Fulham 1-0 Swansea: Aleksandar Mitrovic makes up for a missed penalty with late winner to keep Cottagers in automatic promotion hunt
- Championship top scorer Mitrović continued his form with a towering header
- It seal a 1-0 victory for the Premier League promotion chasers over the Swans
- Mitrovic had scored both goals in the 2-1 win in the reverse fixture in November
- It will be a confidence boost for Fulham ahead of season-defining run of fixtures
Swansea will be sick of the sight of Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic as he scored the stoppage-time winner against them.
The Championship top scorer continued his impressive form with a towering header to seal a 1-0 victory for the Premier League promotion chasers after seeing his penalty saved moments earlier.
Mitrovic scored both goals in the 2-1 win in the reverse fixture in November and proved to be the difference here.
Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic heads the Cottagers home to win them the game at the death
The Championship top scorer had just moments earlier missed penalty after kissing the ball
Swansea’s Conor Gallagher stands dejected as Fulham players celebrates Mitrovic’s late goal
Match facts and player RATINGS
Fulham (4-2-3-1): Rodak, Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan, Arter (McDonald 90+6), Cairney, Knockaert (Kamara 83), Reid, Cavaleiro (Kebano 77), Mitrovic
Subs not used: Bettinelli, Johansen, Christie, Sessegnon
Goals: Aleksandar Mitrović 90+4
Swansea (4-2-3-1): Woodman, Naughton (Roberts 82), Cabango, Rodon, Bidwell; Fulton, Grimes; Kalulu (Garrick 64), Gallagher, Ayew; Brewster
Subs not used: Mulder, Dyer, Wilmot, Dhanda, Cullen
Booked: Brewster, Fulton, Ayew, Naughton
Referee: T Robinson
Season at a glance
Scott Parker’s side last won on February 8 and this will be a big a confidence boost ahead of a season-defining run of fixtures.
Fulham have fellow promotion chasers Preston, Bristol City, Brentford and Leeds all to play in a matter of weeks. Picking up some momentum here was key.
It looked as though Fulham were going heading for another draw as they came up against a well-drilled Swansea outfit.
Parker’s side dominated possession and created the most chances and ultimately found the breakthrough in added time.
Swansea City’s Matt Grimes (right) appeals to the referee for a handball in the second half
Mitrovic rose above the Swansea defence to meet substitute Aboubakar Kamara’s delightful cross. He headed the ball past goalkeeper Freddie Woodman in explosive style.
Just moments before he was denied by Woodman from the penalty spot after Connor Roberts had fouled Neeskens Kebano. But Mitrovic was not to be denied.
If Swansea went away with all three points it would have been unjust and Parker will see it as deserved victory.
Swansea’s Joe Rodon is challenged by Fulham’s Ivan Cavaleiro during the Championship clash
Fulham could have taken the lead inside the opening 10 minutes. Anthony Knockaert called Swansea goalkeeper Freddie Woodman into action into the first 60 seconds with a low driven shot.
Moments later and Woodman’s crossbar was shaking following an inswinging corner from Ivan Cavaleiro.
Mitrovic tried his luck but Swansea had two clear-cut chances through Andre Ayew and Jake Bidewell in the first half.
Ivan Cavaleiro battles with Swansea City’s Joe Rodon as the sides fought to break the deadlock
Ayew found himself through on goal but after shrugging off the challenge from Fulham defender Tim Ream was thwarted by a combination of Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak and full back Denis Odoi as he tried take the ball round Ream.
With Fulham growing increasingly frustrated, Cooper’s side almost broke the deadlock from their first corner of the match. Jack Bidewell’s header went past the post from close range with Rodak rooted to the spot.
After three games without a win Parker won’t care how late the win came as their automatic promotion hopes remain alive.
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