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Fulham 3-2 Nottingham Forest

Ross McCormack scores for Fulham
Fulham's Ross McCormack scored a hat-trick inside 35 minutes

Fulham increased the pressure on Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce as Ross McCormack's hat-trick earned them victory at Craven Cottage.

The striker finished a fine passing move for his first then doubled Fulham's lead with a curling effort.

He completed his treble after 35 minutes before Forest hit back through a Henri Lansbury free-kick.

Lansbury netted a second when he fired in Michail Antonio's lay-off, but the hosts held on for back-to-back wins.

Yet Forest could have earned a share of the points had Britt Assombalonga not missed with a free header from three yards out late on.

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Hobbs rues poor first-half display

The win means Fulham draw level with Forest on 34 points, with Kit Symons' side now two places below Forest in 14th.

When Stuart Pearce's team won the reverse fixture 5-3 in September, they were top of the Championship on 17 points and Fulham were bottom with just one.

But Forest have suffered a severe loss of form since then. This latest reverse will again intensify the scrutiny on the former Forest left-back after Saturday's win at Derby briefly relieved the pressure on the beleaguered boss.

McCormack's goals took his tally for the season to 10, with half of those coming against Forest.

Fulham manager Kit Symons:

"Ross [McCormack] was excellent. He took his goals really well. It's nice to see him scoring, although his overall contribution has never been in question.

"In the second half Forest had a right go but we were resolute, we stood up and were counted.

"They were putting a lot of balls into our box, there was always that danger that something would fall for them but I was pleased with the way we defended overall."

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce:

"Frustration is the word, having played so well at Derby we came here pretty confident.

"But we shot ourselves in the foot, big time. We lost the game in the first 20 minutes. If you give the quality of McCormack that much space and time he will punish you."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 37GrimmerBooked at 84mins
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 6Bodurov
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 8ParkerSubstituted forRuizat 57'minutes
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 12Fofana
  • 11KacaniklicBooked at 90mins
  • 44McCormack
  • 20RodallegaSubstituted forWoodrowat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 10Ruiz
  • 14Roberts
  • 16Woodrow
  • 25Dembele
  • 27Williams
  • 33Burn

Nottm Forest

  • 29de Vries
  • 17Kane
  • 25Hobbs
  • 6Wilson
  • 2LichajSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 32'minutes
  • 18Antonio
  • 22Gardner
  • 10Lansbury
  • 38Osborn
  • 32Tesche
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 1Darlow
  • 14Veldwijk
  • 16Lascelles
  • 21Paterson
  • 24Vaughan
  • 27Burke
  • 30McLaughlin
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
15,512

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away23
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 3, Nottingham Forest 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 3, Nottingham Forest 2.

Foul by Jack Grimmer (Fulham).

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.

Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.

Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).

Todd Kane (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

Attempt saved. Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a headed pass.

Booking

Jack Grimmer (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack Grimmer (Fulham).

Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Seko Fofana (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gary Gardner.

Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Hugo Rodallega.

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stephen McLaughlin with a cross.

Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Henri Lansbury.

Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Todd Kane.

Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).

Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Michail Antonio tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).

Kelvin Wilson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Osborn.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stephen McLaughlin.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 3, Nottingham Forest 2. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth27156657282951
2Middlesbrough27148542182450
3Ipswich27148546271950
4Derby26146648252348
5Brentford2614484235746
6Watford26135849292044
7Norwich26127749321743
8Wolves2612773133-243
9Sheff Wed2691072123-237
10Blackburn269983635136
11Birmingham269893139-835
12Nottm Forest2781093739-234
13Cardiff2797113640-434
14Fulham27104134047-734
15Bolton2696112933-433
16Charlton2661372434-1031
17Huddersfield2687113445-1131
18Reading2686123142-1130
19Brighton27611103035-529
20Leeds2778122838-1029
21Rotherham26511102133-1226
22Millwall2658132544-1923
23Wigan2649132635-921
24Blackpool2638151943-2417
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