14 Norwich City 40 52
15 Queens Park Rangers 40 50
16 Sheffield Wednesday 40 47
17 Nottingham Forest 39 46
18 Hull City 40 41
19 Reading 40 39
20 Bolton Wanderers 39 39
21 Birmingham City 39 36
22 Barnsley 39 34
23 Sunderland 40 31
24 Burton Albion 40 31
Goals
2
0
Total Shots
15
7
Shots On Target
4
2
Passing Accuracy
80%
71%
Fouls
9
9
Corners
6
5
Offsides
1
4
Bookings
3
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 21Matt Targett
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 32Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
Substitutes
  • 27David Button
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Leeds United (4-2-3-1)
  • 30Bailey Peacock-Farrell
  • 15Stuart Dallas
  • 18Pontus Jansson
  • 5Matthew Pennington
  • 28Gaetano Berardi
  • 14Eunan O'Kane
  • 25Ronaldo Vieira
  • 10Ezgjan Alioski
  • 21Samuel Sáiz
  • 19Pablo Hernández
  • 45Caleb Ekuban
Substitutes
  • 1Andy Lonergan
  • 46Tom Pearce
  • 8Vurnon Anita
  • 23Kalvin Phillips
  • 9Pierre-Michel Lasogga
  • 11Jay-Roy Grot
  • 22Pawel Cibicki
Manager
  • Paul Heckingbottom
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 2, Leeds United 0.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Leeds United 0.
  • 90'+4' Attempt blocked. Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stuart Dallas.
  • 90'+3' Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+3' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).
  • 90'+2' Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 90'+1' Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 89' Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 88' Substitution, Fulham. Tomas Kalas replaces Kevin McDonald.
  • 87' Matthew Pennington went off injured after Leeds United had used all subs.
  • 86' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 85' Delay in match Matthew Pennington (Leeds United) because of an injury.
  • 85' Attempt saved. Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz.
  • 82' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Foul by Pontus Jansson (Leeds United).
  • 81' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 81' Foul by Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Leeds United).
  • 79' Attempt missed. Jay-Roy Grot (Leeds United) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz following a corner.
  • 79' Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 78' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 78' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 78' Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 77' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 77' Foul by Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United).
  • 76' Matt Targett (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 76' Foul by Jay-Roy Grot (Leeds United).
  • 74' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 74' Foul by Pontus Jansson (Leeds United).
  • 72' Substitution, Leeds United. Jay-Roy Grot replaces Ezgjan Alioski.
  • 72' Substitution, Leeds United. Pierre-Michel Lasogga replaces Caleb Ekuban.
  • 71' Attempt missed. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 69' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 69' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 69' Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 68' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 67' Substitution, Fulham. Oliver Norwood replaces Floyd Ayité.
  • 66' Attempt blocked. Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Caleb Ekuban.
  • 64' Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Matt Targett.
  • 63' Goal! Fulham 2, Leeds United 0. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 63' Attempt saved. Caleb Ekuban (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gaetano Berardi.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips.
  • 60' Offside, Leeds United. Samuel Sáiz tries a through ball, but Ezgjan Alioski is caught offside.
  • 60' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
  • 60' Attempt saved. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 57' Attempt blocked. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 56' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 53' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 53' Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 53' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.
  • 53' Attempt blocked. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 52' Offside, Leeds United. Samuel Sáiz tries a through ball, but Stuart Dallas is caught offside.
  • 48' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 48' Foul by Caleb Ekuban (Leeds United).
  • 46' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Stuart Dallas.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Leeds United 0.
  • 45'+5' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Leeds United 0.
  • 45'+4' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45'+4' Foul by Matthew Pennington (Leeds United).
  • 45'+3' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 45'+3' Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 45'+1' Attempt missed. Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross following a corner.
  • 45' Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 45' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 44' Delay in match Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) because of an injury.
  • 43' Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.
  • 41' Offside, Leeds United. Pablo Hernández tries a through ball, but Samuel Sáiz is caught offside.
  • 40' Offside, Leeds United. Kalvin Phillips tries a through ball, but Caleb Ekuban is caught offside.
  • 39' Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 36' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 36' Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).
  • 33' Goal! Fulham 1, Leeds United 0. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic following a corner.
  • 33' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross.
  • 32' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.
  • 32' Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 26' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Stuart Dallas.
  • 24' Hand ball by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 23' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 23' Substitution, Leeds United. Kalvin Phillips replaces Eunan O'Kane because of an injury.
  • 21' Delay in match Eunan O'Kane (Leeds United) because of an injury.
  • 20' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 20' Foul by Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United).
  • 17' Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 17' Attempt blocked. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 14' Offside, Fulham. Ryan Fredericks tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
  • 11' Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.
  • 11' Attempt blocked. Denis Odoi (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 11' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross.
  • 10' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.
  • 10' Attempt blocked. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 10' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 8' Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 8' Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 6' Foul by Matt Targett (Fulham).
  • 6' Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 4' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Targett.
  • 3' Hand ball by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 1' Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.