Friday 4 November 2016, 7:45pm at Griffin Park, Brentford
Sky Bet Championship
Brentford
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Sone Aluko 36'; Cairney 90'+2

83' Yellow Card

Harlee Dean Card was given for a foul

89' Yellow Card

Andreas Bjelland

90'+5 Yellow Card

Lasse Vibe Card was given for a foul

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sullay Kaikai
Off:Josh McEachran

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lasse Vibe
Off:Romaine Sawyers

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Philipp Hofmann
Off:Josh Clarke

36' Goal

Sone Aluko

90'+2 Goal

Tom Cairney
Assist by Chris Martin

27' Yellow Card

Kevin McDonald Card was given for a foul

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Floyd Ayité
Off:Lucas Piazon

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Scott Parker
Off:Sone Aluko

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tim Ream
Off:Scott Malone

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A goal in either half from Sone Aluko and Tom Cairney earned Fulham a convincing 2-0 win at Brentford’s Griffin Park on Friday.

A goal in either half from Sone Aluko and Tom Cairney earned Fulham a convincing 2-0 win at Brentford’s Griffin Park on Friday night.

Nobody could have argued if the Whites had gone into the break several goals to the good, but Aluko’s determination to put his side in front was the only difference between the sides, when he followed up his own shot.

It was a more balanced encounter after the break, with the home side taking some more risks which allowed Fulham to be a constant threat on the break.

And as the Bees pushed for an equaliser, Cairney punished them with a calm finish in stoppage time.

Unsurprisingly considering the manner of victory in our previous outing, Slaviša Jokanović kept his starting XI the same from the Huddersfield Town fixture six days earlier.

Fulham had the first effort two minutes in when Aluko’s cross was cleared to Cairney 20 yards out, but the stand-in skipper bent his effort off target.

A good chance arrived in the 11th minute when Chris Martin got a head on Scott Malone’s deep cross to find Aluko, whose drive was cleared from close to the line. Martin then headed well over from the subsequent corner.

Daniel Bentley pulled off a fine save to deny Lucas Piazon not long later when the Brazilian was sent through by Cairney, but the flag was up anyway.

Fulham were dominating the play and went close midway through the half when Stefan Johansen placed a first time shot after being fed by Cairney, but Bentley beat away the strike at full stretch.

The one-way traffic continued and Aluko will feel he should have done better in the 26th minute when he blasted over after Piazon had laid it back to him on the edge of the box.

A minute later Kevin McDonald became the first man booked when he stretched for the ball and caught Nico Yennaris.

Brentford threatened briefly from a couple of corners, but Fulham then countered quickly when Malone won possession deep in his own half, with the ball eventually worked to Aluko who thumped an effort against the stanchion behind the goal.

In the 36th minute the Whites finally got the breakthrough their persistence had earned. Johansen played a clever square pass into Aluko whose powerful drive was well saved by Bentley, but the Bees stopper couldn’t hold it and Aluko reacted quickest to bundle the ball over the line.

Cairney almost doubled the lead in the second minute of stoppage time but was brilliantly denied by Bentley, and Piazon was unable to catch the follow-up properly as he sliced over the bar.

2-0 would have been a fair reflection of the opening 45, but Jokanović’s men had to settle for the one-goal advantage to go with their slick team display.

Within the first five minutes of the restart Brentford had their first effort of the game when Josh Clarke blazed well over, while at the other end Aluko saw his glanced header drop just wide of the far post.

The Bees doubled their shot count in the 54th minute when Josh McEachran drilled low from the corner of the box, but he skewed his shot and it missed the target by a couple of yards.

Seconds after Martin was kept out by a brave block, Brentford went as close to an equaliser as they had all game when they countered at pace with Clarke who unleashed a rising drive that required a magnificent tip over the bar from David Button.

The first change of the night was made in the 63rd minute, as McEachran made way for Sullay Kaikai.

Clarke was proving to be his side’s dangerman and Fulham needed Button to be at his best once again when he got two strong palms to the midfielder’s powerful strike on the angle.

The nature of the game had switched to a more end-to-end encounter, with Aluko next to try his luck. The forward’s dipping strike just missed its range though.

Both sides made a change in the 71st minute; Floyd Ayité came on for Piazon, while Romaine Sawyers made way for Lasse Vibe.

Ayité was immediately involved, setting up a move that ended with Johansen chesting down a Malone cross which Martin scissor-kicked wide.

Jokanović then made a substitution to tighten things up, with Scott Parker coming on for Aluko.

With Fulham keen to kill the game off, some lovely footwork from Martin set up a chance for Ayité, but he placed his low shot marginally wide of the far post.

Malone then charged forward with the ball from the halfway line, evading several meek challenges before letting fly from 20 yards with an effort that was always swinging away from goal.

Harlee Dean went into the book with seven minutes left to play when he scythed down McDonald as the Fulham midfielder looked to break.

There was a hairy moment in the 88th minute from a Brentford corner, but the Whites almost benefitted from the clearance when Cairney was seemingly through, but Bentley did brilliantly to beat him to the ball having sprinted some distance out of his goal.

In the final minute of normal time, Tim Ream came on to replace Malone.

Four minutes of added time presented a challenge but Cairney completely eradicated the tension with a well taken finish following another counter. He sold the last defender a dummy to present an opening, and coolly slotted beyond Bentley from a tight angle to send the away fans behind the goal into raptures.

The home side’s frustrations were summed up at the death as Vibe was booked for a shocking tackle, as Fulham went into the international break with the local bragging rights.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Friday 4 November 2016
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Griffin Park, Brentford
Attendance: 12,052

Referee: Tim Robinson

Brentford

Line-up: Bentley; Colin, Dean, Egan, Bjelland; Nico Yennaris, Woods, McEachran (Kaikai 63'); Clarke (Hofmann 85'), Hogan, Sawyers (Vibe 71')

Unused substitutes: Balcombe, Barbet, Manny Onariase, Kerschbaumer

Manager: Dean Smith

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Fredericks, Kalas, Sigurdsson, Malone (Ream 90'); McDonald, Johansen; Sone Aluko (Parker 78'), Cairney, Lucas Piazon (Floyd Ayité 71'); Martin

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Odoi, Ryan Sessegnon, Matt Smith

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Newcastle United 15 34
2 Brighton and Hove Albion 15 31
3 Huddersfield Town 15 28
4 Norwich City 15 27
5 Reading 15 25
6 Bristol City 15 24
7 Fulham 16 24
8 Birmingham City 15 24
9 Sheffield Wednesday 15 24
10 Leeds United 15 23
11 Brentford 16 22
12 Barnsley 15 20
13 Preston North End 15 20
14 Queens Park Rangers 15 19
15 Aston Villa 15 18
16 Ipswich Town 15 18
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 17
18 Burton Albion 15 17
19 Derby County 15 17
20 Nottingham Forest 15 15
21 Cardiff City 15 15
22 Wigan Athletic 15 14
23 Blackburn Rovers 15 13
24 Rotherham United 15 7
Goals
0
2
Total Shots
11
16
Shots On Target
3
5
Passing Accuracy
70%
77%
Fouls
6
7
Corners
12
4
Offsides
2
3
Bookings
3
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Brentford (4-3-3)
  • 1Daniel Bentley
  • 2Maxime Colin
  • 6Harlee Dean
  • 14John Egan
  • 5Andreas Bjelland
  • 8Nico Yennaris
  • 15Ryan Woods
  • 10Josh McEachran
  • 20Josh Clarke
  • 9Scott Hogan
  • 19Romaine Sawyers
Substitutes
  • 37Ellery Balcombe
  • 29Yoann Barbet
  • 36Manny Onariase
  • 17Konstantin Kerschbaumer
  • 25Sullay Kaikai
  • 11Philipp Hofmann
  • 21Lasse Vibe
Manager
  • Dean Smith
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 27David Button
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 17Ragnar Sigurdsson
  • 3Scott Malone
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 14Stefan Johansen
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 25Chris Martin
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 30Ryan Sessegnon
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 9Matt Smith
  • 11Floyd Ayité
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
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, Brentford 0, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Brentford 0, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+5' Lasse Vibe (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+5' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Lasse Vibe (Brentford).
  • 90'+2' Goal! Brentford 0, Fulham 2. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Martin.
  • 90' Substitution, Fulham. Tim Ream replaces Scott Malone.
  • 89' Andreas Bjelland (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.
  • 89' Offside, Fulham. Stefan Johansen tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.
  • 88' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Harlee Dean.
  • 88' Attempt blocked. John Egan (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 88' Attempt blocked. John Egan (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sullay Kaikai with a cross.
  • 87' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by David Button.
  • 85' Substitution, Brentford. Philipp Hofmann replaces Josh Clarke.
  • 85' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 85' Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).
  • 84' Foul by Scott Malone (Fulham).
  • 84' Lasse Vibe (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 83' Harlee Dean (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 83' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 83' Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).
  • 82' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Scott Parker.
  • 82' Attempt missed. Scott Malone (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tomas Kalas.
  • 81' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John Egan.
  • 78' Substitution, Fulham. Scott Parker replaces Sone Aluko.
  • 76' Attempt blocked. John Egan (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sullay Kaikai with a cross.
  • 76' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Chris Martin.
  • 75' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ragnar Sigurdsson.
  • 73' Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 72' Attempt saved. Harlee Dean (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 72' Attempt blocked. Harlee Dean (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sullay Kaikai with a cross.
  • 72' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
  • 72' Substitution, Brentford. Lasse Vibe replaces Romaine Sawyers.
  • 71' Substitution, Fulham. Floyd Ayité replaces Lucas Piazon.
  • 70' Attempt missed. Ryan Woods (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.
  • 69' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 69' Josh Clarke (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 67' Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 65' Offside, Brentford. Romaine Sawyers tries a through ball, but Scott Hogan is caught offside.
  • 65' Attempt saved. Josh Clarke (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Maxime Colin.
  • 63' Substitution, Brentford. Sullay Kaikai replaces Josh McEachran.
  • 61' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by David Button.
  • 61' Attempt saved. Josh Clarke (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by John Egan.
  • 61' Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross.
  • 59' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 59' Foul by Andreas Bjelland (Brentford).
  • 58' Attempt blocked. Harlee Dean (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers with a cross.
  • 57' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 57' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ragnar Sigurdsson.
  • 55' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 54' Delay in match Sone Aluko (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 54' Attempt missed. Josh McEachran (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers following a corner.
  • 53' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Lucas Piazon.
  • 50' Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin McDonald with a cross.
  • 47' Attempt missed. Josh Clarke (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.
  • Second Half begins Brentford 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Brentford 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+2' Attempt missed. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
  • 45'+2' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.
  • 38' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Lucas Piazon.
  • 36' Goal! Brentford 0, Fulham 1. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
  • 36' Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross.
  • 30' Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a through ball following a fast break.
  • 30' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 29' Delay in match Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 28' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Lucas Piazon.
  • 28' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ragnar Sigurdsson.
  • 27' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 26' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 26' Nico Yennaris (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 26' Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.
  • 24' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 24' Josh Clarke (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 22' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 21' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Romaine Sawyers.
  • 19' Foul by Scott Malone (Fulham).
  • 19' Josh Clarke (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 18' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Lucas Piazon is caught offside.
  • 16' Hand ball by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 14' Offside, Brentford. Daniel Bentley tries a through ball, but Josh Clarke is caught offside.
  • 13' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 13' Foul by Scott Hogan (Brentford).
  • 13' Hand ball by Lucas Piazon (Fulham).
  • 11' Attempt missed. Tomas Kalas (Fulham) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a corner.
  • 11' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Harlee Dean.
  • 11' Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin with a headed pass.
  • 4' Offside, Fulham. Stefan Johansen tries a through ball, but Ragnar Sigurdsson is caught offside.
  • 4' Chris Martin (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 4' Foul by Maxime Colin (Brentford).
  • 2' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.