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Fulham win at Nottingham Forest - Match Report Cham MD 42

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Match Report

Nottingham Forest (0) 0-1 (1) Fulham

Championship Match Day 42 at City Ground

Tuesday 7th July 2020    KO: 17:00

Referee: Robert Jones (Wirral)



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Fulham again underlined their automatic promotion credentials as they returned to London with a valuable three points after beating Nottingham Forest 1-0.

A stunning first-half strike from Harry Arter sealed victory at the City Ground (45+4), although replays suggested the ball inadvertently brushed past the midfielder's arm as he won the ball at the feet of Forest captain Ben Watson.

The Cottagers' third win in succession keeps them two points behind west London rivals Brentford in fourth, while Sabri Lamouchi's men will likely have to settle for a play-off place, trailing second-placed West Brom by nine points.

With much of the action taking place in the middle of the park, the first half passed largely without incident on the banks of the River Trent.

Lewis Grabban - now just three goals off the top of the division's scoring charts - took advantage of Tim Ream's risky chested interception but shot straight at Marek Rodak, while Bobby Decordova-Reid hit a dipping effort narrowly over at the other end with half-an-hour gone.

Match Stats N Forest Fulham
Goals (0) 0 1 (1)
Scorers Arter 45'+4
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Goal attempts 10 9
On target 4 2
Shooting Accuracy 40% 22%
Possession 41% 59%
Passes 317 478
Passes Success 71% 82%
Crosses 27 12
Crosses Success 7% 0%
Corners 8 6
Tackles 16 18
Tackles Success 62% 67%
Saves 1 4
Fouls 16 12
Offsides 2 1
Yellows 2 2
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
But right on the stroke of half-time, Arter drew first blood in sensational style.

+ He clawed back a loose ball at the feet of Watson, got to his feet, swivelled and bent a brilliant effort into the top-right corner.

Lamouchi shuffled his pack shortly after the break and it was the introduction of Alfa Semedo that spurred the hosts on to force an equaliser in a similar manner to how they had been pinned back in the East Midlands derby with Derby at the weekend.

But after an improvised header from Nuno Da Costa was saved by Rodak and Grabban saw a shot bravely blocked by Anthony Knockaert in stoppage-time, the final whistle blew, extending Fulham's unbeaten run when they have scored first to 22 games.

Man of the match - Harry Arter
Despite its blockbuster billing, this clash had little in terms of goalmouth action but the accolade must go to Arter, who created the chance in typically tough-tackling style and finished it off with uncharacteristic skill to seal a massive three points.

What's next?
Fulham face Cardiff at Craven Cottage on Friday - in a game live on Sky Sports Football from 8.15pm - while Nottingham Forest travel to Deepdale to take on Preston the following day at 3pm.

Nottingham Forest: Samba, Cash, Figueiredo, Worrall, Ribeiro, Sow (Yates 45), Watson (Mighten 85), Ameobi (Diakhaby 57), Lolley (Nuno da Costa 45), Tiago Silva (Semedo 64), Grabban

Unused substitutes: Jordan Smith, Jenkinson, Dawson, João Carvalho

Booked: Ribeiro (83,f), Cash (89,d),

Fulham: Rodak, Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan, Arter (Johansen 71), Reed, Cavaleiro, Onomah, Kebano (Knockaert 70), De Cordova-Reid (Le Marchand 87)

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Mawson, Christie, Steven Sessegnon, McDonald, Jasper

Goals:
Arter 45+4 (left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.)

Booked: Onomah (44,arg), Odoi (90,5),

Referee: Robert Jones (Wirral)

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