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Fulham 2-0 Leeds United

Kevin McDonald deflects in Fulham's opening goal
Kevin McDonald (right) knew very little about how he scored after deflecting in Aleksandar Mitrovic's header

Fulham showed why they are the Championship's form side with an impressive win over mid-table Leeds.

They dominated the early chances and eventually went ahead when Kevin McDonald deflected in Aleksandar Mitrovic's header from a corner.

The Serbia striker put the game to bed as he ended a flowing counter-attack after Caleb Ekuban spurned one of Leeds' best chances when put through.

Unmarked Jay-Roy Grot should have got one back but headed over from close in.

The Londoners - who are now unbeaten in 18 league games - closed the gap to second-placed Cardiff to five points having played a game more.

But a play-off place looks all but secure as they are now 13 points above seventh-placed Bristol City with six games left - three of which are against sides currently in the bottom six.

Fulham started the game excellently with their full-backs marauding down both flanks - Mitrovic missing a fourth-minute chance after Matt Targett's pull-back before Floyd Ayite hit the base of the far post after Ryan Sessegnon's teasing pass across the face of the goal.

Mitrovic had a free header from the resulting corner well-saved by Bailey Peacock-Farrell, but it was from a similar position that the Serbian striker inadvertently set-up McDonald's opener.

The game turned on a 14-second passage of play as Marcus Bettinelli saved Ekuban's effort allowing Fulham to break - Newcastle-loanee Mitrovic playing a one-two with Tom Cairney to set up his 10th goal in nine games.

Leeds had an appeal for a penalty rightly turned down when Stuart Dallas went to ground easily under a challenge from Bettinelli shortly before Grot's miss - the substitute's header over with the goal gaping summing up the visitors' frustrating evening.

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic:

"It is our ambition to fight for three points every week. But everything depends on Cardiff, they must lose.

"They have five points and that is a big difference. We will try and do our job, it's a race, we will try and chase.

"We must try to push harder and try and win the next game. They need to have some mistakes to give us the opportunity.

"My job is not to be satisfied, my job is to push the players. It's not so important if I'm happy. We are in a season where we can be successful."

Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom:

"The big moments were the difference between the teams.

"We can take lots of things from that game: frustration, anger, pleasure, disappointment.

"Certain things went against us. Some pleasing things came out of the game but I'm getting frustrated.

"We more than matched them but they were good."



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1BettinelliBooked at 68mins
  • 2Fredericks
  • 4Odoi
  • 13Ream
  • 21Targett
  • 8JohansenBooked at 78mins
  • 6McDonaldBooked at 69minsSubstituted forKalasat 88'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 11AyitéSubstituted forNorwoodat 67'minutes
  • 32Mitrovic
  • 3R Sessegnon


  • 7Kebano
  • 16Norwood
  • 20Piazon
  • 22Christie
  • 26Kalas
  • 27Button
  • 47Kamara


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Peacock-Farrell
  • 15Dallas
  • 18JanssonBooked at 43mins
  • 5PenningtonSubstituted forat 87'minutes
  • 28Berardi
  • 14O'KaneSubstituted forPhillipsat 23'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 25Vieira
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forGrotat 72'minutes
  • 21Sáiz
  • 19Hernández
  • 45EkubanSubstituted forLasoggaat 72'minutes


  • 1Lonergan
  • 8Anita
  • 9Lasogga
  • 11Grot
  • 22Cibicki
  • 23Phillips
  • 46Pearce
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 2, Leeds United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Leeds United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stuart Dallas.

  4. Booking

    Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).

  9. Post update

    Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Tomas Kalas replaces Kevin McDonald.

  12. Post update

    Matthew Pennington went off injured after Leeds United had used all subs.

  13. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  14. Post update

    Delay in match Matthew Pennington (Leeds United) because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz.

  16. Post update

    Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Pontus Jansson (Leeds United).

  18. Post update

    Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Leeds United).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jay-Roy Grot (Leeds United) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz following a corner.

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