Saturday 9 December 2017, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Sheyi Ojo 14'
Birmingham City
0

14' Goal

Sheyi Ojo
Assist by Neeskens Kebano

61' Yellow Card

Oliver Norwood Card was given for a foul

45'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Neeskens Kebano

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Rui Fonte
Off:Stefan Johansen

90'+1 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marcelo Djalo
Off:Sheyi Ojo

87' Yellow Card

David Davis Card was given for a foul

76' Missed Penalty

Jeremie Boga

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sam Gallagher
Off:Lukas Jutkiewicz

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jacques Maghoma
Off:Cohen Bramall

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A first half Sheyi Ojo strike was enough to see Fulham return to winning ways on a bitterly cold afternoon at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Fulham returned to winning ways on a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over relegation threatened Birmingham City.

A first-half Sheyi Ojo strike was enough to separate the two sides and see the Whites secure a valuable three points.

Slaviša Jokanović made two changes from the side that fell to defeat against Brentford in the latest West London derby, welcoming back Tim Ream into the side to partner Tomáš Kalas in the heart of the Whites defence. The match also saw Marcus Bettinelli return to the starting XI in the league for the first time since the play-off heartache against Reading last season.

A tentative start to the match from both sides resulted in a fairly uneventful opening ten minutes. The most positive play coming from the flanks of the Fulham front three, with Neeskens Kebano and Ojo both beating their men on the wings to no avail as their crosses were hooked clear on both occasions.

Birmingham appeared perfectly contented to sit back and soak up pressure, however, their clear lack of ambition came back to haunt them in the 14th minute as the Whites broke the deadlock.

After a free kick deep in the Fulham half Ryan Sessegnon slowly meandered forward and rather than picking out Kebano he first fed Tom Cairney with a delightful low pass after he had found some space on the edge of the box. In turn the flamboyant midfielder finding his form once again slipped in Kebano down the left with a deft first-time flick. The Congolese attacker in turn picked his spot and riffled a ball across the face of goal. All it needed was a touch to divert it into the net and Ojo duly obliged to hand Fulham the lead.

It was almost a quick-fire double as minutes later Kevin McDonald surged towards the opposition box after an errand clearance. The powerful midfielder slipped an inch perfect ball into the path of Sessegnon who had ghosted past his defender, but didn’t connect cleanly and the chance was gone.

As the temperature plummeted with every passing minute it was Fulham who remained in control in the encounter as carved out a positive opening in the 37th minute. Ojo was unchallenged on the edge of the opposition area as an unmarked McDonald sprinted past him into the Birmingham box. However, his low left-footed cross was pounced on by David Stockdale and the chance was gone.

With the clock ticking down in the first half Fulham were denied by a solid reaction save by Stockdale after Kebano lashed a left-footed strike on goal after the Blues had failed to clear a corner. Without any interference in front of the big keeper it may have been a different story.

Unfortunately, that was the final action of the game that Kebano would see as he went down clutching his hamstring shortly after the opportunity. His injury saw the introduction of Aboubakar Kamara and moments later the end of the first half.

It was almost disaster for Fulham at the start of the second period. With Birmingham urged to press forward by the travelling fans an errand Kalas header back towards goal almost fell perfectly into the path of Jutkiewicz. However, Bettinelli reacted to the danger and punched clear just on the edge of his own box.

Another somewhat fortuitous chance fell to Fulham in the 57th minute. A solid tackle in the heart of the Fulham midfield fell kindly for Cairney in the midfield. He picked out an unmarked Johansen who in turn slid a pass into the path of Kamara. With hesitation he fizzed a first-time effort across the face of goal.

Seconds later Kamara was causing trouble again. After latching on to a loose ball on the edge of the box he played in Johansen unmarked just inside the area. He lashed a shot on target that Stockdale was again positioned expertly to deal with and he parried it behind for a corner.

With Fulham beginning to enjoying the lions share of possession a crucial second goal almost materialised in the 70th minute. Sessegnon was allowed time and space on the left wing to send a teasing ball across the six-yard box. Ojo met the ball first time with a left-footed strike but it sailed over.

The visitors somehow not back level against the run of play in the 75th minute. After failing to clear a low cross McDonald was adjudged to have brought down Nsue in the area.

The visiting fans were in raptures as Jeremie Boga stepped up to take the penalty. After a two step run up he blasted his effort well over the bar to the delight of the Cottage faithful.

The game opened up as Birmingham began committing more and more men forward in search of a precious equaliser and with seven minutes to go tension began to mount. More and more balls were being pumped up to Sam Gallagher which Ream and Kalas had to cope with.

The Whites introduced Marcelo Djalo in the dying stages to add an extra body to cope with the bombardment and after five minutes of stoppage time the 3 points belonged to Fulham.

Next up for Fulham is a trip to Sunderland in a weeks time as we look to string a run of victories together once again. 

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 9 December 2017
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 19,644

Referee: Tony Harrington

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Ryan Sessegnon; Norwood, McDonald, Cairney; Sheyi Ojo (Djalo 90'), Johansen (Rui Fonte 79'), Kebano (Kamara 45')

Unused substitutes: Button, Graham, Mollo, De La Torre

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Birmingham City

Line-up: Stockdale; Dacres-Cogley, Morrison, Grounds; Nsue, Davis, Kieftenbeld, Gleeson, Bramall (Maghoma 89'); Jutkiewicz (Gallagher 63'), Boga

Unused substitutes: Trueman, Ndoye, Lowe, Cotterill, Jota

Manager: Steve Cotterill

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 48
2 Cardiff City 20 43
3 Bristol City 21 40
4 Derby County 21 38
5 Aston Villa 21 37
6 Sheffield United 21 37
7 Leeds United 21 33
8 Middlesbrough 21 32
9 Ipswich Town 21 32
10 Preston North End 21 32
11 Nottingham Forest 21 30
12 Fulham 21 29
13 Brentford 21 27
14 Sheffield Wednesday 20 27
15 Reading 20 26
16 Norwich City 20 24
17 Millwall 21 23
18 Hull City 21 22
19 Queens Park Rangers 21 22
20 Barnsley 21 20
21 Bolton Wanderers 21 16
22 Birmingham City 21 16
23 Sunderland 21 15
24 Burton Albion 21 14
Goals
1
0
Total Shots
17
6
Shots On Target
4
1
Passing Accuracy
81%
64%
Fouls
13
14
Corners
11
7
Offsides
1
3
Bookings
1
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 19Sheyi Ojo
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
Substitutes
  • 27David Button
  • 23Marcelo Djalo
  • 17Jordan Graham
  • 22Yohan Mollo
  • 36Luca De La Torre
  • 9Rui Fonte
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Birmingham City (3-5-2)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 25Josh Dacres-Cogley
  • 28Michael Morrison
  • 3Jonathan Grounds
  • 2Nsue
  • 26David Davis
  • 6Maikel Kieftenbeld
  • 50Stephen Gleeson
  • 15Cohen Bramall
  • 10Lukas Jutkiewicz
  • 20Jeremie Boga
Substitutes
  • 39Connal Trueman
  • 17Cheikh Ndoye
  • 19Jacques Maghoma
  • 21Jason Lowe
  • 23David Cotterill
  • 27Jota
  • 18Sam Gallagher
Manager
  • Steve Cotterill
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, Birmingham City 0.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Birmingham City 0.
  • 90'+5' Offside, Birmingham City. David Stockdale tries a through ball, but Michael Morrison is caught offside.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 90'+4' Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+3' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City).
  • 90'+2' Attempt missed. Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.
  • 90'+1' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.
  • 90'+1' Substitution, Fulham. Marcelo Djalo replaces Sheyi Ojo.
  • 90' Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Sheyi Ojo.
  • 90' Attempt saved. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 89' Substitution, Birmingham City. Jacques Maghoma replaces Cohen Bramall.
  • 87' David Davis (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 87' Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 87' Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).
  • 86' Attempt missed. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara with a headed pass.
  • 85' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Morrison.
  • 84' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 84' Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).
  • 84' Attempt missed. Rui Fonte (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.
  • 84' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Maikel Kieftenbeld.
  • 83' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 83' Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).
  • 82' Attempt saved. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Grounds with a headed pass.
  • 81' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 79' Substitution, Fulham. Rui Fonte replaces Stefan Johansen.
  • 78' Attempt missed. Nsue (Birmingham City) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Gleeson with a cross following a corner.
  • 77' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 77' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 77' David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 76' Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) right footed shot is too high. Jeremie Boga should be disappointed.
  • 75' Penalty conceded by Kevin McDonald (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 75' Penalty Birmingham City. Nsue draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 72' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 72' Foul by Nsue (Birmingham City).
  • 71' Attempt missed. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon with a cross.
  • 70' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).
  • 69' Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.
  • 69' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nsue.
  • 67' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 66' Delay in match Tim Ream (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 65' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 64' Delay in match (Fulham).
  • 64' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 64' Nsue (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 64' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 64' Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).
  • 63' Offside, Birmingham City. David Stockdale tries a through ball, but Sam Gallagher is caught offside.
  • 63' Substitution, Birmingham City. Sam Gallagher replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
  • 61' Oliver Norwood (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 61' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).
  • 61' Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 60' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nsue.
  • 59' Oliver Norwood (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 59' Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).
  • 58' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara.
  • 57' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 57' Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 56' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.
  • 56' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 55' Delay in match Stefan Johansen (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 53' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).
  • 53' Nsue (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 50' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 50' Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 49' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 49' Cohen Bramall (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 46' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 46' Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).
  • 46' Hand ball by Sheyi Ojo (Fulham).
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Birmingham City 0.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Birmingham City 0.
  • 45'+2' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Neeskens Kebano because of an injury.
  • 45'+2' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 45'+1' Delay in match Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 45' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Stockdale.
  • 45' Attempt saved. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 44' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Cohen Bramall.
  • 42' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.
  • 42' Attempt blocked. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 42' Oliver Norwood (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 42' Foul by Cohen Bramall (Birmingham City).
  • 38' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 32' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Cohen Bramall.
  • 29' Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.
  • 28' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Maikel Kieftenbeld.
  • 26' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 26' David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 23' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 23' Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City).
  • 23' Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jeremie Boga with a cross.
  • 22' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 22' Cohen Bramall (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 21' Attempt missed. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin McDonald with a through ball.
  • 20' Offside, Fulham. Sheyi Ojo tries a through ball, but Tomas Kalas is caught offside.
  • 20' Attempt missed. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 19' Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.
  • 19' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 19' Foul by Cohen Bramall (Birmingham City).
  • 18' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 18' Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).
  • 18' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 14' Goal! Fulham 1, Birmingham City 0. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano with a cross.
  • 13' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 13' Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).
  • 10' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 10' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 10' David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 9' Offside, Birmingham City. David Stockdale tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.
  • 8' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 8' Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 7' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nsue.
  • 6' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Morrison.
  • 3' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Neeskens Kebano.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.