Friday 17 January 2020, 7:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship - EFL
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Knockaert 6'
Middlesbrough
0

6' Goal

Anthony Knockaert

60' Yellow Card

Kevin McDonald Card was given for a foul

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stefan Johansen
Off:Tom Cairney

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Harry Arter
Off:Josh Onomah

90'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Alfie Mawson
Off:Anthony Knockaert

72' Yellow Card

Patrick McNair Card was given for a foul

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lewis Wing
Off:Marcus Tavernier

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lukas Nmecha
Off:Adam Clayton

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ashley Fletcher
Off:George Saville

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Fulham produced a solid all-round performance to beat Middlesbrough 1-0 under the Friday night lights.
Fulham produced a solid all-round performance to beat Middlesbrough 1-0 under the Friday night lights. 

An electric opening from Fulham saw us take a lead in the opening 10 minutes through Anthony Knockaert and it proved to be enough to see us pick up our second league win in succession. 

Scott Parker made two changes from the side that had picked up a gritty away victory a week ago against Hull City. Captain Tom Cairney returned following a short injury lay-off to take his place in the heart of the Fulham midfield and Joe Bryan came in at left-back. 

It was a bitterly cold night at Craven Cottage, a light wind whipping off the Thames and swirling around the ground. 

It was Fulham who came out the traps the quickest, with some exquisite short exquisite link up play on show in the opening five minutes. Aside from a Djed Spence effort that went wide it was all us. 

In the sixth minute the deadlock was broken. After some more neat play in the build-up play starting from the back with a searching ball from Tim Ream we slowly worked our way up the pitch. Cairney, allowed time and space on the edge of the box, fizzed a nice pass out to Bryan on the left wing. The full-back in turn swung in a delicious cross to the feet of Knockaert who only had to tap home to open the scoring. 

We were visibly brimming with confidence and in the 14th minute some more delightful play culminated in Josh Onomah firing an effort on target. His low shot lacked power and Aynsley Pears was on hand to smother the effort. Onomah had been an imposing presence in the middle of the Fulham midfield, marauding forward at any given opportunity. 

We were in electric form, producing some dazzling attacking play. In the 17th minute another one-two between Cavaleiro and Bobby Decordova-Reid ended with the Portuguese winger being played clean through the Boro backline. With only the keeper to beat Ivan fired over the bar. Agonisingly close to a second for Fulham.

In the 21st minute Onomah was in the thick of it again. A deep corner found the powerful midfielder unmarked in the middle of the Boro box. Looking to find the bottom corner with a glancing header he put his effort inches wide of the post. 

It seemed like a matter of time before we grabbed a second but in the 30th minute the visitors came close to snatching an undeserved equaliser. Hayden Coulson had ventured forward down the left and looked to swing a ball into the area. Denis Odoi stretched out a leg and the ball deflected dangerously on goal. In the blink of an eye the ball had cannoned off the bar and deflected clear. 

Middlesbrough were showing signs of life now and in the final 10 minutes of the half they caused some problems. Despite the increased time in possession they were unable to find a way through our resolute defence and we held on to our slender one goal advantage as the referee brought the first half to a close.

It was a tentative start to the second half from Fulham. Middlesbrough were actively pushing and pressing for a leveller, enjoying large parts of the half in possession. 

We failed to trouble the opposition goal in the opening stages of the second period aside from a Bryan right-footed effort that was saved easily. A very bitty and scrappy affair compared to the flamboyant football that was on show in the first half. 

In the 72nd minute the game sparked into life. A well worked free-kick was whipped into the six yard box. Odoi, who had stolen a march on the defenders, flicked the ball into the far corner and the stadium erupted. A backflip celebration sealed the deal until the linesman raised his flag to signal offside. Replays showed that Denis was a fraction offside. Gutting for Fulham.

With time ticking down Middlesbrough threw more men forward in attack but we stayed strong until the final whistle and picked up another precious three points to move up to third. 
 

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Friday 17 January 2020
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 18,375

Referee: David Webb

Fulham

Line-up: Rodák; Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan; Cairney (Johansen 68'), McDonald, Onomah (Arter 79'); Knockaert (Mawson 90'), De Cordova-Reid, Cavaleiro

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Christie, De La Torre, Stansfield

Manager: Scott Parker

Middlesbrough

Line-up: Pears; Howson, McNair, Fry; Spence, Clayton (Nmecha 80'), Saville (Fletcher 80'), Coulson; Roberts, Tavernier (Wing 61'); Gestede

Unused substitutes: Tomás Mejías, Wood, Johnson, Liddle

Manager: Jonathan Woodgate

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 West Bromwich Albion 27 53
2 Leeds United 27 52
3 Fulham 28 48
4 Brentford 27 46
5 Nottingham Forest 26 44
6 Sheffield Wednesday 27 42
7 Swansea City 27 42
8 Millwall 27 41
9 Bristol City 27 41
10 Preston North End 27 40
11 Hull City 27 39
12 Cardiff City 27 38
13 Blackburn Rovers 27 37
14 Reading 26 36
15 Queens Park Rangers 27 35
16 Middlesbrough 28 34
17 Derby County 27 34
18 Birmingham City 27 32
19 Charlton Athletic 27 29
20 Huddersfield Town 27 28
21 Stoke City 27 25
22 Barnsley 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 23
24 Luton Town 27 21
Goals
1
0
Total Shots
17
8
Shots On Target
6
0
Passing Accuracy
80%
69%
Fouls
10
6
Corners
3
8
Offsides
1
4
Bookings
1
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 12Marek Rodák
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 3Michael Hector
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 25Josh Onomah
  • 24Anthony Knockaert
  • 14Bobby De Cordova-Reid
  • 19Ivan Cavaleiro
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 5Alfie Mawson
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 18Harry Arter
  • 36Luca De La Torre
  • 61Jay Stansfield
Manager
  • Scott Parker
Middlesbrough (3-4-2-1)
  • 42Aynsley Pears
  • 16Jonny Howson
  • 17Patrick McNair
  • 6Dael Fry
  • 29Djed Spence
  • 8Adam Clayton
  • 22George Saville
  • 33Hayden Coulson
  • 19Patrick Roberts
  • 7Marcus Tavernier
  • 14Rudy Gestede
Substitutes
  • 1Tomás Mejías
  • 25Nathan Wood
  • 21Marvin Johnson
  • 26Lewis Wing
  • 37Ben Liddle
  • 11Ashley Fletcher
  • 20Lukas Nmecha
Manager
  • Jonathan Woodgate
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, Middlesbrough 0.
  • 90'+7' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Middlesbrough 0.
  • 90'+7' Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
  • 90'+6' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 90'+5' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Michael Hector.
  • 90'+2' Substitution, Fulham. Alfie Mawson replaces Anthony Knockaert because of an injury.
  • 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rudy Gestede.
  • 87' Offside, Middlesbrough. Jonny Howson tries a through ball, but Lukas Nmecha is caught offside.
  • 86' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Marek Rodák.
  • 85' Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Fulham).
  • 85' Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 82' Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 80' Substitution, Middlesbrough. Lukas Nmecha replaces Adam Clayton.
  • 80' Substitution, Middlesbrough. Ashley Fletcher replaces George Saville.
  • 79' Substitution, Fulham. Harry Arter replaces Josh Onomah.
  • 79' Attempt saved. Denis Odoi (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.
  • 78' Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 78' Foul by Hayden Coulson (Middlesbrough).
  • 77' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Djed Spence.
  • 77' Attempt blocked. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a through ball.
  • 77' Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 75' Attempt blocked. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Denis Odoi.
  • 73' Offside, Fulham. Ivan Cavaleiro tries a through ball, but Denis Odoi is caught offside.
  • 72' Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 72' Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 72' Foul by Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough).
  • 71' Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.
  • 69' Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tim Ream.
  • 68' Substitution, Fulham. Stefan Johansen replaces Tom Cairney.
  • 66' Foul by Michael Hector (Fulham).
  • 66' George Saville (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 66' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 66' Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 65' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 63' Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Foul by Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough).
  • 62' Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Patrick Roberts with a cross following a corner.
  • 62' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
  • 61' Substitution, Middlesbrough. Lewis Wing replaces Marcus Tavernier.
  • 60' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 60' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 60' Djed Spence (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 55' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).
  • 55' Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Offside, Middlesbrough. Jonny Howson tries a through ball, but Rudy Gestede is caught offside.
  • 52' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).
  • 50' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 50' Patrick Roberts (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 48' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 48' Patrick Roberts (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Middlesbrough 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Middlesbrough 0.
  • 44' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 44' Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 42' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 42' Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 40' Offside, Middlesbrough. Aynsley Pears tries a through ball, but Djed Spence is caught offside.
  • 37' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Michael Hector.
  • 37' Attempt blocked. George Saville (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 33' Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 33' Foul by Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough).
  • 31' Attempt missed. Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high following a corner.
  • 30' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
  • 30' Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.
  • 29' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 28' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 28' Hayden Coulson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 26' Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Dael Fry following a corner.
  • 26' Attempt missed. Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Patrick McNair with a cross following a corner.
  • 25' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Anthony Knockaert.
  • 22' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jonny Howson.
  • 22' Attempt blocked. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 21' Attempt missed. Josh Onomah (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a corner.
  • 21' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Hayden Coulson.
  • 20' Offside, Middlesbrough. Aynsley Pears tries a through ball, but Rudy Gestede is caught offside.
  • 17' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid with a through ball.
  • 14' Attempt saved. Josh Onomah (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.
  • 11' Attempt missed. Josh Onomah (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 9' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 9' Foul by Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough).
  • 6' Goal! Fulham 1, Middlesbrough 0. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross.
  • 4' Attempt missed. Djed Spence (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.
  • 3' Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 2' Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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