Saturday 8 February 2020, 3:00pm at Ewood Park, Blackburn
Sky Bet Championship - EFL
Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Mitrovic 65'

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Danny Graham
Off:Bradley Johnson

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dominic Samuel
Off:Joe Rankin-Costello

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ben Brereton
Off:Adam Armstrong

65' Goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic

79' Yellow Card

Bobby De Cordova-Reid Card was given for a foul

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Terence Kongolo
Off:Josh Onomah

86' Substitution

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

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Ivan Cavaleiro

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Aleksandar Mitrović’s 20th goal of the season earned Fulham a gritty 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

Aleksandar Mitrović’s 20th goal of the season earned Fulham a gritty 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

In what was always going to be a stern test against a side with one of the best home records in the Championship, chances were at a premium at Ewood Park, although Michael Hector did go close with a first half header.

After a decent Tom Cairney effort after the break, the deadlock was broken when Joe Bryan added yet another assist to his tally for the season, squaring for Mitrović to convert.

Rovers threw caution to the considerable wind thereafter and thought they’d scored through Darragh Lenihan, but the linesman’s flag kept Fulham’s clean sheet and three points intact.

Scott Parker made just the one change from the XI that started the Huddersfield Town win, with Tim Ream returning from suspension to take the place of Cyrus Christie – a move that saw Denis Odoi switch to right-back.

After a low key start to the game, Sam Gallagher’s header was a warning sign for Fulham on 10 minutes, with the striker’s glancing header from Ryan Nyambe’s cross landing on the roof of the net.

Two minutes later it was a Whites head causing problems, this time when Hector met Cairney’s corner, but his powerful stoop was repelled by home goalkeeper Christian Walton.

We went close again soon after with a move that began with some top notch defensive play from Hector, who made a big tackle, beat a man, and played a good ball forwards. It was eventually worked to Bobby Decordova-Reid in the box, whose cross took a deflection and needed tipping over by Walton.

Although neither side was playing badly, it was far from a thrilling first half, exemplified by the fact that two of the best chances would have been own goals, the second when Bradley Johnson’s header needed diverting around the post by Walton.

The second period took a while to show any signs of a higher tempo, but Cairney drew another save from Walton 12 minutes into it. It was well struck, but too close to the on-loan Brighton & Hove Albion man from an acute angle.

The Blackburn defence was putting in a battling display, but they were finally breached in the 65th minute as Fulham's patient approach play paid dividends. An inadvertent home toe sent Bryan scampering into space before cutting the ball across to Mitrović who controlled, swivelled, and slammed home.

With quarter of an hour to play Marek Rodák was called into a first save of the afternoon, getting down promptly to Gallagher’s low shot which was flying inside the near post.

Decordova-Reid was then shown a yellow card for a shoulder barge on Stewart Downing, before Parker’s first change saw a league debut for Terence Kongolo, who took the place of Josh Onomah.

It seemed as though Lenihan had drawn his side level after Fulham failed to clear their lines at a corner, but thankfully the Rovers captain had strayed offside before slotting home.

More fresh legs entered the field of play as the match reached the final five minutes, with Stefan Johansen coming on for Cairney.

The substitute could have wrapped things up when Ivan Cavaleiro put him in on goal after winning possession high up the pitch, but Walton made himself big to deny the Norwegian.

It mattered not, though, as the Whites held on to secure what could prove to be a vital three points.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 8 February 2020
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Ewood Park, Blackburn
Attendance: 13,087

Referee: Tony Harrington

Blackburn Rovers

Line-up: Walton; Nyambe, Lenihan, Tosin Adarabioyo, Bell; Travis, Johnson (Danny Graham 72'); Gallagher, Joe Rankin-Costello (Samuel 72'), Downing; Armstrong (Brereton 89')

Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Williams, Davenport, Bennett

Manager: Tony Mowbray

Fulham

Line-up: Rodák; Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan; Onomah (Kongolo 81'), McDonald, Cairney (Johansen 86'); Cavaleiro (Kamara 90'), Mitrovic, De Cordova-Reid

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Christie, Steven Sessegnon, Knockaert

Manager: Scott Parker

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 West Bromwich Albion 30 56
2 Leeds United 30 55
3 Fulham 31 55
4 Brentford 31 53
5 Nottingham Forest 30 51
6 Preston North End 31 50
7 Bristol City 31 50
8 Cardiff City 31 46
9 Swansea City 31 46
10 Millwall 30 45
11 Sheffield Wednesday 31 44
12 Blackburn Rovers 31 44
13 Derby County 31 43
14 Hull City 31 40
15 Birmingham City 31 40
16 Reading 31 39
17 Queens Park Rangers 31 38
18 Middlesbrough 31 36
19 Huddersfield Town 31 35
20 Stoke City 31 34
21 Charlton Athletic 31 33
22 Wigan Athletic 31 29
23 Barnsley 31 25
24 Luton Town 31 24
Goals
0
1
Total Shots
4
11
Shots On Target
1
4
Passing Accuracy
76%
80%
Fouls
8
14
Corners
4
6
Offsides
6
1
Bookings
0
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Blackburn Rovers (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Christian Walton
  • 2Ryan Nyambe
  • 26Darragh Lenihan
  • 24Tosin Adarabioyo
  • 17Amari'i Bell
  • 27Lewis Travis
  • 4Bradley Johnson
  • 9Sam Gallagher
  • 37Joe Rankin-Costello
  • 19Stewart Downing
  • 7Adam Armstrong
Substitutes
  • 13Jayson Leutwiler
  • 3Derrick Williams
  • 18Jacob Davenport
  • 31Elliott Bennett
  • 10Danny Graham
  • 12Dominic Samuel
  • 20Ben Brereton
Manager
  • Tony Mowbray
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 12Marek Rodák
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 3Michael Hector
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 25Josh Onomah
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 19Ivan Cavaleiro
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 14Bobby De Cordova-Reid
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 15Terence Kongolo
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 43Steven Sessegnon
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 24Anthony Knockaert
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Scott Parker
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, Blackburn Rovers 0, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+2' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Terence Kongolo.
  • 90' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 89' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a through ball.
  • 89' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Brereton replaces Adam Armstrong.
  • 86' Substitution, Fulham. Stefan Johansen replaces Tom Cairney.
  • 86' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 86' Foul by Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 85' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).
  • 85' Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 84' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
  • 83' Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 83' Foul by Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 83' Attempt blocked. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Armstrong.
  • 81' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Lewis Travis tries a through ball, but Darragh Lenihan is caught offside.
  • 81' Substitution, Fulham. Terence Kongolo replaces Josh Onomah.
  • 80' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
  • 79' Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 79' Foul by Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham).
  • 79' Stewart Downing (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 78' Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 77' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Darragh Lenihan tries a through ball, but Sam Gallagher is caught offside.
  • 76' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Tosin Adarabioyo tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.
  • 75' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marek Rodák.
  • 75' Attempt saved. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 72' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Graham replaces Bradley Johnson.
  • 72' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Dominic Samuel replaces Joe Rankin-Costello.
  • 70' Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.
  • 69' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
  • 69' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 69' Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 65' Goal! Blackburn Rovers 0, Fulham 1. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
  • 63' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 63' Joe Rankin-Costello (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 61' Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 61' Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 57' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Josh Onomah.
  • 54' Foul by Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham).
  • 54' Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 53' Foul by Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham).
  • 53' Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Attempt missed. Denis Odoi (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
  • 50' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Tosin Adarabioyo tries a through ball, but Adam Armstrong is caught offside.
  • 46' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Tosin Adarabioyo tries a through ball, but Adam Armstrong is caught offside.
  • Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Fulham 0.
  • 39' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.
  • 39' Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 37' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 37' Foul by Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 32' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 31' Foul by Michael Hector (Fulham).
  • 31' Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 28' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 28' Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 27' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Bobby De Cordova-Reid is caught offside.
  • 26' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 26' Joe Rankin-Costello (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 22' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).
  • 22' Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 19' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Christian Walton.
  • 17' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 17' Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 15' Joe Rankin-Costello (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 15' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 14' Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 14' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).
  • 13' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Tosin Adarabioyo tries a through ball, but Adam Armstrong is caught offside.
  • 12' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 12' Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 12' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.
  • 12' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Christian Walton.
  • 12' Attempt saved. Michael Hector (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.
  • 11' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.
  • 10' Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ryan Nyambe with a cross.
  • 9' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.
  • 8' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tosin Adarabioyo.
  • 8' Attempt blocked. Josh Onomah (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 7' Foul by Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 7' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 5' Joe Rankin-Costello (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 5' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 2' Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 2' Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 2' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.