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Fulham score 5 against Wednesday - Match Report Cham MD 45

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Match Report

Fulham (3) 5-3 (0) Sheffield Wednesday

Championship Match Day 45 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 18th July 2020    KO: 15:00

Referee: Darren England (Barnsley)

Midfielder Neeskens Kebano<
Fulham midfielder
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Aleksandar Mitrovic fired himself top of the Championship scoring charts and kept Fulham's automatic promotion hopes intact in a turbulent 5-3 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Mitrovic bagged a brace to take his league tally to 26 for the season, overhauling Brentford's Ollie Watkins again and twisting the knife after the Bees' 1-0 loss at Stoke.

Neeskens Kebano plundered a double too, drilling his first Fulham goal since December 2017 to end a 35-match scoring drought before slotting a neat free-kick.

Atdhe Nuhui's double and Jacob Murphy's effort set up a needlessly tense finish, but Bobby Decordova-Reid's strike finally sealed a vital Craven Cottage victory for Scott Parker's men.

Fulham's comfortable win tees up a nail-biting last round of fixtures on Wednesday night, especially in light of Brentford's loss at Stoke and West Brom's shock 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield.

But the next offshoot of those results was to leave Fulham still holding a chance of sneaking into second, and an immediate top-flight return.

Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Fulham sit two points off second-placed West Brom and just one behind Brentford in third, with only Wednesday's nervy night left to play.

Parker's west Londoners travel to Wigan, Brentford host Barnsley and Slaven Bilic's West Brom will entertain QPR.

In theory, all three promotion chasers ought to win, which would maintain the status quo, with West Brom going up automatically and rivals Fulham and Brentford heading into the play-offs.

But theory had no regard for Brentford turning a five-match slump without a win before the coronavirus shutdown into eight victories on the spin after the resumption.

Theory had no thought either for Fulham losing their first two games after the return, before now conjuring five wins and a draw in six.

Striker Bobby De Cordova-Reid
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Parker's five changes could have backfired in the wake of Brentford's slip-up at Stoke, but any such fears were quickly allayed thanks to Kebano's thunderbolt.

The Congo star's sublime first touch from Michael Hector's raking ball left Moses Odubajo sliding into thin air, and his angled drive propelled the Whites into a deserved early lead.

Only moments earlier Anthony Knockaert had wasted a big opening by overhitting what should have been a simple ball for Mitrovic. Instead of gleefully lapping up a cakewalk in on goal, Fulham skipper Mitrovic was left to rue the scraps of that loose pass.

Mitrovic nodded a tough chance wide from Harry Arter's deep cross, before Cyrus Christie drew a good save from Joe Wildsmith.

The Wednesday keeper would later palm away well from Josh Onomah's stinging half-volley, but had no chance when the same Fulham man threaded a fine ball for captain Mitrovic.

Match Stats Fulham Sheff Wed
Goals (3) 5 3 (0)
Scorers Kebano 11 Nuhiu pen 49
Mitrovic 26 Murphy 78
Mitrovic pen 41 Nuhiu 89
Kebano 73
De Cordova-Reid 90'+1
Goal attempts 12 14
On target 8 6
Shooting Accuracy 0% 0%
Possession 0% 0%
Passes 0 0
Passes Success 67% 43%
Crosses 8 23
Crosses Success 25% 39%
Corners 4 8
Tackles 20 11
Tackles Success 75% 45%
Saves 3 3
Fouls 12 14
Offsides 2 2
Yellows 0
Reds 1 0
source: SkySports
The Serbia hitman almost had time to toast the quality of the supply chain before steadying and drilling home for a fine goal.

Onomah would have made it three with a walk-in had he been able to reach a low cross, but Fulham were not made to wait long to extend their advantage again.

Kebano duped Dominic Iorfa with smart footwork in the area, drawing the foul and penalty to leave the Wednesday defender beating the turf in frustration.

Mitrovic stepped up and thumped home the spot-kick to overhaul Brentford's Watkins at the top of the league's scoring charts once again.

Fulham should have been home and hosed when 3-0 up at the break, but started the second half like a team intent on coasting to the win.

Wednesday replacements Nuhiu and Connor Wickham had other ideas though.

Kosovo striker Nuhiu buried a penalty, before Wickham forced a decent save from Marek Rodak.

Kebano's free kick kept Fulham in control, only for Murphy to slot a neat strike and Nuhiu to nod in on the cusp of full time.

Just when Parker's men feared a nervous injury time however, up popped replacement Decordova-Reid with a long-range effort, finally cementing the win.

Fulham's Scott Parker: "The momentum is definitely with us. I feel we had two negative results coming out of lockdown, but since then my team have been very, very good and we've ground out results. This season at times we've been 10, 13 points adrift, we've had to fight, battle and understand the pressures that come with that.

"My team probably haven't got the credit they've deserved. West Brom and Brentford, people have said how fantastic they are, and they are, but we're two points off it. This league pulls up many surprises and in this current climate that is still going to be the case."

Sheffield Wednesday's Garry Monk: "To score three goals against a very good side but come off losing, through errors we have made, it is very frustrating. We make a few steps forward, then take a few back and that has proved very costly for us. They were poor goals and when we got them on the ropes, we compounded ourselves with more errors.

"But the time for talking is done and there will personal changes and the club will help me do that to get that consistency we desperately need. It's bitterly frustrating. We have to finish at home with a win."

Fulham: Rodak, Christie, Hector, Ream, Le Marchand, Arter (Odoi 90), Johansen (Reed 68), Knockaert (S Sessegnon 90), Onomah (Cairney 79), Kebano (De Cordova-Reid 78), Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Mawson, Bryan, McDonald

Kebano 11 (right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Hector.)
Mitrovic 26 (right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Onomah.)
Mitrovic 41 pen (converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal. Neeskens Kebano draws a foul in the penalty area)
Kebano 73 (from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.)
De Cordova-Reid 90+1 (right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.)

Booked: De Cordova-Reid (84,f), Reed (90,f),

Sent Off: Reed (90+5,2nd yel),

Sheffield Wednesday: Iorfa, Lees, Borner, Odubajo (Murphy 45), Luongo (Reach 75), Pelupessy (Hunt 79), Bannan, Harris, Windass (Wickham 45), Da Cruz (Nuhiu 45)

Unused substitutes: Dawson, Palmer, Waldock, Rhodes

Nuhiu pen 49 (converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner. Penalty conceded by Marek Rodák (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.)
Murphy 78 (left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.)
Nuhiu 89 (header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacob Murphy with a cross.)

Referee: Darren England (Barnsley)

Attendance: 0

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