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Match Report: Fulham crush Nottingham Forest ~ Prem MD 15 ~ 23/24

last updated Wednesday 06th December 2023, 11:04 PM

Match Report

Fulham (2) 5-0 (0) Nottingham Forest

Premier League Match Day 15 23/24 at Craven Cottage

Wednesday 6th December 2023    KO: 19:30

Josh Smith (Cambridgeshire)

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Fulham Midfielder Alex Iwobi
Fulham Midfielder
Alex Iwobi
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Fulham produced a stunning performance to dispatch Nottingham Forest 5-0 at Craven Cottage on Wednesday evening.

First half goals from Alex Iwobi and the excellent Raúl Jimenez put us in control of proceedings, and that stranglehold only tightened after the restart.

A gorgeous Raúl backheel made it three, before Iwobi also claimed a brace with a composed finish.

And there was still time for Captain Tom Cairney to cap his 299th appearance for the Whites with number five, which he celebrated in style with his adoring public behind the goal.

Following Tosin’s return to fitness, Marco Silva was able to name his preferred centre-back pairing of a right and left footer for the first time since the Sheffield United victory two months earlier – Tim Ream the man dropping out.

Also in defence, Timothy Castagne came in at right-back for Kenny Tete, while Cairney and Willian were also drafted back into the XI following their productive cameos from the bench at Anfield.

Fulham Striker Raul Jimenez
Fulham Striker
Raul Jimenez
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We had to wait until the 18th minute for the first chance of note when Divock Origi bent a shot just wide from long range, but Bernd Leno looked to have his goal covered in any case.

Fulham responded with a poked Raul effort after Cairney has done well to stay on his feet and play him through, but Forest ‘keeper Odysseas Vlachodimos got down to it quickly.

A fine Andreas Pereira free-kick, that he’d won himself, looked like it might break the deadlock, but his curling effort hit the wrong side of the upright and went behind for a goal kick.

That frustration turned to joy moments later with a beautifully worked counter attack. Calvin Bassey stepped up midway inside his own half to intercept a loose pass, before driving forward and feeding Cairney. He turned smartly and fed Willian to his left, who bent a sumptuous cross in towards the far post where Iwobi had lurked unmarked to slot beyond Vlachodimos.

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney
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Raul also played a key part in that goal, with his movement dragging the attention away from Iwobi, and he added his own name to the scoresheet moments later when he timed his run to perfection to get on the end of Andreas’ cute through pass, then slamming an unstoppable strike into the postage stamp of the net.

Iwobi almost put the cherry on the top of a brilliant half of football when he spun on the edge of the box and sent a swirler towards the top corner, missing it by mere inches.

Raul was putting in a dominant performance up top, and he threatened the first goal of the second half, bending wide from the edge of the box after eight minutes.

That was a warning sign that the Reds did not heed, with the Mexican making it 3-0 a matter of seconds later. After taking Andreas’ chipped ball down on his chest and holding off the challenge of former Fulham loanee Ola Aina, he rounded Vlachodimos and audaciously chopped a backheel into the net.

Forest had not offered loads in an attacking sense, but snuffed a chance midway through the half when substitute Chris Wood snatched at Aina’s centre and sent his first time effort wide of the near post under pressure from Tosin.

Match Stats Fulham N Forest
Goals (2)5 0 (0)
Scorers Iwobi 30 -
Jiménez 34 -
Jiménez 54 -
Iwobi 73 -
Cairney -
Goal attempts 14 5
On target 6 1
Shooting Accuracy 43% 25%
Possession 64% 36%
Passes Success 88% 82%
Corners 6 1
Tackles Success 91% 67%
Saves 1 1
Fouls 7 10
Offsides 2 3
Yellows 0 1
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
It had been a practically perfect performance from Fulham, and three soon became four. Harry Wilson – not long off the bench – needed just two touches, one to bring the ball into the box and the next to cut back to Iwobi who slammed home emphatically.

A rare misplaced pass at the back threatened to snatch away the Whites’ clean sheet when Anthony Elanga broke into the area, but Leno got down to repel his shot.

Instead, it was the home side who netted once again. After winning possession, Cairney played a one-two with Andreas before giving Vlachodimos the eyes and slotting home in front of a jubilant Hammy End.

Everyone wanted to get in on the act in stoppage time, with both Wilson and fellow sub Sasa Lukic trying their luck from range, but in the end we had to settle for just the five goals, on a wonderful night at the Cottage.

Fulham are back in action on Sunday when they host West Ham in the Premier League, kick-off 2pm. The following weekend, they travel to Newcastle on Saturday December 16, kick-off 3pm.

Opta stats:
Fulham have now scored 3+ goals in three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time (3 v Wolves, 3 v Liverpool & 5 v Nottingham Forest).

Willian made his 300th Premier League appearance, becoming the first Brazilian player to reach this landmark.

Raul Jimenez has now scored three goals in his in last four Premier League appearances, the same amount as he managed in his previous 47.

The 5-0 defeat was the 10th time that Nottingham Forest have conceded 5+ goals in a single match in the Premier League.

Fulham's Alex Iwobi scored his first Premier League brace on what was his 234th appearance. He scored as many goals on Wednesday night as he did in the entirety of last season in the competition (2).

Fulham : Leno, Castagne, Adarabioyo, Bassey, Robinson (Ballo-Toure 75), Palhinha (Lukic 79), Cairney, Iwobi (De Cordova-Reid 76), Pereira, Willian (Wilson 63), Jimenez (Vinicius 79)

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Tete, Reed, Ream

Iwobi 30 (IWOBI BREAKS THE DEADLOCK! Fulham have the breakthrough just minutes after Pereira had hit the post as Iwobi taps home at the back post from a lovely Willian cross. It's simple finish for Iwobi for his second league goal of the season.)
Jimenez 34 (JIMENEZ DOUBLES THE LEAD! That's clinical from Jimenez as he fires home first time! Pereira superbly slips in the Mexican inside the box and he makes no mistake with a powerful side-footed finish past Vlachodimos. Joy for Fulham, but big problems for Forest.)
Jimenez 54 (WHAT A CLEVER FINISH! Jimenez is full of confidence and shows it with an inventive backheeled finish to make it 3-0! The Mexican takes the ball round the goalkeeper and backheels into an empty net. Things are going from bad to worse for Forest and the pressure goes up a notch on boss Cooper.)
Iwobi 74 (IWOBI GETS HIS SECOND! It's far too easy for Fulham as they add a fourth. Wilson crosses to Iwobi at the back post and he side-foots home first time. This is turning into a terrible night for Forest and Cooper.)
Cairney 86 (IT GETS WORSE FOR FOREST! It's so simple for Cairney as he slots home with all the time in the world. It's a nightmare night for Forest boss Cooper.)

Nottingham Forest: Vlachodimos, Aina, Felipe (Niakhate 76), Murillo, Toffolo, Mangala, Sangare (Yates 45), Hudson-Odoi (Danilo 58), Domínguez (Gibbs-White 45), Elanga, Origi (Wood 58)

Unused substitutes: Turner, Williams, Kouyate, Omobamidele

Booked: Yates (76,f),

Referee: Josh Smith (Cambridgeshire)

Attendance: 24,105

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