Saturday 10 August 2019, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship - EFL
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Cairney 34'; Mitrovic 81'
Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers
0

34' Goal

Tom Cairney
Assist by Harry Arter

81' Goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic

62' Substitution

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

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Harrison Reed
Off:Ivan Cavaleiro

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Maxime Le Marchand
Off:Anthony Knockaert

61' Yellow Card

Bradley Johnson Card was given for a foul

86' Yellow Card

Elliott Bennett Card was given for a foul

65' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Ben Brereton
Off:Joe Rothwell

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stewart Downing
Off:Amari'i Bell

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Danny Graham
Off:Lewis Travis

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Fulham claimed all three points at a blustery Craven Cottage thanks to goals from Tom Cairney and Aleksandar Mitrović.

Fulham claimed all three points at a blustery Craven Cottage thanks to goals from Tom Cairney and Aleksandar Mitrović. 

 

It was Fulham’s captain who broke the deadlock with a sensational strike in the first-half, firing in a left-footed effort from distance in front of the Hammersmith End. 

 

Joe Bryan set up the second late on with a blistering run, his low cross found Aleksandar Mitrović who slammed the ball home. 

 

Scott Parker made three changes to the side that lost to Barnsley the previous weekend with Tim Ream, Anthony Knockaert and debutant Harry Arter all given a start. 

 

Two of Fulham’s transfer deadline day signings were named among the replacements as Bobby Decordova-Reid and Harrison Reed were introduced to Craven Cottage. 

 

Blackburn were also coming off a defeat from the opening weekend and looking to get off the mark themselves in the Championship.  

 

Fulham threatened in the 12thminute after winning the ball back deep in their own half, the Whites produced some silky build-up play sending Knockaert racing down the wing, his cut back almost found a sliding Stefan Johansen but Rovers cleared the danger. 

 

Mitrović charged up the centre of the pitch in the 23rdminute but his shot failed to hit the target, Fulham won the ball back from the resulting goal-kick but Knockaert’s chance from inside the box was also wide. 

 

It was a moment of Magic from Cairney in the 35thminute to break the deadlock, Arter did well to get away from two Rovers defenders and find Cairney, the captain lined up his shot and picked out the top right corner of the goal from 25 yards. 

 

A constant threat down the right all game, Adam Armstrong went close in the 53rdminute but his shot from the edge of the box trickled wide of Marcus Bettinelli’s far-post. 

 

Bradley Johnson picked up a yellow in the 61stminute for a high boot on Johansen, the Norwegian was then replaced by Decordova-Reid who was making his debut. 

 

Blackburn made their first change in the 65thminute as Ben Brereton replaced Joe Rothwell. 

 

Fulham were looking to build up the play and after some nice touches in their own half, they broke in the 65thminute, the ball eventually found Knockaert who cut in on his left foot, but his shot elevated over the crossbar. 

 

Five minutes later Blackburn brought on Stuart Downing at left-back in place of Amari’I Bell, and then three minutes later Tony Mowbray brought on Danny Graham for Lewis Travis. 

 

With 11 minutes to go Harrison Reed came on to make his Fulham debut, playing against the side he was on loan at last season, in place of Ivan Cavaleiro. 

 

Fulham got their crucial second goal in the 82ndminute, Joe Bryan tore through the middle of the pitch and cut the ball back for an oncoming Mitrović who slammed home in front of the Putney End. 

 

Maxime Le Marchand was introduced with six minutes to go, he replaced Knockaert who received a standing ovation from the Craven Cottage crowd. 

 

Blackburn’s captain Elliott Bennett was shown a yellow card in the 86thminute for chopping down Mitrović. 

 

Decordova-Reid had a chance late on to open his Fulham account but his shot fell wide of the far-post and an on-rushing Christian Walton did well to put him off. 

 

With five minutes of added time the Fulham faithful had to wait to applaud their team off, but the Whites saw out the game and picked up their first win of the season. 

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 10 August 2019
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 17,987

Referee: Keith Stroud

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Odoi, Mawson, Ream, Bryan; Arter; Knockaert (Le Marchand 84'), Johansen (De Cordova-Reid 62'), Cairney, Cavaleiro (Reed 79'); Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Rodák, Christie, McDonald, Ayité

Manager: Scott Parker

Blackburn Rovers

Line-up: Walton; Bennett, Tosin Adarabioyo, Williams, Bell (Downing 71'); Travis (Danny Graham 74'), Johnson; Armstrong, Dack, Rothwell (Brereton 65'); Gallagher

Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Platt, Corry Evans, Buckley

Manager: Tony Mowbray

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Sheffield Wednesday 2 6
2 Charlton Athletic 2 6
3 Leeds United 2 4
4 Queens Park Rangers 2 4
5 West Bromwich Albion 2 4
6 Birmingham City 2 4
7 Derby County 2 4
8 Millwall 2 4
9 Swansea City 2 4
10 Preston North End 2 3
11 Fulham 2 3
12 Cardiff City 2 3
13 Hull City 2 3
14 Brentford 2 3
15 Barnsley 2 3
16 Wigan Athletic 2 3
17 Luton Town 2 1
18 Middlesbrough 2 1
19 Huddersfield Town 2 1
20 Nottingham Forest 2 1
21 Bristol City 2 1
22 Reading 2 0
23 Stoke City 2 0
24 Blackburn Rovers 2 0
Goals
2
0
Total Shots
12
10
Shots On Target
2
0
Passing Accuracy
83%
72%
Fouls
9
15
Corners
5
5
Offsides
2
1
Bookings
0
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-1-4-1)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 5Alfie Mawson
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 18Harry Arter
  • 24Anthony Knockaert
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 19Ivan Cavaleiro
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes
  • 12Marek Rodák
  • 20Maxime Le Marchand
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 21Harrison Reed
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 14Bobby De Cordova-Reid
Manager
  • Scott Parker
Blackburn Rovers (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Christian Walton
  • 31Elliott Bennett
  • 24Tosin Adarabioyo
  • 3Derrick Williams
  • 17Amari'i Bell
  • 27Lewis Travis
  • 4Bradley Johnson
  • 7Adam Armstrong
  • 23Bradley Dack
  • 8Joe Rothwell
  • 9Sam Gallagher
Substitutes
  • 13Jayson Leutwiler
  • 36Matthew Platt
  • 19Stewart Downing
  • 29Corry Evans
  • 39John Buckley
  • 10Danny Graham
  • 20Ben Brereton
Manager
  • Tony Mowbray
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 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Alfie Mawson (Fulham).
  • 90'+5' Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+5' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 90'+3' Offside, Fulham. Joe Bryan tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Brereton.
  • 89' Attempt missed. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic with a headed pass.
  • 87' Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Arter.
  • 87' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Stewart Downing.
  • 86' Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 86' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 86' Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 84' Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.
  • 84' Substitution, Fulham. Maxime Le Marchand replaces Anthony Knockaert.
  • 83' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 81' Goal! Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 0. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
  • 80' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 80' Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 80' Foul by Harry Arter (Fulham).
  • 80' Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 79' Substitution, Fulham. Harrison Reed replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 76' Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross.
  • 75' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Anthony Knockaert is caught offside.
  • 74' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Graham replaces Lewis Travis.
  • 73' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.
  • 72' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 72' Foul by Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 72' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Lewis Travis tries a through ball, but Bradley Dack is caught offside.
  • 71' Foul by Harry Arter (Fulham).
  • 71' Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 71' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Stewart Downing replaces Amari'i Bell.
  • 69' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tosin Adarabioyo.
  • 67' Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.
  • 65' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 65' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Brereton replaces Joe Rothwell because of an injury.
  • 64' Delay in match because of an injury Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 64' Delay in match because of an injury Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 62' Substitution, Fulham. Bobby De Cordova-Reid replaces Stefan Johansen.
  • 61' Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 61' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 61' Foul by Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 59' Attempt blocked. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 58' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 58' Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 57' Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
  • 54' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Amari'i Bell.
  • 53' Attempt missed. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bradley Dack.
  • 50' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
  • 48' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Elliott Bennett.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.
  • 45' Alfie Mawson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 45' Dangerous play by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 44' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 44' Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 43' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 43' Foul by Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 42' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 42' Tosin Adarabioyo (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 41' Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross.
  • 37' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 36' Delay in match because of an injury Harry Arter (Fulham).
  • 36' Harry Arter (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 36' Foul by Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 35' Alfie Mawson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 35' Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 34' Goal! Fulham 1, Blackburn Rovers 0. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Harry Arter following a corner.
  • 34' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Derrick Williams.
  • 32' Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 32' Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 29' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 28' Foul by Harry Arter (Fulham).
  • 28' Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 26' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 25' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.
  • 25' Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 24' Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Arter.
  • 23' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Bryan following a fast break.
  • 22' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 22' Foul by Tosin Adarabioyo (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 21' Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross.
  • 20' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 20' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 20' Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 17' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 17' Foul by Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 14' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Harry Arter.
  • 14' Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 12' Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 12' Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 10' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 9' Delay in match because of an injury Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 9' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 9' Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 5' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 5' Attempt blocked. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.
  • 3' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 3' Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 1' Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Armstrong with a cross.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.