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Fulham 2-1 Rotherham United

Floyd Ayite
Floyd Ayite puts Fulham ahead with his third goal in two matches

Fulham came from behind to beat bottom-of-the-table Rotherham and move to within two points of the play-offs.

The Millers, who have won only twice in the Championship this season, led through Joe Newell's 20-yard strike.

Stefan Johansen slid home his third goal in as many games, converting Ryan Sessegnon's cross, to equalise.

Floyd Ayite turned in Lucas Piazon's cross to put Fulham ahead, while Chris Martin saw his penalty saved by the feet of Lewis Price.

That miss did not prove costly for the hosts, who secured their eighth victory of the season to move up to ninth.

Rotherham, without an away league win since April, had the better of the opening exchanges as Tom Adeyemi saw his shot tipped over the bar by David Button, while Isaiah Brown went close.

Brown and Adeyemi were involved in Rotherham's opener as they combined to set up Newell to lash home a low 20-yard effort.

The goal sparked Fulham into life and, after Ayite curled a shot past the far post and put a header wide, Johansen pounced from close range to equalise.

Ayite, who scored twice the weekend's 4-4 draw at Wolves, then put Fulham in front before Martin, on loan from Derby County, missed the chance to score his eighth goal of the season when Price turned away his spot-kick.

Rotherham had a late chance to equalise but substitute Lee Frecklington's volley was saved by Button.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

"At the end of the day I have to happy. It was a freaky game for us on a Tuesday night against the bottom of the league, it was hard for us.

"When you get to the end of the game and only have a one-goal lead you get nervous because they can score easily.

"We made enough things and chances - we missed the penalty - to make the game easier for us. We didn't do it and if you don't do it you will suffer.

"We played well in the second half, although I was a bit worried when we didn't get the third goal. It is not easy against the bottom team."

Rotherham caretaker manager Paul Warne:

"We have worked hard with the lads, we knew they were a very good team.

"I knew it was a hard ask. We prepared well, the lads believed they were going to get something out of the game, and I thought in the first 20 minutes we were really dangerous on the counter attack.

"We should have gone one up earlier than we did, but I also knew they would keep coming at us. I asked the lads to give me everything and they did."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 2Fredericks
  • 26Kalas
  • 15Madl
  • 30R Sessegnon
  • 14Johansen
  • 6McDonaldSubstituted forPiazonat 45'minutes
  • 24AlukoSubstituted forParkerat 82'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 11Ayité
  • 25Martin

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 3Malone
  • 4Odoi
  • 8Parker
  • 9Smith
  • 17R Sigurdsson
  • 20Piazon

Rotherham

  • 12Price
  • 17Fisher
  • 6WoodBooked at 90mins
  • 26Belaid
  • 3Mattock
  • 7Forde
  • 24AdeyemiSubstituted forFrecklingtonat 60'minutes
  • 4Vaulks
  • 22Newell
  • 37BrownSubstituted forTaylorat 36'minutes
  • 9WardSubstituted forBlackstockat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kelly
  • 8Frecklington
  • 10Forster-Caskey
  • 11Taylor
  • 14Ball
  • 20Blackstock
  • 45Bilboe
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
13,735

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home80%
Away20%
Shots
Home30
Away8
Shots on Target
Home11
Away6
Corners
Home14
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 2, Rotherham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Rotherham United 1.

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Scott Parker.

Offside, Rotherham United. Lewis Price tries a through ball, but Richard Wood is caught offside.

Offside, Fulham. Stefan Johansen tries a through ball, but Chris Martin is caught offside.

Booking

Richard Wood (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Wood (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Attempt saved. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Richard Wood with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Hand ball by Jon Taylor (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Scott Parker replaces Sone Aluko.

Foul by Tomas Kalas (Fulham).

Richard Wood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Richard Wood (Rotherham United) header from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Mattock.

Foul by Tomas Kalas (Fulham).

Dexter Blackstock (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Rotherham United. Joe Mattock tries a through ball, but Dexter Blackstock is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.

Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Attempt missed. Richard Wood (Rotherham United) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Will Vaulks following a set piece situation.

Foul by Chris Martin (Fulham).

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).

Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Penalty saved! Chris Martin (Fulham) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty Fulham. Michael Madl draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Aimen Belaid (Rotherham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Lewis Price.

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