Saturday 24 August 2019, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship - EFL
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Mitrovic 83'
Nottingham Forest
2
Grabban 4', 61'

83' Goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic

50' Yellow Card

Harry Arter Card was given for a foul

90'+9 Yellow Card

Aboubakar Kamara

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bobby De Cordova-Reid
Off:Stefan Johansen

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Steven Sessegnon

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cyrus Christie
Off:Alfie Mawson

4' Goal

Lewis Grabban

61' Goal

Lewis Grabban

33' Yellow Card

Sammy Ameobi

66' Yellow Card

Alfa Semedo Card was given for a foul

77' Yellow Card

Brice Samba Card shown to player for time wasting

90'+8 Yellow Card

Albert Adomah Card shown to player for time wasting

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alfa Semedo
Off:Tiago Silva

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Albert Adomah
Off:Joe Lolley

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matthew Cash
Off:Carl Jenkinson

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matthew Cash
Off:Sammy Ameobi

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Fulham fell to a 2-1 defeat against Nottingham Forest on a frustrating afternoon under the sun in south-west London.
Fulham fell to a 2-1 defeat against Nottingham Forest on a frustrating afternoon under the sun in south-west London. 

Lewis Grabban struck either side of half-time to give the visitors a commanding lead until Aleksandar Mitrović pounced to make the final stages a nervy one. 

Scott Parker named the same side for the third successive match, looking to build on the emphatic 4-0 victory over Millwall on Wednesday night. A beautiful, sunny day on the banks of the Thames. 

The tone was set early on. The visitors were not going to allow the Fulham back line to patiently start attacks from the base, pressing high up the pitch, driven on by a noisy away following. 

In the 4th minute the deadlock was broken. After some free-flowing build-up the ball was worked out to the left wing. A teasing ball was fed across the 6 yard box and in the blink of an eye Grabban had smashed home. A sluggish start from Fulham punished by a rapid counter from a confident looking Nottingham Forest outfit. 

The goal proved a spark for the Whites and in the tenth minute Tom Cairney muscled through two challenges and looked to curl an effort into the far corner from just outside the box.  The onrushing Michael Dawson appeared to use his arm to block the drive but the referee waved away the protests and awarded a corner instead. 

With the tide turning somewhat Joe Bryan and Steven Sessegnon both saw efforts from outside the box miss the target. The visitors were struggling to keep hold of the ball and confidence swelled within the Fulham ranks. 

As the clock wound down on a stale first 45 Bryan unleashed a vicious half-volley from 30 yards after a tidy lay-off from Mitro. His outswinging shot flew past the left-hand post and the deficit remained. 

The Whites were fortunate to go in only one goal behind as after a hopeful ball over the back four, Grabban was through on goal. After steadying himself he looked to fire one in with his left foot. However, Marcus Bettinelli stood tall and parried away his effort with a smart save. 

The start of the second half signalled a change from Head Coach Scott Parker. Bobby Decordova Reid was brought on to replace Stefan Johansen who had been a tireless presence in the Fulham midfield. 

The second half started very much in the same way in which the opening 45 had ended. Nottingham Forest, contented with their lead, sat back and invited pressure. 

In the 52nd minute a deep cross was met by the head of Anthony Knockaert. The lively winger rose the highest to flick a header on target. His glanced header looked destined for the far corner, but Brice Samba reacted well to claw it out behind for a corner. 

The atmosphere ratchetted up a notch but against the run of play the lead was doubled for the visitors. 

Steven Sessegnon, a composed figure on the right side of the defense played a loose pass back towards goal. Grabban, who had been feeding off scraps all afternoon pounced and glided out to the right side of the box. After picking his spot the striker fired home into the far corner to the delight of the travelling supporters in the Putney End. 

In the 69th minute Sessegnon almost provided the perfect response. A clearance fell perfectly at the feet of the young fullback. Without hesitation he struck a clean effort that looked destined for the bottom left-hand corner. However, Samba again was alert and produced a fine save to tip it wide. 

The clock ticked down with Nottingham Forest determined to waste as much time as physically possible. The spectacle became wholeheartedly irritating and putrid until out of nowhere Mitrović latched on to an Aboubakar Kamara cross with a delightful left-footed shot that glided into the far corner. 

With the defecit now halved the Craven Cottage faithful erupted and with aplomb the time wasting ramped up from Forest. The final 5 minutes would not have looked out of place just down the road in Twickenham as Nottingham hoofed the ball to either corner in a desperate attempt to stem the tide. 

With eight minutes of additional time the Whites continued to surge forward in waves. However, the goal did not come and on a beautiful day by the Thames, gamesmanship was sadly the winner. 

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 24 August 2019
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 18,186

Referee: Peter Bankes

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Steven Sessegnon (Kamara 74'), Mawson (Christie 87'), Ream, Bryan; Cairney, Arter, Johansen (De Cordova-Reid 45'); Knockaert, Mitrovic, Cavaleiro

Unused substitutes: Rodák, Le Marchand, McDonald, Reed

Manager: Scott Parker

Nottingham Forest

Line-up: Samba; Jenkinson (Cash 82'), Dawson, Worrall, Robinson; Watson; Lolley (Adomah 72'), Sow, Tiago Silva (Alfa Semedo 58'), Ameobi (Cash 82'); Grabban

Unused substitutes: Muric, Yuri Ribeiro, Tobias Figueiredo, Rafa Mir

Manager: Sabri Lamouchi

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Leeds United 5 13
2 Charlton Athletic 5 11
3 Swansea City 4 10
4 Bristol City 5 10
5 Fulham 5 9
6 Preston North End 5 9
7 Sheffield Wednesday 5 9
8 West Bromwich Albion 5 9
9 Nottingham Forest 5 8
10 Millwall 5 8
11 Reading 5 7
12 Birmingham City 4 7
13 Queens Park Rangers 5 7
14 Blackburn Rovers 5 7
15 Cardiff City 5 7
16 Derby County 5 6
17 Middlesbrough 5 5
18 Luton Town 5 4
19 Brentford 5 4
20 Hull City 5 4
21 Barnsley 5 4
22 Wigan Athletic 5 3
23 Huddersfield Town 5 1
24 Stoke City 5 1
Goals
1
2
Total Shots
20
11
Shots On Target
6
3
Passing Accuracy
91%
66%
Fouls
8
11
Corners
13
1
Offsides
1
1
Bookings
2
4
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 43Steven Sessegnon
  • 5Alfie Mawson
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 18Harry Arter
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 24Anthony Knockaert
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 19Ivan Cavaleiro
Substitutes
  • 12Marek Rodák
  • 20Maxime Le Marchand
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 21Harrison Reed
  • 14Bobby De Cordova-Reid
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Scott Parker
Nottingham Forest (4-1-4-1)
  • 30Brice Samba
  • 16Carl Jenkinson
  • 20Michael Dawson
  • 4Joe Worrall
  • 18Jack Robinson
  • 8Ben Watson
  • 23Joe Lolley
  • 21Samba Sow
  • 28Tiago Silva
  • 19Sammy Ameobi
  • 7Lewis Grabban
Substitutes
  • 49Arijanet Muric
  • 2Yuri Ribeiro
  • 3Tobias Figueiredo
  • 11Matthew Cash
  • 17Alfa Semedo
  • 37Albert Adomah
  • 14Rafa Mir
Manager
  • Sabri Lamouchi
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, Nottingham Forest 2.
  • 90'+9' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Nottingham Forest 2.
  • 90'+9' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+8' Albert Adomah (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+8' Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alfa Semedo following a fast break.
  • 90'+7' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.
  • 90'+6' Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90'+6' Foul by Albert Adomah (Nottingham Forest).
  • 90'+1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sammy Ameobi.
  • 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 90'+1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Worrall.
  • 90' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.
  • 90' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Brice Samba.
  • 90' Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 89' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jack Robinson.
  • 87' Substitution, Fulham. Cyrus Christie replaces Alfie Mawson.
  • 87' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 86' Delay in match because of an injury Samba Sow (Nottingham Forest).
  • 86' Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.
  • 83' Goal! Fulham 1, Nottingham Forest 2. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara with a cross.
  • 82' Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matthew Cash replaces Carl Jenkinson.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara.
  • 80' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 79' Delay in match because of an injury Carl Jenkinson (Nottingham Forest).
  • 77' Brice Samba (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.
  • 76' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 76' Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 74' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Steven Sessegnon.
  • 74' Offside, Fulham. Harry Arter tries a through ball, but Anthony Knockaert is caught offside.
  • 73' Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
  • 72' Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Albert Adomah replaces Joe Lolley.
  • 71' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Worrall.
  • 69' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jack Robinson.
  • 69' Attempt blocked. Tim Ream (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 69' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Brice Samba.
  • 69' Attempt saved. Steven Sessegnon (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 66' Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 66' Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).
  • 66' Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 66' Harry Arter (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 66' Foul by Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest).
  • 62' Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 62' Foul by Samba Sow (Nottingham Forest).
  • 61' Goal! Fulham 0, Nottingham Forest 2. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.
  • 60' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 60' Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 58' Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Alfa Semedo replaces Tiago Silva.
  • 55' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a corner.
  • 54' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sammy Ameobi.
  • 54' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 54' Foul by Carl Jenkinson (Nottingham Forest).
  • 53' Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Fulham).
  • 53' Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 53' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Brice Samba.
  • 53' Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.
  • 51' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 50' Delay in match because of an injury Samba Sow (Nottingham Forest).
  • 50' Harry Arter (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 50' Foul by Harry Arter (Fulham).
  • 50' Samba Sow (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 49' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 49' Michael Dawson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 47' Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.
  • 46' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 46' Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Bobby De Cordova-Reid replaces Stefan Johansen.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Nottingham Forest 1.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Nottingham Forest 1.
  • 45'+3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jack Robinson.
  • 45' Attempt blocked. Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tiago Silva.
  • 45' Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.
  • 44' Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 44' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 42' Delay in match because of an injury Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest).
  • 42' Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
  • 37' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Dawson.
  • 37' Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 35' Attempt missed. Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Lolley with a cross.
  • 34' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 33' Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.
  • 31' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 30' Delay in match (Fulham).
  • 30' Steven Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 30' Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest).
  • 29' Attempt missed. Steven Sessegnon (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 28' Harry Arter (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 28' Foul by Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest).
  • 26' Foul by Steven Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 26' Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 25' Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
  • 19' Foul by Steven Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 19' Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 18' Attempt blocked. Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Lolley with a cross.
  • 17' Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 17' Attempt blocked. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Dawson.
  • 16' Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Lolley.
  • 15' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 15' Foul by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).
  • 12' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Dawson.
  • 11' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Dawson.
  • 11' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 10' Offside, Nottingham Forest. Brice Samba tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.
  • 8' Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 6' Foul by Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest).
  • 6' Harry Arter (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 4' Goal! Fulham 0, Nottingham Forest 1. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Jack Robinson with a cross.
  • 3' Foul by Samba Sow (Nottingham Forest).
  • 3' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 1' Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest).
  • 1' Steven Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 1' Attempt blocked. Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Dawson.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.