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Fulham 1-2 Bristol City

Lee Tomlin
Lee Tomlin's winner helped Bristol City move four points clear of the relegation zone

Bristol City fought back from 1-0 down to earn a crucial victory at fellow Championship strugglers Fulham.

After City's Joe Bryan was denied in the opening seconds, Ross McCormack chipped Richard O'Donnell to give Fulham a third-minute lead.

But Marlon Pack levelled from long range midway through the second half and Lee Tomlin's late free-kick won it for the visitors at Craven Cottage.

The defeat leaves Fulham just one point above the relegation zone.

City are four points ahead of third-from-bottom Rotherham and the survival prospects of Lee Johnson's side could have been much better, had the Millers not come from 3-0 behind to draw with Derby.

Ross McCormack goal
Ross McCormack's sublime chip gave Fulham an early lead against Bristol City

Fulham went 4-0 up after 36 minutes of the reverse fixture at Ashton Gate in October and they made another fast start against the same opposition on home soil, McCormack netting an exquisite lob from a tight angle for his 21st goal of the season.

City boss Lee Johnson introduced Peter Odemwingie at half-time following his loan move from Stoke on Friday and the Nigeria international came close to a debut goal, but Ryan Fredericks made an excellent block to preserve Fulham's 1-0 advantage.

But the visitors avoided a third successive league defeat in spectacular fashion as Pack equalised and O'Donnell made a stunning late save to keep City on level terms before Tomlin won it with a superb set-piece in added time.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

"We started the game very well and scored a good goal. But we didn't control the last 30 minutes in the second-half. We got confused and started making mistakes.

"Our supporters are unhappy. They don't deserve this at this moment at the level we are now. We are in a relegation battle and our situation is really clear. We have a war in front of us and we have to be ready for this situation. It's not acceptable.

"I can say sorry to the fans as they push us and try and help us. Now it's our turn to be obligated to do something different in our next game. I don't want to think about relegation. It's in our hands still so we must be brave to resolve this situation."

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson:

"For Lee to get it up and over like he did, it always had a chance. It was a very big feeling when that nestled in the bottom corner. After training sessions he always has the ball out. The keepers stay out with him. Practise makes perfect. He can bend it like Beckham. He can't run so he has to!

"That's our fourth win in five away games. Sometimes we are better suited playing away. At home there's been a lot of pressure on our players. It's important we keep striving to go in one direction.

"We had a punch in the gut last game when we conceded in the last few minutes. This time we've won with the boldness in our decisions in the second half. I'm delighted for the players."

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 24Lonergan
  • 15MadlBooked at 89mins
  • 33Burn
  • 45Amorebieta
  • 7FredericksBooked at 79mins
  • 10Cairney
  • 8ParkerSubstituted forO'Haraat 80'minutes
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 3GarbuttSubstituted forReamat 77'minutes
  • 44McCormack
  • 25DembeleSubstituted forWoodrowat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 2Richards
  • 9Smith
  • 13Ream
  • 16Woodrow
  • 23O'Hara
  • 28Hyndman

Bristol City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12O'Donnell
  • 26MatthewsSubstituted forAylingat 90'minutes
  • 4Flint
  • 17Baker
  • 13Golbourne
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forReidat 45'minutes
  • 21PackBooked at 63mins
  • 23Bryan
  • 9Tomlin
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 22KodjiaSubstituted forOdemwingieat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 5Ayling
  • 10Agard
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 14Reid
  • 16Pearce
  • 27Odemwingie
Referee:
Phil Gibbs
Attendance:
20,316

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 1, Bristol City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Bristol City 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).

  4. Post update

    Nathan Baker (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michael Madl (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Lee Tomlin.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Aden Flint.

  9. Post update

    Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Bristol City).

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Fulham 1, Bristol City 2. Lee Tomlin (Bristol City) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Luke Ayling replaces Adam Matthews.

  13. Booking

    Michael Madl (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).

  15. Post update

    Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Fulham. Michael Madl tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Moussa Dembele.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley372111560303074
2Middlesbrough35207847212667
3Hull35198849212865
4Brighton361714549341565
5Derby371613850351561
6Sheff Wed371514853361759
7Cardiff37151394840858
8Ipswich361510114443155
9Birmingham35159114034654
10Preston371313113534152
11QPR371214114642450
12Leeds361114113641-547
13Wolves361210144550-546
14Nottm Forest361112133334-145
15Reading351111134141044
16Blackburn361013133634243
17Brentford36127174858-1043
18Huddersfield37119174852-442
19Bristol City371010173458-2440
20Fulham37813165663-737
21MK Dons37910183149-1837
22Rotherham37106214362-1936
23Charlton36611193266-3429
24Bolton37414193662-2626
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