Saturday 21 December 2019, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship - EFL
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Mitrovic (pen) 7'; Onomah 69'
Leeds United
1
Bamford 54'

7' Penalty

Aleksandar Mitrovic

69' Goal

Josh Onomah

29' Yellow Card

Harrison Reed Card was given for a foul

45'+3 Yellow Card

Joe Bryan Card was given for arguing during match

89' Yellow Card

Aleksandar Mitrovic Card was given for arguing during match

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stefan Johansen
Off:Harrison Reed

90'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steven Sessegnon
Off:Bobby De Cordova-Reid

90'+6 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Anthony Knockaert
Off:Ivan Cavaleiro

54' Goal

Patrick Bamford

17' Yellow Card

Mateusz Klich Card was given for a foul

24' Yellow Card

Liam Cooper Card was given for a foul

45'+3 Yellow Card

Hélder Costa Card was given for arguing during match

81' Yellow Card

Ezgjan Alioski Card was given for a foul

3' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ezgjan Alioski
Off:Pablo Hernández

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Eddie Nketiah
Off:Hélder Costa

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jordan Stevens
Off:Luke Ayling

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Fulham returned to winning ways with an excellent 2-1 victory over Leeds United on Saturday afternoon.
Fulham returned to winning ways with an excellent 2-1 victory over Leeds United on Saturday afternoon. 

A first half Aleksandar Mitrović penalty had given Fulham a slender lead heading into the half. Patrick Bamford hit back in the 54th minute before Josh Onomah pounced to restore the lead with 20 minutes remaining and we held on for a precious victory. 

Scott Parker made two changes from the side that narrowly lost out in a West London derby one week ago at Griffin Park. Harrison Reed returned from injury to take his place in a midfield three alongside Josh Onomah and Tom Cairney. Neeskens Kebano who had started vs Brentford was replaced by Bobby Decordova-Reid. 

On a festive afternoon at the Cottage the match started perfectly for Fulham. Josh Onomah was picked out by a ball over the top of the Leeds defence after making a smart run into the channel. After steadying himself the attacking midfielder lofted a neat ball to the back post where Mitro was lurking. The powerful striker hooked a cross back into the danger area. With only eyes on the ball Decordova-Reid looked to head one home but before he could compose himself he was bundled over by a clumsy tackle from behind. Penalty in the opening five minutes. 

Mitro stepped up and after a heart in mouth moment when Kiko Castilla got good contact on his low effort, the ball flew into the far corner to the delight of Craven Cottage. Advantage Fulham after a bright start.

A frantic start to the game and the tempo did not let up. Hearty tackles, contested balls and plenty of neat play from both sides on show in an opening 20 minutes full of energy. 

In the 23rd minute the visitors almost pulled level out the blue. A well worked move culminated in Stuart Dallas being played through on goal with a neat slide rule pass. Marek Rodák was quick to spot the danger and rushed off his line to narrow the angle. He reacted well to parry the effort clear before the ball could be hooked clear. Moments later with Leeds pushing to draw level Dallas struck the post with a low drive from close range. 

The home faithful were incensed in the 32nd minute when Tom Cairney appeared to be bundled over into our own dugout by Luke Ayling. The skipper had done well to spot the danger of a Leeds counter attack and play the ball out for a throw in. After completing his defensive work TC was launched over. To the disgust of the home fans the fullback only received a yellow card. The right decision for something that appeared worse at real time.

The frenetic tempo of the match could not be maintained and with five minutes remaining in the half we appeared contented with our slender lead and sat back more looking to close out the half. Aside from a few petty skirmishes littering the additional time we remained strong and at the half we held our one goal lead. 

 A half which saw Leeds slowly work their way into the game after the strong press from Fulham started to falter somewhat. It would take a strong and concerted effort to keep out a strong Leeds outfit, albeit without their creative playmaker Pablo Hernandez, who was forced off through injury in the opening stages of the first half. 
The first half almost started in a similar fashion to the first. A cleverly worked trick freekick culminated in a close range finish from an unmarked Mitro 4 yards from goal. However, the striker had strayed a fraction offside and the goal was ruled out. 

In the 54th minute the hosts pulled level. Eddie Nketiah, who had been brought in at the start of the second half was slipped through and looked to arrow one in the far corner. Rodák was alert and looked to parry it wide of the post. However, a well-positioned Bamford was on hand to tap home at the back post. Honours even with an entire half to play. 

In the 60th minute we almost hit back straight away. Ivan Caveliro, who had been a lively outlet throughout slalomed forward before unleashing a vicious right-footed shot from distance. His shot swerved in the air before being well parried by Castilla. 

In the 69th minute we regained the lead through Onomah. A scrappy goal for sure but they all count. A corner was swung into the box where Mitro was once again making his presence felt. The Serbian attempted an ambitious scissor kick which deflected off a mob of Leeds players in the box and fell to Onomah in the box. Without hesitation the midfielder lashed a superb strike into the back of the net. We were back in the driver’s seat with 20 minutes remaining. 

As the time ebbed away slowly and surely Leeds threw more caution to the wind but were unable to find a way through our defensive lines and we held on for a superb three points prior to Christmas. 
 

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 21 December 2019
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 18,878

Referee: Tim Robinson

Fulham

Line-up: Rodák; Christie, Mawson, Ream, Bryan; Cairney, Reed (Johansen 90'), Onomah; Cavaleiro (Knockaert 90'), Mitrovic, De Cordova-Reid (Steven Sessegnon 90')

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Kebano, O'Riley, Kamara

Manager: Scott Parker

Leeds United

Line-up: Kiko Casilla; Ayling (Stevens 72'), White, Cooper, Dallas; Phillips; Hélder Costa (Eddie Nketiah 45'), Klich, Pablo Hernández (Alioski 3'), Harrison; Bamford

Unused substitutes: Meslier, Berardi, Gotts, Casey

Manager: Marcelo Bielsa

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 West Bromwich Albion 23 50
2 Leeds United 23 47
3 Fulham 23 38
4 Preston North End 23 38
5 Brentford 23 37
6 Swansea City 23 37
7 Sheffield Wednesday 22 36
8 Bristol City 22 35
9 Nottingham Forest 22 34
10 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
11 Hull City 23 33
12 Cardiff City 23 33
13 Millwall 23 33
14 Queens Park Rangers 23 32
15 Birmingham City 23 28
16 Reading 22 26
17 Derby County 23 26
18 Charlton Athletic 23 25
19 Huddersfield Town 23 25
20 Middlesbrough 23 24
21 Luton Town 23 20
22 Barnsley 23 19
23 Stoke City 23 18
24 Wigan Athletic 22 18
Goals
2
1
Total Shots
7
15
Shots On Target
3
7
Passing Accuracy
61%
77%
Fouls
15
15
Corners
4
7
Offsides
1
1
Bookings
3
4
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 12Marek Rodák
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 5Alfie Mawson
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 21Harrison Reed
  • 25Josh Onomah
  • 19Ivan Cavaleiro
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 14Bobby De Cordova-Reid
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 43Steven Sessegnon
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 24Anthony Knockaert
  • 33Matt O'Riley
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Scott Parker
Leeds United (4-1-4-1)
  • 13Kiko Casilla
  • 2Luke Ayling
  • 5Ben White
  • 6Liam Cooper
  • 15Stuart Dallas
  • 23Kalvin Phillips
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 43Mateusz Klich
  • 19Pablo Hernández
  • 22Jack Harrison
  • 9Patrick Bamford
Substitutes
  • 1Illan Meslier
  • 28Gaetano Berardi
  • 36Robbie Gotts
  • 49Oliver Casey
  • 10Ezgjan Alioski
  • 48Jordan Stevens
  • 14Eddie Nketiah
Manager
  • Marcelo Bielsa
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, Leeds United 1.
  • 90'+7' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Leeds United 1.
  • 90'+6' Substitution, Fulham. Anthony Knockaert replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 90'+5' Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 90'+4' Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Tom Cairney.
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips with a cross following a corner.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 90'+2' Substitution, Fulham. Steven Sessegnon replaces Bobby De Cordova-Reid.
  • 90'+1' Attempt missed. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
  • 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Harrison.
  • 90' Substitution, Fulham. Stefan Johansen replaces Harrison Reed.
  • 89' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 88' Offside, Leeds United. Mateusz Klich tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside.
  • 84' Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).
  • 84' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
  • 81' Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 80' Foul by Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United).
  • 80' Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 77' Jack Harrison (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 77' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 77' Attempt blocked. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
  • 75' Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
  • 73' Foul by Jordan Stevens (Leeds United).
  • 73' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 72' Substitution, Leeds United. Jordan Stevens replaces Luke Ayling.
  • 71' Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).
  • 71' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 69' Goal! Fulham 2, Leeds United 1. Josh Onomah (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner following a corner.
  • 69' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.
  • 68' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben White.
  • 67' Attempt saved. Luke Ayling (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski.
  • 65' Foul by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).
  • 65' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 64' Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 64' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 64' Attempt blocked. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 63' Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 61' Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 61' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 60' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Kiko Casilla.
  • 60' Attempt saved. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 60' Attempt saved. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 58' Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).
  • 58' Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 57' Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 57' Foul by Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham).
  • 54' Goal! Fulham 1, Leeds United 1. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.
  • 54' Attempt saved. Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski.
  • 49' Offside, Fulham. Ivan Cavaleiro tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
  • 48' Foul by Ben White (Leeds United).
  • 48' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Leeds United 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Leeds United. Eddie Nketiah replaces Hélder Costa.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Leeds United 0.
  • 45'+3' Hélder Costa (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.
  • 45'+3' Joe Bryan (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 45'+2' Hélder Costa (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 45'+2' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 45' Foul by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).
  • 45' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 44' Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips following a set piece situation.
  • 43' Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 43' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 41' Hand ball by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).
  • 41' Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 41' Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mateusz Klich.
  • 36' Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.
  • 35' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Patrick Bamford.
  • 35' Foul by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).
  • 35' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 31' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Kalvin Phillips.
  • 29' Harrison Reed (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 28' Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 28' Foul by Harrison Reed (Fulham).
  • 27' Hélder Costa (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 27' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 26' Foul by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).
  • 26' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 25' Hand ball by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).
  • 24' Liam Cooper (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 24' Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).
  • 24' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 24' Attempt saved. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Harrison.
  • 23' Attempt saved. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Harrison.
  • 22' Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 22' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).
  • 21' Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 21' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 20' Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 20' Foul by Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham).
  • 17' Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 17' Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).
  • 17' Harrison Reed (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 12' Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 12' Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski.
  • 10' Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 10' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 10' Attempt blocked. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 9' Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Stuart Dallas.
  • 7' Goal! Fulham 1, Leeds United 0. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
  • 6' Penalty conceded by Ben White (Leeds United) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 6' Penalty Fulham. Bobby De Cordova-Reid draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 5' Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 5' Foul by Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham).
  • 3' Substitution, Leeds United. Ezgjan Alioski replaces Pablo Hernández because of an injury.
  • 3' Foul by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).
  • 3' Harrison Reed (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 1' Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Harrison.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.