Saturday 1 February 2020, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship - EFL
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
De Cordova-Reid 10'; Cairney 15'; Mitrovic 31'
Huddersfield Town
2
Smith Rowe 35'; Mounie 39'

10' Goal

Bobby De Cordova-Reid

15' Goal

Tom Cairney

31' Goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic

48' Yellow Card

Kevin McDonald Card was given for a foul

82' Yellow Card

Cyrus Christie Card was given for a foul

90'+2 Yellow Card

Marek Rodák Card shown to player for time wasting

90'+4 Yellow Card

Stefan Johansen Card was given for a foul

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Ivan Cavaleiro

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Harry Arter
Off:Kevin McDonald

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stefan Johansen
Off:Tom Cairney

35' Goal

Emile Smith Rowe

39' Goal

Steve Mounie

38' Yellow Card

Lewis O'Brien Card was given for a foul

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Rekeil Pyke
Off:Steve Mounie

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andy King
Off:Trevoh Chalobah

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Rekeil Pyke
Off:Emile Smith Rowe

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Fulham survived a Huddersfield Town comeback to secure an important win at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

Fulham survived a Huddersfield Town comeback to secure an important win at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

Having stormed into a three goal lead, all of which were beauties, we allowed our visitors back into the tie before half-time with two soft goals.

A wonderful Bobby Decordova-Reid solo effort got things started, before a rare right footer from Tom Cairney doubled the advantage. Aleksandar Mitrović then notched on his return from injury to seemingly put the Whites in the driving seat.

But the Terriers scored with their only shots of the half – courtesy of Emile Smith Rowe and Steve Mounie – to ensure a tense second 45 beckoned.

The Yorkshiremen certainly had the better chances after the break, but a strong defensive display and a goalkeeping masterclass from Marek Rodák saw Fulham win out.

Scott Parker made four changes to the side that exited the Emirates FA Cup a week earlier. With Tim Ream suspended and Terence Kongolo ineligible against his parent club, Denis Odoi was drafted into defence, while Cairney and Kevin McDonald were restored to the midfield. There was also a welcome return up top for Mitrović. Steven Sessegnon and Stefan Johansen were the men who dropped down to the bench.

After a low key start to the game, Cairney and Mitrović combined to fashion a first chance for either side on nine minutes. The skipper lofted a high cross in from the left and Mitro climbed higher than his two markers to meet it, only to nod wide.

But exactly a minute later the deadlock was broken in style. Decordova-Reid calmly controlled a cross-field pass from Michael Hector, skipped beyond his man, beat another with a drop of the shoulder and placed an exquisite finish inside the far post.

Number two wasn’t far away, just five minutes in fact, and again it was fashioned beautifully. Cyrus Christie dribbled beyond a Town defender and delivered a pinpoint cross to Cairney whose touch took him into space, allowing him to volley home with his right foot.

Our third sexy goal of the afternoon arrived just after the half hour mark. Cairney clipped a glorious ball out onto the left flank for Joe Bryan to run onto. He then delivered an inviting low cross which Mitrović gleefully flicked high into the net.

Town were back in it four minutes later with a preventable goal. A free-kick from the right made its way through to Christopher Schindler who diverted into the path of Smith Rowe, and the Arsenal loanee was able to poke home.

Mitrović then held off the relentless shirt-pulling of Lewis O’Brien to send Decordova-Reid into the box, but goalkeeper Joel Coleman was out sharply to claim the ball. O’Brien was booked at the next stoppage in play.

What had seemed like a handsome lead was suddenly cut to a solitary goal before the break. Juninho Bacuna managed to stumble his way halfway down the pitch before feeding Smith Rowe whose cross was bundled home by Mounie.

Within three minutes of the restart McDonald had his name taken for what was perceived to be a mistimed challenge on Smith Rowe 25 yards from goal. Karlan Grant took the set-piece and fired a ferocious effort on target that was well tipped over by Rodák.

That was Rodák’s first save of the game, but he was called into action again soon after, pulling off a stunning reflex stop to keep out Grant’s thunderous volley. Mounie then headed over when well placed from the subsequent corner.

Grant had been quiet in the first half but he was certainly a threat in the second, next testing Rodák was a low near post drive on 54 minutes.

Aboubakar Kamara was then given a return to action, taking the place of Ivan Cavaleiro on the right wing.

Fulham had needed Rodák to be on top form since the restart, with the young goalkeeper pulling another save right out of the top drawer to deny Smith Rowe on the hour.

Christie worked space for a shot, but didn’t catch his left footer as sweetly as he’d have liked, and it flew wide. Harry Arter then came on for McDonald.

Rodák continued to come out on top of his personal duel with Grant in the 72nd minute, sticking out a big arm to block the forward’s shot in a crowded penalty area.

Cairney departed the action with quarter of an hour to go, with Johansen providing the fresh legs.

Kamara had a chance to give Fulham some daylight two minutes later when he got on the end of Mitrović’s flick, but he sent his shot over the angle of post and bar.

Christie received a booking for clipping Harry Toffolo as the clock ticked down.

The Whites survived a major scare in the 89th minute when the ball fell to substitute Fraizer Campbell at a corner, but his strike flew marginally wide courtesy of a deflection.

Six minutes were added on for stoppages, and Rodák was carded in the first of them for taking his time over a free-kick, and Johansen joined him shortly after for a tactical foul in the middle of the pitch.

The added time felt like an eternity but Fulham did a fine job of keeping the ball up the right end of the pitch – aside from an Elias Kachunga effort that went over – to see out a hard fought three points.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 1 February 2020
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 18,013

Referee: Gavin Ward

Fulham

Line-up: Rodák; Christie, Hector, Odoi, Bryan; Onomah, McDonald (Arter 62'), Cairney (Johansen 76'); Cavaleiro (Kamara 57'), Mitrovic, De Cordova-Reid

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Steven Sessegnon, Kebano, De La Torre

Manager: Scott Parker

Huddersfield Town

Line-up: Coleman; Juninho Bacuna, Stearman, Schindler, Toffolo; Chalobah (King 82'), O'Brien; Kachunga, Smith Rowe (Pyke 89'), Grant; Mounie (Pyke 76')

Unused substitutes: Chapman, Stankovic, Jaden Brown, Duhaney, Campbell

Manager: Danny Cowley

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 West Bromwich Albion 30 56
2 Leeds United 30 55
3 Fulham 30 52
4 Nottingham Forest 30 51
5 Brentford 30 50
6 Bristol City 30 50
7 Preston North End 30 47
8 Swansea City 30 46
9 Millwall 30 45
10 Blackburn Rovers 30 44
11 Sheffield Wednesday 30 43
12 Cardiff City 30 43
13 Derby County 30 40
14 Hull City 30 39
15 Reading 30 38
16 Queens Park Rangers 30 38
17 Birmingham City 30 37
18 Middlesbrough 30 36
19 Charlton Athletic 30 33
20 Huddersfield Town 30 32
21 Stoke City 30 31
22 Wigan Athletic 30 29
23 Barnsley 30 24
24 Luton Town 30 24
Goals
3
2
Total Shots
10
12
Shots On Target
3
8
Passing Accuracy
84%
73%
Fouls
12
10
Corners
2
6
Offsides
1
0
Bookings
4
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 12Marek Rodák
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 3Michael Hector
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 25Josh Onomah
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 19Ivan Cavaleiro
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 14Bobby De Cordova-Reid
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 43Steven Sessegnon
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 18Harry Arter
  • 36Luca De La Torre
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Scott Parker
Huddersfield Town (4-2-3-1)
  • 13Joel Coleman
  • 7Juninho Bacuna
  • 12Richard Stearman
  • 26Christopher Schindler
  • 3Harry Toffolo
  • 8Trevoh Chalobah
  • 39Lewis O'Brien
  • 9Elias Kachunga
  • 32Emile Smith Rowe
  • 16Karlan Grant
  • 24Steve Mounie
Substitutes
  • 42Jacob Chapman
  • 27Jon Gorenc Stankovic
  • 28Jaden Brown
  • 38Demeaco Duhaney
  • 29Andy King
  • 22Fraizer Campbell
  • 25Rekeil Pyke
Manager
  • Danny Cowley
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Fulham 3, Huddersfield Town 2.
  • 90'+8' Second Half ends, Fulham 3, Huddersfield Town 2.
  • 90'+6' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90'+6' Foul by Andy King (Huddersfield Town).
  • 90'+5' Attempt missed. Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a set piece situation.
  • 90'+4' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 90'+4' Rekeil Pyke (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90'+2' Marek Rodák (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+1' Michael Hector (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Rekeil Pyke (Huddersfield Town).
  • 90' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90' Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Huddersfield Town).
  • 89' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Aboubakar Kamara.
  • 89' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.
  • 89' Attempt blocked. Fraizer Campbell (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy King.
  • 89' Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Rekeil Pyke replaces Emile Smith Rowe.
  • 88' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Michael Hector.
  • 87' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Harry Toffolo.
  • 83' Foul by Michael Hector (Fulham).
  • 83' Emile Smith Rowe (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 82' Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Andy King replaces Trevoh Chalobah.
  • 82' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 82' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 82' Harry Toffolo (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 80' Hand ball by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 77' Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic with a headed pass.
  • 76' Substitution, Fulham. Stefan Johansen replaces Tom Cairney.
  • 76' Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Fraizer Campbell replaces Steve Mounie.
  • 72' Attempt saved. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emile Smith Rowe.
  • 68' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 68' Harry Toffolo (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 66' Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 66' Dangerous play by Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town).
  • 62' Substitution, Fulham. Harry Arter replaces Kevin McDonald.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 62' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 61' Attempt missed. Harry Toffolo (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis O'Brien with a headed pass.
  • 60' Attempt saved. Emile Smith Rowe (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 59' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 59' Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 57' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 55' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 55' Foul by Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town).
  • 54' Attempt saved. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis O'Brien with a cross.
  • 54' Attempt saved. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emile Smith Rowe.
  • 51' Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 51' Foul by Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town).
  • 50' Attempt missed. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Karlan Grant with a cross following a corner.
  • 50' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Marek Rodák.
  • 50' Attempt saved. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 49' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Marek Rodák.
  • 49' Attempt saved. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 48' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 48' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 48' Emile Smith Rowe (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 3, Huddersfield Town 2.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Fulham 3, Huddersfield Town 2.
  • 45'+1' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
  • 45' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 45' Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).
  • 42' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
  • 41' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 41' Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 39' Goal! Fulham 3, Huddersfield Town 2. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emile Smith Rowe.
  • 38' Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 38' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 38' Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).
  • 35' Goal! Fulham 3, Huddersfield Town 1. Emile Smith Rowe (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.
  • 34' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 34' Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 31' Goal! Fulham 3, Huddersfield Town 0. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross.
  • 28' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 28' Harry Toffolo (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 21' Offside, Fulham. Joe Bryan tries a through ball, but Tom Cairney is caught offside.
  • 17' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 17' Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 15' Goal! Fulham 2, Huddersfield Town 0. Tom Cairney (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.
  • 14' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 14' Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).
  • 12' Attempt missed. Denis Odoi (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross following a corner.
  • 11' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Elias Kachunga.
  • 10' Goal! Fulham 1, Huddersfield Town 0. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Michael Hector.
  • 9' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.
  • 6' Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
  • 4' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 4' Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 2' Foul by Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town).
  • 2' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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