Saturday 13 May 2017, 5:30pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Cairney 65'
Reading
Reading
1
Obita 53'

65' Goal

Tom Cairney

54' Yellow Card

Scott Malone

56' Yellow Card

Kevin McDonald Card was given for a foul

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Neeskens Kebano
Off:Chris Martin

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cyriac
Off:Sone Aluko

53' Goal

Jordan Obita
Assist by Paul McShane

40' Yellow Card

John Swift Card shown to player for time wasting

42' Yellow Card

Yann Kermorgant

80' Red Card

Paul McShane

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joseph Mendes
Off:Lewis Grabban

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joey van den Berg
Off:John Swift

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tiago Ilori
Off:Joseph Mendes

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Tom Cairney’s second-half header was enough to earn Fulham a 1-1 draw with Reading at Craven Cottage.

Tom Cairney’s second-half header was enough to earn Fulham a 1-1 draw with Reading at Craven Cottage in the first leg of the Play-Offs.

The Whites came from behind after Jordan Obita scored a controversial goal in the 53rd minute but Cairney replied when Ali Al-Habsi failed to deal with Scott Malone’s cross and the midfielder headed in the rebound.

There was drama late on as well when Reading captain Paul McShane received a red card for a nasty looking challenge on Kevin McDonald.  

Slaviša Jokanović made three changes to the starting line-up that defeated Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at Hillsborough last Sunday.

Ryan Fredericks, Stefan Johansen and Floyd Ayité all returned to take their place as starters with Denis Odoi, Lucas Piazon and Neeskens Kebano dropping to the bench.

Reading made four changes of their own as Tiago Ilori, Roy Beerens, Liam Kelly and Joseph Mendes were replaced by John Swift, Danny Williams, Tyler Blackett and Lewis Grabban.

The first threat of the game came from Reading in the eighth minute as Tim Ream and Tomas Kalas collided with each other allowing Grabban to run through on goal, however Fulham scrambled well and his effort went out for a corner.

Just two minutes later Fulham were at the other end of the field and Cairney released a long-range effort from his left foot which bended just wide of the far post.

After some nice link-up play with Malone in the 19th minute, Ayité released a teasing ball across the box which was met by Sone Aluko, unfortunately his effort went just inches wide of the far post.

As Fulham grew into the game Malone was again at the heart of things when he took a one-two off Johansen but he was unable to keep his shot down as it drifted out for a goal-kick.

Swift was booked in the 40th minute for time-wasting as he pondered for too long over taking a corner and then moments later Yann Kermogant also received a yellow for lunging in on Aluko.

On the eve of half-time Ayité was released down the left but as he took the ball into the box he tried to beat the keeper at the near-post however he failed to get his shot on target and the half ended 0-0.

Marcus Bettinelli made his first big intervention of the game when he took a flying Reading cross away from an unmarked Grabban in the 52nd minute.

Obita then scored the opening goal of the game after cutting in from the left after Fulham gave away possession in their half.

Malone was subsequently booked for dissent after arguing with the referee for an apparent hand-ball in the build-up by Danny Williams.

McDonald was the next man in the referees’ book after he pulled back Swift who was on a counter attack heading up-field.

Reading gave the ball away on the edge of their box and Martin had an effort, but despite getting his shot on target it was a routine save for Al-Habsi in the Reading goal.

That was to be Martin’s last big contribution to the game as Kebano replaced him on the hour mark.

Cairney finally got one back in the 65th minute after some beautiful link-up play between Cairney himself, Ayité and Malone who delivered a perfect cross which was fumbled by Al-Habsi giving Cairney the opportunity to head home the rebound in front of the Hammersmith end.

Mendes came on for Grabban three minutes after Cairney’s goal as Jaap Stam looked to try and get his side back in the game. Swift was then replaced by Joey van der Berg minutes later.

There were appeals for a penalty in the 78th minute when it appeared that Fredericks was bundled over in the Reading box however the referee waved away the Fulham claims.

With ten minutes to go Reading Captain McShane was shown a deserved red card as he lost out in a challenge to McDonald, he lunged in and kicked out at the midfielder warranting his dismissal.  

Stam replied instantly by withdrawing Mendes and using his final substitution to bring on another defender in the shape of Ilori.

As Fulham looked for a late winner McDonald fired a shot over the bar and then Aluko was replaced by Cyriac in the 87th minute.

With time running out Ayité dribbled in from the right but his shot was too high to trouble Al-Habsi and the fourth official then flashed up five minutes of added time.

Fulham, willed on by the immense home support, were searching for a late winner and with one minute remaining Fredericks unleashed a cross which flashed across the face of goal but unfortunately a white shirt was unable to get on the end of it and the game ended in a draw. 

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Final

Date: Saturday 13 May 2017
Kick-off: 5:30pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 23,717

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Malone; Cairney, McDonald, Johansen; Sone Aluko (Cyriac 87'), Martin (Kebano 61'), Floyd Ayité

Unused substitutes: Button, Odoi, Ryan Sessegnon, Parker, Lucas Piazon

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Reading

Line-up: Al Habsi; McShane, Moore, Blackett; Gunter, Williams, Evans, Obita; Grabban (Mendes 68' (Ilori 82')), Swift (van den Berg 74'); Kermorgant

Unused substitutes: Jaakkola, Beerens, McCleary, Popa

Manager: Jaap Stam

Goals
1
1
Total Shots
12
3
Shots On Target
2
1
Passing Accuracy
79%
66%
Fouls
9
12
Corners
4
5
Offsides
3
2
Bookings
2
2
Sending Offs
0
1
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 3Scott Malone
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 14Stefan Johansen
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • 25Chris Martin
  • 11Floyd Ayité
Substitutes
  • 27David Button
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 30Ryan Sessegnon
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 9Cyriac
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Reading (3-4-2-1)
  • 26Ali Al Habsi
  • 5Paul McShane
  • 16Liam Moore
  • 24Tyler Blackett
  • 2Chris Gunter
  • 23Danny Williams
  • 6George Evans
  • 11Jordan Obita
  • 50Lewis Grabban
  • 8John Swift
  • 18Yann Kermorgant
Substitutes
  • 31Anssi Jaakkola
  • 20Tiago Ilori
  • 4Joey van den Berg
  • 7Roy Beerens
  • 12Garath McCleary
  • 25Adrian Popa
  • 9Joseph Mendes
Manager
  • Jaap Stam
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 1, Reading 1.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Reading 1.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.
  • 90'+3' Attempt blocked. Scott Malone (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano.
  • 90' Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 88' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 88' Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tyler Blackett with a cross.
  • 87' Foul by Scott Malone (Fulham).
  • 87' Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 87' Substitution, Fulham. Cyriac replaces Sone Aluko.
  • 86' Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Scott Malone.
  • 82' Substitution, Reading. Tiago Ilori replaces Joseph Mendes.
  • 80' Paul McShane (Reading) is shown the red card.
  • 79' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 79' Foul by Paul McShane (Reading).
  • 77' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 77' Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).
  • 76' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Neeskens Kebano is caught offside.
  • 74' Substitution, Reading. Joey van den Berg replaces John Swift.
  • 72' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 72' John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Liam Moore.
  • 69' Foul by Scott Malone (Fulham).
  • 69' Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 68' Substitution, Reading. Joseph Mendes replaces Lewis Grabban.
  • 68' Offside, Fulham. Sone Aluko tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.
  • 67' Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
  • 67' Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.
  • 65' Goal! Fulham 1, Reading 1. Tom Cairney (Fulham) header from very close range to the centre of the goal.
  • 64' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John Swift.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lewis Grabban with a headed pass.
  • 61' Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Chris Martin.
  • 57' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 57' Foul by Lewis Grabban (Reading).
  • 57' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Malone.
  • 56' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 56' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 56' John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Scott Malone (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 53' Goal! Fulham 0, Reading 1. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul McShane.
  • 50' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 50' Foul by John Swift (Reading).
  • 47' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 47' Foul by George Evans (Reading).
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Reading 0.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Reading 0.
  • 45'+1' Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 45' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 45' Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 42' Yann Kermorgant (Reading) is shown the yellow card.
  • 41' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 41' Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).
  • 41' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Scott Malone.
  • 40' John Swift (Reading) is shown the yellow card.
  • 40' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 34' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.
  • 33' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 33' Foul by Lewis Grabban (Reading).
  • 32' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 32' Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 30' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 30' Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).
  • 26' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).
  • 24' Attempt missed. Scott Malone (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 23' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 23' Foul by Danny Williams (Reading).
  • 20' Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 19' Offside, Reading. Tyler Blackett tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.
  • 18' Foul by Scott Malone (Fulham).
  • 18' Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 17' Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 17' Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 13' Offside, Reading. Tyler Blackett tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.
  • 11' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.
  • 11' Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 10' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 10' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 9' Delay in match Tomas Kalas (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 9' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
  • 8' Foul by Chris Martin (Fulham).
  • 8' Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 4' Foul by Danny Williams (Reading).
  • 4' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 3' Offside, Fulham. Marcus Bettinelli tries a through ball, but Sone Aluko is caught offside.
  • 2' Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).
  • 2' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.