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Fulham 2-1 Leeds United: Aleksandar Mitrovic and Josh Onomah end Leeds' streak

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Aleksandar Mitrovic's goal was his 25th of the season for club and country in all competitions

Fulham halted their three-match losing streak by ending Leeds United's 11-game unbeaten run to move up to third in the table.

The Championship's top scorer, Aleksandar Mitrovic, netted his 17th league goal of the season from the spot to give the hosts the lead.

Leeds levelled after the break through Patrick Bamford's tap-in on the rebound from substitute Eddie Nketiah's strike.

Josh Onomah smashed in the winner - his first goal of the season - after the ball fell kindly for him from a corner, moving Fulham nine points behind the second-placed visitors.

Leeds had not lost since 5 October but threw away a 3-0 lead to draw with Cardiff in their previous game - a result that ended a seven-match winning run.

They fell behind early in a fiery and relatively ill-tempered first half when Ben White fouled Bobby Decordova-Reid in the area and Mitrovic's spot-kick went in off the post.

After Bamford's 10th goal of the campaign brought Leeds level, Ivan Cavaleiro was denied a fine, long-range goal for the hosts by a brilliant Kiko Casilla save.

But the Spaniard could not keep out Onomah's powerful drive as Fulham claimed a much needed victory in the promotion race.

The result, coupled with leaders West Bromwich Albion's draw with Brentford, saw Leeds drop three points behind the Baggies.

Fulham manager Scott Parker told BBC London:

"I'm most pleased obviously with the result. When you come out of three losses you feel things heating up with everyone including the squad.

"We got a result today against one of the top teams in the league and the way we went about it is what pleased me the most.

"People were questioning things last week at Brentford away. This time, against Leeds, it wasn't about technique or quality, people were going to be judging you for who you are.

"I don't want to hear that we played well, I want to hear that people say our players did everything they could to win a football match and I think we've done that."

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa told BBC Radio Leeds:

"We played one of the more powerful opponents in the league who defended well. They scored after one corner and one penalty and they had just one more chance, while we had seven to eight chances to win the match.

"We defended very well against strong attackers. The only thing I am ashamed about from my team is that after we scored, we conceded possession in our half and we allowed them to come back into the game.

"That was important as this moment was the moment to win the match. There are some things to improve."

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Rodák
  • 22Christie
  • 5Mawson
  • 13Ream
  • 23BryanBooked at 45mins
  • 10Cairney
  • 21ReedBooked at 29minsSubstituted forJohansenat 90'minutes
  • 25Onomah
  • 19CavaleiroSubstituted forKnockaertat 90+6'minutes
  • 9MitrovicBooked at 89mins
  • 14De Cordova-ReidSubstituted forS Sessegnonat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 7Kebano
  • 8Johansen
  • 24Knockaert
  • 33O'Riley
  • 43S Sessegnon
  • 47Kamara

Leeds

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 13Casilla
  • 2AylingSubstituted forStevensat 72'minutes
  • 5White
  • 6CooperBooked at 24mins
  • 15Dallas
  • 23Phillips
  • 17Hélder CostaBooked at 45minsSubstituted forNketiahat 45'minutes
  • 43KlichBooked at 17mins
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forAlioskiat 3'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 22Harrison
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 1Meslier
  • 10Alioski
  • 14Nketiah
  • 28Berardi
  • 36Gotts
  • 48Stevens
  • 49Casey
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
18,878

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 2, Leeds United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Leeds United 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Anthony Knockaert replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Aleksandar Mitrovic.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Tom Cairney.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips with a cross following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Steven Sessegnon replaces Bobby De Cordova-Reid.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Harrison with a cross.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Stefan Johansen replaces Harrison Reed.

  12. Booking

    Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Leeds United. Mateusz Klich tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

  15. Post update

    Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

  17. Booking

    Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United).

  19. Post update

    Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Jack Harrison (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.