Saturday 22 April 2017, 3:00pm at John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
Sky Bet Championship
Huddersfield Town
1
Löwe (pen) 4'
Fulham FC
Fulham
4
Malone 16'; Cairney (pen) 20'; Johansen 36', 45'

4' Penalty

Chris Löwe

26' Yellow Card

Philip Billing Card was given for a foul

54' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sean Scannell
Off:Joe Lolley

54' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Isaiah Brown
Off:Philip Billing

16' Goal

Scott Malone
Assist by Floyd Ayité

20' Penalty

Tom Cairney

36' Goal

Stefan Johansen

45' Goal

Stefan Johansen

18' Yellow Card

Ryan Fredericks Card was given for a foul

50' Yellow Card

Denis Odoi Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

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

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lucas Piazon
Off:Sone Aluko

86' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Neeskens Kebano
Off:Stefan Johansen

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A phenomenal first half display saw Fulham thump Play-Off rivals Huddersfield Town 4-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

A phenomenal first half display saw Fulham thump Play-Off rivals Huddersfield Town 4-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Things started badly when Chris Lowe won and converted a penalty, but Scott Malone netted from a tight angle to restore parity before long.

Tom Cairney then dispatched his second spot-kick in as many away outings, before Stefan Johansen rattled in number three to stun the home side.

The Norway midfielder then killed the game just before the break when he won possession in a dangerous position and made no mistake after breaking through one-on-one.

Slaviša Jokanović named an unchanged side to the one that defeated Aston Villa on Easter Monday, although Denis Odoi returned from injury to make the bench.

Huddersfield were handed a hugely controversial penalty with just three minutes played when Floyd Ayité was adjudged to have brought down Lowe just inside the box. The left-back took the spot-kick himself, and thumped it beyond the reach of Marcus Bettinelli.

Fulham responded with quarter of an hour on the clock when Johansen danced beyond a couple of challenges in the area before cutting back to Ryan Sessegnon, but the youngster put his first time effort inches over the bar.

But the equaliser was imminent as the Whites brutally punished a Huddersfield slip 25 yards out, patiently working the ball out to Malone on the left who found the far corner with an exquisite finish.

In the 18th minute Ryan Fredericks was booked for chopping down Rajiv Van La Parra in a wide position. The free-kick was swung in dangerously towards Christopher Schindler, who glanced his header wide.

Ayité then made amends for giving away a penalty by winning one himself when he was clumsily brought down by Jonathan Hogg. Cairney took up duties and, just like he did at Carrow Road, nestled it into the bottom right hand corner.

In the 26th minute Philip Billing went in hard and late on Kevin McDonald, and could consider himself lucky to be shown a yellow rather than a red card.

Ayité then volleyed an effort on target from a Fredericks cross, but his attempt lacked power and Danny Ward caught it simply, before Cairney bent one a yard wide from the edge of the box as Fulham continued to turn the screw.

After a slow start to the game, Jokanović’s men had entered a different gear and 10 minutes before the break got their third. Wonderful skill from Sone Aluko, despite being constantly fouled, saw him break away down the left before going central to Cairney. The captain fed Sessegnon, his shot deflected into the path of Johansen who got it under control rifling it into the back of the net.

Huddersfield were shell-shocked but went close to pulling one back when Billing rose highest to Lowe’s 42nd minute corner, but thankfully he sent his header marginally wide of the far post.

Fulham were in dreamland just before half-time when Johansen robbed Hogg just outside the box. The Norwegian was then fouled but kept his feet to get himself into a shooting position, and he confidently planted his finish beyond Ward.

Jokanović withdrew Fredericks – on a booking – at half-time, replacing him with Odoi. Within five minutes, though, the Belgian found himself carded for a foul on Van La Parra.

Van La Parra then went so close to finding the net with a lovely curling strike from the edge of the box. Thankfully it flew just the wrong side of the far post.

A stunning Cairney pass then sent Sessegnon in on goal, but Ward was out quickly and made a fine save.

In the 55th minute Huddersfield brought Billing off for Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown, who impressed against the Whites for Rotherham United earlier in the season. Sean Scannell also came on for Joe Lolley.

The Terriers had improved after the break and threatened when Aaron Mooy had space 25 yards out in the 64th minute, but he dragged his shot some way wide of the upright.

With quarter of an hour left to play, Bettinelli got Odoi out of jail. The substitute tried to send a chested pass to a teammate but instead played Collin Quaner in on goal, who was brilliantly denied by Bettinelli.

Fulham’s second change of the afternoon then saw Aluko make way for Lucas Piazon.

The travelling fans were already in a buoyant mood behind the goal their team was now attacking, and they were even happier when news filtered through that Leeds United were trailing at Burton Albion, just as Malone dragged a right footed shot wide.

With four minutes to go a dampener was put on Fulham’s party when Johansen limped from the field of play. Neeskens Kebano came on to replace him.

The second half had been something of a formality and the Whites comfortably held on to record their fourth consecutive victory, and tighten their grip on a Play-Off place in the process.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 22 April 2017
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 21,023

Referee: Andy Davies

Huddersfield Town

Line-up: Ward; Smith, Hefele, Schindler, Löwe; Hogg, Billing (Brown 54'); Lolley (Scannell 54'), Mooy, van La Parra; Quaner

Unused substitutes: Coleman, Hudson, Cranie, Whitehead, Wells

Manager: David Wagner

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks (Odoi 45'), Kalas, Ream, Malone; Cairney, McDonald, Johansen (Kebano 86'); Floyd Ayité, Sone Aluko (Lucas Piazon 77'), Ryan Sessegnon

Unused substitutes: Button, Sigurdsson, Parker, Cyriac

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 92
2 Newcastle United 43 85
3 Reading 44 79
4 Sheffield Wednesday 44 78
5 Huddersfield Town 43 78
6 Fulham 44 76
7 Leeds United 44 73
8 Norwich City 44 66
9 Brentford 44 63
10 Derby County 44 63
11 Preston North End 43 61
12 Cardiff City 44 59
13 Aston Villa 43 58
14 Barnsley 44 57
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 43 55
16 Ipswich Town 44 55
17 Bristol City 44 51
18 Burton Albion 44 51
19 Queens Park Rangers 44 50
20 Nottingham Forest 44 48
21 Birmingham City 43 47
22 Blackburn Rovers 44 45
23 Wigan Athletic 44 41
24 Rotherham United 44 21
Goals
1
4
Total Shots
13
10
Shots On Target
2
6
Passing Accuracy
78%
76%
Fouls
9
11
Corners
6
0
Offsides
1
3
Bookings
1
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Huddersfield Town (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Danny Ward
  • 2Tommy Smith
  • 44Michael Hefele
  • 26Christopher Schindler
  • 15Chris Löwe
  • 6Jonathan Hogg
  • 8Philip Billing
  • 18Joe Lolley
  • 10Aaron Mooy
  • 17Rajiv van La Parra
  • 23Collin Quaner
Substitutes
  • 13Joel Coleman
  • 5Mark Hudson
  • 14Martin Cranie
  • 4Dean Whitehead
  • 7Sean Scannell
  • 21Nahki Wells
  • 37Isaiah Brown
Manager
  • David Wagner
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 3Scott Malone
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 14Stefan Johansen
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • 30Ryan Sessegnon
Substitutes
  • 27David Button
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 17Ragnar Sigurdsson
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 9Cyriac
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, Huddersfield Town 1, Fulham 4.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Fulham 4.
  • 90'+1' Attempt missed. Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Mooy with a cross following a corner.
  • 90'+1' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Sean Scannell with a through ball.
  • 86' Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Stefan Johansen because of an injury.
  • 86' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 85' Delay in match Stefan Johansen (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 80' Attempt missed. Scott Malone (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 77' Substitution, Fulham. Lucas Piazon replaces Sone Aluko.
  • 76' Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 76' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 75' Attempt saved. Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 74' Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 74' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 73' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Scott Malone.
  • 71' Attempt missed. Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Mooy with a cross following a corner.
  • 71' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 68' Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 68' Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).
  • 66' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 65' Delay in match Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.
  • 65' Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 65' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 63' Attempt missed. Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Isaiah Brown.
  • 60' Attempt missed. Isaiah Brown (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Collin Quaner.
  • 59' Foul by Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town).
  • 59' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Joe Lolley.
  • 54' Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Isaiah Brown replaces Philip Billing.
  • 54' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.
  • 53' Attempt saved. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a through ball.
  • 52' Attempt missed. Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Lolley.
  • 52' Attempt blocked. Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Mooy.
  • 51' Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 51' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 50' Denis Odoi (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 50' Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 50' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 49' Attempt missed. Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Löwe with a cross following a corner.
  • 48' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
  • 47' Foul by Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town).
  • 47' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • Second Half begins Huddersfield Town 1, Fulham 4.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Denis Odoi replaces Ryan Fredericks.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Fulham 4.
  • 45'+3' Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 45'+3' Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 45' Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Fulham 4. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.
  • 43' Foul by Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town).
  • 43' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 43' Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 43' Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 42' Attempt missed. Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Löwe with a cross following a corner.
  • 41' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 39' Attempt missed. Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Lolley following a corner.
  • 39' Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
  • 37' Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 37' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 36' Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Fulham 3. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.
  • 36' Attempt blocked. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 34' Offside, Fulham. Stefan Johansen tries a through ball, but Sone Aluko is caught offside.
  • 33' Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).
  • 33' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 33' Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).
  • 33' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 32' Foul by Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town).
  • 32' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 32' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sone Aluko.
  • 29' Offside, Fulham. Scott Malone tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.
  • 28' Attempt saved. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.
  • 27' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 26' Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 26' Delay in match Kevin McDonald (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 26' Foul by Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town).
  • 26' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 20' Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Fulham 2. Tom Cairney (Fulham) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.
  • 19' Penalty conceded by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 19' Penalty Fulham. Floyd Ayité draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 18' Attempt missed. Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Mooy with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 18' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 18' Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 18' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 16' Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Fulham 1. Scott Malone (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 15' Foul by Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town).
  • 15' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 15' Attempt missed. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 7' Offside, Huddersfield Town. Philip Billing tries a through ball, but Tommy Smith is caught offside.
  • 4' Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Fulham 0. Chris Löwe (Huddersfield Town) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.
  • 4' Penalty Huddersfield Town. Chris Löwe draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 4' Penalty conceded by Floyd Ayité (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.