Saturday 4 March 2017, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Sone Aluko 22'; Martin 60'; Kebano 77'
Preston North End
1
Tom Barkhuizen 68'

22' Goal

Sone Aluko
Assist by Neeskens Kebano

60' Goal

Chris Martin
Assist by Ryan Fredericks

77' Goal

Neeskens Kebano
Assist by Sone Aluko

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Scott Parker
Off:Stefan Johansen

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cyriac
Off:Chris Martin

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Denis Odoi
Off:Sone Aluko

68' Goal

Tom Barkhuizen
Assist by Aiden McGeady

80' Yellow Card

Ben Pearson Card was given for a foul

90'+3 Yellow Card

Greg Cunningham Card was given for a foul

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Callum Robinson
Off:Daryl Horgan

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ben Pearson
Off:Alan Browne

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stevie May
Off:Jordan Hugill

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Goals from Sone Aluko, Chris Martin and Neeskens Kebano earned Fulham a deserved 3-1 win over Preston North End on Saturday.

Goals from Sone Aluko, Chris Martin and Neeskens Kebano earned Fulham a deserved 3-1 win over Preston North End on Saturday.

The Whites took a slender lead into the break after Aluko smashed home at the Putney End following good work from Kebano, and Martin doubled the lead after the restart following a fine run by Ryan Fredericks.

Tom Barkhuizen reduced the arrears against the run of play, but daylight was restored when Kebano capped a fine performance with a squeezed finish between goalkeeper Chris Maxwell’s legs.

It was an ideal start to a month which features four home matches, although the table remained unaffected in so much as Play-Off rivals Sheffield Wednesday, Reading and Leeds United all picked up three points as well.

Slaviša Jokanović made three changes to the side that drew in Cardiff a week ago. Kebano and Martin replaced injured duo Lucas Piazon and Floyd Ayité, while Ryan Sessegnon came in for Scott Malone.

A decent opportunity opened up 11 minutes in when Tom Cairney stood on the ball on the edge of the area until Fredericks was on for the overlap. He got to the byline and cut the ball back, but nobody in white in the crowded penalty box was able to turn it home.

At the other end a deep cross from the left by Daryl Horgan was met at the far post by Jordan Hugill, but he couldn’t control his header and it looped harmlessly over.

Horgan then brought about the first save of the game with an angled effort from just inside the box, but it was easy enough for David Button.

Maxwell then saved from Cairney after his shot had taken a deflection off the arm of a Preston defender. Half-hearted appeals for a penalty were waved away.

The breakthrough arrived in clinical style in the 22nd minute. After Preston had given away a cheap throw-in, Stefan Johansen fed Kebano down the left who spun his man before drilling a ball backwards to Aluko who emphatically planted a first-time strike low inside the near post.

Cairney showed great strength shortly after the half hour mark to hold off a trio of attempted challenges on the edge of the box before squaring to Sessegnon who sent in a snapshot under pressure on his weaker right foot that required a save from Maxwell.

Recently named London EFL Footballer of the Year Cairney was the creator in chief in the middle of the park, and he sent a brilliantly disguised pass to Kebano moments later. The Congo international beat his man and sent in a shot that deflected into the grateful arms of Maxwell.

It was almost 2-0 in the 37th minute when, following great play from Kebano, Johansen slipped a ball in front of Kevin McDonald who opened his body up and tried to place a shot in exactly the same spot that Aluko found, but it went inches wide.

Five minutes before the break Kebano whipped in a low corner to the near post that Tomas Kalas flicked goalwards, but Maxwell was alert to the danger and beat the ball away.

North End countered quickly from the subsequent corner in a move that ended with Aiden McGeady firing in a powerful drive from an acute angle that Button got down well to.

Kalas was proving a handful at corners, this time getting on the end of Sessegnon’s delivery in the final minute of normal time in the first half, but he got under the ball and sent it off target.

Fulham had all the possession at the start of the second half and also had the first attempt when Kebano flashed in a volley from a seemingly impossible angle that was tipped over superbly by Maxwell.

Kalas then looked set to score from the subsequent corner, but Tom Clarke just got to the ball before him to make a crucial intervention.

Preston responded with a swerving outside of the boot effort by Horgan that needed palming over by Button.

Some slick football from Johansen in the 57th minute ended with him playing in Cairney to his right. The Fulham skipper tried to wrap his foot around the ball but a Lilywhites defender got across quickly to make a firm block.

The visitors then responded with a double change as Horgan and Alan Browne were replaced by Callum Robinson and Ben Pearson.

Martin had done well holding the ball up all game without having a sniff of goal, but when his chance came he took it with aplomb. Fantastic forward play from Fredericks saw him dribble into an advanced position and he fed the striker who’d peeled away from his man. Martin then gave Maxwell the eyes and thumped a beefy effort inside the near post.

Preston brought themselves back into it out of nothing in the 68th minute. McGeady slipped a ball through to Barkhuizen who’d got in behind Sessegnon, and the winger burst into the box before poking an effort beyond Button.

Fulham hearts were in mouths with quarter of an hour to play when Preston broke forward with numbers, but thankfully Robinson leant back as he took aim from 20 yards and sent his shot into Row Z.

The two goal lead was then re-established when Aluko played Kebano in to his left, and the Fulham number seven got the goal his lively performance had merited when he placed his shot between Maxwell’s legs.

After Pearson was booked for a foul on Kebano, both sides made a change. Hugill made way for Stevie May, while Scott Parker replaced Johansen.

Aluko had a chance to make the game safe in the 81st minute after Cairney had nudged the ball his way in the box, but his curler was too close to Maxwell who made the save.

The second change for the Whites saw Cyriac come on for Martin in a like for like switch up top. Not long after, Aluko departed to a standing ovation and was replaced by Denis Odoi.

The only incident of note in three minutes of stoppage time was the booking of Greg Cunningham for a nasty barge on Odoi, as Fulham began a vital month in the perfect way.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 4 March 2017
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 20,205

Referee: Simon Hooper

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Ryan Sessegnon; Cairney, McDonald, Johansen (Parker 80'); Sone Aluko (Odoi 88'), Martin (Cyriac 84'), Kebano

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Malone, Madl, Sigurdsson

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Preston North End

Line-up: Maxwell; Cunningham, Clarke, Huntington, Spurr; Tom Barkhuizen, Browne (Pearson 57'), Johnson, Horgan (Robinson 57'); McGeady; Hugill (May 81')

Unused substitutes: Lindegaard, Boyle, Gallagher, Makienok

Manager: Simon Grayson

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Newcastle United 34 73
2 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 71
3 Huddersfield Town 33 65
4 Leeds United 35 64
5 Reading 35 63
6 Sheffield Wednesday 35 61
7 Fulham 34 56
8 Norwich City 35 52
9 Preston North End 35 52
10 Derby County 35 51
11 Barnsley 35 50
12 Cardiff City 35 46
13 Aston Villa 35 45
14 Brentford 34 44
15 Ipswich Town 35 43
16 Queens Park Rangers 35 43
17 Birmingham City 35 43
18 Nottingham Forest 35 40
19 Burton Albion 35 37
20 Blackburn Rovers 34 36
21 Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 35
22 Bristol City 35 34
23 Wigan Athletic 35 31
24 Rotherham United 35 17
Goals
3
1
Total Shots
15
8
Shots On Target
8
4
Passing Accuracy
87%
70%
Fouls
7
10
Corners
9
1
Offsides
1
6
Bookings
0
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 27David Button
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 30Ryan Sessegnon
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 14Stefan Johansen
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • 25Chris Martin
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 3Scott Malone
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 17Ragnar Sigurdsson
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 9Cyriac
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Preston North End (4-4-1-1)
  • 22Chris Maxwell
  • 3Greg Cunningham
  • 5Tom Clarke
  • 23Paul Huntington
  • 17Thomas Spurr
  • 29Tom Barkhuizen
  • 8Alan Browne
  • 11Daniel Johnson
  • 7Daryl Horgan
  • 14Aiden McGeady
  • 25Jordan Hugill
Substitutes
  • 1Anders Lindegaard
  • 24Andrew Boyle
  • 4Ben Pearson
  • 12Paul Gallagher
  • 9Simon Makienok
  • 21Stevie May
  • 37Callum Robinson
Manager
  • Simon Grayson
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, Fulham 3, Preston North End 1.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Fulham 3, Preston North End 1.
  • 90'+3' Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+3' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).
  • 89' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 89' Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 88' Substitution, Fulham. Denis Odoi replaces Sone Aluko.
  • 88' Offside, Fulham. Scott Parker tries a through ball, but Neeskens Kebano is caught offside.
  • 85' Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cyriac.
  • 84' Substitution, Fulham. Cyriac replaces Chris Martin.
  • 84' Offside, Preston North End. Tom Clarke tries a through ball, but Stevie May is caught offside.
  • 81' Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 80' Substitution, Fulham. Scott Parker replaces Stefan Johansen.
  • 80' Substitution, Preston North End. Stevie May replaces Jordan Hugill.
  • 80' Ben Pearson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 80' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 80' Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).
  • 77' Goal! Fulham 3, Preston North End 1. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko.
  • 76' Attempt missed. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Greg Cunningham.
  • 73' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).
  • 72' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 72' Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 70' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 70' Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).
  • 68' Goal! Fulham 2, Preston North End 1. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a through ball.
  • 66' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Barkhuizen.
  • 60' Goal! Fulham 2, Preston North End 0. Chris Martin (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 57' Substitution, Preston North End. Ben Pearson replaces Alan Browne.
  • 57' Substitution, Preston North End. Callum Robinson replaces Daryl Horgan.
  • 57' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 55' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Daniel Johnson.
  • 55' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 54' Attempt blocked. Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.
  • 53' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by David Button.
  • 53' Attempt saved. Daryl Horgan (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.
  • 51' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Paul Huntington.
  • 50' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Maxwell.
  • 50' Attempt saved. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko.
  • 48' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Paul Huntington.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Preston North End 0.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Preston North End 0.
  • 45'+2' Offside, Preston North End. Daryl Horgan tries a through ball, but Jordan Hugill is caught offside.
  • 45'+1' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).
  • 45' Attempt missed. Tomas Kalas (Fulham) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon with a cross following a corner.
  • 44' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Alan Browne.
  • 42' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 42' Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).
  • 40' Attempt saved. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.
  • 40' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 40' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jordan Hugill.
  • 40' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano with a cross following a corner.
  • 39' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Clarke.
  • 38' Offside, Preston North End. Daryl Horgan tries a through ball, but Jordan Hugill is caught offside.
  • 37' Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 35' Offside, Preston North End. Tom Clarke tries a through ball, but Jordan Hugill is caught offside.
  • 34' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 34' Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).
  • 33' Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 32' Attempt saved. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 30' Offside, Preston North End. Daryl Horgan tries a through ball, but Greg Cunningham is caught offside.
  • 29' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 29' Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 27' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 27' Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 27' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 27' Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Paul Huntington.
  • 22' Goal! Fulham 1, Preston North End 0. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano.
  • 17' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 17' Foul by Thomas Spurr (Preston North End).
  • 16' Offside, Preston North End. Daryl Horgan tries a through ball, but Aiden McGeady is caught offside.
  • 16' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 15' Attempt saved. Daryl Horgan (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.
  • 13' Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daryl Horgan with a cross.
  • 12' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 12' Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).
  • 11' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 11' Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 8' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 8' Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 7' Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
  • 5' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 4' Delay in match Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) because of an injury.
  • 1' Chris Martin (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 1' Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.