Dafabet sponsored Fulham FC suffer their first loss in five games in the English Championship.
Visiting Bristol City left the hosts empty handed with a brutal 1-2 victory, despite being on the defensive for the most of the game.
With the loss Fulham still keeps their third place in the league, but chasing Bristol City now matched their point total of 35 after 20 games played. Automatic promotion is slipping out of Fulham’s hands, as Leeds and WBA keep on winning and are now eight and 10 points ahead.
Fulham had the possession for the most of the game, but failed to convert the possession into goal scoring chances. During the first half, the hosts only threatened Bristol’s goal once, The leading goal-scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic was held out of touch brilliantly by Bristol defense and it was Ivan Cavaleiro who looked the most dangerous. It was the visiting Bristol who struck first, as Josh Brownhill headed in the cross sent by Niclas Eliasson on 26th minute. That was all the action the first half saw and Fulham entered the half chasing 0-1.
While Mitrovic, Alexander Knockaert and Ivan Cavaleiro all had their chances to score in the second half, the Brisol City goal remained untouched. Bristol keeper Daniel Bentley had to save a couple of times but the ball whistled past the goal for too many occasions. The visitors, on the other hand, were as efficient as ever.
After a dribbling run by Adam Nagy, the ball was in the Fulham net once again, walked in to the empty goal by Famara Diedhiou on 76th minute. Fulham didn’t give up though, but kept on piling the pressure and clawed back ten minutes later. Aboubakar Kamara blasted the ball in the goal after the initial save by Bentley and made it 1-2. Controversy then followed as there was rather clear penalty that the referee missed.
Fulham boss Scott Parker was not too disappointed with the effort, as his team suffered their fifth defeat of the season. Parker was proud of his team’s resilience in chasing the lead and had some say in the missed penalty call as well – at this time it would’ve paid off to have VAR in play in the Championship as well. Next stop for Fulham is in Preston, in only two days on 10th of December.
Preston North End vs Fulham (1×2): 3.00 – 3.10 – 2.34