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Fulham 2-1 Barnsley

Floyd Ayite's goal was his first for Fulham since September
Floyd Ayite's goal was his second of the season for Fulham

Floyd Ayite marked his comeback from injury with a superb goal as Fulham increased Barnsley's worries with victory at Craven Cottage.

The home side had plenty of pressure in the first half, but Ayite headed their best chance wide from six yards.

He atoned after the break by finding space to beat Barnsley keeper Adam Davies with a fierce low shot.

Tom Bradshaw headed Barnsley level, but Davies misjudged a cross from Sheyi Ojo which found the net off the far post.

It was the sixth defeat in eight winless games for Paul Heckingbottom's Tykes, who were taken over in midweek by a consortium including Chinese billionaire Chien Lee and 'Moneyball' pioneer Billy Beane.

They remain 20th in the Championship table, just two points clear of the relegation zone, while Fulham climbed to 11th.

Bradshaw's goal from an Andy Yiadom cross was only their third in that eight-match run and their first from open play since 18 November.

Fulham were good value for their win, their third in a row at home, with Ayite back in the starting line-up after missing four games with a hamstring injury.

The visitors had a chance to snatch a point, only for Bradshaw to shoot wide from substitute Lloyd Isgrove's ball into the box.

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic:

"We dominated the game. Ayite scored a quality goal, and we showed the reaction after we conceded the equaliser.

"We showed many great things during the game and it's important for us to start this period well.

"We had to take care with him [Ayite] today, I took the decision to change him to be a little bit careful. It's not the first time he's been injured this season."

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom:

"I'm disappointed for the players, [with] the effort, the organisation and the belief, I definitely thought we deserved something out of the game.

"We just lacked a little bit of quality when we were in good situations, which means we didn't get enough efforts off from some really good positions.

"We've got lads in our group, some who have never played league football before, and we've thrown them into the Championship."

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 2Fredericks
  • 26Kalas
  • 13Ream
  • 3R Sessegnon
  • 8Johansen
  • 6McDonald
  • 10Cairney
  • 19OjoBooked at 28minsSubstituted forNorwoodat 87'minutes
  • 47KamaraSubstituted forFonteat 81'minutes
  • 11AyitéSubstituted forKebanoat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Kebano
  • 9Fonte
  • 16Norwood
  • 20Piazon
  • 23Djalo
  • 27Button
  • 36De La Torre

Barnsley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Davies
  • 2McCarthy
  • 16Pinnock
  • 6Lindsay
  • 17YiadomBooked at 4mins
  • 10MoncurSubstituted forHammillat 61'minutes
  • 22GardnerBooked at 14mins
  • 4Williams
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forUgboat 78'minutes
  • 26ThiamSubstituted forIsgroveat 61'minutes
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 3Fryers
  • 7Hammill
  • 11Isgrove
  • 12Cavare
  • 13Townsend
  • 19Ugbo
  • 37Bird
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
17,308

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 2, Barnsley 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Barnsley 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).

  4. Post update

    Lloyd Isgrove (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Joe Williams (Barnsley).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Andy Yiadom (Barnsley).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Liam Lindsay.

  11. Post update

    Oliver Norwood (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ike Ugbo (Barnsley).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Oliver Norwood replaces Sheyi Ojo.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Sheyi Ojo.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adam Hammill.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Sheyi Ojo (Fulham).

  17. Post update

    Andy Yiadom (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rui Fonte (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).

  20. Post update

    Joe Williams (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

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8Preston239952723436
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10Ipswich23112103733435
11Fulham238872929032
12Brentford2371063531431
13Nottm Forest23101123338-531
14Reading2376102930-127
15Sheff Wed236982729-227
16Norwich2376102230-827
17Millwall236892425-126
18QPR236892634-826
19Hull2357113741-422
20Barnsley2356122536-1121
21Burton2355131641-2520
22Sunderland23310102839-1119
23Bolton2347122341-1819
24Birmingham2345141233-2117
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