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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

  • 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

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

Substitutes

  • 2Oliveira Ribeiro
  • 3Pereira Figueiredo
  • 11Cash
  • 14Mir Vicente
  • 17Semedo Esteves
  • 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

Match ends, Fulham 1, Nottingham Forest 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Nottingham Forest 2.

Booking

Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

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

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.

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.

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

Foul by Albert Adomah (Nottingham Forest).

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sammy Ameobi.

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

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Worrall.

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.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Brice Samba.

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

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Cyrus Christie replaces Alfie Mawson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matthew Cash replaces Carl Jenkinson.

Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Carl Jenkinson (Nottingham Forest).

Booking

Brice Samba (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).

Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Steven Sessegnon.

Offside, Fulham. Harry Arter tries a through ball, but Anthony Knockaert is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Albert Adomah replaces Joe Lolley.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Worrall.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

Attempt blocked. Tim Ream (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Brice Samba.

Attempt saved. Steven Sessegnon (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Booking

Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Harry Arter (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds5410102813
2Charlton532095411
3Swansea431084410
4Bristol City531196310
5Fulham53029459
6Preston530210649
7Sheff Wed53027439
8West Brom52307529
9Nottm Forest52218538
10Millwall522146-28
11Reading52128627
12Birmingham42114407
13QPR521278-17
14Blackburn521234-17
15Cardiff521268-27
16Derby51316606
17Middlesbrough512256-15
18Luton511389-14
19Brentford511324-24
20Hull511358-34
21Barnsley511349-54
22Wigan5104411-73
23Huddersfield501449-51
24Stoke5014513-81
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