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Fulham beat Preston North End ~ Cham MD42 ~ 21/22

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Match Report

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

Championship Match Day 42 21/22 at Craven Cottage

Tuesday 19th April 2022     KO: 19:45

Referee: Leigh Doughty (Lancashire)

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic
Fulham striker
Aleksandar Mitrovic
Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Fulham secured promotion back to the Premier League in emphatic fashion as Aleksandar Mitrovic took his tally for the season to 40 with a brace in a comfortable 3-0 win over Preston.

The Cottagers could have secured their spot on Good Friday but a 2-1 defeat at Derby marked the first time they had suffered successive defeats this season.

However, they bounced back at Craven Cottage and took the lead with their first real chance of the game as Mitrovic slotted home.

Carvalho added Fulham's second and just before half-time Mitrovic made it 40 Sky Bet Championship goals when he took a touch and fired the ball past the Preston goalkeeper.

The Serbian forward had already cruised past Ivan Toney's Championship scoring record with 14 games remaining in the season and now sits just two behind Guy Whittingham's 42-goal haul for Portsmouth in 1992-93 - the most in any second-tier season during the Premier League era.

midfielder Fabio Carvalho
Fulham midfielder
Fabio Carvalho
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The results secured promotion for Fulham with 26 wins, eight draws and just eight losses, having scored 98 goals.

Preston came close to taking the lead in the fifth minute when Cameron Archer ran down the left before playing in Ched Evans, whose shot rebounded off Tosin Adarabioyo. The home side were able to scramble the ball away.

Goalkeeper Marek Rodak had to be alert again two minutes later to tip Ben Whiteman's effort over the crossbar and keep the score level.

Fulham scored from their first real attack of the game, with Joe Bryan coming inside from the left and cleverly playing in Mitrovic behind the Preston backline for the Serbian to slot home through the legs of Daniel Iversen.

The Cottagers had a chance to add to their lead in the 24th minute when the ball came in from Neeskens Kebano to Mitrovic and he backheeled the ball to Carvalho, whose shot was wide of the target.

Match Stats Fulham Preston North End
Goals (3) 3 0 (0)
Scorers Mitrovic 9 -
Carvalho 34 -
Mitrovic 41 -
Goal attempts 14 8
On target 6 1
Shooting Accuracy 43% 13%
Possession 62% 38%
Passes 625 375
Passes Success 89% 80%
Crosses 12 16
Crosses Success 25% 31%
Corners 6 5
Tackles 14 8
Tackles Success 71% 88%
Saves 1 3
Fouls 13 14
Offsides 2 2
Yellows 1 1
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
The home side doubled their advantage just after the half-hour mark when Kebano's ball into the box took a fortunate deflection into the path of Carvalho and he fired a first-time shot into the back of the net.

Fulham added a third just before half-time, with Mitrovic scoring his 40th of the season in clinical fashion, taking a touch and firing home after being played in by Harry Wilson, who tops the Championship's assist charts.

Mitrovic came agonisingly close to his hat-trick less than five minutes into the second half when he pounced on a loose ball and ran through on goal, only for Iversen's outstretched leg to divert the ball onto the crossbar.

Iversen then denied the 27-year-old again in the 53rd minute as Fulham continued to press for a fourth goal, but they lacked the same intensity as the first half and the scoreline remained 3-0, with jubilant fans pouring onto the pitch at the final whistle with their Premier League place confirmed.

Fulham owner Tony Khan posted a message after promotion was confirmed, which read: "Thank you very much to all of you Fulham supporters!

"You all deserve this special night! Congratulations to you supporters, and congratulations and thank you to the Fulham squad and Marco Silva and the entire club staff!

"We're back in the Premier League! We're going up! Come on Fulham!

Fulham: Rodak, Adarabioyo, Bryan, Ream, Williams, Kebano, Cairney, Reed (Seri 70), Carvalho (De Cordova-Reid 75), Wilson, Mitrovic (Muniz 77)

Unused substitutes: Hector, Robinson, Gazzaniga, Chalobah,

Mitrovic 9 (No surprise in the goal scorer. Joe Bryan cuts inside from the left and feeds a cute pass into the box for Aleksandar Mitrovic, and he does the rest with a low finish through the legs of Iversen)

Carvalho 34 (Kebano cuts in from the left and his deflected ball falls kindly for Fabio Carvalho, but he still has a lot of work to do and he brilliantly flicks it first time past the goalkeeper. )

Mitrovic 41 (Party time at Craven Cottage. It looks like game over already. Wilson charges through the middle and finds Aleksandar Mitrovic, he then takes a touch and fires past Iversen in the Preston net. )

Booked: Cairney (20,f),

Preston North End: Iversen, van den Berg, Hughes, Lindsay, Potts (Sinclair 69), McCann, Johnson, Earl (Diaby 45), Whiteman, Evans (Maguire 25), Archer

Unused substitutes: Huntington, Hudson, Cunningham, Rafferty

Booked: Whiteman (46,4),

Referee: Leigh Doughty (Lancashire)

Attendance: -

Source SkySports
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