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Fulham 1-0 Reading

Stefan Johansen puts Fulham into the lead against Reading
Stefan Johansen's eighth league goal of the season gave Fulham the lead before half-time

Fulham climbed up to second in the Championship as Stefan Johansen's strike saw them beat relegation-threatened Reading.

The Norway international's eighth league goal of the season came against the run of play in the first half as he finished a low Matt Targett cross.

Reading midfielder Leandro Bacuna was shown a late red card for a rash challenge on full-back Ryan Sessegnon.

Fulham are now unbeaten in 20 league games after a fourth straight win.

Slavisa Jokanovic's side move into the automatic promotion places with four games to play after Cardiff were beaten 1-0 at Aston Villa.

Fulham are a point ahead of the Bluebirds, but have played a game more than Cardiff.

Defeat for Reading still leaves them in danger of being drawn into the relegation zone. They remain five points above the bottom three in 19th, but third-from-bottom Barnsley have a game in hand on Paul Clement's side.

The Royals started the brighter of the two sides, but were punished when the ball broke kindly to Johansen inside the penalty area and he slotted in an effort Vito Mannone could not hold.

The midfielder spurned chances to extend his goal tally and Fulham's lead after the break when Mannone's fingertip save denied his well-placed shot from Sessegnon's cross.

Reading's chances of finding a late equaliser were further hit when Bacuna caught Sessegnon with a late tackle in stoppage time.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic:

"The table's not important, the situation is still not under our control as Cardiff have one game more. This is the situation. We are not thinking so much about the position.

"On one hand we've guaranteed one target, the play-offs. The next step is the Brentford game and we will be aiming to win the game.

"I don't know how Cardiff feel. We've made our first target. We need to be ready for our next step. Everything is in their hands and we want to make it our job to put them under pressure."

Reading manager Paul Clement told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"If I reflect over my four games in charge, that's one of the best performances we have had, but we haven't got the result and played a much higher level of opposition.

"Up to the goal we are playing well. I am disappointed with the way it finished, going down to 10 men, as Leandro Bacuna isn't available now.

"We had the hardest fixture tonight, and we pushed a very good team close to the very end.

"If we play with that passion and will to win, we'll be good."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 2Fredericks
  • 4Odoi
  • 13Ream
  • 21TargettBooked at 60mins
  • 10Cairney
  • 6McDonald
  • 8JohansenSubstituted forNorwoodat 89'minutes
  • 20PiazonSubstituted forKebanoat 79'minutes
  • 32Mitrovic
  • 3R Sessegnon

Substitutes

  • 7Kebano
  • 9Fonte
  • 16Norwood
  • 22Christie
  • 26Kalas
  • 27Button
  • 47Kamara

Reading

  • 1Mannone
  • 2Gunter
  • 20Abiola Delfim Almeida Ilori
  • 6Moore
  • 50RichardsBooked at 33minsSubstituted forMartinat 75'minutes
  • 38Kelly
  • 19BacunaBooked at 90mins
  • 14Aluko
  • 16EdwardsSubstituted forSwiftat 58'minutes
  • 17Barrow
  • 23BödvarssonSubstituted forKermorgantat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4van den Berg
  • 10Swift
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 22Clement
  • 27Martin
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 57Holmes
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
19,272

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamReading
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home14
Away2
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 1, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Reading 0.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) because of an injury.

Dismissal

Leandro Bacuna (Reading) is shown the red card.

Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Reading).

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Chris Martin (Reading).

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sone Aluko.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Oliver Norwood replaces Stefan Johansen because of an injury.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.

Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Matt Targett (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Martin (Reading).

Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Lucas Piazon.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).

Sone Aluko (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.

Attempt missed. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Chris Martin replaces Omar Richards.

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

Foul by John Swift (Reading).

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross.

Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).

Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Yann Kermorgant replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Omar Richards.

Offside, Fulham. Stefan Johansen tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Targett.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves41278674363889
2Fulham422312772413181
3Cardiff41248962352780
4Aston Villa4222101066402676
5Derby401814860382268
6Millwall4218141054391568
7Middlesbrough421991459411866
8Bristol City4217141159481165
9Sheff Utd42198155749865
10Brentford4217131258471164
11Preston421615115244863
12Ipswich42168185052-256
13Norwich421414144652-656
14Leeds42159185460-654
15QPR421411175363-1053
16Hull421114176461347
17Sheff Wed421114175059-947
18Nottm Forest41137214359-1646
19Reading421012204661-1542
20Birmingham42117243261-2940
21Bolton42912213464-3039
22Barnsley41813204261-1937
23Sunderland42615214574-2933
24Burton42711243077-4732
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