Wednesday 1 February 2017, 7:45pm at Pirelli Stadium, Burton
Sky Bet Championship
Burton Albion
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Johansen 48'; Malone 71'

67' Yellow Card

Chris O'Grady Card was given for a foul

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris O'Grady
Off:Marvin Sordell

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tom Naylor
Off:Luke Murphy

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Will Miller
Off:Lloyd Dyer

48' Goal

Stefan Johansen
Assist by Tom Cairney

71' Goal

Scott Malone
Assist by Lucas Piazon

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Floyd Ayité
Off:Sone Aluko

90'+1 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Denis Odoi
Off:Ryan Fredericks

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Second half goals from Stefan Johansen and Scott Malone earned Fulham a 2-0 victory at Burton Albion on Wednesday evening.

Second half goals from Stefan Johansen and Scott Malone earned Fulham a 2-0 victory at Burton Albion on Wednesday evening.

It was a patient display by the Whites, who didn’t let a frustrating opening 45, in which the hosts defended doggedly, put them off their stride.

And the Whites’ commitment to their style was aptly rewarded just three minutes after the break when Johansen slammed in his eighth goal of the season from the edge of the box.

Fulham’s control of the game deserved a second goal and it duly arrived when Malone got forward and smashed a fine effort into the top of the net from a tight angle, to secure all three points for his side.

Slaviša Jokanović made three changes to the side that defeated Hull City in the Emirates FA Cup, as David Button, Ryan Fredericks and Malone all returned.

Fulham were enjoying all of the ball in the opening stages and had the first sniff of goal in the eighth minute. A surging Fredericks run ended with him cutting back to Chris Martin who missed his kick, with Lucas Piazon quickly closed down as he tried to capitalise on the loose ball.

Burton were sitting deep but a defence splitting pass just after quarter of an hour sent Lloyd Dyer in on goal, but David Button was alert and out quickly to quell the danger.

The first proper effort on goal arrived on the 20 minute mark when Tom Cairney dug out a cross to Malone, who couldn’t quite control his volley inside the area and the shot spun over.

The closest anyone had come was Cairney when the Burton defence backed off him in the 31st minute and he took the invitation to shoot from 20 yards. His shot looked threatening but dropped just wide after taking a deflection.

With the home side happy to keep men behind the ball at all times it was proving difficult to break the well organised Brewers down, and so Malone tried his luck from long range in the 36th minute, and his shot fizzed marginally the wrong side of the post.

Just before the break a nice one-two between central midfielders Kevin McDonald and Johansen culminated in the former trying to wrap his foot around the ball just inside the box, but he was slightly off balance and smashed it over the crossbar.

Having had all the play in the first half, Fulham were keen to go one further early in the second, and they did just that three minutes after the restart. Sone Aluko’s positive running after winning possession eventually came to an end but the ball dropped to Cairney who fed a short pass to Johansen, with the Norwegian firing low and hard into the bottom right hand corner.

That goal in front of the Fulham fans was just what was needed, and Aluko went close to another shortly after when he shifted the ball onto his right foot and crashed one in from the angle, but it took a nick on its way through and went over.

The Whites were having all the play and in the 55th minute Martin slotted in at the far post from Malone’s low cross, but the striker was adjudged to have strayed offside.

Some fans thought Johansen doubled his tally for the evening on the hour mark when he connected with a decent toe poke, but it deflected into the outside of the side-netting.

Albion then switched things up with a like-for-like swap up top, as Chris O’Grady replaced Marvin Sordell as the lone striker.

The big forward was instantly involved, holding off his marker and hitting a low shot wide on the swivel from just outside the box. To the disgust of the Fulham players a corner was given, but thankfully it came to nothing.

O’Grady was really in the thick of things, and soon picked up a booking after going through Tomas Kalas after the defender had played the ball back to his goalkeeper.

He then got on the end of Lucas Akins’ cross and flicked in a goalbound header that Button saved comfortably, with the stopper then launching a Fulham break that ended with Jon McLaughlin pushing Aluko’s shot behind. Bizarrely, an offside call went against the Whites to deny them a corner.

The crucial second goal arrived in the 71st minute in some style. Fulham moved the ball up the pitch with pace, and when Malone got into a crossing position he fooled everyone and walloped his shot high into the roof of the net from an acute angle.

Burton’s second change then saw Luke Murphy make way for Tom Naylor, with Will Miller replacing Dyer soon after.

Fulham twice came close to a beautiful third in the 79th minute. First, good footwork from Piazon following Johansen’s backheel saw him work space for a shot which was parried by McLaughlin, before Cairney’s sublime chip from outside the area landed on the roof of the net.

With five minutes to go Jokanović made his first change, replacing Aluko with Floyd Ayité, and Denis Odoi came on for Fredericks in the first of three added minutes.

After O’Grady had won a corner, there was a hairy moment for the Whites as the ball bounced around the six yard box, but the panic was averted when the Burton striker blazed well over.

In the final moments of the game Johansen curled a free-kick on target that was simple enough for McLaughlin, with the curtain coming down on a job well done for Fulham a matter of seconds later.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Wednesday 1 February 2017
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Pirelli Stadium, Burton
Attendance: 3,725

Referee: Tony Harrington

Burton Albion

Line-up: McLaughlin; Flanagan, Mousinho, Turner, McCrory; Palmer, Murphy (Tom Naylor 74'); Akins, Irvine, Dyer (Will Miller 78'); Sordell (O'Grady 63')

Unused substitutes: Bywater, Barker, Williamson, Myers-Harness

Manager: Nigel Clough

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Fredericks (Odoi 90'), Kalas, Ream, Malone; McDonald, Johansen; Sone Aluko (Floyd Ayité 85'), Cairney, Lucas Piazon; Martin

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Madl, Ryan Sessegnon, Parker, Petsos

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 60
2 Newcastle United 28 59
3 Reading 29 55
4 Leeds United 29 54
5 Huddersfield Town 27 49
6 Derby County 28 46
7 Sheffield Wednesday 28 46
8 Barnsley 29 44
9 Fulham 28 43
10 Norwich City 28 43
11 Preston North End 29 41
12 Birmingham City 29 37
13 Brentford 28 36
14 Aston Villa 28 36
15 Cardiff City 29 36
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 35
17 Ipswich Town 29 35
18 Queens Park Rangers 29 34
19 Nottingham Forest 29 33
20 Bristol City 28 28
21 Burton Albion 29 28
22 Wigan Athletic 27 25
23 Blackburn Rovers 28 25
24 Rotherham United 29 16
Goals
0
2
Total Shots
11
19
Shots On Target
3
4
Passing Accuracy
68%
84%
Fouls
9
7
Corners
5
8
Offsides
5
2
Bookings
1
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Burton Albion (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Jon McLaughlin
  • 2Tom Flanagan
  • 4John Mousinho
  • 6Ben Turner
  • 14Damien McCrory
  • 16Matthew Palmer
  • 30Luke Murphy
  • 10Lucas Akins
  • 36Jackson Irvine
  • 11Lloyd Dyer
  • 9Marvin Sordell
Substitutes
  • 13Stephen Bywater
  • 15Tom Naylor
  • 25Shaun Barker
  • 7Lee Williamson
  • 18Will Miller
  • 22Marcus Myers-Harness
  • 8Chris O'Grady
Manager
  • Nigel Clough
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 27David Button
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 3Scott Malone
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 14Stefan Johansen
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 25Chris Martin
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 30Ryan Sessegnon
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 33Thanos Petsos
  • 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, Burton Albion 0, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+3' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 90'+2' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Ben Turner (Burton Albion).
  • 90'+2' Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.
  • 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Flanagan with a headed pass.
  • 90'+1' Substitution, Fulham. Denis Odoi replaces Ryan Fredericks.
  • 90'+1' Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
  • 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.
  • 89' Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Damien McCrory.
  • 87' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 87' Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 85' Substitution, Fulham. Floyd Ayité replaces Sone Aluko.
  • 84' Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Naylor.
  • 81' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 81' Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 79' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
  • 79' Attempt saved. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 78' Substitution, Burton Albion. Will Miller replaces Lloyd Dyer.
  • 76' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John Mousinho.
  • 76' Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross.
  • 75' Offside, Burton Albion. Damien McCrory tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.
  • 74' Substitution, Burton Albion. Tom Naylor replaces Luke Murphy.
  • 72' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 72' Foul by Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion).
  • 71' Goal! Burton Albion 0, Fulham 2. Scott Malone (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.
  • 70' Offside, Burton Albion. Jackson Irvine tries a through ball, but Lucas Akins is caught offside.
  • 69' Offside, Fulham. Sone Aluko tries a through ball, but Chris Martin is caught offside.
  • 69' Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 68' Attempt saved. Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Akins with a cross.
  • 67' Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 67' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 67' Foul by Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion).
  • 66' Attempt missed. Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Palmer following a set piece situation.
  • 65' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 65' Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 65' Offside, Burton Albion. Damien McCrory tries a through ball, but Ben Turner is caught offside.
  • 64' Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 64' Attempt blocked. Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Flanagan.
  • 63' Substitution, Burton Albion. Chris O'Grady replaces Marvin Sordell.
  • 61' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 61' Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 60' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John Mousinho.
  • 60' Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.
  • 60' Attempt blocked. Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.
  • 57' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 57' Foul by Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion).
  • 56' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 56' Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 55' Offside, Fulham. Scott Malone tries a through ball, but Chris Martin is caught offside.
  • 54' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Foul by Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion).
  • 52' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left following a corner.
  • 51' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Damien McCrory.
  • 51' Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.
  • 50' Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 48' Goal! Burton Albion 0, Fulham 1. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • Second Half begins Burton Albion 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+1' First Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Fulham 0.
  • 43' Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 38' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.
  • 37' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 37' Foul by Luke Murphy (Burton Albion).
  • 35' Attempt missed. Scott Malone (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney following a corner.
  • 35' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Turner.
  • 35' Attempt blocked. Tomas Kalas (Fulham) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross.
  • 34' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Turner.
  • 31' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Luke Murphy.
  • 31' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sone Aluko.
  • 28' Attempt blocked. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.
  • 26' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Foul by Luke Murphy (Burton Albion).
  • 23' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Malone.
  • 21' Offside, Burton Albion. Lloyd Dyer tries a through ball, but Marvin Sordell is caught offside.
  • 20' Attempt missed. Scott Malone (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 19' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 19' Foul by Marvin Sordell (Burton Albion).
  • 16' Attempt saved. Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Damien McCrory.
  • 14' Offside, Burton Albion. Tom Flanagan tries a through ball, but Marvin Sordell is caught offside.
  • 11' Attempt missed. Tomas Kalas (Fulham) header from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 11' Chris Martin (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 11' Foul by John Mousinho (Burton Albion).
  • 10' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Turner.
  • 9' Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by David Button.
  • 9' Attempt saved. Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 8' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 8' Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 8' Attempt blocked. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 6' Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Scott Malone.
  • 4' Foul by Scott Malone (Fulham).
  • 4' Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.