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Fulham 0-1 Nottingham Forest: Reds boost automatic promotion hopes

Nottingham Forest denied Fulham the chance to claim the Championship title with a victory at Craven Cottage that boosts the Reds’ hopes of earning automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Forest’s triumph, coupled with Bournemouth’s draw at Swansea, means Steve Cooper’s side could finish in the top two and end a 23-year top-flight absence if they win their three remaining games – which includes a trip to the second-placed Cherries next Tuesday.

A gifted first-half goal, determinedly poked home by Philip Zinckernagel after a defensive mix-up between Tim Ream and goalkeeper Marek Rodak, ensured the East Midlands club left west London with the decisive three points.

Brice Samba crucially denied Fabio Carvalho an equaliser moments after the visitors snatched the lead.

The Reds goalkeeper made a fine diving save to again foil the Portuguese forward in the second half after Championship player of the season Aleksandar Mitrovic headed over from close range and Sam Surridge was kept out by Rodak at the other end.

More to follow.

  • Line-ups
  • Match Stats
  • Live Text

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Rodák
  • 20N WilliamsSubstituted forTeteat 77′minutes
  • 16Tosin
  • 13Ream
  • 23BryanSubstituted forMuniz Carvalhoat 77′minutes
  • 6ReedBooked at 18minsSubstituted forCairneyat 58′minutes
  • 24Seri
  • 8Wilson
  • 28Carvalho
  • 14De Cordova-Reid
  • 9MitrovicBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Tete
  • 3Hector
  • 7Kebano
  • 10Cairney
  • 12Chalobah
  • 19Muniz Carvalho
  • 21Gazzaniga

Nottm Forest

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 30Samba
  • 4Worrall
  • 27S Cook
  • 26McKenna
  • 2Spence
  • 22Yates
  • 37Garner
  • 8ColbackSubstituted forLaryeaat 74′minutes
  • 11ZinckernagelBooked at 28minsSubstituted forLolleyat 67′minutes
  • 20Johnson
  • 16SurridgeSubstituted forRibeiro Diasat 73′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Horvath
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 14Laryea
  • 17Mighten
  • 18Ribeiro Dias
  • 19Costa Silva
  • 23Lolley
Referee:
Josh Smith
Attendance:
19,218

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home75%
Away25%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fabio Carvalho with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jean Michaël Seri (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  5. Booking

    Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tosin Adarabioyo (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Harry Wilson following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

    Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Steve Cook (Nottingham Forest).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jean Michaël Seri.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cafú.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harry Wilson (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jean Michaël Seri.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabio Carvalho.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).

  14. Post update

    Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tim Ream (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

  16. Post update

    Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Djed Spence (Nottingham Forest).

  18. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Joe Lolley tries a through ball, but Scott McKenna is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tosin Adarabioyo.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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