Saturday 25 November 2017, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Norwood (pen) 45'+2
Millwall
0

45'+2 Penalty

Oliver Norwood

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Stefan Johansen

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tayo Edun
Off:Rui Fonte

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marcelo Djalo
Off:Neeskens Kebano

45'+1 Yellow Card

Conor McLaughlin Card was given for a foul

72' Yellow Card

George Saville Card was given for a foul

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lee Gregory
Off:Shane Ferguson

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aiden O'Brien
Off:Fred Onyedinma

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mahlon Romeo
Off:Conor McLaughlin

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The Fulham resurgence continued as the Whites picked up a valuable 1-0 victory over Millwall on Saturday afternoon.

Fulham built on the impressive midweek victory over Sheffield United on Tuesday with a battling 1-0 victory over a robust Millwall side on Saturday afternoon.

A first half Oliver Norwood penalty was enough to see the Whites take home all three points on a chilly afternoon by the banks of the Thames.

Slaviša Jokanović’s hand was forced with regards to changes made to the side that played on Tuesday night as injuries to Floyd Ayité, Tim Ream and Kevin McDonald ruled them out of action. Denis Odoi was shifted into the centre of the defence in place of Ream, Stefan Johansen slotted in to replace McDonald and Rui Fonte returned to lead the line in place of Ayité.

Craven Cottage was bathed in winter sun as the referee got the match under way on a bitterly cold day.

Fulham made a tidy start, keeping hold of the ball and patiently probing, looking for weakness in the Millwall back line. However, the first chance fell to the visitors. A lofted cross from the right wing was met by the head of Elliot. David Button sprung to his right but could do nothing to prevent the ball glancing the outside of the post and bouncing clear.

The deadlock was almost broken in the 16th minute. With all but one man behind the ball for Millwall Sheyi Ojo created something out of nothing. On the edge of the Lions area he tried an audacious chip over the keeper and into the far corner. With his effort looping into the net he was denied by a fine save by Jordan Archer.

Ojo was again involved in the next chance of the game for the Whites. In confident mood following his brace on Tuesday night the midfielder picked up the ball 30 yards from goal. After skipping past a defender he unleashed a left-footed drive which fizzed over.

The Whites continued to press and on the 30-minute mark came close again. Tom Cairney allowed far too much time and space in the middle of the park threaded a lovely pass into the path of a diagonal run into the box by Kebano. The Congolese attacker took one touch and looked to side foot it home. A well timed tackle deflected the effort over for a corner.

There were half-hearted appeals in the 39th minute for Fulham. A tidy one-two between Cairney and Norwood ended with the Northern Irishman being bundled over in the opposition half. A penalty would have been harsh and the referee waved away the protests.

As the fourth official signalled one minute of added on time the Whites were awarded a penalty. Norwood swung in a teasing cross into the six-yard box. Fonte who had been a menace to the opposition back four was hauled to the ground crudely. The referee pointed to the spot.

Norwood stepped up confidently after some discussion as to who would take it. After a two step run up he riffled an unstoppable drive into the left hand corner of the net and it was advantage Fulham heading into the intermission.

The Head Coach made one change at the start of the second half, bringing on Aboubakar Kamara in place of Stefan Johansen, thus reverting to 4-4-1-1 with Fonte playing off the big striker.

It was the Lions who started the second half positively and were almost level in the 52nd minute. A controversial free kick allowed them to whip in a dangerous ball which eventually fell to Cooper 4 yards from goal. David Button was alert to the danger and parried his weak effort up into the air and it was eventually hooked clear.

The game opened up as Millwall were forced to commit more bodies forward in attack. Cairney glided a neat ball into the back post into the path of Ryan Sessegnon. The fullback connected and squared it into the path of Ojo. Sheyi was unable to connect cleanly with the pass and Archer gathered.

The tempo of the game slowed and slowly but surely the Whites began to assert their authority. Tayo Edun, on in place of Fonte picked out Sessegnon with a fine slide rule pass, who in turn looked to cut it back into the path of Kebano. However, a solid defensive clearance snuffed out the danger.

Out of nowhere the vistors were almost back on level terms in the 77th minute. George Saville was in plenty of space just outside the box. He picked his spot and fired a left-footed drive on target. The effort swung away from a helpless Button in the Fulham goal but to the relief of everyone in the ground it slammed off the outside of the post once again and fell to safety.

A late aerial barrage from the visitors had everyone on edge and when the fourth official raised the board to signal four minutes of added on time the tension was palpable. However, the defence held and the Whites picked up another valuable three points. 

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 25 November 2017
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 17,984

Referee: Paul Tierney

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Fredericks, Kalas, Odoi, Ryan Sessegnon; Cairney, Norwood, Johansen (Kamara 45'); Sheyi Ojo, Rui Fonte (Tayo Edun 58'), Kebano (Djalo 78')

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Graham, De La Torre, Cissé

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Millwall

Line-up: Archer; Conor McLaughlin (Romeo 88'), Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith; Onyedinma (O'Brien 74'), Tunnicliffe, Saville, Ferguson (Gregory 74'); Elliott, Morison

Unused substitutes: King, Craig, Thompson, Twardek

Manager: Neil Harris

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 44
2 Cardiff City 18 37
3 Sheffield United 18 36
4 Aston Villa 19 35
5 Bristol City 19 34
6 Derby County 18 32
7 Middlesbrough 19 29
8 Leeds United 19 29
9 Nottingham Forest 18 27
10 Ipswich Town 18 26
11 Sheffield Wednesday 19 26
12 Fulham 19 26
13 Preston North End 19 26
14 Norwich City 19 24
15 Brentford 18 23
16 Queens Park Rangers 18 21
17 Barnsley 18 20
18 Reading 18 20
19 Millwall 19 19
20 Hull City 19 18
21 Birmingham City 18 15
22 Sunderland 19 14
23 Burton Albion 19 14
24 Bolton Wanderers 19 13
Goals
1
0
Total Shots
16
13
Shots On Target
5
1
Passing Accuracy
82%
65%
Fouls
15
14
Corners
10
4
Offsides
1
1
Bookings
0
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 27David Button
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 19Sheyi Ojo
  • 9Rui Fonte
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 23Marcelo Djalo
  • 17Jordan Graham
  • 36Luca De La Torre
  • 37Tayo Edun
  • 44Ibrahima Cissé
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Millwall (4-4-2)
  • 1Jordan Archer
  • 2Conor McLaughlin
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 35Jake Cooper
  • 3James Meredith
  • 10Fred Onyedinma
  • 18Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 23George Saville
  • 11Shane Ferguson
  • 19Tom Elliott
  • 20Steve Morison
Substitutes
  • 13Tom King
  • 5Tony Craig
  • 12Mahlon Romeo
  • 8Ben Thompson
  • 21Kristopher Twardek
  • 9Lee Gregory
  • 22Aiden O'Brien
Manager
  • Neil Harris
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 1, Millwall 0.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Millwall 0.
  • 90'+3' Attempt blocked. George Saville (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
  • 90' Hand ball by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).
  • 89' Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Marcelo Djalo.
  • 89' Foul by Sheyi Ojo (Fulham).
  • 89' George Saville (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 88' Substitution, Millwall. Mahlon Romeo replaces Conor McLaughlin.
  • 88' Attempt missed. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Millwall) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 86' Attempt missed. George Saville (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
  • 85' Foul by Marcelo Djalo (Fulham).
  • 85' Tom Elliott (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 84' Foul by Marcelo Djalo (Fulham).
  • 84' Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 83' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 83' Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Millwall).
  • 83' Foul by Tomas Kalas (Fulham).
  • 83' Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Tayo Edun (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Foul by George Saville (Millwall).
  • 81' Attempt missed. Steve Morison (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by George Saville with a headed pass.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (Millwall) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Elliott with a headed pass.
  • 80' Attempt missed. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 78' Substitution, Fulham. Marcelo Djalo replaces Neeskens Kebano.
  • 77' George Saville (Millwall) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Aiden O'Brien.
  • 76' Foul by Neeskens Kebano (Fulham).
  • 76' George Saville (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 75' Attempt missed. Steve Morison (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by George Saville.
  • 74' Substitution, Millwall. Aiden O'Brien replaces Fred Onyedinma.
  • 74' Substitution, Millwall. Lee Gregory replaces Shane Ferguson.
  • 73' Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 73' Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 72' George Saville (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 72' Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 72' Foul by George Saville (Millwall).
  • 72' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jake Cooper.
  • 70' Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.
  • 70' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 69' Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 67' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 66' Attempt missed. Tom Elliott (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Saville.
  • 65' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Aboubakar Kamara is caught offside.
  • 65' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sheyi Ojo.
  • 64' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 64' Jake Cooper (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 61' Tayo Edun (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 61' Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Millwall).
  • 59' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 59' Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall).
  • 59' Corner, Millwall. Conceded by David Button.
  • 58' Substitution, Fulham. Tayo Edun replaces Rui Fonte.
  • 57' Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 57' Attempt saved. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon with a headed pass.
  • 54' Foul by Rui Fonte (Fulham).
  • 54' Conor McLaughlin (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' David Button (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Foul by Fred Onyedinma (Millwall).
  • 53' Attempt saved. Fred Onyedinma (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Cooper.
  • 52' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 52' James Meredith (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 50' Attempt missed. Steve Morison (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Saville with a cross following a corner.
  • 50' Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 48' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 48' Foul by Tom Elliott (Millwall).
  • 47' Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 47' Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Millwall).
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Stefan Johansen.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Millwall 0.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Millwall 0.
  • 45'+2' Goal! Fulham 1, Millwall 0. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
  • 45'+1' Conor McLaughlin (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 45'+1' Penalty Fulham. Rui Fonte draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 45'+1' Penalty conceded by Conor McLaughlin (Millwall) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 45'+1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jordan Archer.
  • 45'+1' Attempt saved. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 43' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jake Cooper.
  • 42' Attempt missed. Tom Elliott (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.
  • 39' Attempt blocked. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 36' Attempt blocked. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 33' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 33' Foul by Fred Onyedinma (Millwall).
  • 32' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Conor McLaughlin.
  • 31' Attempt blocked. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a through ball.
  • 30' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).
  • 30' Shane Ferguson (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 29' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 29' Fred Onyedinma (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 27' Attempt missed. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
  • 26' Hand ball by Tom Elliott (Millwall).
  • 24' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 24' James Meredith (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 23' Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 23' Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall).
  • 22' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Shane Ferguson.
  • 21' Attempt blocked. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.
  • 20' Offside, Millwall. Shaun Hutchinson tries a through ball, but Tom Elliott is caught offside.
  • 19' Attempt missed. Shane Ferguson (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 16' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jordan Archer.
  • 16' Attempt saved. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 15' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 15' Foul by Tom Elliott (Millwall).
  • 14' Foul by Sheyi Ojo (Fulham).
  • 14' Shane Ferguson (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 11' Foul by Rui Fonte (Fulham).
  • 11' James Meredith (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 7' Tom Elliott (Millwall) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Conor McLaughlin with a cross.
  • 5' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by James Meredith.
  • 3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 2' Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Foul by George Saville (Millwall).
  • 1' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 1' James Meredith (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.