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Preston North End 1-2 Fulham

Matt Smith
Matt Smith has scored two goals in two games for Fulham this season

Fulham made it two Championship victories in two games, beating winless Preston at Deepdale.

The visitors deservedly went ahead as they capitalised on a defensive mix-up for Sone Aluko to nod home his first goal for Fulham from four yards.

The advantage was doubled when Tom Cairney cut through the home defence to tee up Matt Smith, who swept home.

New signing Callum Robinson headed in Jermaine Beckford's cross to halve the deficit, but Fulham held on.

Simon Grayson's Preston, who finished 11th in the Championship last season, improved as the game progressed and thought they had a late equaliser but Beckford was flagged offside after heading in from six yards.

The Lilywhites haven't won at home since February, and after only managing three shots on target against Fulham, they did little to suggest an upturn in fortunes.

The Cottagers sold their top goalscorer for the past two seasons Ross McCormack to Aston Villa, but they have now won both their opening league games including a fine win over Newcastle on the opening weekend.

Fulham announced the capture of Rayo Vallecano's Jozabed Sanchez Ruiz on Friday, who becomes Slavisa Jokanovic's ninth signing of the summer.

Preston manager Simon Grayson:

"When you go 2-0 down it's difficult to come back from but we certainly made Fulham work for the win.

"We gave away two disappointing goals. In the second half we started better but gave another bad goal away when three of our lads should have made challenges.

"It was disappointing in the end, there were positives from the game but we have to be better all round really."

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

"The season is very long and at the moment we are lucky to find good results.

"Matt Smith works very hard and I am sure he will help us in the future but I need more people in this position. The league has so many games, and we don't have a big enough squad to be ready for what is in front of us.

"I have talked about signings, Fulham need them. I want to be successful and so I need more options in my squad."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 16GrimshawSubstituted forHumphreyat 82'minutes
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Wright
  • 3Cunningham
  • 18PringleSubstituted forRobinsonat 67'minutes
  • 8Browne
  • 11Johnson
  • 12GallagherBooked at 88mins
  • 13DoyleSubstituted forBeckfordat 67'minutes
  • 14Garner

Substitutes

  • 7Humphrey
  • 10Beckford
  • 17Spurr
  • 22Maxwell
  • 23Huntington
  • 25Hugill
  • 37Robinson

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 4Odoi
  • 26Kalas
  • 15Madl
  • 3MaloneSubstituted forReamat 90'minutes
  • 8Parker
  • 6McDonald
  • 10CairneyBooked at 78mins
  • 24Aluko
  • 11AyitéBooked at 43minsSubstituted forChristensenat 81'minutes
  • 9SmithSubstituted forWoodrowat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Stearman
  • 13Ream
  • 16Woodrow
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 21Christensen
  • 30R Sessegnon
  • 41Joronen
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
10,809

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home15
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Fulham 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Fulham 2.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Offside, Fulham. Tomas Kalas tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Tim Ream replaces Scott Malone.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Humphrey.

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Offside, Preston North End. Tom Clarke tries a through ball, but Jermaine Beckford is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Scott Malone.

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Robinson with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).

Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Humphrey.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Liam Grimshaw.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Lasse Vigen Christensen replaces Floyd Ayité.

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Tom Cairney (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Anders Lindegaard.

Attempt saved. Scott Parker (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Offside, Fulham. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Matt Smith.

Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Fulham 2. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jermaine Beckford with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match David Button (Fulham) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Callum Robinson replaces Ben Pringle.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jermaine Beckford replaces Eoin Doyle.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 0, Fulham 2. Matt Smith (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

goal

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