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Fulham2Barnsley0

Fulham 2-0 Barnsley

Chris Martin scores penalty for Fulham
Chris Martin's future at Fulham has been uncertain as parent club Derby have expressed strong interest in recalling him early

Unsettled loan striker Chris Martin scored one goal and set up another on his Fulham return to help overcome fellow play-off hopefuls Barnsley.

Adam Hammill went closest for Barnsley, hitting the post after a fine solo run.

On-loan Derby man Martin, featuring for the first time in 2017 after a dispute about his future, then put Fulham ahead from the penalty spot, following Angus MacDonald's foul on Kevin McDonald.

After the break, Scott Malone met a Martin cross to volley home powerfully.

Victory lifts the west London side above Barnsley in the Championship table, moving them to eighth where they remain six points adrift of the play-off spots. The Tykes' first defeat in six games sees them slip two places to 10th.

Martin, who scored his seventh goal in 17 games for Fulham in his last appearance on Boxing Day, went close to making an immediate impact on his recall, testing Adam Davies just a minute after the goalkeeper was called into action by Tom Cairney.

Hammill then twice threatened for the Tykes - his run from the half-way line before crashing a shot off the post was the pick of the visitors' first-half efforts.

Barnsley, who sold top scorer Sam Winnall to Sheffield Wednesday during the week, continued to press, but Fulham were the ones to go ahead from the spot, thanks to Martin's cool finish.

Martin then helped created Malone's goal at the start of another eventful half, in which both sides went close a number of times.

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 2Fredericks
  • 26Kalas
  • 13Ream
  • 3Malone
  • 14JohansenSubstituted forParkerat 88'minutes
  • 6McDonald
  • 24AlukoSubstituted forOdoiat 90+2'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 20PiazonSubstituted forR Sessegnonat 89'minutes
  • 25Martin

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 4Odoi
  • 8Parker
  • 9Smith
  • 15Madl
  • 17R Sigurdsson
  • 30R Sessegnon

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 2Bree
  • 4Roberts
  • 5MacDonald
  • 3WhiteBooked at 53mins
  • 15WatkinsBooked at 73mins
  • 6Scowen
  • 8Hourihane
  • 7HammillSubstituted forKentat 70'minutes
  • 28WilliamsSubstituted forMoncurat 70'minutes
  • 20BradshawSubstituted forArmstrongat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Moncur
  • 13Townsend
  • 16Evans
  • 18Jackson
  • 23Payne
  • 32Armstrong
  • 40Kent
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
18,010

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home22
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away0
Fouls
Home4
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 2, Barnsley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Barnsley 0.

Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Denis Odoi replaces Sone Aluko.

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

Foul by Ryan Kent (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon replaces Lucas Piazon.

Offside, Barnsley. Aidan White tries a through ball, but Marley Watkins is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Scott Parker replaces Stefan Johansen.

Offside, Barnsley. Angus MacDonald tries a through ball, but Marley Watkins is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) because of an injury.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Marc Roberts.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Conor Hourihane.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Adam Davies.

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Barnsley).

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Angus MacDonald.

Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Booking

Marley Watkins (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Barnsley).

Attempt saved. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Kent.

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Attempt missed. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Adam Armstrong replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Ryan Kent replaces Adam Hammill.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. George Moncur replaces Ryan Williams.

Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.

Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Fulham) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 2, Barnsley 0. Scott Malone (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Martin.

goal

As It Stood

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1Newcastle26181750212955
2Brighton25166340172354
3Leeds26153835241148
4Reading2514473633346
5Huddersfield2614483030046
6Sheff Wed2613673024645
7Derby2611782419540
8Fulham25109643301339
9Preston2611693532339
10Barnsley26115104339438
11Norwich26114114239337
12Birmingham269983035-536
13Aston Villa2681172625135
14Ipswich2697102831-334
15Brentford2696113333033
16Wolves2688103334-132
17QPR2695122536-1132
18Cardiff2586113040-1030
19Bristol City2683153538-327
20Nottm Forest2676133745-827
21Burton2667132636-1025
22Blackburn2666143143-1224
23Wigan2657142231-922
24Rotherham2644182756-2916
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