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Fulham 0-1 Hull City

Abel Hernandez
Abel Hernandez's winner at Craven Cottage was his 15th league goal of the season

Hull City moved to the top of the Championship table following a narrow win at out-of-form Fulham.

The Tigers' top scorer Abel Hernandez got the only goal from the penalty spot after Moses Odubajo was fouled by Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Whites keeper Andrew Lonergan denied Hernandez early on before opposite number Alan McGregor flicked away a shot from Tom Cairney.

McGregor tipped over a late free-kick from Jamie O'Hara to ensure victory.

Hull, who secured their fourth successive league win, are now one point above previous leaders Middlesbrough, who lost 1-0 at home to Nottingham Forest.

Fulham, meanwhile, have won only once in 14 Championship games and boss Slavisa Jokanovic is still waiting for his first success since taking charge at Craven Cottage at the end of December.

The home side started brightly, but without top scorer Ross McCormack because of illness, they were unable to convert their chances.

O'Hara and Scott Parker both shot wide after the break before Hernandez notched his 15th league goal of the season - and his sixth in four games - despite Lonergan tipping his penalty onto the post.

Fulham, who have not kept a clean sheet in the league since October, remain four points above the relegation zone.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic:

"We are really disappointed after this situation in which we find ourselves today.

"We played very well for 65 to 70 minutes and the game was clearly going towards being a draw, then we made one mistake and we lost.

"I thought it was a penalty, they caught us just for one second. I don't know if it was an intentional trip.

"The plan is to look in the loan market, we have one week more in front of us. At the moment we are trying to do something."

Hull manager Steve Bruce:

"You have to show a certain resilience, especially in the middle of winter coming to places like this.

"Fulham played well today but we were always comfortable.

"We know we are always capable of scoring a goal.

"The ability to roll up your sleeves and give nothing away is what you need to be successful. It's not all about playing nice football."

Ross McCormack
Fulham striker Ross McCormack, who has been linked with a move to Middlesbrough, missed out through illness
Abel Hernandez
Hernandez got the only goal 10 minutes from time, despite Andy Lonergan getting a hand to his penalty
Slavisa Jokanovic
Slavisa Jokanovic has lost four of his five matches in charge of Fulham

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 24Lonergan
  • 2Richards
  • 33BurnBooked at 42mins
  • 13Ream
  • 3Garbutt
  • 11KacaniklicSubstituted forWilliamsat 73'minutes
  • 8ParkerSubstituted forHyndmanat 77'minutes
  • 23O'Hara
  • 21ChristensenSubstituted forSmithat 83'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 25Dembele

Substitutes

  • 4Hutchinson
  • 5Stearman
  • 7Fredericks
  • 9Smith
  • 12Lewis
  • 17Williams
  • 28Hyndman

Hull

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1McGregor
  • 2OdubajoBooked at 72mins
  • 12Maguire
  • 6Davies
  • 26Robertson
  • 10SnodgrassSubstituted forBruceat 90+4'minutes
  • 14LivermoreBooked at 35mins
  • 20HaydenBooked at 54minsSubstituted forHuddlestoneat 71'minutes
  • 11Clucas
  • 17Diamé
  • 9HernándezSubstituted forEl Mohamadyat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bruce
  • 5Taylor
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 15Maloney
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 24Aluko
  • 27El Mohamady
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
16,935

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamHull
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 0, Hull City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Hull City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Clucas.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Alex Bruce replaces Robert Snodgrass.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jazz Richards (Fulham).

  6. Post update

    Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  9. Post update

    Matt Smith (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Harry Maguire (Hull City).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).

  12. Post update

    Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Harry Maguire following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Tim Ream.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Ahmed Elmohamady replaces Abel Hernández.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Lasse Vigen Christensen.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Fulham 0, Hull City 1. Abel Hernández (Hull City) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  19. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.

  20. Post update

    Penalty Hull City. Moses Odubajo draws a foul in the penalty area.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull28175645182756
2Middlesbrough27174637142355
3Brighton28131143428650
4Derby271310438211749
5Burnley27139542241848
6Sheff Wed281210642311146
7Birmingham2813783728946
8Ipswich2812973735245
9Cardiff28101173531441
10Brentford28116114140139
11Nottm Forest2891183025538
12Wolves28108103738-138
13Reading2898113231135
14QPR2881193535035
15Preston2881192527-235
16Leeds2881192832-435
17Huddersfield2888123739-232
18Blackburn2761292424030
19Fulham28610124348-528
20MK Dons2875162341-1826
21Rotherham2874173449-1525
22Bristol City2859142447-2324
23Charlton2849152254-3221
24Bolton28311142446-2220
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