Fulham scored thrice in a sensational, five-minute spell on the Metropolis Floor as they got here from behind to beat Nottingham Forest 3-2 and climb to sixth within the Premier League desk.
Marco Silva’s facet trailed to Taiwo Awoniyi’s early strike (11) as they went into the second half, however Tosin Adarabioyo’s highly effective header from Willian’s nook (55) sparked a shocking comeback.
Joao Palhinha put Fulham in entrance with an exquisite, first-time end from simply exterior the Forest field (58) and the guests instantly prolonged their lead when Harrison Reed fired house his first objective for the membership from Bobby Decordova-Reid’s cross (60).
Forest pulled a objective again via substitute Lewis O’Brien (77) however couldn’t muster an equaliser within the closing levels as they slumped to a fourth consecutive Premier League loss which retains them within the relegation zone, seven factors beneath their newly-promoted rivals.
Nottingham Forest: Henderson (6), Williams (6), Prepare dinner (5), McKenna (6), Boly (5), Lodi (6), Yates (7), Gibbs-White (6), Freuler (6), Johnson (6), Awoniyi (7).
Subs: Lingard (6), Worrall (6), O’Brien (7), Surridge (6), Dennis (n/a).
Fulham: Leno (7), Tete (7), Adarabioyo (7), Diop (6), Ream (7), Reed (8), Palhinha (8), Pereira (7), Willian (7), Decordova-Reid (7), Mitrovic (7).
Subs: James (6), Cairney (n/a), Carlos Vinicius (n/a), Kebano (n/a).
Man of the match: Joao Palhinha
How Forest slumped to acquainted defeat
Forest welcomed Fulham to the Metropolis Floor a 12 months to the day since Chris Hughton was sacked with the membership sitting backside of the Championship.
The following turnaround below Steve Cooper has been exceptional and it appeared the membership’s followers could have extra purpose to cheer when Awoniyi, one among their 22 summer season signings, nodded house Ryan Yates’ flick from Morgan Gibbs-White’s nook.
- Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper handed a debut to Willy Boly in his defence.
- Fulham duo Willian and Issa Diop got full debuts by Marco Silva.
Fulham mustered little in response within the first half, with Aleksandar Mitrovic largely nullified, save for one near-post header from a nook which compelled a scrambling save from Dean Henderson.
However, for the second consecutive house recreation following their 3-2 loss to Bournemouth two weeks in the past, Forest contrived to give up a snug first-half lead on their solution to a dispiriting defeat.
The harm was executed within the house of simply 5 minutes, with Palhinha’s objective, curled first-time into the highest nook from Kenny Tete’s cut-back, the choose of Fulham’s quick-fire three.
Palhinha’s midfield associate Reed took his objective neatly too, after Andreas Pereira had performed in Decordova-Reid down the left, the 27-year-old ghosting into the field and discovering the web for the primary time on what was his 81st Fulham look.
Cooper tried to rescue one thing from the sport, throwing on Jesse Lingard and switching to a extra attacking form, nevertheless it was one other substitute, O’Brien, who obtained them again into it when he slammed house following a Brennan Johnson cut-back.
That objective ensured a nervy finale for Fulham, with the guests having to outlive six minutes of stoppage time, however they held on to safe a win which continues their excellent begin to the season, leaving Forest to replicate on a defeat which feels all too acquainted.
Forest’s shedding run – Opta stats
- Nottingham Forest have misplaced 4 consecutive Premier League matches for the primary time since a run of six losses in August and September of 1992.
- Nottingham Forest have conceded each essentially the most objectives from exterior the field (six) and essentially the most objectives following corners (5) of any facet within the Premier League this season.
- Fulham’s return of 11 factors from seven video games is their joint second-best at this stage of a Premier League season after 2003/04, after they had 14 factors, in the end ending ninth.
After the worldwide break, Forest journey to Leicester Metropolis on Monday Night time Soccer, with the sport kicking off on Sky Sports activities Premier League at 8pm on October 3.
In the meantime, Fulham host Newcastle United on Saturday, October 1 at 3pm.