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Huddersfield Town 1-4 Fulham

Fulham
Scott Malone started the Fulham comeback

Fulham came from behind to score four first-half goals and thrash play-off rivals Huddersfield, moving them to within two points of their opponents.

The hosts led when Chris Lowe drilled in from the spot after the defender was brought down in the box by Floyd Ayite.

But in a five-minute spell Scott Malone levelled from a tight angle and Tom Cairney's penalty put Fulham ahead.

Stefan Johansen fired in a rebound to make it 3-1 and the Norwegian robbed Jonathan Hogg to complete the scoring.

A win for Huddersfield would have sealed their play-off place but they remain five points clear of seventh-placed Leeds, who were beaten at Burton.

Fulham, the Championship's top scorers, also benefitted from Leeds' slip-up as Slavisa Jokanovic's side now have a three-point buffer in sixth.

Ayite, who conceded a penalty for the opener, won the spot-kick which put the Cottagers in front as he was felled by Hogg.

A less eventful second half saw Rajiv van La Parra curl wide for the Terriers, while Collin Quaner was denied by Marcus Bettinelli when through one-on-one.

David Wagner's side have now gone 11 games against Fulham without winning, while seven of Huddersfield's 13 league defeats have come against sides currently occupying the top six.

Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner: "It's still in our own hands and we have three games left. We have shown unbelievable consistency all season and we have been in the top six virtually the whole season. In my opinion we have been the most consistent team in this division so far.

"Fulham are a great side and deserved their win but we played a big part with the errors we made. Defeat hurts, of course, but I have been able to trust the players who made mistakes over the whole season and we move on.

"The start we made probably cost us as we lost focus and concentration and against a team like Fulham you need to focus. To move on you have to know why you lost and we know why we lost."

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic: "I am very happy at how we are at this time. We are solid and this is important for us. To win 4-1 is a great result but perhaps I miss the clean sheet.

"The team showed great character and confidence and we were very brave. We scored four goals but it could have been more. Our standards are improving and this is exactly what we have to do.

"I am not looking at the table. I am only thinking about the next game. Now we need to rest and concentrate on the regular part of this competition."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ward
  • 2Smith
  • 44Hefele
  • 26Schindler
  • 15Löwe
  • 6Hogg
  • 8BillingBooked at 26minsSubstituted forBrownat 54'minutes
  • 18LolleySubstituted forScannellat 54'minutes
  • 10Mooy
  • 17van La Parra
  • 23Quaner

Substitutes

  • 4Whitehead
  • 5Hudson
  • 7Scannell
  • 13Coleman
  • 14Cranie
  • 21Wells
  • 37Brown

Fulham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 2FredericksBooked at 18minsSubstituted forOdoiat 45'minutesBooked at 50mins
  • 26Kalas
  • 13Ream
  • 3Malone
  • 10Cairney
  • 6McDonald
  • 14JohansenSubstituted forKebanoat 86'minutes
  • 11Ayité
  • 24AlukoSubstituted forPiazonat 77'minutes
  • 30R Sessegnon

Substitutes

  • 4Odoi
  • 7Kebano
  • 8Parker
  • 9Cyriac
  • 17R Sigurdsson
  • 20Piazon
  • 27Button
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
21,023

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Fulham 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Fulham 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Mooy with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Sean Scannell with a through ball.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Stefan Johansen because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match Stefan Johansen (Fulham) because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Malone (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Lucas Piazon replaces Sone Aluko.

  11. Post update

    Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Scott Malone.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Mooy with a cross following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Denis Odoi.

  19. Post update

    Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton44288873383592
2Newcastle432671076393785
3Reading44247136362179
4Sheff Wed442391258431578
5Huddersfield43246135553278
6Fulham4421131082552776
7Leeds442271557431473
8Norwich441991678661266
9Brentford441891773611263
10Derby441712155048263
11Preston431613146257561
12Cardiff441611175759-259
13Aston Villa431513154546-158
14Barnsley441512176363057
15Wolves431510185254-255
16Ipswich441316154854-655
17Bristol City44149215965-651
18Burton441312194658-1251
19QPR44148225062-1250
20Nottm Forest44139225970-1148
21Birmingham431114184263-2147
22Blackburn441015194964-1545
23Wigan441011233955-1641
24Rotherham4456333896-5821
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