Saturday 13 August 2016, 3:00pm at Deepdale, Preston
Sky Bet Championship
Preston North End
1
Robinson 71'
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Sone Aluko 33'; Matt Smith 67'

71' Goal

Callum Robinson
Assist by Jermaine Beckford

88' Yellow Card

Paul Gallagher

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Callum Robinson
Off:Ben Pringle

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jermaine Beckford
Off:Eoin Doyle

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Humphrey
Off:Liam Grimshaw

33' Goal

Sone Aluko
Assist by Kevin McDonald

67' Goal

Matt Smith

43' Yellow Card

Floyd Ayité

78' Yellow Card

Tom Cairney Card was given for a foul

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cauley Woodrow
Off:Matt Smith

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lasse Vigen Christensen
Off:Floyd Ayité

90' Substitution

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

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Fulham maintained their winning start to the 2016/17 campaign with a 2-1 win away to Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.

Fulham maintained their winning start to the 2016/17 campaign with a 2-1 win away to Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.

Sone Aluko’s opener came in the 33rd minute when he headed home from close range following good play from Kevin McDonald at a corner.

Matt Smith doubled the lead in the 66th minute after a sublime bit of play by Tom Cairney, which saw him dribble through half the pitch before setting up his teammate.

The home side got back in to the game when Jermaine Beckford found Callum Robinson’s head to make it 1-2, but the Whites held on for all the points.

Slaviša Jokanović made only one change from his side that beat Newcastle United last week, with Captain Scott Parker coming in for Ryan Tunnicliffe.

The first real chance of the game came for Fulham in the 13th minute when Aluko attempted to drive a shot from outside the area, but his attempt was blocked by the legs of Preston captain Tom Clarke.

Former Whites man Ben Pringle fouled Scott Malone down the left flank in the 18th minute. Cairney whipped in the free-kick towards to head of Smith who could only watch his attempt sail wide.

The visitors had their closest attempt on goal in the 21st minute. Smith pushed the ball towards Cairney who attempted an audacious half-volley, which could only find the roof of the netting.

Smith will be frustrated he didn’t at least keep his 23rd minute attempt on target. Floyd Ayité found Scott Malone in the Preston penalty area who then crossed towards the head of the target man, but his attempt sailed wide of the post.

Preston then had a fine chance when Pringle’s free-kick found Eoin Doyle, but David Button comfortably saved his attempt.

Aluko broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute. As the ball was bouncing around the box McDonald managed to find the head of the former Hull man who nodded the ball into the back of the net, to the delight of the Whites fans behind the goal.

The visitors then thought they’d doubled their lead when Cairney’s corner met the head of Smith who easily slotted the ball home. However, referee Mr. Adcock disallowed it after he believed Smith had pushed his way to goal.

As soon as the second half started Preston looked a different team. Joe Garner had a great chance to level the scoring but Smith got in the way and slid in for a well-executed block.

Preston had the ball in the back of the net in the 49th minute when Doyle nodded in from a yard out, but the linesman correctly ruled the goal out for offside.

The visitors had a great chance to double their lead after Aluko played in Smith, but unfortunately for the striker, his right-footed attempt ended up wide of the post.

Fulham continued to press for another goal and two minutes later Parker played in Ayité who drew a great save from former Manchester United keeper Anders Lindegard.

Moments later it was Tomas Kalas’ turn to try and score, and he came close with an outrageous volley which ended up not far wide.

The Whites managed to double their lead in the 66th minute through Smith. Cairney managed to dribble through half of the entire Preston team before laying off his teammate. The striker’s first attempt was parried by Lindegard but it wasn’t enough, as Smith passed the ball in to the back of the net on the rebound to make it 0-2 to the visitors.

It wasn’t long before Preston attacked and in the 70th minute they found a way back into the game. Beckford found fellow substitute Robinson who powered the ball past Button with a beautifully taken diving header.

The home side kept pushing and with two minutes to go Beckford found his attempt in the back of the net, but thankfully for the travelling fans it was ruled out for offside.

The visitors managed to hold on thereafter and walked away from Deepdale with a well-deserved three points.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 13 August 2016
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 10,809

Referee: James Adcock

Preston North End

Line-up: Lindegaard; Grimshaw (Humphrey 82'), Clarke, Wright, Cunningham; Pringle (Robinson 67'), Browne, Johnson, Gallagher; Doyle (Beckford 67'), Garner

Unused substitutes: Maxwell, Spurr, Huntington, Hugill

Manager: Simon Grayson

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Odoi, Kalas, Madl, Malone (Ream 90'); Parker, McDonald; Cairney, Sone Aluko, Floyd Ayité (Christensen 81'); Matt Smith (Woodrow 73')

Unused substitutes: Joronen, Stearman, Ryan Sessegnon, Tunnicliffe

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Bristol City 2 6
2 Huddersfield Town 2 6
3 Fulham 2 6
4 Brighton and Hove Albion 2 4
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 4
6 Birmingham City 2 4
7 Norwich City 1 3
8 Queens Park Rangers 1 3
9 Wigan Athletic 2 3
10 Aston Villa 2 3
11 Brentford 2 3
12 Sheffield Wednesday 1 3
13 Barnsley 2 3
14 Ipswich Town 2 3
15 Reading 2 3
16 Nottingham Forest 2 3
17 Cardiff City 1 1
18 Derby County 2 1
19 Rotherham United 2 1
20 Burton Albion 2 0
21 Newcastle United 2 0
22 Preston North End 2 0
23 Leeds United 2 0
24 Blackburn Rovers 2 0
Goals
1
2
Total Shots
15
16
Shots On Target
3
5
Passing Accuracy
69%
79%
Fouls
10
11
Corners
6
8
Offsides
3
2
Bookings
1
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Preston North End (4-4-2)
  • 1Anders Lindegaard
  • 16Liam Grimshaw
  • 5Tom Clarke
  • 6Bailey Wright
  • 3Greg Cunningham
  • 18Ben Pringle
  • 8Alan Browne
  • 11Daniel Johnson
  • 12Paul Gallagher
  • 13Eoin Doyle
  • 14Joe Garner
Substitutes
  • 22Chris Maxwell
  • 17Thomas Spurr
  • 23Paul Huntington
  • 7Chris Humphrey
  • 10Jermaine Beckford
  • 25Jordan Hugill
  • 37Callum Robinson
Manager
  • Simon Grayson
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 27David Button
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 3Scott Malone
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 9Matt Smith
Substitutes
  • 41Jesse Joronen
  • 5Richard Stearman
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 30Ryan Sessegnon
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
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, Preston North End 1, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+4' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Clarke.
  • 90'+3' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).
  • 90'+1' Offside, Fulham. Tomas Kalas tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.
  • 90' Substitution, Fulham. Tim Ream replaces Scott Malone.
  • 90' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Humphrey.
  • 89' Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.
  • 89' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 88' Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.
  • 88' Offside, Preston North End. Tom Clarke tries a through ball, but Jermaine Beckford is caught offside.
  • 87' Attempt blocked. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.
  • 87' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Scott Malone.
  • 86' Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Robinson with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
  • 85' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 85' Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 83' Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Humphrey.
  • 82' Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Liam Grimshaw.
  • 81' Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 81' Substitution, Fulham. Lasse Vigen Christensen replaces Floyd Ayité.
  • 80' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 80' Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 78' Tom Cairney (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 78' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 78' Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 76' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Anders Lindegaard.
  • 76' Attempt saved. Scott Parker (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 76' Offside, Fulham. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.
  • 73' Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Matt Smith.
  • 72' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 72' Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).
  • 71' Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).
  • 71' Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 71' Goal! Preston North End 1, Fulham 2. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jermaine Beckford with a cross.
  • 69' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 68' Delay in match David Button (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 67' Substitution, Preston North End. Callum Robinson replaces Ben Pringle.
  • 67' Substitution, Preston North End. Jermaine Beckford replaces Eoin Doyle.
  • 67' Goal! Preston North End 0, Fulham 2. Matt Smith (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a fast break.
  • 67' Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 64' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 64' Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).
  • 63' Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
  • 63' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Bailey Wright.
  • 63' Attempt blocked. Tomas Kalas (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Madl with a headed pass.
  • 62' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Anders Lindegaard.
  • 62' Attempt saved. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 62' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 62' Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).
  • 60' Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko.
  • 56' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 56' Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).
  • 54' Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).
  • 54' Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 53' Attempt missed. Liam Grimshaw (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joe Garner.
  • 53' Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.
  • 52' Offside, Preston North End. Daniel Johnson tries a through ball, but Joe Garner is caught offside.
  • 49' Offside, Preston North End. Alan Browne tries a through ball, but Eoin Doyle is caught offside.
  • 49' Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Garner.
  • 47' Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 47' Attempt blocked. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Johnson with a cross.
  • 46' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • Second Half begins Preston North End 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+1' First Half ends, Preston North End 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+1' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Michael Madl.
  • 45' Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).
  • 45' Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Clarke.
  • 44' Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 44' Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Pringle.
  • 43' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 43' Attempt saved. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Garner.
  • 42' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 42' Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 36' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 36' Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).
  • 33' Goal! Preston North End 0, Fulham 1. Sone Aluko (Fulham) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin McDonald following a corner.
  • 33' Attempt blocked. Matt Smith (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.
  • 32' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Paul Gallagher.
  • 30' Attempt saved. Eoin Doyle (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.
  • 29' Foul by Scott Malone (Fulham).
  • 29' Eoin Doyle (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 28' Hand ball by Ben Pringle (Preston North End).
  • 27' Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).
  • 27' Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 27' Attempt missed. Michael Madl (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Denis Odoi following a set piece situation.
  • 26' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 26' Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).
  • 24' Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross.
  • 21' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.
  • 18' Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 17' Scott Malone (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 17' Foul by Ben Pringle (Preston North End).
  • 15' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
  • 15' Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 13' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by David Button.
  • 13' Attempt blocked. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.
  • 12' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Clarke.
  • 12' Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 12' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 12' Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).
  • 10' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 10' Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 2' Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).
  • 2' Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.