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Sheffield United 4-5 Fulham

Ryan Sessegnon
Ryan Sessegnon's hat-trick was the first of his career on his 50th Fulham appearance

Ryan Sessegnon and Leon Clarke both scored hat-tricks as Fulham stunned high-flying Sheffield United in a nine-goal classic at Bramall Lane.

Clarke hooked the hosts in front, but Sheyi Ojo's calm finish and Sessegnon's 25-yard strike gave Fulham the lead.

Clarke then made it 2-2, only for Sessegnon, 17, to convert Ojo's cross.

Ojo notched his second and Sessegnon completed his treble to put Fulham 5-2 up, before Samir Curruthers' strike and Clarke's third set up a nervy finish.

Clarke's hat-trick was his second treble in three games, with eight goals across that period, but it was not enough to help his side move above leaders Wolves as the visitors claimed a first victory at Bramall Lane since 1985.

Chris Wilder's side had been on course for a third successive league win when David Button spilled John Fleck's shot to Clarke for the opener, but Cameron Carter-Vickers' poor back-pass handed Ojo the equaliser.

Sessegnon, making his 50th appearance for Fulham, dominated the game, repaying Ojo for his earlier assist as he played in his team-mate for their side's fourth goal, before scoring the decisive fifth.

Carruthers' heavily deflected first Blades goal and Clarke's headed third set up a nervy finish for Slavisa Jokanovic's side, but they held on for a first win in seven matches.

How the action unfolded

  • 6 mins: Clarke - 1-0, close-range finish after shot saved
  • 28 mins: Ojo - 1-1, slots in after poor Cameron Carter-Vickers back-pass
  • 30 mins: Sessegnon- 1-2, right-footed strike from 25 yards out
  • 39 mins: Clarke - 2-2, shot from tight angle goes through keeper's legs
  • 43 mins: Sessegnon - 2-3, volleys in unmarked at the back post
  • 69 mins: Ojo - 2-4, deflected shot from just inside the box
  • 78 mins: Sessegnon - 2-5, strike drilled into far corner with his left foot
  • 86 mins: Carruthers - 3-5, long-range deflected effort wrong-foots the keeper
  • 90 mins: Clarke - 4-5, header from close-range

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder:

"It's difficult to make sense of it. To concede five at home, you are not going to give yourself a fantastic chance.

"I was proud of the players for the way we went for it. I don't want my team to go out the back door - it's happened too many times over the last few years. It's been too easy for teams to win here.

"Fulham earned it today, though I don't think they cut us open."

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic:

"Ryan (Sessegnon) is growing up in the right direction, he is a young player with a clear head, he wants to improve and learn. He wants to be better in the future.

"We will try and support him, but he had the support of his team-mates today.

"It was a crazy game, it is great entertainment for the supporters, it is less for us."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

Formation 3-5-2

  • 27Blackman
  • 16Carter-VickersSubstituted forBrooksat 58'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 13WrightSubstituted forHansonat 75'minutes
  • 5O'Connell
  • 6Basham
  • 7LundstramBooked at 45mins
  • 21DuffySubstituted forCarruthersat 60'minutes
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 9Clarke
  • 10SharpBooked at 33mins

Substitutes

  • 1Moore
  • 11Donaldson
  • 17Hanson
  • 19Stearman
  • 24Lafferty
  • 36Brooks
  • 44Carruthers

Fulham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Button
  • 2FredericksBooked at 33mins
  • 26Kalas
  • 13Ream
  • 4OdoiBooked at 73mins
  • 6McDonaldSubstituted forJohansenat 83'minutes
  • 16Norwood
  • 19OjoSubstituted forFonteat 74'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 3R Sessegnon
  • 11AyitéBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKamaraat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 7Kebano
  • 8Johansen
  • 9Fonte
  • 36De La Torre
  • 37Edun
  • 47Kamara
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
25,445

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield United 4, Fulham 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield United 4, Fulham 5.

  3. Booking

    Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon tries a through ball, but Aboubakar Kamara is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Foul by David Brooks (Sheffield United).

  6. Post update

    Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Booking

    David Brooks (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by David Brooks (Sheffield United).

  9. Post update

    Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield United 4, Fulham 5. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Billy Sharp.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Lundstram (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Brooks.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Basham.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield United 3, Fulham 5. Samir Carruthers (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Basham.

  15. Post update

    Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

  18. Post update

    Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Stefan Johansen replaces Kevin McDonald.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves17122331151638
2Cardiff18114325131237
3Sheff Utd18120631201136
4Aston Villa189542617932
5Bristol City188732718931
6Derby178542620629
7Nottm Forest189092627-127
8Middlesbrough177552215726
9Leeds178272620626
10Ipswich168172824425
11Preston186752120125
12Sheff Wed176652119224
13Brentford185852624223
14Fulham185852424023
15Norwich186571622-623
16QPR185672026-621
17Barnsley175572323020
18Millwall184771919019
19Reading175482023-319
20Hull184683032-218
21Birmingham174310925-1615
22Burton1835101235-2314
23Bolton182791531-1613
24Sunderland181892335-1211
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