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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.

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

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 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

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 3, Nottingham Forest 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 3, Nottingham Forest 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jack Grimmer (Fulham).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Booking

    Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Booking

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jack Grimmer (Fulham).

  20. Post update

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

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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