Saturday 19 August 2017, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Sheffield Wednesday
1
Fletcher 64'

72' Yellow Card

Kevin McDonald Card was given for a foul

90'+1 Yellow Card

Ryan Fredericks Card was given for a foul

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Neeskens Kebano
Off:Sone Aluko

62' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Oliver Norwood
Off:Stefan Johansen

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Kevin McDonald

64' Goal

Steven Fletcher
Assist by Adam Reach

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fernando Forestieri
Off:Gary Hooper

90'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Atdhe Nuhiu
Off:Steven Fletcher

90'+3 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Liam Palmer
Off:George Boyd

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Fulham fell to their first defeat of the 17/18 campaign against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon, narrowly losing 0-1.

Fulham fell to the their first defeat of the 2017/18 campaign against Sheffield Wednesday at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon, losing 0-1. 

Head Coach Slaviša Jokanović made three changes from the side who picked up a battling draw away at Leeds United on Tuesday evening.  Fresh from signing on Thursday Rui Fonte made his eagerly anticipated debut up front for the Whites. Club captain Tom Cairney returned from injury to lead the side and Tomáš Kalas return from suspension and inserted back into the centre of the Fulham defence alongside Tim Ream.

Prior to the match both sides and everyone inside Craven Craven took part in a minutes applause in honour of those who lost their lives in the tragic events that took place in Barcelona on Thursday evening.

Fonte was involved early on, keen to pick up possession and start moves from the midfield and was unlucky to not be on the end of a Ryan Fredericks whipped ball in the opening 5 minutes.

The match died down until the 15th minute when Ryan Sessegnon, in his more advanced role on the left flank charged down an attempted clearance and battled for possession. He spun his man with ease and fed Johansen on the overlap. His low cross was blocked behind for a corner, but nothing came.

The next chance came in the 19th minute. Fonte whipped in a dangerous corner which was headed across the face of goal by Denis Odoi. The ball continued to an unmarked Sone Aluko at the back post, however he could only direct his snap header over the bar.

The positive play from the Whites was on display moments later. Kevin McDonald feeding a surging Fonte down the right wing. The striker kept his composure to cut back and play a teasing ball across the face of goal. Sessegnon who had made a run from deep inches from connecting with the superb ball.

With the tide clearly turning in favour of Fulham Stefan Johansen lashed one just over the bar from inside the box after a failed clearance from the Owls defence.

Despite a flurry of chances, the game died down but just before the stroke of half-time Kevin McDonald had a chance to give the hosts a slender lead heading into the break. Fonte with another pinpoint delivery into the heart of the Owls box. The Scot could only guide his header over the bar from 7 yards out. The sides entered at the half all-square.

The visitors pressed early on in the second half. Tim Ream was alert to the danger after Wedensday had countered through Barry Bannan as he slid in to divert Jack Hunt cross into the six-yard box.

The game sparked to life and the deadlock was almost broken in the 55th minute when Aluko spotted a smart run by Ryan Sessegnon into the Wednesday box. A perfectly weighted pass was met by winger but his left-footed shot flashed across the face of goal and went wide of the post.

Moments later the travelling fans thought they had taken a lead when Steven Fletcher hammered home from a tight angle. However, the striker was offside when Bannan had fired on target and been denied by a smart David Button save.

Jokanović made a double change in the 60th minute in an attempt to shake it up. Johansen, who had picked up a slight knock in a 50/50 tackle outside the Owls box was replaced by Oliver Norwood and Nesskens Kebano was brought on in place of Aluko.

Two minutes later the stalemate was broken. Bannan fed Adam Reach inside the Fulham box he sent a low cross across the face of goal which was met was authority by Fletcher 5 yards from goal. He lashed a vicious effort past a helpless Button in the Whites net.

With the visitors holding the slim lead they sat back and invited Fulham forward. Kebano came close in the 69th minute when he spun his man and fired on target. Keiren Westwood was alert to the danger and parried it clear.

As the clock ticked down Jokanović made his final change, introducing Aboubakar Kamara for the final ten minutes in place of McDonald. However, it was to no avail and the sturdy Wesneday structure and defensive line stayed strong to condemn the Whites to their first defeat of the 17/18 campaign.

Fulham will look to get back on track in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night against Bristol Rovers.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 19 August 2017
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 20,165

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Odoi; Cairney, McDonald (Kamara 75'), Johansen (Norwood 62'); Sone Aluko (Kebano 62'), Rui Fonte, Ryan Sessegnon

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Djalo, Cissé, Sheyi Ojo

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Sheffield Wednesday

Line-up: Westwood; Hunt, Lees, Pudil, Fox; Boyd (Palmer 90'), Jones, Bannan, Reach; Hooper (Forestieri 81'), Fletcher (Nuhiu 90')

Unused substitutes: Wildsmith, Wallace, Abdi, Rhodes

Manager: Carlos Carvalhal

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Cardiff City 4 12
2 Ipswich Town 4 12
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 9
4 Nottingham Forest 4 9
5 Queens Park Rangers 4 7
6 Preston North End 4 7
7 Derby County 4 7
8 Middlesbrough 4 6
9 Sheffield United 4 6
10 Sunderland 3 5
11 Bristol City 4 5
12 Leeds United 3 5
13 Sheffield Wednesday 4 5
14 Hull City 4 4
15 Birmingham City 4 4
16 Aston Villa 4 4
17 Norwich City 4 4
18 Reading 4 4
19 Fulham 4 3
20 Barnsley 4 3
21 Burton Albion 4 3
22 Bolton Wanderers 4 2
23 Millwall 4 2
24 Brentford 4 1
Goals
0
1
Total Shots
8
8
Shots On Target
2
3
Passing Accuracy
84%
80%
Fouls
12
11
Corners
6
3
Offsides
1
1
Bookings
2
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 27David Button
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • 9Rui Fonte
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 23Marcelo Djalo
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 44Ibrahima Cissé
  • 19Sheyi Ojo
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Sheffield Wednesday (4-4-2)
  • 1Keiren Westwood
  • 2Jack Hunt
  • 15Tom Lees
  • 36Daniel Pudil
  • 6Morgan Fox
  • 21George Boyd
  • 3David Jones
  • 10Barry Bannan
  • 20Adam Reach
  • 14Gary Hooper
  • 9Steven Fletcher
Substitutes
  • 28Joe Wildsmith
  • 16Liam Palmer
  • 33Ross Wallace
  • 41Almen Abdi
  • 7Jordan Rhodes
  • 17Atdhe Nuhiu
  • 45Fernando Forestieri
Manager
  • Carlos Carvalhal
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Fulham 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.
  • 90'+7' Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).
  • 90'+5' Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+5' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 90'+4' Foul by Neeskens Kebano (Fulham).
  • 90'+4' Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+3' Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Palmer replaces George Boyd.
  • 90'+3' Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+3' Foul by David Jones (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 90'+2' Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Steven Fletcher because of an injury.
  • 90'+1' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 90'+1' David Jones (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 88' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 88' Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 87' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 87' Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 85' Attempt missed. Rui Fonte (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara.
  • 83' Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 83' Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 82' Foul by Rui Fonte (Fulham).
  • 82' George Boyd (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 81' Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Fernando Forestieri replaces Gary Hooper.
  • 78' Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Jones.
  • 78' Attempt missed. David Jones (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Morgan Fox.
  • 75' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Kevin McDonald.
  • 72' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 72' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 72' George Boyd (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Foul by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 70' Attempt saved. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 68' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 68' George Boyd (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 64' Goal! Fulham 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Reach.
  • 63' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 62' Substitution, Fulham. Oliver Norwood replaces Stefan Johansen because of an injury.
  • 62' Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Sone Aluko.
  • 61' Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 61' Foul by David Jones (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 59' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 57' Delay in match Stefan Johansen (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 57' Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.
  • 57' Attempt saved. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Reach.
  • 56' Attempt missed. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a through ball.
  • 54' Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 54' Foul by Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 53' Attempt blocked. Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Morgan Fox.
  • 52' Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.
  • 45' Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Rui Fonte with a cross following a corner.
  • 44' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 44' Foul by George Boyd (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 43' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 43' Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 43' Attempt missed. Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Hunt with a cross.
  • 42' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.
  • 39' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 39' Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 39' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 39' Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 36' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Adam Reach.
  • 35' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Barry Bannan.
  • 30' Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin McDonald with a headed pass.
  • 30' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by George Boyd.
  • 28' Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Morgan Fox with a cross.
  • 27' Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 24' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.
  • 23' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 23' Foul by David Jones (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 21' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 21' David Jones (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 20' Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Tomas Kalas with a headed pass following a corner.
  • 19' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by George Boyd.
  • 16' Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).
  • 16' Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 16' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Jones.
  • 13' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Denis Odoi is caught offside.
  • 9' Attempt missed. Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by David Jones with a cross following a corner.
  • 9' Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 5' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 5' Foul by George Boyd (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 3' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 3' Delay in match Sone Aluko (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 2' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.