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Fulham 1-2 Nottingham Forest: Lewis Grabban fires Reds to victory

Lewis Grabban scores for Nottingham Forest against Fulham
Lewis Grabban's early strike was his third goal in five Championship appearances this season

Lewis Grabban scored a goal in each half as Nottingham Forest secured a first away win of the season with a clinical display at in-form Fulham.

Fulham had won three league games in a row and were in imperious form as they trounced Millwall 4-0 in midweek.

But the Cottagers trailed inside four minutes to Grabban's close-range volley after a glorious team move.

Forest had to withstand strong home pressure after the interval but defended impressively, and Grabban's fine strike doubled the lead and ensured victory despite Aleksandar Mitrovic's late prodded effort and eight minutes of stoppage time.

The big striker's fourth goal in four games set up a frantic final seven minutes, but Grabban's heroics proved telling.

The 31-year-old's first goal was a simple finish but was beautifully constructed.

A flowing passage of play saw the ball worked left to right then back inside to the fit-again Joe Lolley, who played two quick one-twos.

The second interchange found Jack Robinson on the left and the full-back's inviting cross was easily turned in by the Grabban for his third goal of the season.

Fulham had the better of possession but, aside from a couple of shots from distance that went wide, they rarely threatened in a first half which saw Forest almost double their lead through Grabban's strike and a Thiago Silva overhead kick.

Reds goalkeeper Brice Samba, on his Championship debut, had a busier second period, notably making a superb save to stop Bobby Decordova-Reid's downward header and pushing away a strike from Steven Sessegnon.

By the time Brice thwarted Sessegnon, Grabban had doubled the lead, smashing the ball in at the near post after Sammy Ameobi won possession in midfield.

Mitrovic's goal, after good work by substitute Aboubakar Kamara, proved no more than a minor consolation despite the hosts finishing with 78% possession.

Fulham manager Scott Parker:

"I was disappointed at the way we started the game. When they scored early, it put us on the back foot. After that we looked a real threat. I felt we controlled the game.

"I always felt comfortable in the way we were playing, certainly in possession. I felt like we played pretty well.

"The second goal comes from a mistake by us, which is one of those things. We went to a back three to try and get some more players further up the field. I take responsibility for that."

Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"A fantastic performance and a very good result against one of the best teams of the league- maybe the best one. Today I saw the personality of my team. In defence, we were compact and aggressive.

"I want to congratulate the team- not just the starting eleven, but the whole squad. We have a fantastic group.

"They played with their heart and their heads, and when they play together and fight together, my team is not an easy team to play against."

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 43S SessegnonSubstituted forKamaraat 74'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5MawsonSubstituted forChristieat 87'minutes
  • 13Ream
  • 23Bryan
  • 10Cairney
  • 18ArterBooked at 50mins
  • 8JohansenSubstituted forDe Cordova-Reidat 45'minutes
  • 24Knockaert
  • 9Mitrovic
  • 19Cavaleiro

Substitutes

  • 6McDonald
  • 12Rodák
  • 14De Cordova-Reid
  • 20Le Marchand
  • 21Reed
  • 22Christie
  • 47Kamara

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 30SambaBooked at 77mins
  • 16JenkinsonSubstituted forCashat 82'minutes
  • 20Dawson
  • 4Worrall
  • 18Robinson
  • 8Watson
  • 23LolleySubstituted forAdomahat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21Sow
  • 28SilvaSubstituted forSemedoat 58'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 19AmeobiBooked at 33mins
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 11Cash
  • 14Mir
  • 17Semedo
  • 37Adomah
  • 49Muric
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
18,186

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home77%
Away23%
Shots
Home20
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 1, Nottingham Forest 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Nottingham Forest 2.

  3. Booking

    Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Booking

    Albert Adomah (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alfa Semedo following a fast break.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Albert Adomah (Nottingham Forest).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sammy Ameobi.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Worrall.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Brice Samba.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Cyrus Christie replaces Alfie Mawson.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match because of an injury Samba Sow (Nottingham Forest).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Fulham 1, Nottingham Forest 2. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara with a cross.