Fulham beaten by Sheff Wed ~ Ch. Match Report MD25

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Match Report

Fulham (0) 0-1 (1) Sheffield Wednesday

Championship Match Day 25 1516 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 2nd January 2016    KO: 15:00

Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset)


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New Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic lost his first game in charge as play-off chasing Sheffield Wednesday recorded a deserved 1-0 victory at Craven Cottage.

A sublime first-half strike from Ross Wallace settled the match as Wednesday's third win in four matches moved them within four points of the top six.

Jokanovic, who was confirmed as head coach earlier this week, received a warm reception from the home fans, but Fulham failed to reproduce the flowing, attacking football that saw them register their first win in 10 matches against Rotherham on Tuesday.

Defeat against the Owls saw Fulham drop to 19th in the table, just six above the drop zone, and they take on Wednesday once again next week in the FA Cup.

It was a cagey opening and the first hint of a chance arrived on five minutes as former Fulham target Gary Hooper slipped the wrong side of his marker, but his looping header from Liam Palmer's cross fell the wrong side of the post.

Fulham began to assert themselves and Sakari Mattila, making just his fourth Championship start following his summer arrival, was prominent in the early exchanges as he broke up the play and started attacks.

Match Stats Fulham Sheff Wed
Goals (0) 0 1 (1)
 
Scorers   Wallace 29
 
Goal attempts 11 14
On target 1 6
Shooting Accuracy 9% 43%
Possession 69% 31%
Passes 594 267
Pass Success 81% 64%
Crosses 20 15
Crosses Success 20% 33%
Corners 4 7
Tackles 12 19
Tackles Success 67% 74%
Saves 5 1
Fouls 15 13
Offsides 3 5
Yellows 2 1
Reds 0 0
source: Soccernet/Fulham FC
On 14 minutes, Mattila released Alex Kacaniklic, whose cross was perfect but Jamie O'Hara shot narrowly wide.

Emerson Hyndman had a decent strike well saved by visiting keeper Joe Wildsmith and O'Hara once again tried his luck from distance, shaving the outside of the post with a powerful left-footed strike.

But Wednesday are flying high under manager Carlos Carvalhal for a reason.

In the first 30 minutes they were organised and fiercely competitive in midfield, while wide-men Wallace and Fernando Forestieri added guile to their attacks -something the former demonstrated perfectly in the 29th minute.

Wallace cut in from the right onto his stronger left foot and unleashed a wonderful strike from 30 yards - a shot Fulham goalkeeper Andy Lonergan could get nowhere near.

Fulham, who did not do much wrong in the first half, momentarily thought they had levelled, but Ross McCormack's effort from Moussa Dembele's through ball was chalked off for offside.

Possession but little penetration hindered Fulham after the break and it was Wednesday who almost doubled their lead.

Barry Bannan produced the pass of the match as his 40-yard through ball dropped perfectly at the feet of Hooper, but his first touch was heavy and Lonergan sprinted off his line, narrowed the angle and blocked the shot.

The visitors were the better team and Hooper, on loan from Norwich, should have scored a second for Wednesday when he latched on Atdhe Nuhiu's flick-on, but his lob wasn't quite high enough and Lonergan saved.

Jokanovic utilised his bench as Scott Parker, Luke Garbutt and Cauley Woodrow attempted to find a way through the Wednesday rearguard.

Woodrow, perhaps unlucky not to start following his brace against Rotherham, came closest, but his free header from Jazz Richards' cross was directed over the bar.

Fulham: Lonergan; Jazz Richards, Stearman, Burn, Ream; Kacaniklic (Woodrow 77'), Mattila (Garbutt 71'), O'Hara (Parker 63'), Hyndman; McCormack, Dembele
Subs not used:: Lewis, Hutchinson, Christensen, Matt Smith

Booked: Burn (60,f), McCormack (78,f)

Sheffield Wednesday: Wildsmith; Palmer, Sasso, Loovens, Pudil; Wallace (Sougou 76'), Bannan, Lee, Forestieri (Helan 90'); Hooper, Nuhiu (Lucas João 88')
Subs not used: Price, Hutchinson, Josè Semedo, Wiggins

Scorer: Wallace 29 ( left footed shot from long range on the right to the top right corner. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.)

Booked: Bannan (45+2,f)

Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset)

Attendance: 19,263




















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