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Championship - Wednesday 01st February 2017, 7:45 PM
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Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

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Burton Albion (0) 0-2 (0) Fulham

Championship Match Day 28 1617 at Pirelli Stadium

Wednesday 1st February 2017    KO: 19:45

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen
Fulham midfielder
Stefan Johansen
Stefan Johansen
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Second-half goals from Stefan Johansen and Scott Malone took Fulham to within three points of the Sky Bet Championship play-offs as they condemned Burton Albion to a fifth successive home league defeat.

Norwegian international Johansen unerringly drilled home just three minutes into the second half, Fulham ruthlessly capitalising on some sloppy Burton defending on the halfway line. Sone Aluko intercepted a wayward pass and burst towards the box, eventually crossing low for Johansen to finish from the edge of the box.

Malone made the game safe with just under 20 minutes remaining, finishing off a rapid counter attack as the visitors outnumbered Albion, Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon finding the full-back's overlapping run inviting him to ruthlessly lash the ball home to seal a 2-0 result.

Fulham defender Scott Malone
Fulham defender
Scott Malone
Scott Malone
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Following their victory at QPR on Saturday, the Brewers were unable to call upon their Fulham loan duo of Lasse Vigen Christensen and Cauley Woodrow to face their parent club, whilst deadline-day signing Michael Kightly was not signed in time to be eligible to make his debut.

For Nigel Clough's men it was another opportunity squandered to register successive league wins and they remain three points above the drop zone having played two games more than nearest rivals Wigan Athletic.

Chances were sparse in the opening 45 minutes.

Whilst Fulham shaded possession and looked more comfortable on the ball they failed to force home goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin into a save in the first half.

Match Stats Burton Fulham
Goals (0) 0 2 (0)
Scorers   Johansen 48
    Malone 71
Goal attempts 11 19
On target 3 4
Shooting Accuracy 18% 22%
Possession 32% 68%
Passes 295 616
Pass Success 68% 83%
Crosses 10 19
Crosses Success 20% 21%
Corners 5 8
Tackles 11 10
Tackles Success 73% 50%
Saves 2 3
Fouls 9 7
Offsides 5 2
Yellows 1 0
Reds 0 0
source: Fulham FC/SkySport
Former Burton loanee Malone twice went close to marking his return to the Pirelli Stadium with a first-half goal but two volleyed shots from the edge of the box failed to find the target before the defender finally got his goal in the second half.

Skipper Tom Cairney also missed with a curling effort from 22 yards, a deflection carrying his effort further off target.

Johansen went close to doubling his tally on two occasions, an arcing shot across goal missing the far post and another driven effort just tipped round the post by McLaughlin as Fulham went in search of more goals.

Piazon was denied by the legs of the Burton keeper as the visitors looked to put a gloss on the result and Cairney's audacious lob from the edge of the box landed just on the roof of the net as Burton were forced to defend more and more.

Substitute Chris O'Grady flashed a shot wide with seven minutes to go in the hope of getting the hosts back into it but Fulham, who had produced one of the best away performances seen at the Pirelli Stadium this season, never looked in any serious danger of relinquishing their control of the final result.

Burton Albion: McLaughlin, Flanagan, Mousinho, Turner, McCrory, Palmer, Murphy (Tom Naylor 74), Akins, Irvine, Dyer (Will Miller 78), Sordell (O'Grady 63)
Unused substitutes: Bywater, Barker, Williamson, Myers-Harness

Booked: O'Grady (67,f)

Fulham: Button, Fredericks (Odoi 90), Kalas, Ream, Malone, McDonald, Johansen, Sone Aluko (Floyd Ayité 85), Cairney, Lucas Piazon, Martin
Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Madl, Ryan Sessegnon, Parker, Petsos

Johansen 48 (left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.)
Malone 71 ( left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.)

Referee:: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Attendance:: 3,725

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