Tuesday 10 April 2018, 7:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Johansen 25'
Reading
Reading
0

25' Goal

Stefan Johansen
Assist by Matt Targett

60' Yellow Card

Matt Targett Card was given for a foul

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Neeskens Kebano
Off:Lucas Piazon

89' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Oliver Norwood
Off:Stefan Johansen

33' Yellow Card

Omar Richards Card was given for a foul

90'+3 Red Card

Leandro Bacuna

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:John Swift
Off:David Edwards

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Yann Kermorgant
Off:Jón Dadi Bödvarsson

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Martin
Off:Omar Richards

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Fulham beat Reading 1-0 at Craven Cottage in our final midweek fixture of the Sky Bet Championship season.

Fulham beat Reading 1-0 at Craven Cottage in the final midweek fixture of the Sky Bet Championship Season.

Stefan Johansen scored an absolutely vital goal to give the Whites the lead in the 25th minute and Fulham never took their foot off the gas, playing strong offensive football until the final whistle. Results around the League meant that this victory pushed the Whites into the automatic promotion places.

Slaviša Jokanović made one change to the line-up that won away at Hillsborough, replacing Floyd Ayité with Lucas Piazon, who had been so effective against the Royals in the past.

The opening 20 minutes were quiet as the Whites couldn’t quite find their attacking rhythm in front of a massed Reading defence with ten men behind the ball. The away team were looking to bunker in and find chances on the counter, forming a wall of neon orange shirts that blockaded Fulham’s regular passing game.

But in the 25th minute the Whites came to life and found the opening goal through Johansen. Matt Targett played the most inviting of balls in from the left flank and Johansen delayed his run just enough to slide in at the exact moment to poke home the opener. 1-0 to the Whites within the first half-hour and the goal was just the tonic needed to wake up what had been a lethargic match up to that point.

In the 33rd minute Omar Richards became the first player to receive a booking when Referee Lee Mason showed him a yellow card for a cynical lunge on Ryan Fredericks after the right-back had got past him.

From the resulting free kick the Whites nearly had another goal, but Aleksandar Mitrović flicked his header just inches wide of Vito Mannone’s far post.

In the 44th minute Mitrović again got his head to the ball in the Reading box, but this time it sailed over Mannone’s bar.

It was the last significant action of the half. And, a few minutes later, when the whistle blew, the Whites went into the tunnel pondering how they could exert even more pressure on the Royals in the second half.

Fulham started brightly, imbuing their passes with the zip and verve the Cottage faithful had become so accustomed to. Looking to get his side more in the game, Reading Manager Paul Clement made the game’s first substitution in the 58th minute, taking David Edwards off and bringing on John Swift.

One minute later, Targett was the first Whites player to be booked. The left-back came in late on Liam Kelly a little outside the box; the resulting free-kick came to nothing.

In the 64th minute Johansen almost had his second of the game. The Whites were starting to turn the screw and a flowing passing move found the Norwegian free in the box. His drilled, low shot was smartly saved by Mannone.

In the 69th minute, Clement made his second switch—taking off Jón Daði Böðvarsson and replacing him with Yann Kermorgant.

Six minutes later Richards was replaced by former Fulham player Chris Martin, thus completing Clement’s trio of changes.

For the next few moments the Whites pushed hard, throwing themselves at the Reading backline with increased vigour. Johansen, Mitrović and Tom Cairney all had efforts stymied or pushed away.

In the 79th minute, seeking the second goal, Jokanović made his first substitution of the match, introducing Neeskens Kebano in place of Piazon.

And it was almost an immediate impact. 30 seconds later Kebano danced his way through a line of Reading defenders and into the box, but he walloped his cross-cum-shot centimetres wide.

In the 84th minute Mitrović again came ever so close, after Ryan Sessegnon squared the ball for him to slot home. The striker’s shot dribbled agonisingly wide.

Five minutes later Johansen was brought off and Jokanović brought Norwood on. The goal-scorer departed to a rapturous standing ovation from the Hammersmith End.

In the third minute of stoppage time Leandro Bacuna absolutely lost his head and executed a late and crunching tackle on Sessegnon. He was accordingly red carded and the home support breathed out a sigh of collective relief when the teenager got back on his feet.

And one minute later they rose and roared at one. The final whistle went and the all three home ends of the Cottage saluted the Fulham team on a night when everything seemed to go right for the Whites.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Tuesday 10 April 2018
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 19,272

Referee: Lee Mason

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Odoi, Ream, Targett; Cairney, McDonald, Johansen (Norwood 89'); Lucas Piazon (Kebano 80'), Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon

Unused substitutes: Button, Christie, Kalas, Rui Fonte, Kamara

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Reading

Line-up: Mannone; Gunter, Tiago Ilori, Moore, Richards (Chris Martin 75'); Liam Kelly, Bacuna; Sone Aluko, Edwards (Swift 58'), Barrow; Bödvarsson (Kermorgant 69')

Unused substitutes: Jaakkola, Holmes, van den Berg, Clement

Manager: Paul Clement

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 41 89
2 Fulham 42 81
3 Cardiff City 41 80
4 Aston Villa 42 76
5 Derby County 40 68
6 Middlesbrough 42 66
7 Millwall 41 65
8 Bristol City 42 65
9 Sheffield United 42 65
10 Brentford 42 64
11 Preston North End 42 63
12 Ipswich Town 42 56
13 Norwich City 42 56
14 Leeds United 42 54
15 Queens Park Rangers 42 53
16 Hull City 42 47
17 Sheffield Wednesday 42 47
18 Nottingham Forest 41 46
19 Reading 42 42
20 Birmingham City 42 40
21 Bolton Wanderers 41 39
22 Barnsley 41 37
23 Sunderland 42 33
24 Burton Albion 42 32
Goals
1
0
Total Shots
14
2
Shots On Target
5
0
Passing Accuracy
87%
73%
Fouls
11
14
Corners
6
2
Offsides
6
4
Bookings
1
1
Sending Offs
0
1
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 21Matt Targett
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 32Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
Substitutes
  • 27David Button
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 9Rui Fonte
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Reading (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Vito Mannone
  • 2Chris Gunter
  • 20Tiago Ilori
  • 6Liam Moore
  • 50Omar Richards
  • 38Liam Kelly
  • 19Leandro Bacuna
  • 14Sone Aluko
  • 16David Edwards
  • 17Modou Barrow
  • 23Jón Dadi Bödvarsson
Substitutes
  • 31Anssi Jaakkola
  • 57Thomas Holmes
  • 4Joey van den Berg
  • 10John Swift
  • 22Pelle Clement
  • 18Yann Kermorgant
  • 27Chris Martin
Manager
  • Paul Clement
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, Reading 0.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Reading 0.
  • 90'+5' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 90'+4' Delay in match Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 90'+3' Leandro Bacuna (Reading) is shown the red card.
  • 90'+3' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Reading).
  • 90'+2' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Chris Martin (Reading).
  • 90'+1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sone Aluko.
  • 90' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.
  • 89' Substitution, Fulham. Oliver Norwood replaces Stefan Johansen because of an injury.
  • 88' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 88' Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).
  • 86' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.
  • 84' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 83' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 82' Matt Targett (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Foul by Chris Martin (Reading).
  • 82' Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 81' Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.
  • 79' Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Lucas Piazon.
  • 78' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 78' Sone Aluko (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 78' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.
  • 77' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.
  • 77' Attempt missed. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 75' Substitution, Reading. Chris Martin replaces Omar Richards.
  • 75' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 75' Foul by John Swift (Reading).
  • 74' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross.
  • 71' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 71' Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Attempt saved. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 70' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 70' Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).
  • 69' Substitution, Reading. Yann Kermorgant replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.
  • 67' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Omar Richards.
  • 64' Offside, Fulham. Stefan Johansen tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
  • 64' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Targett.
  • 63' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 63' Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 61' Matt Targett (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 61' Foul by Sone Aluko (Reading).
  • 60' Matt Targett (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 59' Foul by Matt Targett (Fulham).
  • 59' Liam Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 58' Substitution, Reading. John Swift replaces David Edwards.
  • 57' Offside, Fulham. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
  • 57' Offside, Fulham. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
  • 56' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 56' Liam Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Offside, Reading. Sone Aluko tries a through ball, but Modou Barrow is caught offside.
  • 53' Foul by Matt Targett (Fulham).
  • 53' Sone Aluko (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 52' Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 48' Matt Targett (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 48' Foul by Sone Aluko (Reading).
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Reading 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Reading 0.
  • 43' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross.
  • 43' Offside, Reading. Liam Moore tries a through ball, but Modou Barrow is caught offside.
  • 42' Offside, Fulham. Matt Targett tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
  • 42' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 42' Foul by David Edwards (Reading).
  • 39' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 36' Offside, Fulham. Matt Targett tries a through ball, but Tom Cairney is caught offside.
  • 36' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 36' Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).
  • 34' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 33' Omar Richards (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 33' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 33' Foul by Omar Richards (Reading).
  • 30' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 30' Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).
  • 29' Hand ball by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 27' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross.
  • 27' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.
  • 25' Goal! Fulham 1, Reading 0. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross.
  • 21' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 21' Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 16' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Matt Targett.
  • 15' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 15' Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 13' Offside, Reading. Liam Moore tries a through ball, but Jón Dadi Bödvarsson is caught offside.
  • 12' Offside, Fulham. Ryan Fredericks tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
  • 11' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 11' Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).
  • 11' Attempt blocked. David Edwards (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Modou Barrow.
  • 10' Offside, Reading. Omar Richards tries a through ball, but Jón Dadi Bödvarsson is caught offside.
  • 10' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 10' Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 7' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 7' Foul by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading).
  • 5' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.