Saturday 29 December 2018, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Mitrovic 90'+1
Huddersfield Town
0

90'+1 Goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Assist by Ryan Sessegnon

25' Yellow Card

Jean Michael Seri Card was given for a foul

44' Yellow Card

Denis Odoi

64' Yellow Card

Cyrus Christie Card was given for a foul

82' Missed Penalty

Aboubakar Kamara

45' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Maxime Le Marchand
Off:Alfie Mawson

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Jean Michael Seri

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Sessegnon
Off:Luciano Vietto

69' Yellow Card

Jonathan Hogg Card was given for a foul

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Laurent Depoitre
Off:Steve Mounie

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Elias Kachunga
Off:Alex Pritchard

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Aleksandar Mitrović’s stoppage time goal earned Fulham a vital 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Aleksandar Mitrović’s stoppage time goal earned Fulham a vital 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

A game of little action came to life in the closing stages, first when substitute Aboubakar Kamara won and missed a penalty.

There was a debate as to who should have taken it, with Mitrović reluctantly letting his colleague have responsibility, and Kamara subsequently sent a weak kick at visiting goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.

Thankfully it mattered not in the end, as Mitrović latched onto Ryan Sessegnon’s pinpoint pass and sent a low shot through the legs of Lossl to ensure Fulham ended 2018 in the best possible way.

Claudio Ranieri made two changes to the side that was held by Wolverhampton Wanderers on Boxing Day, with Tom Cairney returning to captain the team, along with Luciano Vietto.

We learnt at the John Smith’s Stadium in November that Philip Billing is a threat from range when he rattled the crossbar, and he sent in another piledriver here eight minutes in. This one was much lower but still moved in the air, with Sergio Rico managing to save but not hold. Thankfully, though, a teammate then swept away the danger.

Fulham had struggled to create any early openings but got a sniff on the quarter hour mark when Vietto bent over a dangerous cross that marginally eluded Cyrus Christie at the back post.

Our first real chance came on 21 minutes when Jean Michaël Seri picked out Mitrović with his corner, but the striker sent his header over the bar.

Soon after, Seri became the first player to be booked when he went in late on Florent Hadergjonaj.

Another Mitrović header came and went before Denis Odoi threaded a fine ball into Cairney who couldn’t quite get it under control, as the Whites continued to probe for the breakthrough.

At the other end, Steve Mounie had a free header from Jonathan Hogg’s inswinging cross, but he nodded straight at Rico who made a simple save.

Two minutes before the interval, Odoi joined Seri in the book for a barge on Billing.

The break saw Ranieri switch things up, with Maxime Le Marchand and Kamara brought on for Alfie Mawson and Seri.

Within four minutes Fulham were presented with an opportunity when Vietto won a free-kick. Christie clipped it into the box but Calum Chambers headed wide as he stooped to connect.

A better chance came on 58 minutes when the ball was patiently worked to Joe Bryan who tried to place one, but could only find Lossl in the Huddersfield goal.

The Whites were knocking on the door and four minutes later it looked as though we’d taken the lead when Mitrović got a bullet header on Bryan’s pinpoint cross, but Lossl made a smart reaction save to push it behind.

Christie took one for the team moments later when he needed to bring down Alex Pritchard on the halfway line as the Terriers looked to break clean through after making the most of a sloppy Vietto pass.

That was Pritchard’s final action of the game as he made way for Elias Kachunga, while Laurent Depoitre also came on for Mounie.

Hogg then became the first visitor to be carded for a naughty challenge on Bryan who’d spun away from him.

Mitrović flicked the ball on to Kamara behind him with 20 minutes to play and, after opting to take it on first time, the Frenchman sent a crisp volley goalwards that was unfortunately too close to Lossl.

The crowd were keen for the introduction of Ryan Sessegnon and the change was duly made with little under quarter of an hour to play. Vietto was the man to make way.

The Whites were then awarded a penalty when Kamara flicked the ball into a Town arm. Kamara refused to let Mitrović take the kick and subsequently sent a tame effort at Lossl.

It almost got worse for the Whites with two minutes to play went Billing sent in a rasping effort that took a nick on its way to sailing a yard wide.

Mitrović had had the humility to wish Kamara luck before his missed spot-kick, and he truly got his teammate out of trouble in the first minute of stoppage time, beautifully sliding through the legs of Lossl after Sessegnon had played him in.

A nervy remainder of the game ensued, but Fulham managed to hold on, and subsequently put four points between ourselves and our relegation rivals.

 

 

Match Information

Competition: Premier League

Date: Saturday 29 December 2018
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 24,423

Referee: Kevin Friend

Fulham

Line-up: Rico; Odoi, Mawson (Le Marchand 45'), Ream; Christie, Chambers, Seri (Kamara 45'), Bryan; Cairney, Vietto (Ryan Sessegnon 77'); Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Schürrle, Cissé, Ayité

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

Huddersfield Town

Line-up: Lössl; Zanka, Schindler, Kongolo; Durm, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Billing, Löwe; Pritchard (Kachunga 65'); Mounie (Depoitre 65')

Unused substitutes: Hamer, Stankovic, Bacuna, Diakhaby, Mbenza

Manager: David Wagner

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Liverpool 19 51
2 Tottenham Hotspur 20 45
3 Manchester City 19 44
4 Chelsea 19 40
5 Arsenal 19 38
6 Manchester United 19 32
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 29
8 Leicester City 20 28
9 Watford 20 28
10 Everton 20 27
11 West Ham United 19 27
12 A.F.C. Bournemouth 19 26
13 Brighton and Hove Albion 20 25
14 Crystal Palace 19 19
15 Newcastle United 20 18
16 Cardiff City 20 18
17 Southampton 19 15
18 Fulham 20 14
19 Burnley 19 12
20 Huddersfield Town 20 10
Goals
1
0
Total Shots
14
9
Shots On Target
5
5
Passing Accuracy
75%
79%
Fouls
12
10
Corners
4
3
Offsides
3
2
Bookings
3
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (3-4-2-1)
  • 25Sergio Rico
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 26Alfie Mawson
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 5Calum Chambers
  • 24Jean Michael Seri
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 19Luciano Vietto
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 20Maxime Le Marchand
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 14André Schürrle
  • 44Ibrahima Cissé
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Claudio Ranieri
Huddersfield Town (3-5-1-1)
  • 1Jonas Lössl
  • 25Zanka
  • 26Christopher Schindler
  • 5Terence Kongolo
  • 37Erik Durm
  • 33Florent Hadergjonaj
  • 6Jonathan Hogg
  • 8Philip Billing
  • 15Chris Löwe
  • 21Alex Pritchard
  • 24Steve Mounie
Substitutes
  • 12Ben Hamer
  • 27Jon Gorenc Stankovic
  • 7Juninho Bacuna
  • 9Elias Kachunga
  • 11Adama Diakhaby
  • 18Isaac Mbenza
  • 20Laurent Depoitre
Manager
  • David Wagner
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, Huddersfield Town 0.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Huddersfield Town 0.
  • 90'+5' Offside, Fulham. Aleksandar Mitrovic tries a through ball, but Ryan Sessegnon is caught offside.
  • 90'+4' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Sergio Rico.
  • 90'+4' Attempt saved. Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Florent Hadergjonaj with a cross.
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
  • 90'+1' Goal! Fulham 1, Huddersfield Town 0. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon following a fast break.
  • 88' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Calum Chambers.
  • 88' Attempt blocked. Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Elias Kachunga.
  • 87' Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 87' Foul by Calum Chambers (Fulham).
  • 87' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Zanka.
  • 87' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 85' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 85' Attempt missed. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.
  • 83' Foul by Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town).
  • 83' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 82' Penalty saved! Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 81' Penalty conceded by Chris Löwe (Huddersfield Town) with a hand ball in the penalty area.
  • 79' Offside, Huddersfield Town. Philip Billing tries a through ball, but Laurent Depoitre is caught offside.
  • 78' Attempt missed. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.
  • 77' Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon replaces Luciano Vietto.
  • 73' Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Foul by Calum Chambers (Fulham).
  • 72' Foul by Chris Löwe (Huddersfield Town).
  • 72' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 71' Offside, Fulham. Tim Ream tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
  • 70' Attempt saved. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic with a headed pass.
  • 69' Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 69' Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).
  • 69' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 66' Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 66' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 65' Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Elias Kachunga replaces Alex Pritchard.
  • 65' Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Laurent Depoitre replaces Steve Mounie.
  • 64' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 64' Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 64' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 63' Foul by Zanka (Huddersfield Town).
  • 63' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 62' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jonas Lössl.
  • 62' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross.
  • 59' Zanka (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 59' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 58' Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luciano Vietto.
  • 57' Offside, Fulham. Luciano Vietto tries a through ball, but Aboubakar Kamara is caught offside.
  • 54' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 53' Delay in match Denis Odoi (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 49' Attempt missed. Calum Chambers (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cyrus Christie following a set piece situation.
  • 48' Foul by Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield Town).
  • 48' Luciano Vietto (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Huddersfield Town 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Jean Michael Seri.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Maxime Le Marchand replaces Alfie Mawson because of an injury.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Huddersfield Town 0.
  • 44' Attempt saved. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.
  • 44' Denis Odoi (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 43' Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 43' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 42' Offside, Huddersfield Town. Jonathan Hogg tries a through ball, but Erik Durm is caught offside.
  • 41' Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 39' Attempt blocked. Chris Löwe (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Mounie with a headed pass.
  • 35' Attempt saved. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.
  • 33' Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 33' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 28' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jean Michael Seri with a cross following a corner.
  • 28' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Löwe.
  • 26' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 25' Jean Michael Seri (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 25' Delay in match Florent Hadergjonaj (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.
  • 25' Florent Hadergjonaj (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 25' Foul by Jean Michael Seri (Fulham).
  • 23' Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 23' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 21' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jean Michael Seri with a cross following a corner.
  • 21' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Florent Hadergjonaj.
  • 20' Foul by Zanka (Huddersfield Town).
  • 20' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 19' Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).
  • 19' Alfie Mawson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 18' Attempt blocked. Erik Durm (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 16' Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 16' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 15' Attempt missed. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luciano Vietto with a cross.
  • 15' Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luciano Vietto with a headed pass.
  • 9' Zanka (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 9' Foul by Luciano Vietto (Fulham).
  • 8' Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).
  • 8' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 8' Attempt saved. Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Zanka.
  • 6' Foul by Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town).
  • 6' Luciano Vietto (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 6' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 2' Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 2' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.