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Fulham 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Ross Wallace (right) celebrates his first-half goal
Ross Wallace's goal was his third in 25 games this season

Ross Wallace scored the only goal of the game for Sheffield Wednesday as Slavisa Jokanovic's first match in charge of Fulham ended in defeat.

Emerson Hyndman threatened and Jamie O'Hara brushed the post for Fulham before Wallace scored with a dipping 30-yard shot.

Ross McCormack had a goal for Fulham ruled out for offside, while Gary Hooper went close at the other end.

Cauley Woodrow had a chance to level late on, but headed over the bar.

Wednesday's third victory in four games has moved them to within four points of the play-off places and sees Fulham drop to 19th in the table, six points above the relegation zone.

Owls end Craven Cottage hoodoo
Sheffield Wednesday's victory ends Fulham's domination of the league fixture at Craven Cottage. Before the triumph, Fulham had won seven and lost none of their last nine at home against the Owls.
Previously, the Owls had won just once in their last 14 visits to Fulham in league competition, failing to keep a clean sheet.

Defeat for the Whites at Craven Cottage ends a mixed week for former Watford boss Jokanovic, who watched from the stands after his side beat Rotherham 4-1 on Tuesday, two days after taking the job.

Fulham started brightly, with O'Hara particularly busy, shooting narrowly wide and brushing the outside of the post with a powerful left-foot effort. Hyndman also threatened, calling Owls goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith into action.

Wallace, a growing menace out wide, then cut inside for the visitors and beat keeper Andy Lonergan with a fierce shot from distance.

Soon after McCormack got on the end of a Moussa Dembele through ball, only to be called offside.

After the break, Lonergan twice denied Hooper and Wednesday a second, while Woodrow, who scored a double in Fulham's win against Rotherham, could have rescued a point but directed his header from a Jazz Richards cross over the bar.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

"It's normal that I am disappointed with the result but I cannot be disappointed with the performance.

"We played 60 minutes of very good football, they scored a fantastic goal and with that goal they got the three points.

"It's a frustrating situation but I have not come here to fix problems fast. I am not David Copperfield, it will take time."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal:

"I think we deserved the victory. The time we scored the goal was important because we were not playing well and Fulham had more of the ball.

"But football is like this and after the goal a lot of things changed in the game. Especially in the second half we had a lot of control of the game.

"In the second half we created three or four scoring chances to make another goal. It was not easy because of the way that Fulham play but the reality is that Joe Wildsmith did not have too many saves to make and we could have scored more."

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 24Lonergan
  • 2Richards
  • 5Stearman
  • 33BurnBooked at 60mins
  • 13Ream
  • 11KacaniklicSubstituted forWoodrowat 77'minutes
  • 14MattilaSubstituted forGarbuttat 71'minutes
  • 23O'HaraSubstituted forParkerat 63'minutes
  • 28Hyndman
  • 44McCormackBooked at 78mins
  • 25Dembele

Substitutes

  • 3Garbutt
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 8Parker
  • 9Smith
  • 12Lewis
  • 16Woodrow
  • 21Christensen

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-2

  • 28Wildsmith
  • 2Palmer
  • 23Sasso
  • 5Loovens
  • 36Pudil
  • 33WallaceSubstituted forSougouat 76'minutes
  • 41BannanBooked at 45mins
  • 20Lee
  • 45ForestieriSubstituted forHelanat 90+2'minutes
  • 14Hooper
  • 9NuhiuSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hutchinson
  • 6Semedo
  • 16Wiggins
  • 17Helan
  • 18Lucas João
  • 24Sougou
  • 34Price
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
19,263

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Modou Sougou.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Emerson Hyndman (Fulham).

  5. Post update

    Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jazz Richards (Fulham).

  7. Post update

    Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Fulham. Dan Burn tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jeremy Helan replaces Fernando Forestieri.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lucas João replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jazz Richards with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).

  16. Post update

    Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Emerson Hyndman (Fulham).

  18. Post update

    Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).

  20. Post update

    Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.