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Fulham beaten by Huddersfield Town ~ Cham MD31 ~ 21/22

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Match Report

Fulham (0) 1-2 (2) Huddersfield Town

Championship Match Day 31 21/22 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 19th February 2022    KO: 12:30

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Striker Bobby De Cordova-Reid
Fulham Striker
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Fulham stay top of the Championship table despite losing a hard-fought 2-1 victory to Huddersfield Town in wet and windy conditions at Craven Cottage.

First-half goals from Danny Ward and Duane Holmes from the penalty spot proved the difference in a game where Fulham dominated possession, but could not make their pressure count.

The result means Fulham's lead at the top of the table remains six points ahead of Bournemouth. Huddersfield's unbeaten run has extended to 13 games.

Carlos Corberan's side leapfrog QPR into fourth on 53 points.

Fulham dominated possession with Antonee Robinson and Neco Williams delivering threatening balls into the box for Aleksandar Mitrovic but, having failed to create a dangerous goalscoring opportunity, it was the visitors who took the lead just past the half-hour mark.

Harry Toffolo's cross into the box appeared to be intercepted by Tom Cairney, but the midfielder's loose touch saw the ball roll into Ward's path and he drilled his shot through the legs of Marek Rodak.

Match Stats Fulham Huddersfield
Goals (0) 1 0 (2)
Scorers De Cordova-Reid 83 Ward 32
Scorers - Holmes pen 43
Goal attempts 20 6
On target 6 4
Shooting Accuracy 30% 66%
Possession 69% 31%
Passes 679 321
Passes Success 89% 73%
Crosses 43 6
Crosses Success 30% 0%
Corners 12 2
Tackles 14 15
Tackles Success 43% 60%
Saves 2 5
Fouls 5 9
Offsides 3 1
Yellows 2 1
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Rodak was caught up in more trouble again as he brought down Sorba Thomas in the box before Holmes smashed his spot-kick down the middle as the Slovakian dived to his right.

Fulham continued to apply more pressure in the second half and Lee Nicholls made two fine diving saves to deny Fabio Carvalho and a thumping header from Mitrovic.

It looked like a Fulham breakthrough would not come but Bobby Decordova-Reid pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute, driving his low strike beyond Nicholls into the bottom corner.

Fulham continued to pressure, and had appeals for a penalty in injury-time waved away after Jonathan Russell looked to handle the ball inside the box, but they could not find an equaliser and Huddersfield held on for a potentially pivotal victory in the promotion race.

Fulham: Rodak, Williams, Tosin, Ream, Robinson, Cairney (Kebano 60), Chalobah (Reed 76), Wilson (Cavaleiro 76), Carvalho, De Cordova-Reid, Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Tete, Seri, Gazzaniga, Hector

De Cordova-Reid 83 (left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Neco Williams following a corner.)

Booked: Mitrovic (25,f), Carvalho (88,f)

Huddersfield Town: Nicholls, Pearson, Lees, Turton, Toffolo, Russell, Hogg, O'Brien, Ward (Rhodes 85), Thomas (Sarr 86), Holmes (Sinani 76)

Unused substitutes: Chapman, Koroma, Eiting, Ruffels

Ward 32 (A cross into the box from Toffolo looked to have been intercepted by Cairney but he lets it squirm loose into the feet of Ward, who drills the ball into the net through the legs of Rodak!)

Holmes pen 43 (Thomas collides with Rodak and the referee points to the spot! Holmes smashes his penalty down the middle to put the visitors 2-0 up! Huddersfield have hung in there in this open first half and now find themselves with a comfortable lead!)

Booked: Hogg (61,f),

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Attendance: 19,001

Source SkySports
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