Harrison Reed completes Fulham’s six-minute goal-rush as Forest’s woes go on:
This was like the EFL Championship on steroids. Last year’s second-tier champions Fulham deserved their victory over the playoff winners, Nottingham Forest, after a three-goal burst in six second-half minutes. Forest lost a fourth successive Premier League game on the night Premier League football returned after the Queen’s death.
Fulham have won five of their last seven league games against Forest since 2017 (L2), as many as in their previous 20 against them between 1968 and 2016 (D7 L8).
Marco Silva makes just two changes from the defeat to Tottenham last time out, as Willian gets his first start for the club, and Diop is also brought in. Kebano starts on the bench, while Antonee Robinson misses out due to an ankle injury he picked up in that game.
Steve Cooper makes three changes to the side that started against Bournemouth two weeks ago. Boly makes his debut for the club, with Freuler and Awoniyi also coming into the team. Worrall, Kouyate and Lingard all drop to the bench.
hese sides are meeting in the Premier League for the first time ever. Forest are looking to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat in the competition after a good start to their season – they squandered a 2-0 lead against Bournemouth last time out in a 3-2 defeat, and sit in the relegation zone. Fulham have had a more positive start, earning eight points since their return to the top-flight. They’ve struggled to pick up points on the road though, despite good performances.
What we learned from Nottingham Forest vs Fulham:
Fulham full of confidence: Mitrovic caused chaos, Willian whipped in delightful crosses and Palhinha, Pereira and Reed have a perfect combination of steel and skill in central midfield. This is a proper team that Silva has created. Great balance to them and they look hungry to prove all of their doubters wrong. There is quality throughout this Fulham side and even they they are surprising us, they deserve to be in the top 10.
Dean Henderson can’t do it all on his own: It got pretty ridiculous in the first half as Henderson made save after save and Forest just couldn’t protect him. Henderson is in the latest England squad for a reason and he’s been superb for Forest early in the season. He’s been getting plenty of reps and he couldn’t have done anything about the goals he conceded.
Fragile Forest struggling: After being 2-0 up against Bournemouth and then losing 3-2 in their last home game, Forest needed to restore some confidence. Then they did the same thing here. After being 1-0 up at half time they looked okay. They didn’t play well but as soon as Fulham scored once, that was it. Forest did pull back late on but they didn’t deserve to get anything from this game and Steve Cooper badly needs to find some consistency in his team selection and combinations across the pitch.
That’s all for today:
Fulham have their first win on the road this season, and it lifts them up to sixth in the table. Their next game, after the international break, is against Newcastle United. That’s four losses on the bounce for Forest, who stay in 19th. They face a struggling Leicester City next time out.
Fulham hold on to beat Nottingham Forest 3-2. It was the hosts that took the lead early in the first half, with Awoniyi thumping a header in from a corner. Fulham couldn’t turn their threat into a goal before the break, but three goals in six minutes in the second half turned the game on its head. Adarabioyo equalised with a header and Palhinha curled in a delightful finish before Reed added a third on the half-volley. O’Brien pulled one back following a quick counter, but Forest couldn’t find a late equaliser.
Stars of the show:
Dean Henderson: He was the main reason they didn’t concede another three in the first half.
Willian: What an inspired signing he looks like being as he got one assist, was involved heavily in what turned out to be the winning goal, always tried to get on the ball and has added experience and class to Fulham’s attack.
Harrison Reed: Got a goal but he makes Fulham tick in midfield. What an unselfish player who always puts the team first.
Joao Palhinha: Classy finish to cap his all-action display. What a robust central midfielder he is. What a signing.