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Nottingham Forest 5-3 Fulham Cham 07 1415 GetWestLondon

last updated Thursday 18th September 2014, 8:54 PM
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Nottingham Forest (2) 5-3 (1) Fulham

Fulham manager Felix Magath suffered a Nottingham nightmare when he saw his side recover from 2-0 down to lead - and still lose.

The under fire Whites boss could only applaud a magnificent fight back that got his side within sight of a first three points of the season.

But three late goals, the fourth a hat-trick for Britt Assombalonga, puts Magath's future back in the balance.

Nobody could fault a team fighting for the man in charge, but after going 3-2 ahead they crumbled yet again and lost to the table toppers.

Fulham were asleep when Assombalonga nudged the ball home for the first goal at the near post from an inswinger by Henri Lansbury. The Whites claimed handball by Forest's leading scorer, and then screamed blue murder when the same scorer drove home a penalty on 20 minutes.

To a man, Fulham protested Shaun Hutchinson had made a perfectly good challenge on the edge of the box to deprive Michail Antonio of a charge forward.

It cut no ice with referee Darren Deadman, who booked both Hutchinson and Dan Burn for protesting too much.

It seemed as if Forest would romp away, but Ross McCormack had other ideas.

A brilliant curling free-kick from outside the area looped over the wall and in at the near post to turn the game on its head.

Fulham looked the more likely, and the 500 travelllers rose as a man when McCormack sent Hugo Rodallega on his way to round the keeper wide only for Eric Lichaj to get back well and clear off the line.

Rodallega was through on goal when tumbled by Danny Fox, but there was no denying the Colombian when he expertly opened his foot to hit home on the volley as he met Fernando Amorebieta's cross.

The scorer might have had a second but just failed to get a touch on a lob over his shoulder a couple of yards out.

McCormack didn't when he popped up on the left of the box to fire near post, catch a deflection and leave keeper Karl Darlow on the seat of his pants.

But when Michail Antonio did brilliantly to level with a turn and a slide rule goal, the rot set in.

Cue an interesting phone call between Magath and Fulham owner Shahid Khan.

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