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Fulham 2-1 Milton Keynes Dons

Moussa Dembele and Ross McCormack
Moussa Dembele and Ross McCormack have scored 34 league goals between them for Fulham this season

Moussa Dembele and Ross McCormack inspired Fulham's first win in seven games to ease their relegation worries and increase those of visitors MK Dons.

McCormack hit a post in the first half before putting the hosts in front when he slotted in his 20th of the season from Dembele's pinpoint cut-back.

Josh Murphy levelled superbly for the Dons when he coolly lobbed over Marcus Bettinelli from Alex Revell's flick.

But Fulham won it when Dembele swept in after McCormack teed him up.

Slovisa Jokanovic's side remain 21st despite their victory following Rotherham's 2-1 win over Leeds - the Millers' fifth in six matches.

The Dons still occupy the final Championship relegation place and are now four points from safety with just seven games of the season to go.

Fulham's success was no more than they deserved, but they were frustrated in the first half as Cody Cropper made fine saves to deny Tom Cairney and Dembele.

The Dons keeper later thwarted McCormack and Dembele in the space of 30 seconds after the break, but was powerless to keep out the latter's winner, his 14th goal of the season.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic:

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Jokanovic on Fulham v MK Dons

"It's the end of the run without any wins, in front of us are seven cup finals. We are not safe with this three points today.

"I can be satisfied with many things today, with the way my team played, but it's not time for a holiday.

"We have a job in front of us. In three days' time we have another cup final in front of us.

"We made one mistake and I believe we can avoid this situation where MK Dons scored their goal."

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson:

"The officials cost us, his goal was onside - they know that, they understand that and they know they made an error.

"At 1-1 it's a big decision. It's a bitter pill to take. A draw would have been a fair result on the balance of the game.

"I don't think we deserved to win here, but I don't think they deserved to win either. But we've been beat and we have to take it on the chin."

Moussa Dembele
Moussa Dembele, a reported target of Premier League clubs, is denied by MK Dons keeper Cody Cropper
Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho watched the action at Craven Cottage

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 5StearmanBooked at 33minsSubstituted forFredericksat 68'minutes
  • 15Madl
  • 45AmorebietaBooked at 19mins
  • 13Ream
  • 31Ince
  • 8Parker
  • 10CairneySubstituted forSmithat 83'minutes
  • 19TunnicliffeBooked at 90mins
  • 25DembeleBooked at 90mins
  • 44McCormackSubstituted forBurnat 90+5'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Garbutt
  • 7Fredericks
  • 9Smith
  • 16Woodrow
  • 23O'Hara
  • 24Lonergan
  • 33Burn

MK Dons

  • 22Cropper
  • 21Baldock
  • 6Kay
  • 16WalshBooked at 57mins
  • 3Lewington
  • 44Forster-CaskeySubstituted forPowellat 88'minutes
  • 8Potter
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forMaynardat 72'minutes
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forBakerat 56'minutes
  • 31Murphy
  • 18Revell

Substitutes

  • 7Baker
  • 12Spence
  • 14Carruthers
  • 17Powell
  • 28Maynard
  • 29Burns
  • 40Long
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
17,588

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home22
Away12
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 2, MK Dons 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 2, MK Dons 1.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Moussa Dembele (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).

George Baldock (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Dan Burn replaces Ross McCormack.

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Murphy (MK Dons).

Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

Booking

Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Michael Madl (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Revell (MK Dons).

Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).

Joe Walsh (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Carl Baker (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, MK Dons. Nicky Maynard tries a through ball, but Daniel Powell is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.

Offside, Fulham. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Carl Baker.

Foul by Rohan Ince (Fulham).

Josh Murphy (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Tom Cairney.

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

Foul by Josh Murphy (MK Dons).

Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

Attempt missed. Josh Murphy (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Rohan Ince (Fulham).

Jake Forster-Caskey (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Antony Kay (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey with a cross following a corner.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Michael Madl.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 2, MK Dons 1. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

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

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Nicky Maynard replaces Dean Bowditch.

Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).

Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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2Middlesbrough38227951252673
3Brighton391915554371772
4Hull38209954233169
5Sheff Wed391714857362165
6Derby391713952371564
7Cardiff39161495142962
8Ipswich391611124644259
9Birmingham381511124237556
10Preston391414113836256
11QPR391215124946351
12Wolves391213144651-549
13Reading381212144343048
14Leeds381114133847-947
15Blackburn391113153838046
16Nottm Forest391113153439-546
17Brentford38137185159-846
18Huddersfield39129185254-245
19Bristol City391110184062-2243
20Rotherham39126214663-1742
21Fulham39914165965-641
22MK Dons39910203353-2037
23Charlton39811203670-3435
24Bolton39414213669-3326
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