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Championship - Saturday 04th March 2017, 3:00 PM
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Fulham
3
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Preston
 
Attendance: 20203
 
Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)
 

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Aluko
22
Goal
 
 
57
Sub On
Pearson
 
57
Sub Off
Browne
 
57
Sub On
Robinson
 
57
Sub Off
Horgan
Martin
60
Goal
 
 
68
Goal
Barkhuizen
Kebano
77
Goal
 
 
80
Yellow
Pearson (f)
Parker
80
Sub On
 
Johansen
80
Sub Off
 
 
81
Sub On
May
 
81
Sub Off
Hugill
Cyriac
84
Sub On
 
Martin
84
Sub Off
 
Odoi
88
Sub On
 
Aluko
88
Sub Off
 
 
93
Yellow
Cunningham (f)
 
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Match Report

Fulham (1) 3-1 (0) Preston North End

Championship Match Day 34 1617 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 4th March 2017    KO: 15:00

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)



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Chris Martin marked his return to the Fulham line-up with his side's second goal in a 3-1 victory over Preston to keep Slavisa Jokanovic's men in the hunt for a play-off place.

Martin, who was in dispute with Fulham in January after indicating he wanted to return to parent club Derby, was omitted from the squad for last weekend's trip to Cardiff.

But back in the starting XI, the striker doubled Fulham's lead on the hour with his 11th goal of the season after Sone Aluko had given the hosts a first-half lead.

Tom Barkhuizen brought Preston back into the game when he marked his full debut with a 67th-minute strike but Neeskens Kebano wrapped the win with a Fulham's third 12 minutes from time.

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Victory, which keeps the Cottagers in seventh place, five points adrift of the top six , was the perfect way for Fulham manager Jokanovic to mark his contract extension that will keep him at the club for the next two seasons.

But for Preston, defeat was a blow to their own hopes of making the play-offs with Simon Grayson's side now nine points off sixth spot.

Fulham looked the more convincing side as they totally dominated the first half and should have reached the interval with more than Aluko's goal to show for their efforts.

The breakthrough came in the 22nd minute after a well-worked move on the left-hand flank that saw Ryan Sessegnon release Kebano inside the area.

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The Fulham midfielder worked his way to the byline before pulling a low cross back towards Aluko who produced a clinical first-time finish to send the ball beyond keeper Chris Maxwell.

Maxwell had to be alert to prevent Tomas Kalas adding a second five minutes before the break when the defender met Kebano's corner with a near-post flick.

On that occasion Preston reacted positively, immediately breaking through Barkhuizen with Aiden McGeady capping the move by drawing a rare save from Fulham keeper David Button.

Match Stats Fulham Preston
Goals (1) 3 1 (0)
 
Scorers Aluko 22 Barkhuizen 68
  Martin 60  
Kebano 77  
 
Goal attempts 15 9
On target 9 4
Shooting Accuracy 60% 44%
Possession 71% 29%
Passes 651 272
Pass Success 87% 71%
Crosses 26 9
Crosses Success 15% 44%
Corners 9 1
Tackles 20 24
Tackles Success 65% 83%
Saves 3 6
Fouls 7 10
Offsides 1 6
Yellows 0 2
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
It was clear Preston needed to improve dramatically if they were to get anything from the game but the second half started ominously for the visitors when Kebano's snap-shot was pushed onto the bar by Maxwell.

Daryl Horgan did manage to threaten Button's goal as the visitors finally got onto the front foot but hopes of a comeback disappeared when Martin added a second Fulham goal on the hour.

The Scotland international was sent clear inside the Preston area by Ryan Fredericks' pass and produced a neat, right-foot finish to place the ball beyond Maxwell.

Preston's response was impressive with Barkhuizen reducing the deficit seven minutes later after running in behind the home defence to collect McGeady's through-ball before keeping his nerve and beating Button with a precise, low shot.

But Kebano settled any home nerves when he collected Aluko's pass and stabbed his shot through Maxwell's legs.



Fulham : Button, Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Sessegnon, Cairney, McDonald, Johansen (Parker 80) Aluko (Odoi 88), Martin (Cyriac 84), Kebano.
Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Malone, Madl, Sigurdsson

Goals:
Aluko 22 (left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano.)
Martin 60 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.)
Kebano 77 (left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko.)

Preston North End : Maxwell, Cunningham, Clarke, Huntington, Spurr, Barkhuizen, Browne (Pearson 57), Johnson, Horgan (Robinson 57), McGeady, Hugill (May 81)
Unused substitutes: Lindegaard, Boyle, Gallagher, Makienok

Goals:
Barkhuizen 68 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a through ball.)

Booked: Pearson (80,f), Cunningham (90+3,f)

Referee::Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

Attendance: 20,205






























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