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Preston North End 1-2 Fulham

Moussa Dembele (centre)
Moussa Dembele (centre) struck the winner after a Ross McCormack effort was only parried

Fulham eased their relegation fears by moving seven points clear of the relegation zone with a win at Preston.

Ross McCormack capitalised on poor defending to round the goalkeeper and slot Fulham ahead early on.

Marnick Vermijl's fine solo effort drew Preston level but Moussa Dembele tucked in to earn Fulham back-to-back wins for the first time since October.

The hosts almost levelled through Jermaine Beckford late on but he could not keep his close-range effort down.

A first-half that lacked quality saw Preston's Tom Clarke suffer a serious-looking injury and he had to be replaced early on.

But, despite the absence of their captain, Preston rallied after half-time and equalised when substitute Verrmijl skipped past two defenders and lashed in a low shot.

But Dembele's winner inflicted a first home defeat since January on Preston.

Fulham have now scored more goals away from home than any other Championship side so far this season, netting 29 times on their travels.

Preston manager Simon Grayson:

"It was a frustrating night. Sometimes in games you don't get what you deserve.

"I thought that was the case tonight. We were the better team, created the better chances.

"They got the early goal but we passed the ball better and there was only one team looking to win the game. We weren't helped by some of the tactics they used at times."

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic:

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Slavisa Jokanovic on Preston v Fulham

"We are not safe. With six games in front of us, now it's six points we don't have reason to think about a holiday.

"We need to do much for our away supporters who travel with us and push us towards safety.

"It's not time for holiday, we need to give these people something back because we haven't given them too many happy afternoons. We can fix that in these six games ahead of us."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 15WoodsSubstituted forVermijlat 22'minutes
  • 5ClarkeSubstituted forHuntingtonat 11'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6Wright
  • 3Cunningham
  • 32Reach
  • 4Pearson
  • 12Gallagher
  • 16Browne
  • 25HugillBooked at 44minsSubstituted forBeckfordat 67'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14Garner

Substitutes

  • 2Vermijl
  • 10Beckford
  • 11Johnson
  • 13Doyle
  • 23Huntington
  • 37Robinson
  • 43Kirkland

Fulham

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 7Fredericks
  • 15MadlSubstituted forBurnat 90+1'minutes
  • 45Amorebieta
  • 13ReamSubstituted forStearmanat 45'minutes
  • 8Parker
  • 10CairneyBooked at 53minsSubstituted forO'Haraat 58'minutes
  • 31InceBooked at 60mins
  • 19TunnicliffeBooked at 86mins
  • 25Dembele
  • 44McCormack

Substitutes

  • 3Garbutt
  • 5Stearman
  • 9Smith
  • 22Baird
  • 23O'Hara
  • 24Lonergan
  • 33Burn
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
10,358

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Fulham 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Fulham 2.

Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Joe Garner with a headed pass.

Booking

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Richard Stearman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Greg Cunningham.

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Dan Burn replaces Michael Madl.

Booking

Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End).

Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).

Booking

Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

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

Attempt saved. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Pearson with a cross.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Scott Parker.

Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Preston North End) left footed shot from long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Fulham 2. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

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

Offside, Preston North End. Bailey Wright tries a through ball, but Jermaine Beckford is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jermaine Beckford replaces Jordan Hugill.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Fulham 1. Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Browne.

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).

Booking

Rohan Ince (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

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3Brighton402015556381875
4Hull392091054272769
5Sheff Wed401814859372268
6Derby401813956371967
7Cardiff40161595142963
8Ipswich401612124644260
9Birmingham391511134339456
10Preston401414123938156
11QPR401216125047352
12Wolves401313144852-452
13Reading391312144544151
14Brentford39147185460-649
15Leeds391115133948-948
16Blackburn401113163940-146
17Nottm Forest401113163541-646
18Huddersfield40129195257-545
19Fulham401014166166-544
20Bristol City401111184163-2244
21Rotherham40127214764-1743
22MK Dons40910213455-2137
23Charlton40812203670-3436
24Bolton40414223772-3526
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