Wednesday 1 January 2020, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship - EFL
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Cavaleiro 61'
Reading
Reading
2
Swift 14'; Adam 48'

61' Goal

Ivan Cavaleiro

45' Yellow Card

Joe Bryan Card was given for a foul

62' Yellow Card

Ivan Cavaleiro Card was given for a foul

73' Yellow Card

Aleksandar Mitrovic

90'+2 Yellow Card

Anthony Knockaert Card was given for arguing during match

19' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Matt O'Riley
Off:Harrison Reed

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ivan Cavaleiro
Off:Joe Bryan

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luca De La Torre
Off:Matt O'Riley

14' Goal

John Swift

48' Goal

Charlie Adam

68' Yellow Card

Pelé Card was given for a foul

76' Yellow Card

Lucas João Card shown to player for time wasting

90'+2 Yellow Card

Michael Morrison Card was given for arguing during match

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andy Rinomhota
Off:Charlie Adam

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matt Miazga
Off:Yakou Meite

84' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Sam Baldock
Off:Lucas João

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Fulham fell to 1-2 defeat in the first game of 2020 on a dreary afternoon at Craven Cottage.
Fulham fell to 1-2 defeat in the first game of 2020 on a dreary afternoon at Craven Cottage. 

A John Swift strike had given the visitors a lead heading into half-time, before Charlie Adam doubled the advantage. Ivan Cavaleiro pulled one back in the 61st minute but we were unable to draw level against a rigid Reading outfit. 

Scott Parker made three changes from the side that had defeated Stoke City on Sunday afternoon. Tom Cairney, Alfie Mawson & Josh Onomah, who were all withdrawn in the tight 1-0 win, missed out. Their absences saw Denis Odoi, Stefan Johansen and Aboubakar Kamara return to the starting XI. 

The tone was set early on. Reading, who had not conceded a goal in four straight matches, were contented to sit back and look to soak up pressure. We would have to be patient and look to slowly work an opening. After an early strike from Anthony Knockaert in the sixth minute we started to put the visitors under pressure. 

In the ninth minute we came close to breaking the deadlock. A teasing ball carved the Reading defence open and Aleksandar Mitrović was through on goal. After taking a touch he looked to fire into the bottom left hand corner. Rafael Cabral was alert to the danger and produced a solid save to parry the effort. His block fell kindly to Bobby Decordova-Reid who took a quick shot. Rafael once again stood firm but the ball found its way back to Decordova-Reid, who hit the post with his follow-up. 

In the 14th minute we were behind very much against the run of play. A quick counter attack from the edge of their own box culminated in Swift sweeping home with a deflection off the leg of Tim Ream. A slow paced attack down the left with the Royals attackers given too much time and space to work an opening. 

In the 19th minute we were dealt a blow in our quest to work our way back into the match. Harrison Reed, who had recently returned from injury, pulled up and limped off the pitch with an apparent calf ailment. Matt O’Riley was brought on to replace the midfielder for his league debut. 

The goal strengthened the resolve of a resolute Reading defensive structure and for the next 10 minutes we were unable to find a way through and generate any chances of merit. The frustration grew and we began to force the issue somewhat when entering the final third. 

As the referee brought the first half to a close the visitors were in the ascendancy and looking comfortable soaking up the pressure and looking to catch us on the counter. It would take patience and a cutting edge to break down a well organised and structured Reading outfit. 

The second half started in the worst possible fashion. Ovie Ejaria produced some superb footwork to beat Cyrus Christie on the edge of the box and calmly eased further into the box before playing a lovely ball across the box and into the path of Adam who lashed a strike home. It was all far too easy. 

With time ticking down and Reading in apparent control, we hit back. Cavaleiro, who had been brought on to replace Joe Bryan, was given space to work his way down the left wing. After cutting inside unchallenged the winger picked out the bottom right-hand corner with a low drive. Hope swelled around the Cottage as the fans sensed an avenue back into the encounter. 

We were unable to build momentum from the goal and Reading were able to regain their composure defensively. With a little bit of gamesmanship and time wasting sprinkled in they were able to weather the storm. A half-hearted appeal for a penalty from Mitro was the only real talking point of the next 10 minutes that ensued. 

In the 85th minute Cavaleiro came close to grabbing his second goal of the game. A cross fell to the Portuguese attacker on the edge of the opposition box. After steadying the ball with a neat cross he unleashed a fizzing drive with very little back-lift. The ball beat Rafael and struck the base of the post cleanly and fell to Kamara. The powerful striker rushed his effort and his shot went over the bar. 

We continued to prod and push as time wound down and in the first minute of additional time Mitro produced a goalbound header that was brilliantly pushed onto the bar by Cabral. It proved to be the last chance of the game. A disappointing way to kick of 2020. 

We will look to get back on track as we host Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon. 

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Wednesday 1 January 2020
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 18,575

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Fulham

Line-up: Rodák; Christie, Odoi, Ream, Bryan (Cavaleiro 57'); De Cordova-Reid, Reed (O'Riley 19' (De La Torre 83')), Johansen; Knockaert, Mitrovic, Kamara

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Mawson, McDonald, Harris

Manager: Scott Parker

Reading

Line-up: Rafael Cabral; Gunter, Morrison, Moore, Blackett; Pelé, Adam (Rinomhota 63'); Meite (Miazga 68'), Swift, Ovie Ejaria; Lucas João (Baldock 84')

Unused substitutes: Walker, Obita, McCleary, Boyé

Manager: Mark Bowen

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Leeds United 25 51
2 West Bromwich Albion 25 51
3 Brentford 26 43
4 Nottingham Forest 25 43
5 Fulham 26 42
6 Millwall 26 40
7 Sheffield Wednesday 26 39
8 Hull City 26 39
9 Preston North End 26 39
10 Swansea City 25 38
11 Bristol City 26 38
12 Cardiff City 26 37
13 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
14 Reading 25 35
15 Queens Park Rangers 26 35
16 Middlesbrough 26 33
17 Derby County 25 30
18 Birmingham City 26 29
19 Charlton Athletic 25 28
20 Huddersfield Town 26 28
21 Stoke City 26 24
22 Wigan Athletic 26 23
23 Barnsley 25 21
24 Luton Town 26 21
Goals
1
2
Total Shots
20
11
Shots On Target
6
3
Passing Accuracy
83%
65%
Fouls
15
11
Corners
9
2
Offsides
1
3
Bookings
4
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 12Marek Rodák
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 14Bobby De Cordova-Reid
  • 21Harrison Reed
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 24Anthony Knockaert
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 5Alfie Mawson
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 33Matt O'Riley
  • 36Luca De La Torre
  • 46Jayden Harris
  • 19Ivan Cavaleiro
Manager
  • Scott Parker
Reading (4-2-3-1)
  • 33Rafael Cabral
  • 2Chris Gunter
  • 4Michael Morrison
  • 6Liam Moore
  • 24Tyler Blackett
  • 29Pelé
  • 26Charlie Adam
  • 19Yakou Meite
  • 10John Swift
  • 14Ovie Ejaria
  • 31Lucas João
Substitutes
  • 1Sam Walker
  • 5Matt Miazga
  • 11Jordan Obita
  • 8Andy Rinomhota
  • 12Garath McCleary
  • 9Sam Baldock
  • 18Lucas Boyé
Manager
  • Mark Bowen
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, Reading 2.
  • 90'+7' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Reading 2.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 90'+4' Michael Morrison (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
  • 90'+2' Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+2' Michael Morrison (Reading) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+1' Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading).
  • 90'+1' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.
  • 87' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.
  • 87' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Liam Moore.
  • 85' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 85' Foul by Sam Baldock (Reading).
  • 85' Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.
  • 85' Attempt saved. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 84' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Liam Moore.
  • 84' Substitution, Reading. Sam Baldock replaces Lucas João because of an injury.
  • 83' Substitution, Fulham. Luca De La Torre replaces Matt O'Riley.
  • 81' Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 81' Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading).
  • 77' Attempt missed. Matt O'Riley (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara.
  • 76' Lucas João (Reading) is shown the yellow card.
  • 76' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 76' Foul by Lucas João (Reading).
  • 76' Foul by Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham).
  • 76' Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 75' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Rafael Cabral.
  • 73' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 73' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation.
  • 71' Attempt saved. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 70' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt O'Riley with a cross.
  • 69' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 69' Lucas João (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 68' Substitution, Reading. Matt Miazga replaces Yakou Meite.
  • 68' Pelé (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 67' Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 67' Foul by Pelé (Reading).
  • 66' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
  • 64' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 64' Michael Morrison (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Substitution, Reading. Andy Rinomhota replaces Charlie Adam.
  • 63' Attempt missed. Liam Moore (Reading) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by John Swift with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 62' Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 62' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).
  • 62' Charlie Adam (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 61' Goal! Fulham 1, Reading 2. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.
  • 57' Substitution, Fulham. Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Joe Bryan.
  • 56' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 56' Foul by Lucas João (Reading).
  • 56' Offside, Reading. Liam Moore tries a through ball, but Lucas João is caught offside.
  • 54' Attempt missed. Lucas João (Reading) left footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Ovie Ejaria with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 53' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 53' Lucas João (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 51' Offside, Reading. Lucas João tries a through ball, but Yakou Meite is caught offside.
  • 48' Goal! Fulham 0, Reading 2. Charlie Adam (Reading) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ovie Ejaria.
  • 48' Attempt missed. Liam Moore (Reading) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by John Swift with a cross following a corner.
  • 47' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
  • 46' Offside, Reading. Yakou Meite tries a through ball, but Lucas João is caught offside.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Reading 1.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Reading 1.
  • 45'+2' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.
  • 45'+1' Attempt blocked. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 45' Joe Bryan (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 44' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 44' Ovie Ejaria (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 44' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 44' Attempt blocked. Ovie Ejaria (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pelé.
  • 40' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a corner.
  • 40' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.
  • 39' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.
  • 38' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 38' Foul by Lucas João (Reading).
  • 37' Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.
  • 35' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 35' Charlie Adam (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 32' Offside, Fulham. Aleksandar Mitrovic tries a through ball, but Aboubakar Kamara is caught offside.
  • 31' Attempt missed. Lucas João (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by John Swift with a cross.
  • 30' Foul by Matt O'Riley (Fulham).
  • 30' Pelé (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 29' Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.
  • 28' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 28' Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 27' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 27' Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).
  • 26' Attempt missed. Liam Moore (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 25' Hand ball by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 23' Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.
  • 22' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.
  • 21' Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Reading) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Moore.
  • 19' Substitution, Fulham. Matt O'Riley replaces Harrison Reed because of an injury.
  • 17' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 17' Foul by Lucas João (Reading).
  • 16' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Liam Moore.
  • 14' Goal! Fulham 0, Reading 1. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tyler Blackett.
  • 13' Attempt blocked. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Denis Odoi.
  • 13' Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.
  • 12' Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 12' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 12' Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).
  • 10' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 10' Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 9' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 9' Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 9' Attempt saved. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 9' Attempt saved. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 9' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a through ball.
  • 8' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 8' Lucas João (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 5' Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Harrison Reed following a corner.
  • 4' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Morrison.
  • 3' Harrison Reed (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 3' Foul by John Swift (Reading).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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