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Fulham beat Nottingham Forest ~ Team News Ch. MD30

last updated Sunday 04th February 2018, 2:15 PM

Match Report

Fulham (0) 2-0 (0) Nottingham Forest

Championship Match Day 30 1718 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 3rd February 2018    KO: 15:00

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

Fulham winger Lucas Piazon
Fulham winger
Lucas Piazon
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Fulham maintained their push for promotion as second-half goals from Lucas Piazon and Stefan Johansen sealed a 2-0 win over a new-look Nottingham Forest. But Johansen clinched the win in the 90th minute, keeping his cool after seizing on a Worrall mistake.

But Johansen clinched the win in the 90th minute, keeping his cool after seizing on a Worrall mistake.

Piazon and Johansen seized on mistakes to make it five wins in a row in the Sky Bet Championship for in-form Fulham, extending their unbeaten league run to eight games in the process.

After keeping the likes of Tom Cairney, Ryan Sessegnon and Ryan Fredericks on deadline day, Fulham looked a good bet to maintain their promotion push under Slavisa Jokanovic.

Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen
Fulham midfielder
Stefan Johansen
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Forest manager Aitor Karanka, in contrast, had decided to overhaul his new team, with six players leaving and seven joining this week. There were three debutants in the starting line-up but it was a familiar face in defender Joe Worrall who kept Forest level after 11 minutes.

A corner, via a training ground routine, saw Johansen cut the ball back for Piazon and his goal-bound shot was cleared off the line by Worrall.

Fulham were on top as the visitors struggled to stem the tide. Oliver Norwood forced Costel Pantilimon, another making his debut in goal, into a save at full stretch from the midfielder's 20-yard shot.

Forest had barely had a kick but Fulham, so comfortable in possession, were almost the architects of their own downfall after 22 minutes.

Match Stats Fulham N Forest
Goals (0) 2 0 (0)
Scorers Piazon 67 -
Scorers Johansen 90 -
Goal attempts 14 10
On target 5 3
Shooting Accuracy 36% 30%
Possession 64% 36%
Passes 570 320
Pass Success 84% 68%
Crosses 26 11
Crosses Success 27% 36%
Corners 3 1
Tackles 13 20
Tackles Success 85% 55%
Saves 3 2
Fouls 10 11
Offsides 0 4
Yellows 1 2
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Matt Targett was guilty of overplaying in the wrong areas but Matthew Cash's shot lacked conviction and it was too close to Marcus Bettinelli in the Fulham goal.

Forest had already beaten Wolves on their own patch and they were out to ensure Fulham would not have it all their own way.

Worrall, who had been their saviour, almost broke the deadlock at the other end. The defender met Kieran Dowell's corner but the ball bounced back off the post and Fulham just scrambled the ball clear.

Jokanovic had seen enough and he sent for fellow Serbian Aleksandar Mitrovic, one of their two signings on deadline day, after just 54 minutes.

The striker had barely played for Newcastle this season but he has previous of helping the Magpies up from this division last year.

He was immediately involved as Piazon fired wide before Sessegnon's header from Fredericks' cross just cleared the crossbar.

But Fulham were gifted the lead when Pantilimon failed to hold Piazon's shot and the ball squirmed past him for the 67th-minute opener. It was a moment the Romanian keeper would choose to forget, with the wet conditions perhaps playing a part in the error.

Forest introduced three new players and it almost worked as they were denied an 85th-minute leveller by Bettinelli's double save from Ben Osborn and substitute Apostolos Vellios.

But Johansen clinched the win in the 90th minute, keeping his cool after seizing on a Worrall mistake.

Fulham: Bettinelli, Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Targett (Odoi 90), Norwood, McDonald, Piazon (Ayité 88), Johansen, R Sessegnon, Fonte (Mitrovic 55)

Unused substitutes: Button, Christie, Kebano, Kamara

Piazon 67 (right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.)
Johansen 90 (left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.)

Booked: McDonald (73,f),

Burton Albion Pantilimon, Lichaj, Worrall, Mancienne, Fox, Guédioura (Dejagah 76), Colback, Cash, Osborn, Dowell (Tomlin 70), Brereton (Vellios 81)

Unused substitutes: J Smith, Figueiredo, Darikwa, Vaughan

Booked: Dowell (47,f), Mancienne (70,f),

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

Attendance: 22,274

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