Saturday 29 February 2020, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship - EFL
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
o.g. Nugent 58'; Kamara 90'+5
Preston North End
0

58' Own-goal

David Nugent

90'+5 Goal

Aboubakar Kamara

9' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Cyrus Christie
Off:Joe Bryan

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Anthony Knockaert

90'+1 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kevin McDonald
Off:Harry Arter

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jayden Stockley
Off:David Nugent

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Scott Sinclair
Off:Sean Maguire

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Harrop
Off:Brad Potts

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Aboubakar Kamara bagged the points at the death after an own goal had put Fulham ahead early into the second half against Preston on Saturday afternoon.

Aboubakar Kamara bagged the points at the death after an own goal had put Fulham ahead early into the second half against Preston North End.

Anthony Knockaert’s corner was headed into his own net from David Nugent on 59 minutes after pressure from Cyrus Christie amongst others. 

And Kamara put a cherry on top in the final minute to cap a good day at the office.

Scott Parker named an unchanged side from Wednesday night’s thrilling victory over Swansea, searching for more of the same from his men.

It took until the fourth minute for the first half-chance to present itself. Ivan Cavaleiro won the ball back deep after giving it away and Bobby Decordova-Reid broke with pace. His one-two with Knockaert didn’t quite come off, though, and 'keeper Declan Rudd collected.

Shortly after it was the visitors' turn to counter. Tom Barkhuizen glided past Joe Bryan down the right and played in Brad Potts. Thankfully though, Michael Hector was there to make a goal-saving block from Potts’ shot.

The reason Barkhuizen got past Bryan so calmly became clear moments later as the left-back had gone down hurt, forcing an early substitute to be made as Christie entered the field at right-back. Denis Odoi switched to the left.

Preston were dangerous, and a corner caused further problems. Nugent flicked on Daniel Johnson’s delivery to Sean Maguire at the back post who tapped home, only for it to be ruled offside.

Just after 20 minutes came the best Fulham chance of the contest so far. Christie slotted in Decordova-Reid 15 yards out, but his left-footed curler sailed wide of the right post.

Christie had definitely made an impact since coming on. He stormed into the box through Preston bodies but was brought down. The ball broke to Aleksandar Mitrović who shot first time on the turn, but it was blocked and cleared.

Alex Neil’s team were proving tricky to deal with. Andrew Hughes’ looping cross from the left eventually went to Alan Browne. His half volley bounced tamely through to Marek Rodák and it was another let-off.

On the cusp of half-time, Christie probed the Preston defence yet again. This time the substitute managed to whip a shot from an acute angle down the right, which Rudd had to be alert for.

It was a cagey opening to the second half with neither side building up much steam. On 55 minutes, Cavaleiro’s short corner allowed Tom Cairney to float one in towards the in-form Mitrović, but he couldn’t get any purchase on his header towards goal.

Three minutes later, and from another corner, came Fulham’s opener. This time it was Knockaert asking the questions with an in-swinger from the right and, as Nugent attempted to clear, his header glided into the top left past Rudd for 1-0.

And Fulham kept knocking on the Preston door. A succession of crosses from Cairney, Christie and Cavaleiro peppered the box but to no avail.

We had a swagger about us now. Christie yet again did well to intercept the ball on the halfway line and drive towards goal, seeing his shot deflected for a corner. The set-piece found Hector’s head at the far post. He teed it up to allow Christie to shoot again, but this time his volley went narrowly over the bar.

After 78 minutes a second Fulham swap came as Kamara replaced Knockaert.

Captain Cairney took a chance from long range with a 35-yard strike which went comfortably amiss of the Preston sticks.

Cavaleiro broke into the box with five minutes left on the clock but slipped at the vital moment as his right foot unwound to strike.

Rodák made a massive save from Patrick Bauer’s close-range header after substitute Josh Harrop delivered a wicked cross into the danger zone.

With seconds remaining Fulham’s victory and an important three points were sealed with a second. 

Kamara jetted down the left from our own half as Preston had gambled all men forward for a corner and found himself clear on goal. He squared it to Cavaleiro who busted a lung to keep up, before returning the favour, putting it on a plate for Kamara to smash home.

What a huge three points this could prove to be in the promotion push.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 29 February 2020
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 19,020

Referee: David Webb

Fulham

Line-up: Rodák; Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan (Christie 9'); De Cordova-Reid, Arter (McDonald 90'), Cairney; Knockaert (Kamara 78'), Mitrovic, Cavaleiro

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Steven Sessegnon, Kebano, Johansen

Manager: Scott Parker

Preston North End

Line-up: Rudd; Fisher, Bauer, Davies, Hughes; Browne, Johnson; Tom Barkhuizen, Potts (Harrop 83'), Maguire (Sinclair 72'); Nugent (Stockley 66')

Unused substitutes: Ripley, Clarke, Huntington, Ledson

Manager: Alex Neil

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 West Bromwich Albion 36 69
2 Leeds United 36 68
3 Fulham 36 63
4 Nottingham Forest 35 59
5 Brentford 36 57
6 Preston North End 36 56
7 Bristol City 36 54
8 Blackburn Rovers 36 53
9 Swansea City 36 52
10 Millwall 36 51
11 Cardiff City 36 51
12 Sheffield Wednesday 36 48
13 Derby County 36 48
14 Queens Park Rangers 36 47
15 Birmingham City 36 47
16 Reading 36 45
17 Huddersfield Town 36 42
18 Hull City 36 41
19 Wigan Athletic 36 40
20 Charlton Athletic 36 39
21 Stoke City 36 39
22 Middlesbrough 35 37
23 Barnsley 36 34
24 Luton Town 36 34
Goals
2
0
Total Shots
15
8
Shots On Target
4
2
Passing Accuracy
77%
67%
Fouls
11
6
Corners
7
3
Offsides
1
2
Bookings
0
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 12Marek Rodák
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 3Michael Hector
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 14Bobby De Cordova-Reid
  • 18Harry Arter
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 24Anthony Knockaert
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 19Ivan Cavaleiro
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 43Steven Sessegnon
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Scott Parker
Preston North End (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Declan Rudd
  • 2Darnell Fisher
  • 21Patrick Bauer
  • 6Ben Davies
  • 16Andrew Hughes
  • 8Alan Browne
  • 11Daniel Johnson
  • 29Tom Barkhuizen
  • 44Brad Potts
  • 24Sean Maguire
  • 35David Nugent
Substitutes
  • 25Connor Ripley
  • 5Tom Clarke
  • 23Paul Huntington
  • 10Josh Harrop
  • 18Ryan Ledson
  • 20Jayden Stockley
  • 31Scott Sinclair
Manager
  • Alex Neil
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, Preston North End 0.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Preston North End 0.
  • 90'+5' Goal! Fulham 2, Preston North End 0. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro following a fast break.
  • 90'+4' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).
  • 90'+4' Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+1' Substitution, Fulham. Kevin McDonald replaces Harry Arter.
  • 88' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 88' Josh Harrop (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 87' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Patrick Bauer.
  • 86' Harry Arter (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 86' Foul by Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End).
  • 85' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 84' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
  • 83' Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Harrop replaces Brad Potts.
  • 80' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 80' Foul by Ben Davies (Preston North End).
  • 79' Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.
  • 78' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Anthony Knockaert.
  • 75' Attempt missed. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.
  • 74' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Davies.
  • 74' Attempt blocked. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
  • 73' Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 72' Substitution, Preston North End. Scott Sinclair replaces Sean Maguire.
  • 69' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 69' Foul by Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End).
  • 66' Substitution, Preston North End. Jayden Stockley replaces David Nugent.
  • 64' Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Fulham).
  • 64' Andrew Hughes (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 58' Own Goal by David Nugent, Preston North End. Fulham 1, Preston North End 0.
  • 57' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sean Maguire.
  • 56' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.
  • 56' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Barkhuizen.
  • 53' Foul by Michael Hector (Fulham).
  • 53' Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 52' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.
  • 49' Foul by Harry Arter (Fulham).
  • 49' Brad Potts (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 46' Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Preston North End 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Preston North End 0.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).
  • 45'+1' Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 45'+1' Hand ball by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).
  • 45' Attempt saved. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 44' Foul by Harry Arter (Fulham).
  • 44' Brad Potts (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 40' Attempt saved. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 39' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 39' Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 39' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.
  • 37' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 37' David Nugent (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 34' Attempt blocked. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 32' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 32' Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 31' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darnell Fisher.
  • 30' Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 30' Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).
  • 29' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 29' Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).
  • 27' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.
  • 26' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Foul by David Nugent (Preston North End).
  • 23' Attempt missed. Patrick Bauer (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen following a set piece situation.
  • 23' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).
  • 23' Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 21' Attempt missed. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
  • 20' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Davies.
  • 14' Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.
  • 13' Attempt saved. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen with a cross.
  • 12' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Ivan Cavaleiro is caught offside.
  • 9' Offside, Preston North End. David Nugent tries a through ball, but Sean Maguire is caught offside.
  • 9' Attempt missed. David Nugent (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Johnson with a cross following a corner.
  • 9' Substitution, Fulham. Cyrus Christie replaces Joe Bryan because of an injury.
  • 7' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Michael Hector.
  • 7' Attempt blocked. Brad Potts (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 7' Attempt blocked. Brad Potts (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 6' Attempt blocked. Brad Potts (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 1' Offside, Preston North End. Patrick Bauer tries a through ball, but Sean Maguire is caught offside.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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