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Premier League - Saturday 29th December 2018, 3:00 PM
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Huddersfield
 
Attendance: 24423
 
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
 

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Seri (f)
25
Yellow
 
Odoi (f)
44
Yellow
 
Kamara
45
Sub On
 
Seri
45
Sub Off
 
Le Marchand
45
Sub On
 
Mawson
45
Sub Off
 
Christie (f)
64
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65
Sub On
Depoitre
 
65
Sub Off
Mounie
 
65
Sub On
Kachunga
 
65
Sub Off
Pritchard
 
69
Yellow
Hogg (f)
R Sessegnon
77
Sub On
 
Vietto
77
Sub Off
 
Mitrovic
91
Goal
 
 
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Match Report

Fulham (0) 1-0 (0) Huddersfield Town

Premier League Match Day 20 1819 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 29th December 2018    KO: 15:00

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)




Aleksandar Mitrovic
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To judge this match by the scenes at the final whistle you might have thought a cup final had just taken place.

Fulham players were standing stock still in shock, half the Huddersfield team were on the floor.

It may have been only three points, and in truth it was an awful match, but clearly they meant a lot.

Aleksandar Mitrovic’s injury-time winner in this relegation fixture moved Fulham to within one point of the safety zone, and the manner of victory will give Claudio Ranieri’s team confidence.

For Huddersfield there was no disguising that belief is running out.

This was their seventh consecutive league defeat and David Wagner was visibly shellshocked in his post-match press conference.

Match Stats Fulham Huddersfield
Goals (0) 1 0 (0)
Scorers Mitrovic 90'+1
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Goal attempts 14 9
On target 5 5
Shooting Accuracy 36% 56%
Possession 44% 56%
Passes 393 528
Passes Success 75% 79%
Crosses 22 17
Crosses Success 27% 18%
Corners 4 3
Tackles 9 8
Tackles Success 89% 50%
Saves 5 4
Fouls 12 10
Offsides 3 2
Yellows 0 0
Reds 3 1
source: SkySports
In an unusual turn Ranieri chose to use his conference not to celebrate victory but to deliver a tough message on the primacy of team over individual. Aboubakar Kamara was the focus and the subject of a public dressing-down.

The French forward had won a late penalty for Fulham, rather dubiously after flicking the ball on to the arm of Huddersfield’s Chris Lowe.

But he then refused to give the ball to Mitrovic, the designated taker, and his kick was saved by Jonas Lössl.

It is safe to say his manager was not happy.

“It is not possible to explain what happened after we got the penalty – or maybe I should say it is easy when a man thinks only of himself‚” Ranieri said.

“It is not right.

He didn’t respect me, the club, his teammates, the crowd – he took the ball and just said: ‘I want to shoot.’

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He didn’t listen to reason.

“I don’t know if that is it, if it is finished or if it will continue.

Fulham striker Aboubakar Kamara
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Maybe I will take him away from the squad.

The other players are calm because we won – but not me.

It is not important whether we won or lost, it is important what you did and why.”

Ranieri at least found time to acknowledge the importance, and celebrate the contribution, of Mitrovic, who played through illness to end a barren run with his eighth league goal of the season.

Running on to Ryan Sessegnon’s defence-splitting pass – the teenager having been set free by Tom Cairney in a move reminiscent of Fulham’s promotion form of last season – he finished precisely and coolly between the legs of Lössl.

Ranieri said: “Mitrovic has played with a 39 degree fever but he is a strong man.”

For Wagner, there was little to be said at all.

“It’s very difficult.

I think it was a game where you’ve seen both teams are struggling at the minute in the Premier League with less clear-cut chances.

We were not able to create. This was the story of the game.

“Obviously it’s a low point. Not only because we’ve lost seven in a row but how we lost it. It’s a heavy loss we’ve conceded today.

We will need for sure a little bit longer than only 30 minutes afterwards to deal with it.”

With the Christmas fixtures unrelenting, Fulham now travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal on New Year’s Day while Huddersfield have yet another must-win game against Burnley.

Wagner will have to make sure his team have cleared their heads by then.

Fulham: Rico, Odoi, Mawson (Le Marchand 45), Ream, Christie, Chambers, Seri (Kamara 45), Bryan, Cairney, Vietto (R Sessegnon 77), Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Schurrle, Cisse, Ayite

Goals:
Mitrovic 90+1 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon following a fast break.)

Booked: Seri (25,f), Odoi (44,f), Christie (64,f)

Huddersfield Town: Lossl, Zanka, Schindler, Kongolo, Durm, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Billing, Lowe, Pritchard (Kachunga 65), Mounie (Depoitre 65)

Unused substitutes: Hamer, Stankovic, Bacuna, Mbenza, Diakhaby

Booked: Hogg (69,f),

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Attendance: 24,423






























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