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Fulham beat Birmingham - Match Report Cham MD 41

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Match Report

Fulham (0) 1-0 (0) Birmingham

Championship Match Day 41 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 4th July 2020    KO: 15:00

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire)

Midfielder Josh Onomah
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Fulham midfielder Josh Onomah struck deep into added time to keep Fulham's automatic promotion hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Birmingham.

Scott Parker's side appeared set for frustration as they struggled to break down a Birmingham side now without a win in nine Sky Bet Championship matches.

But Onomah - on as a 60th-minute substitute - swept home from 12 yards to deliver the victory that moves them to within four points of second-placed West Brom.

Prior to that moment, the Cottagers had struggled to break Birmingham down with in-demand Blues teenager Jude Bellingham coming closest to breaking the deadlock.

And the youngster came close to scoring his fifth league goal of the season when an early header crashed against the Fulham crossbar.

Parker's side survived that scare but did not look capable of taking full advantage until they injected more tempo into the game after a disappointing first half.

Match Stats Fulham Birmingham
Goals (0) 1 0 (0)
Scorers Onomah 90'+5
Goal attempts 15 6
On target 5 2
Shooting Accuracy 33% 33%
Possession 77% 23%
Passes 696 206
Passes Success 85% 53%
Crosses 24 6
Crosses Success 8% 33%
Corners 9 4
Tackles 8 22
Tackles Success 75% 41%
Saves 2 4
Fouls 9 18
Offsides 1 4
Yellows 2 4
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Even then, when they did manage to find a way through the Birmingham defence, visiting keeper Lee Camp produced a succession of fine saves before he was finally beaten by Onomah.

The Cottagers had struggled to find their feet after the restart, suffering back-to-back defeats before the midweek win at QPR.

And it looked as though they would rue the continuing absence of striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who was serving the second game of a three-match ban.

In the absence of the leading scorer, Bobby Decordova-Reid led the Cottagers' attack but was unable to provide the same cutting edge.

There was a greater sense of urgency in Fulham's approach after the break as they dominated long periods of possession.

Ivan Cavaleiro got to the byline on the left hand side before pulling back, Anthony Knockaert failed to make a proper connection and the winger's shot was easily saved by Camp.

Camp again denied Knockaert before producing a superb double save from Joe Bryan and Decordova-Reid, but the keeper was powerless to prevent Onomah claiming the points after being set up by Harrison Reed.

Fulham: Rodak, Christie, Hector, Ream, Odoi (Bryan 45), Arter (Onomah 60), Reed, Cairney, Knockaert (Jasper 87), De Cordova-Reid, Cavaleiro (Kebano 70)

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Le Marchand, S Sessegnon, McDonald, Johansen

Onomah 90+5 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harrison Reed.)

Booked: Hector (32,f), Odoi (34,f)

Birmingham City: Camp, Colin, Roberts, Clarke-Salter, Pedersen, Sunjic, Gardner, Crowley (Dean 85), Bellingham (Kieftenbeld 57), Bela (Harding 74), Hogan (Jutkiewicz 74)

Unused substitutes: Trueman, Gordon, Stirk, Boyd-Munce, Reid

Booked: Gardner (30,d), Bellingham (38,d), Roberts (40,f), Clarke-Salter (90+3,f)

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire)

Attendance: 0

Source SkySports
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