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Fulham 1-1 Brentford

Daniel Bentley
Daniel Bentley saved Tom Cairney's penalty to earn Brentford a point

Fulham all but secured a play-off place despite heroics from goalkeeper Daniel Bentley earning Brentford a draw.

Tom Cairney slotted in from close range to open the scoring after eight minutes but Nico Yennaris equalised against the run of play with an angled finish.

Yoann Barbet's foul on Stephan Johansen gave Cairney a penalty, but Bentley saved his shot and rebound to deny him.

The draw leaves Fulham sixth, three points and 13 goals better off than Leeds, who drew with Norwich.

The results mean Slavisa Jokanovic's side go into their final match of the season against Sheffield Wednesday almost guaranteed a place in the play-offs, with Leeds requiring a 14-goal swing when they play relegated Wigan.

Fulham came into the match on a four-match winning streak and started brightly with Cairney slotting in after eight minutes from Ryan Sessegnon's cutback on the counter-attack.

The hosts were dominant, but Cairney fired over the crossbar from the edge of the area and Floyd Ayite was guilty of poor finishing when he blazed over while one-on-one with Bentley.

Yennaris punished their profligacy, exchanging passes with Konstantin Kerschbaumer before finding the top corner with a well-placed finish.

Ayite sent a free header wide from six yards and Bentley produced two stunning saves to keep Cairney out from the spot as Brentford hung on until half-time.

After the break Bentley made another strong save from Cairney's effort from the edge of the area, while Johansen also curled narrowly wide.

However, Whites' goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli had to be alert to keep out Lasse Vibe and Florian Jozefzoon for Brentford, who drop to 10th.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

"We will start thinking of the play-offs but we must not stand still.

"Are we the team to fear? Yes. We are in good form and we play with confidence. There is no need for us to do too many different things.

"We are not at Wembley right now, we need to be ready to play at Sheffield Wednesday in our final game."

Brentford boss Dean Smith:

"It was a different performance than we have put on in recent weeks. It was fast-flowing and attacking football, but we also had to defend resolutely at times.

"If you have been watching Fulham as an attacking force, they have players full of pace and trickery. It was always going to be tough.

"We are finishing the season well. We didn't want to come here and allow Fulham to have party at our expense. They have made it but with other results.

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 2Fredericks
  • 26Kalas
  • 13Ream
  • 3Malone
  • 14JohansenBooked at 90mins
  • 6McDonald
  • 24Aluko
  • 10Cairney
  • 30SessegnonSubstituted forPiazonat 59'minutes
  • 11AyitéSubstituted forKebanoat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Odoi
  • 7Kebano
  • 8Parker
  • 9Cyriac
  • 15Madl
  • 20Piazon
  • 27Button

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 20Clarke
  • 6Dean
  • 29Barbet
  • 30Field
  • 8Yennaris
  • 17KerschbaumerSubstituted forWestbrookeat 76'minutes
  • 23Jota
  • 19Sawyers
  • 47CanosSubstituted forJozefzoonat 61'minutes
  • 21Vibe

Substitutes

  • 5Bjelland
  • 7Jozefzoon
  • 11Hofmann
  • 14Egan
  • 16Bonham
  • 33Shaibu
  • 39Westbrooke
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
24,594

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home11
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 1, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Brentford 1.

Booking

Stefan Johansen (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).

Lasse Vibe (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tomas Kalas (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Piazon with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Josh Clarke.

Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Zain Westbrooke (Brentford).

Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).

Lasse Vibe (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Field.

Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lasse Vibe.

Hand ball by Neeskens Kebano (Fulham).

Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Clarke (Brentford).

Foul by Scott Malone (Fulham).

Josh Clarke (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Zain Westbrooke (Brentford).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Floyd Ayité.

Attempt blocked. Jota (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Zain Westbrooke replaces Konstantin Kerschbaumer.

Foul by Scott Malone (Fulham).

Jota (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Konstantin Kerschbaumer (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nico Yennaris.

Attempt saved. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nico Yennaris.

Offside, Brentford. Yoann Barbet tries a through ball, but Florian Jozefzoon is caught offside.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

Attempt saved. Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Field.

Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Malone.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Yoann Barbet.

Attempt saved. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yoann Barbet.

Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford).

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Romaine Sawyers.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Florian Jozefzoon replaces Sergi Canos.

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As It Stood

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3Reading45257136462282
4Sheff Wed452491259431681
5Huddersfield45256145655181
6Fulham4521141083562777
7Leeds452281560461474
8Norwich4519101681691267
9Derby451812155349466
10Brentford4518101774621264
11Preston451614156462262
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13Cardiff451611185761-459
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15Wolves451510205358-555
16Ipswich451316164855-755
17Bristol City45159216065-554
18QPR45158225262-1053
19Burton451313194759-1252
20Birmingham451214194464-2050
21Nottm Forest45139235972-1348
22Blackburn451115195064-1448
23Wigan451011243956-1741
24Rotherham4557333997-5822
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