Tuesday 6 March 2018, 7:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Mitrovic 31', 44'; Cairney 61'
Sheffield United
0

31' Goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Assist by Ryan Fredericks

44' Goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Assist by Stefan Johansen

61' Goal

Tom Cairney
Assist by Lucas Piazon

85' Yellow Card

Aleksandar Mitrovic Card was given for a foul

59' Substitution

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

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Oliver Norwood
Off:Stefan Johansen

87' Substitution

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

24' Yellow Card

Enda Stevens Card was given for a foul

37' Yellow Card

Lee Evans Card was given for a foul

49' Yellow Card

Jack O'Connell Card was given for a foul

55' Yellow Card

John Fleck Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Brooks
Off:Chris Basham

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ched Evans
Off:Clayton Donaldson

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ricky Holmes
Off:Billy Sharp

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Fulham put on a wonderful attacking display to beat Sheffield United 3-0 in an entertaining midweek fixture at Craven Cottage.

Fulham put on a wonderful attacking display to beat Sheffield United 3-0 in an entertaining midweek fixture at Craven Cottage.

Aleksandar Mitrović scored a delicious brace, with supremely well-taken goals in both the 31st and 44th minutes. Tom Cairney then completed the rout when he curled in Fulham’s third with a sweet strike in the 61st.

Slaviša Jokanović made one change to the line-up that leapfrogged Derby away at Pride Park, bringing Sheyi Ojo on to start in place of Floyd Ayité. This meant Ojo took his place in a front three alongside Mitrović and Ryan Sessegnon, on the right side of an attacking trident that had been especially dangerous as of late.

But it was the Blades who had the brighter start, forcing Marcus Bettinelli into making the game’s first save when he had to get two hands to Mark Duffy’s low cross-cum-shot in the fourth minute.

Then, in the 13th minute, United Captain Billy Sharp headed over from five yards after a Duffy cross from the right. Even though the visitors were starting to pepper the Fulham box, the home side remained resolute throughout the opening quarter of an hour.

In the 19th minute Fulham began to come out of their shell, Stefan Johansen drawing a save from Jamal Blackman with his skidding, direct strike from 25 yards out.

Two minutes later Johansen almost scored the game’s opening goal from a similar range. Off a break, he let fly from the top of the D and his looping shot—via a deflection—arced just into the reach of a grateful, backpedalling Blackman. It was a sign that the balance of the game was beginning to shift in the home team’s favour.

As the Whites started to find their usual attacking rhythm, the Blades had to resort to niggly fouls and provocations in order to slow the game down. In the 24th minute, Enda Stevens received the game’s first yellow after he hacked Ojo down one too many times.

In the 31st minute the Whites took the lead after an absolutely mesmerising passing move that ran the length of the pitch and was dispatched with trademark cool by Mitrović. After Fulham patiently cycled the ball through their midfield triangles, a great through ball found Fredericks sprinting down the right touchline. He crossed the ball true and hard across the six-yard box, where Mitrović stole in to calmly score off the underside of the bar, extending his goal streak to four straight games. It was a finish that never looked in doubt, and it served to emphasise how well the home side had done to re-establish their dominance.

Five minutes later, with the Whites in full flight, Lee Evans received the game’s second yellow for cynically sliding in on Ojo. It was becoming clear the visitors couldn’t quite come to grips with his direct pace and hard running on their own and therefore had to rely on more underhanded tactics to arrest his movement.

Right before half-time, in the 44th minute, Fulham doubled their advantage. It was another sublime goal scored by—who else?—Mitrović. Johansen was the provider this time, when he glanced up from 30 yards and picked out the run of the Serbian with an exquisitely precise chip. Mitrović did the rest, redirecting his body mid-flight and guiding it past Blackman without breaking his stride.

One minute later, with Craven Cottage still cheering his name, Mitrović almost had his hat trick, but he turned Sessegnon’s cross agonisingly just over the bar. Moments later, Keith Stroud blew for the interval and the Whites gambolled into the tunnel, eager to discover how they could build on their invigorating first-half performance.

Seeking a way back into the match, Chris Wilder made a half-time substitution. Off came Chris Basham, who had been quiet, and on came David Brooks as the Blades rejiggered their formation.

But minutes into the second half, the Whites were still the sharper team. In the 48th minute another hypnotic passing almost led to another goal. This time it was Johansen who had the final effort, and this time Blackman was equal to it, stymying Fulham’s attempt to score a rapid-fire third by turning the Norwegian’s shot behind for a corner.

In the 49th minute Jack O’Connell became the third visiting player to be booked, when he illegally blocked Denis Odoi’s marauding run from centre-back. Six minutes later John Fleck joined him in the book after a highly aggressive lunge on Ojo.

In the 58th minute Ojo, after a tireless shift, departed to a standing ovation. Jokanović replaced him with Lucas Piazon.

Three minutes later Cairney curled in Fulham’s third. It was a total back-to-front move, a Tim Ream challenge cleared to Sessegnon, the teenager sprinting up the field then squaring it to Piazon, who rolled it on to Cairney, who bent it into the far corner in the 61st minute. It was a fantastic goal and a pure footballing marvel.

In the 64th minute Wilder made his final two substitutions at once, taking off Sharp and Clayton Donaldson and bringing on Ched Evans and Ricky Holmes. Jokanović also made a change of his own, swapping Johansen for Oliver Norwood.

In the 85th minute Mitrović became the first Fulham to enter the book after he lightly bundled over a Sheffield player in search of the ball. One minute later, Jokanović brought off the striker and replaced him with Rui Fonte. Mitrović departed to a resounding ovation from the home faithful.

It was a night where they had plenty to cheer about. And, when the final whistle came a little over five minutes later, they were still cheering, clapping the lads off after a performance that confirmed Fulham’s status as the division’s great entertainers, with the results to match.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 18,400

Referee: Keith Stroud

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Odoi, Ream, Targett; Cairney, McDonald, Johansen (Norwood 65'); Sheyi Ojo (Lucas Piazon 59'), Mitrovic (Rui Fonte 87'), Ryan Sessegnon

Unused substitutes: Norman, Christie, Floyd Ayité, Kamara

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Sheffield United

Line-up: Blackman; Basham (Brooks 45'), Stearman, O'Connell; Baldock, Evans, Duffy, Fleck, Stevens; Donaldson (Evans 64'), Sharp (Holmes 65')

Unused substitutes: Moore, Lundstram, Daniel Lafferty, Leonard

Manager: Chris Wilder

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 73
2 Cardiff City 35 70
3 Aston Villa 35 66
4 Fulham 36 65
5 Derby County 36 61
6 Middlesbrough 36 58
7 Bristol City 36 57
8 Preston North End 36 57
9 Sheffield United 35 55
10 Brentford 35 53
11 Millwall 36 52
12 Ipswich Town 35 51
13 Leeds United 35 49
14 Norwich City 35 48
15 Nottingham Forest 36 44
16 Queens Park Rangers 35 40
17 Sheffield Wednesday 36 37
18 Reading 34 34
19 Bolton Wanderers 35 34
20 Hull City 35 33
21 Barnsley 35 32
22 Birmingham City 36 30
23 Burton Albion 35 29
24 Sunderland 36 28
Goals
3
0
Total Shots
17
7
Shots On Target
7
2
Passing Accuracy
90%
81%
Fouls
11
13
Corners
4
3
Offsides
0
3
Bookings
1
4
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 21Matt Targett
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 19Sheyi Ojo
  • 32Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
Substitutes
  • 46Magnus Norman
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 9Rui Fonte
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Sheffield United (3-5-2)
  • 27Jamal Blackman
  • 6Chris Basham
  • 19Richard Stearman
  • 5Jack O'Connell
  • 2George Baldock
  • 20Lee Evans
  • 21Mark Duffy
  • 4John Fleck
  • 3Enda Stevens
  • 11Clayton Donaldson
  • 10Billy Sharp
Substitutes
  • 1Simon Moore
  • 7John Lundstram
  • 24Daniel Lafferty
  • 14Ryan Leonard
  • 26Ricky Holmes
  • 36David Brooks
  • 32Ched Evans
Manager
  • Chris Wilder
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 3, Sheffield United 0.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 3, Sheffield United 0.
  • 90'+5' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.
  • 90'+1' Offside, Sheffield United. Ched Evans tries a through ball, but David Brooks is caught offside.
  • 89' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Foul by George Baldock (Sheffield United).
  • 87' Substitution, Fulham. Rui Fonte replaces Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 86' Foul by Lucas Piazon (Fulham).
  • 86' Ricky Holmes (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 85' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 85' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 85' Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 82' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 80' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 80' Foul by Mark Duffy (Sheffield United).
  • 79' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 79' Foul by Mark Duffy (Sheffield United).
  • 75' Attempt blocked. Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.
  • 75' Hand ball by Matt Targett (Fulham).
  • 73' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 68' Attempt missed. Ched Evans (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ricky Holmes with a cross.
  • 66' Foul by Lucas Piazon (Fulham).
  • 66' Ricky Holmes (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 65' Substitution, Fulham. Oliver Norwood replaces Stefan Johansen.
  • 65' Substitution, Sheffield United. Ricky Holmes replaces Billy Sharp.
  • 64' Substitution, Sheffield United. Ched Evans replaces Clayton Donaldson.
  • 61' Goal! Fulham 3, Sheffield United 0. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.
  • 59' Substitution, Fulham. Lucas Piazon replaces Sheyi Ojo.
  • 57' Offside, Sheffield United. Lee Evans tries a through ball, but George Baldock is caught offside.
  • 55' John Fleck (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 55' Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 55' Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).
  • 54' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 54' Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Attempt blocked. Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Billy Sharp.
  • 53' Attempt missed. David Brooks (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by George Baldock.
  • 51' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 51' Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).
  • 51' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross following a corner.
  • 50' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jamal Blackman.
  • 50' Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 49' Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 49' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 49' Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).
  • 48' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jamal Blackman.
  • 48' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 2, Sheffield United 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Sheffield United. David Brooks replaces Chris Basham.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Fulham 2, Sheffield United 0.
  • 45'+3' Attempt missed. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 45'+2' 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 following a fast break.
  • 44' Goal! Fulham 2, Sheffield United 0. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 43' Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 43' Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a cross.
  • 42' Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 42' Attempt saved. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 37' Lee Evans (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 36' Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 36' Foul by Lee Evans (Sheffield United).
  • 36' Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 36' Attempt saved. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Duffy.
  • 33' Foul by Matt Targett (Fulham).
  • 33' Clayton Donaldson (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 33' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 33' Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 31' Goal! Fulham 1, Sheffield United 0. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 29' Offside, Sheffield United. Enda Stevens tries a through ball, but Jack O'Connell is caught offside.
  • 29' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 29' Clayton Donaldson (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 28' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
  • 25' Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 24' Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 24' Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 24' Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).
  • 22' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 22' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 22' Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).
  • 21' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 21' Clayton Donaldson (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 21' Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 19' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 18' Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 18' Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).
  • 16' Foul by Sheyi Ojo (Fulham).
  • 16' Clayton Donaldson (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 13' Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a cross.
  • 12' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 12' Clayton Donaldson (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 11' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 11' Foul by George Baldock (Sheffield United).
  • 10' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 10' Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).
  • 9' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross following a corner.
  • 9' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Richard Stearman.
  • 8' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 7' Delay in match Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 2' Foul by George Baldock (Sheffield United).
  • 2' Matt Targett (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.