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Norwich City 1-3 Fulham

Tom Cairney
Tom Cairney has scored 10 goals in 46 appearances for Fulham this season

Fulham won at Norwich to maintain their play-off hopes, despite having Chris Martin sent off in the first half.

Stefan Johansen gave the Cottagers the lead when his left-footed shot found the bottom corner from 20 yards out.

Martin was sent off for an elbow on Mitchell Dijks late in the first half as he challenged for a long ball.

Tom Cairney doubled the lead from the penalty spot and Floyd Ayite slotted in to seal the three points after Cameron Jerome's header had given Norwich hope.

Fulham had rarely been tested by the hosts until Jerome's goal, but the Canaries improved in the closing stages, with Marcus Bettinelli twice having to deny Alex Pritchard.

But Ayite rounded keeper John Ruddy and rolled the ball into the net to calm the visitors' nerves, moments after Cairney had prodded tamely at Ruddy when through on goal.

Despite the victory, Fulham stay seventh in the table with only four games to play, two points behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday.

The Cottagers also face a more difficult finish to the season, as all four of their remaining fixtures are against teams in the top half of the table.

Norwich's already slim play-off hopes are now all but mathematically ended, as they sit 12 points outside the top six.

Norwich City interim boss Alan Irvine:

"Fulham are a good team and deserved what they got today.

"After going down to 10 men they were extremely well organised and defended really well to get the result they wanted.

"Our players deserved praised for the way they performed last week and I think they deserve some criticism today.

"We prepare them the same way for each match and you are obviously hoping for the same level of performance in each match, the level the players are capable of.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

"We will certainly appeal [against the sending off]. I had a good view and although Chris touches their player, it was just two players fighting for the ball. There was no intention at all, no aggression.

"I am very proud of the way the players performed today. This is a very tough place to come to - they have a lot of good players and had only lost here three times all season.

"We knew we had to be well organised, we needed to be at our best, and we also had to be very strong mentally, especially after the red card."

Line-ups

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ruddy
  • 25PintoBooked at 77mins
  • 5Martin
  • 15KloseSubstituted forBennettat 45'minutes
  • 3Dijks
  • 27Tettey
  • 8HowsonBooked at 46mins
  • 22MurphySubstituted forMurphyat 64'minutes
  • 21Pritchard
  • 14HoolahanBooked at 28minsSubstituted forJeromeat 57'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 9Oliveira

Substitutes

  • 2Whittaker
  • 7Naismith
  • 10Jerome
  • 17Wildschut
  • 24Bennett
  • 31Murphy
  • 33McGovern

Fulham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1BettinelliBooked at 68mins
  • 2Fredericks
  • 26Kalas
  • 13Ream
  • 3MaloneBooked at 59mins
  • 14JohansenSubstituted forR Sigurdssonat 81'minutes
  • 6McDonald
  • 24AlukoSubstituted forPiazonat 75'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 10Cairney
  • 11AyitéSubstituted forKebanoat 90+6'minutes
  • 25MartinBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 7Kebano
  • 8Parker
  • 9Cyriac
  • 17R Sigurdsson
  • 20Piazon
  • 27Button
  • 30R Sessegnon
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
27,023

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home18
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home14
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 1, Fulham 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 1, Fulham 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Floyd Ayité.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mitchell Dijks (Norwich City).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Murphy with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Norwich City 1, Fulham 3. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Piazon with a through ball.

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

    Delay in match Tomas Kalas (Fulham) because of an injury.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexander Tettey.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Tom Cairney.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ragnar Sigurdsson.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Pritchard with a cross following a set piece situation.

  19. Booking

    Lucas Piazon (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Mitchell Dijks (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton42278771353689
2Newcastle42267975363985
3Huddersfield41245125348577
4Leeds422271356401673
5Reading41227125657-173
6Sheff Wed422191254411372
7Fulham4219131075532270
8Derby421711144845362
9Preston421613136154761
10Norwich42179167365860
11Brentford421781769591059
12Aston Villa411513134340358
13Barnsley421511166059156
14Cardiff421510175659-355
15Ipswich421216144552-752
16Wolves41149185154-351
17QPR42148204857-950
18Bristol City42138215562-747
19Birmingham421114174261-1947
20Nottm Forest42129215667-1145
21Burton421112194257-1545
22Blackburn421013194863-1543
23Wigan421010223853-1540
24Rotherham4246323694-5818
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