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Nottingham Forest 5-3 Fulham

Britt Assombalonga of Nottingham Forest
Fulham led 3-2 with less than 15 minutes left before the thrilling turnaround

A hat-trick from Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga condemned Fulham to their sixth league defeat of the season to increase the pressure on manager Felix Magath.

Assombalonga, 21, scored twice, the second from the penalty spot, before Ross McCormack pulled a goal back.

Hugo Rodallega equalised and McCormack struck again to put Fulham 3-2 up.

But Michail Antonio, Assombalonga and Jamie Paterson all scored to move Forest back to the top of the table.

The result leaves Fulham bottom of the league and already four points from safety.

Since taking charge in February, Magath has overseen just four wins, one of those coming this season in the Capital One Cup against Brentford.

He was the third manager at Craven Cottage last season following the dismissals of Martin Jol and Rene Meulensteen but was unable to prevent their relegation from the Premier League.

Felix Magath
Magath has won just four games at Fulham

Following Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Reading, supporters were calling for the manager to be sacked and he did not help matters when he admitted he could not explain their poor start to the Championship season.

Forest, on the other hand, have enjoyed an excellent start to the season with five wins and two draws, helped largely by Assombalonga, who joined in August for a club-record fee of around £5.5m.

He took his tally for the season to eight goals in nine games as he completed only his second senior hat-trick.

His first came as he headed home a cross from Henri Lansbury and he then converted a spot-kick after Antonio was tripped by Shaun Hutchinson.

McCormack, who cost Fulham £11m, scored his first league goals for the club either side of Rodallego's strike to mark an unlikely turnaround.

But despite having six defenders in their starting XI, the visitors crumbled.

Antonio rattled in from the edge of the box before Assombalonga netted his third from close range. Paterson completed the scoring when he ran through on goal to calmly send the ball past Gabor Kiraly from 15 yards.

The Cottagers are now without a win since they beat Norwich 1-0 on 12 April.

Nottingham Forest coach Steve Wigley said: "I think we were fortunate. We started well and when we went 2-0 up you would expect us to control the game, but they scored a great free-kick and I thought they played very well up to about 65-70 minutes.

"But once it became a shoot-out we knew we had players who could score a goal and we went for it, and showed tremendous character."

Fulham boss Felix Magath added: "They played very well and scored three times. We were very unlucky.

"I understand the fans' frustrations. I'm very sad we are bottom with one point. It is terrible for the players, myself and the supporters."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 4Mancienne
  • 13Fox
  • 17Hunt
  • 2LichajSubstituted forWilsonat 56'minutes
  • 32TescheSubstituted forLascellesat 90'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 27Burke
  • 18Antonio
  • 38OsbornSubstituted forPatersonat 69'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Lansbury
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 6Wilson
  • 14Veldwijk
  • 16Lascelles
  • 21Paterson
  • 24Vaughan
  • 29de Vries
  • 30McLaughlin

Fulham

  • 1Kiraly
  • 6BodurovBooked at 69mins
  • 4HutchinsonBooked at 20minsSubstituted forDavidat 45'minutes
  • 33BurnBooked at 20mins
  • 5AmorebietaBooked at 58mins
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 2Hoogland
  • 26FotheringhamBooked at 50minsSubstituted forRobertsat 81'minutes
  • 8ParkerBooked at 73mins
  • 44McCormack
  • 20Rodallega

Substitutes

  • 7Eisfeld
  • 14Roberts
  • 27Williams
  • 28Hyndman
  • 30David
  • 32Kavanagh
  • 40Bettinelli
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
22,572

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 5, Fulham 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 5, Fulham 3.

  3. Booking

    Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

  5. Post update

    Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Fernando Amorebieta.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamaal Lascelles replaces Robert Tesche.

  8. Booking

    Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 5, Fulham 3. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michail Antonio.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Patrick Roberts (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nikolay Bodurov.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Burke.

  12. Post update

    Jack Hunt (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Mark Fotheringham.

  15. Post update

    Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 4, Fulham 3. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

  18. Post update

    Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Fulham. Chris David tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 3, Fulham 3. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Mancienne.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nottm Forest75201771017
2Norwich75111551016
3Watford7502147715
4Wolves742173414
5Charlton7340118313
6Reading74121110113
7Derby7331138512
8Sheff Wed733174312
9Middlesbrough740397212
10Ipswich732296311
11Brentford732299011
12Millwall731388010
13Blackburn73131314-110
14Leeds7313710-310
15Bournemouth7223111018
16Wigan72239818
17Cardiff722389-18
18Brighton7214810-27
19Rotherham721459-47
20Birmingham7133512-76
21Bolton7124712-55
22Huddersfield7124715-85
23Blackpool7016310-71
24Fulham7016618-121
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