Saturday 3 February 2018, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Lucas Piazon 67'; Johansen 90'
Nottingham Forest
0

67' Goal

Lucas Piazon
Assist by Oliver Norwood

90' Goal

Stefan Johansen

73' Yellow Card

Kevin McDonald Card was given for a foul

55' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aleksandar Mitrovic
Off:Rui Fonte

88' Substitution

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

90'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Denis Odoi
Off:Matt Targett

47' Yellow Card

Kieran Dowell Card was given for a foul

70' Yellow Card

Michael Mancienne Card was given for a foul

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lee Tomlin
Off:Kieran Dowell

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ashkan Dejagah
Off:Adlène Guédioura

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Apostolos Vellios
Off:Ben Brereton

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Fulham started February with a hard-fought victory over Nottingham Forest, as the Whites extended their winning streak to five matches in a row.

Fulham started February with a hard-fought victory over Nottingham Forest, as the Whites extended their winning streak to five matches in a row.

After an attritional first half, Lucas Piazon scored the game’s opening goal in the 67th minute. Then Stefan Johansen finished the match off with a wonderful solo goal in the 90th minute, as the Whites continued their current run of excellent form.

Slaviša Jokanović made only one change from the team that started at Oakwell, drafting Matt Targett in to make his home debut at left-back in place of Denis Odoi. Tim Ream and Tomas Kalas continued to anchor the backline and Rui Fonte spearheaded the Whites’ attacking trident for third game in a row. Both of Fulham’s deadline day signings—Cyrus Christie and Aleksandar Mitrović—began the game on the bench.

It was a bitter and drizzly afternoon at the Cottage, with persistent, frigid rain falling all throughout the day in Southwest London.

Fulham started the match brightly. In the fourth minute, Ryan Sessegnon won the Whites’ first corner of the afternoon when he skipped past Eric Lichaj before firing in a cross that Joe Worrall turned behind. It was a positive first action for the 17-year old, but the resulting corner was taken short and ended up coming to nothing.

But a Fulham corner in the 11th minute almost produced a better outcome. In a move straight from the training ground, Johansen passed the ball along to ground to Piazon, who had dropped back to the edge of the box. The Brazilian got a clean, stinging shot off, but there were too many Forest bodies in the way for it to reach Costel Pantilimon’s goal.

One minute later the Forest goalkeeper was forced into his first save of the match. Targett and Sessegnon—who were marauding up and down the left—linked up well to work the ball out to Oliver Norwood at the top of the box. The midfielder spanked a curling shot in that looked destined for the bottom right corner. But Pantilimon—all 6’8” of him—stretched to just tip it behind for a corner.

Through 20 minutes there was no doubt who the more attacking team was though. Fulham came out of the blocks looking to score first and were probing from the first whistle, cycling through passing triangles and attacking rotations in an attempt to find that magic combination that would unlock the Forest defence. But Forest were resolute, and it was clear that Aitor Karanka had instructed them to come out massed and bunkered, sometimes huddling with 11 men behind the ball.

Despite their defensive stance, it was actually the Reds who almost notched the opening goal in the 21st minute. Matthew Cash intercepted a loose pass from Ream and accelerated through on goal. He attempted to usher the ball into the far corner with a soft strike, but Marcus Bettinelli crashed through and stuck out his right leg to keep the scoreline 0-0.

Unable to find a way through Nottingham’s congested midfield, Fulham looked to shuttle the ball out to the flanks, hoping to find some more joy out wide. In the 33rd minute this led to a mini-flurry of corners and half-chances, shots that were charged down or crosses that agonisingly looped inches beyond their intended targets. It was 45 minutes of frustration for the Whites, as Forest’s stodgy defence stood tall in the face of repeated attacks.

Perhaps feeling stymied himself, Norwood let loose a speculative effort from 35 yards out at the beginning of first-half stoppage time. It sailed well over the bar. It was the perfect encapsulation of the first half—a home team full of desire, but just lacking in clear chances.

Right at the beginning of the second half, Kieran Dowell received the game’s first booking when Tim Robinson showed him a yellow card for tugging back a sprinting Ryan Fredericks.

In the 53rd minute Forest hit the post from a corner. Worrall rose highest and was able to muscle his head onto the ball. It was a reminder of the Red’s strength in the air, and how they hoped to overpower Fulham’s subtle attacking play with brawny, physical set pieces.

Sensing that the game was tilting in Nottingham’s favour, Jokanović made his first substitution in the 55th minute, taking Fonte off and bringing Mitrović on to make his first appearance for Fulham.

It was a switch that immediately breathed life into the Whites’ attack. With Mitrović on, the home team looked sharper and more purposeful. In the 63rd minute Fredericks found himself free on the right and lofted a high cross into the box. It looked to go over everyone, but an onrushing Sessegnon catapulted himself over two Forest defenders to get his head onto it. The effort dribbled wide.

Then, in the 67th minute, Fulham found the breakthrough they so craved. It was Piazon’s goal, and he did ever so well to create it too, gliding past a couple of Forest defenders before driving a shot straight through Pantilimon’s hands. 1-0 to the Whites, and no more than they deserved. The Hammersmith End breathed a giant collective sigh of relief as the home team celebrated in front of them.

Piazon’s goal energised Fulham, and the visitors had to resort to agricultural methods to slow down the Whites’ attacking rhythms. After a few niggling tackles, Michael Mancienne was shown a yellow card for a bad lunge on Piazon in the 70th minute.

Karanka made his first substitution immediately after, hauling off Dowell and replacing him with Lee Tomlin.

Tackles were now flying in thick and fast all over the pitch, and in the 73rd minute Kevin McDonald became the latest player to be booked, when the Fulham Captain was shown a yellow for a sliding challenge on Cash.

Three minutes later Karanka made his second substitution, reintroducing Ashkan Dejagah to the Cottage by taking off Adlene Guedioura. Then, in the 81st minute, the Forest Manager made his final substitution of the match, hauling off Ben Brereton and replacing him with Apostolos Vellios.

In the 86th minute Bettinelli pulled off an audacious double save to preserve Fulham’s slender lead. Kalas was dispossessed by Vellios, who slid the ball into Osborn. Bettinelli was not only able to block Osborn’s shot, but was also able to spring across his goal to get a hand onto Vellios’ follow-up effort. It was a stunning goalkeeping sequence from Fulham’s Number One, and his teammates rushed in to congratulate him.

One minute later Jokanović made his second change of the match, replacing an exhausted Piazon with Floyd Ayité.

Then, in the 90th minute, Johansen secured all three points for the home side. The Norwegian nicked the ball off Worrall and found an incredible reserve of energy to sprint half the length of the pitch before calmly depositing the ball into the back of Pantilimon’s net. The home support could finally be sure of the victory, and Johansen punctuated the moment with a jubilant celebration, running over to the corner flag and knocking it over in a fit of joy.

As time dwindled out Jokanović made one last substitution, bringing Odoi on for Matt Targett. The Cottage gave the left-back a standing ovation, and the applause lasted all throughout stoppage time, the fans singing and cheering until the final whistle. 

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 3 February 2018
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 22,076

Referee: Tim Robinson

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Targett (Odoi 90'); Norwood, McDonald; Lucas Piazon (Floyd Ayité 88'), Johansen, Ryan Sessegnon; Rui Fonte (Mitrovic 55')

Unused substitutes: Button, Christie, Kebano, Kamara

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Nottingham Forest

Line-up: Pantilimon; Lichaj, Worrall, Mancienne, Fox; Guédioura (Dejagah 76'), Colback; Cash, Osborn, Dowell (Tomlin 70'); Brereton (Vellios 81')

Unused substitutes: Jordan Smith, Tobias Figueiredo, Darikwa, Vaughan

Manager: Aitor Karanka

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 65
2 Derby County 30 57
3 Aston Villa 30 56
4 Cardiff City 29 54
5 Fulham 30 51
6 Bristol City 30 51
7 Preston North End 30 48
8 Sheffield United 29 46
9 Middlesbrough 30 45
10 Leeds United 30 44
11 Brentford 30 43
12 Ipswich Town 30 43
13 Norwich City 30 43
14 Millwall 30 38
15 Queens Park Rangers 30 36
16 Nottingham Forest 30 35
17 Sheffield Wednesday 30 33
18 Reading 30 32
19 Birmingham City 30 30
20 Bolton Wanderers 29 29
21 Barnsley 30 27
22 Hull City 30 26
23 Sunderland 30 25
24 Burton Albion 30 24
Goals
2
0
Total Shots
14
10
Shots On Target
5
3
Passing Accuracy
84%
67%
Fouls
10
11
Corners
10
6
Offsides
0
4
Bookings
1
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 21Matt Targett
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 9Rui Fonte
Substitutes
  • 27David Button
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 32Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Nottingham Forest (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Costel Pantilimon
  • 2Eric Lichaj
  • 42Joe Worrall
  • 4Michael Mancienne
  • 13Daniel Fox
  • 5Adlène Guédioura
  • 18Jack Colback
  • 14Matthew Cash
  • 11Ben Osborn
  • 20Kieran Dowell
  • 17Ben Brereton
Substitutes
  • 43Jordan Smith
  • 3Tobias Figueiredo
  • 27Tendayi Darikwa
  • 21Ashkan Dejagah
  • 24David Vaughan
  • 15Lee Tomlin
  • 39Apostolos Vellios
Manager
  • Aitor Karanka
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, Nottingham Forest 0.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Nottingham Forest 0.
  • 90'+2' Substitution, Fulham. Denis Odoi replaces Matt Targett.
  • 90'+1' Offside, Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj tries a through ball, but Apostolos Vellios is caught offside.
  • 90' Goal! Fulham 2, Nottingham Forest 0. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
  • 89' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 89' Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Attempt saved. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 89' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 89' Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 88' Substitution, Fulham. Floyd Ayité replaces Lucas Piazon.
  • 87' Attempt missed. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn.
  • 86' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).
  • 86' Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 86' Attempt saved. Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 86' Attempt saved. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Apostolos Vellios with a through ball.
  • 85' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 85' Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).
  • 84' Foul by Matt Targett (Fulham).
  • 84' Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 83' Foul by Lucas Piazon (Fulham).
  • 83' Lee Tomlin (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 82' Oliver Norwood (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Nottingham Forest).
  • 81' Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Apostolos Vellios replaces Ben Brereton.
  • 81' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 79' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross.
  • 78' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Worrall.
  • 76' Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ashkan Dejagah replaces Adlène Guédioura.
  • 74' Foul by Matt Targett (Fulham).
  • 74' Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Foul by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest).
  • 73' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 73' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 73' Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 70' Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Lee Tomlin replaces Kieran Dowell.
  • 70' Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 67' Goal! Fulham 1, Nottingham Forest 0. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.
  • 67' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a corner.
  • 66' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Daniel Fox.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.
  • 62' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 62' Foul by Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest).
  • 60' Offside, Nottingham Forest. Michael Mancienne tries a through ball, but Matthew Cash is caught offside.
  • 60' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.
  • 59' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Matt Targett.
  • 59' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jack Colback.
  • 57' Attempt missed. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 57' Offside, Nottingham Forest. Costel Pantilimon tries a through ball, but Adlène Guédioura is caught offside.
  • 57' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 57' Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 55' Substitution, Fulham. Aleksandar Mitrovic replaces Rui Fonte.
  • 55' Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jack Colback tries a through ball, but Matthew Cash is caught offside.
  • 54' Attempt missed. Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a corner.
  • 54' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Matt Targett.
  • 53' Attempt blocked. Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eric Lichaj with a cross.
  • 53' Attempt blocked. Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adlène Guédioura with a cross.
  • 53' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 52' Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Kieran Dowell with a cross following a corner.
  • 52' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 47' Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 46' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 46' Foul by Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest).
  • 46' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 46' Dangerous play by Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest).
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Nottingham Forest 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Nottingham Forest 0.
  • 45'+1' Hand ball by Lucas Piazon (Fulham).
  • 45' Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.
  • 41' Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 40' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 40' Foul by Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest).
  • 38' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).
  • 38' Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 38' Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.
  • 38' Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 33' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.
  • 31' Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 31' Foul by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest).
  • 30' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.
  • 29' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 29' Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).
  • 24' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.
  • 21' Attempt saved. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 20' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 20' Foul by Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest).
  • 18' Attempt missed. Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Cash.
  • 13' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.
  • 13' Attempt saved. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Targett.
  • 11' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Worrall.
  • 11' Attempt blocked. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 11' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.
  • 7' Attempt missed. Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Brereton.
  • 4' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.
  • 4' Attempt blocked. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 1' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 1' Foul by Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.