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Burton Albion 0-2 Fulham

Stefan Johansen
Stefan Johansen puts Fulham ahead with his seventh goal of the season

Fulham moved to within three points of the play-offs with victory at Championship strugglers Burton Albion.

In a first half of few chances, Burton midfielder Lloyd Dyer was denied by the legs of David Button, while Scott Malone fired inches wide for Fulham.

The visitors went ahead through Stefan Johansen's shot from the edge of the box three minutes after the break.

Johansen twice went close to grabbing a second before Malone fired into the roof of the net to secure the victory.

The game was Burton manager Nigel Clough's first in charge since ruling out a return to former club Nottingham Forest.

The Brewers remain in relegation trouble in 21st place and only three points clear of the drop zone.

Fulham move up to ninth after they secured their first Championship away victory of 2017.

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough:

"Fulham were too good for us tonight. There was a big gulf in quality and the disappointing thing was that we gave the first goal away with a mistake and you can't afford to do that against such good players.

"We got through the first half by being solid without doing that much ourselves and we restricted them to not very much.

"We have to be better on the ball ourselves and our set-plays weren't great. When you don't have that much possession you have to make the most of set-plays and tonight we didn't."

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

"I can be satisfied with our performance. We tried to play our style and move the ball from side to side in the first half but Burton closed us down. We had possession of the ball but we could not create much.

"Fortunately we tried to open the field up a bit in the second half and we got a goal early at the start of the half and that made it easier for us to win the game.

"I am not talking about the top six. That is for 7 May and when we know where we are going to finish this competition. I prefer to think about the next step and the next chance to get three points."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Flanagan
  • 4Mousinho
  • 6Turner
  • 14McCrory
  • 16Palmer
  • 30MurphySubstituted forNaylorat 74'minutes
  • 10Akins
  • 36Irvine
  • 11DyerSubstituted forMillerat 78'minutes
  • 9SordellSubstituted forO'Gradyat 63'minutesBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 7Williamson
  • 8O'Grady
  • 13Bywater
  • 15Naylor
  • 18Miller
  • 22Myers-Harness
  • 25Barker

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 2FredericksSubstituted forOdoiat 90+1'minutes
  • 26Kalas
  • 13Ream
  • 3Malone
  • 6McDonald
  • 14Johansen
  • 24AlukoSubstituted forAyitéat 85'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 20Piazon
  • 25Martin

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 4Odoi
  • 8Parker
  • 11Ayité
  • 15Madl
  • 30R Sessegnon
  • 33Petsos
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
3,725

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home11
Away19
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 0, Fulham 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Fulham 2.

Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Turner (Burton Albion).

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Flanagan with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Denis Odoi replaces Ryan Fredericks.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Damien McCrory.

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).

Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Floyd Ayité replaces Sone Aluko.

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Naylor.

Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).

Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Will Miller replaces Lloyd Dyer.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John Mousinho.

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross.

Offside, Burton Albion. Damien McCrory tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Tom Naylor replaces Luke Murphy.

Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion).

Goal!

Goal! Burton Albion 0, Fulham 2. Scott Malone (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.

Offside, Burton Albion. Jackson Irvine tries a through ball, but Lucas Akins is caught offside.

Offside, Fulham. Sone Aluko tries a through ball, but Chris Martin is caught offside.

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

Attempt saved. Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Akins with a cross.

Booking

Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion).

Attempt missed. Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Palmer following a set piece situation.

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).

Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Burton Albion. Damien McCrory tries a through ball, but Ben Turner is caught offside.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

Attempt blocked. Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Flanagan.

goal

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