Nottingham Forest 0-1 Fulham, Championship: report, ratings and verdict


Nottingham Forest 4-2-3-1



Fulham 4-2-3-1

Half Time: 0 - 1 City Ground ( Attendance: NA )
1 min

Fulham kept up their faint automatic promotion hopes with a scrappy albeit professional victory over fellow promotion chasers Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Harry Arter’s long range strike in first-half injury time ensured the Cottagers sealed their third consecutive win, all without talisman Aleksander Mitrovic

In an opening period low on quality, Arter reacted quickest to a loose ball to strike a sweet drive into the top corner of Forest keeper Brice Samba’s net. 

The second period saw Fulham happy to sit on their lead, keeping Forest at arms length and reducing them to rare sights of Marek Rodak’s goal.

Forest’s best chance saw Alfa Semedo force Rodak to get down low to save his deflected effort but it was as good as it got for the home side. 

The Cottagers closed out the remainder of the game with minimum fuss to move within four points of second placed West Bromwich Albion.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Harry Arter’s 25 yard strike on the stroke of half time took the wind out of Forest’s sails and gave the Cottagers a lead they never looked like relinquishing.

Moan of the Match

A win is a win but other than the one brilliant strike Fulham did very little else going forward – they will be hard pressed to keep winning like this without Mitrovic.

Talking Point

After three consecutive wins, has Scott Parker learnt more about his Fulham side without Aleksander Mitrovic?

Man of the Match

Harry Arter – tidy in possession, partnered Harrison Reed in midfield excellently and provided the only moment of real quality in the game.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Robert Jones (Merseyside) – a competent game by the official, although arguably he missed Arter handle the ball in the run up to the goal.


The rain added something different to proceedings and the celebrations at Arter’s goal meant you knew you had seen something special.


These two sides may yet meet again in the Play-Offs, if so Fulham may well feel they have Forest’s number.

Line Ups

Nottingham Forest 4-2-3-1

Samba; Cash, Figueiredo, Worrall, Ribeiro; Watson (Mighten, 85), Sow (Yates, 46); Lolley (Da Costa, 46), Silva (Semedo, 64), Ameobi (Diakhaby, 57); Grabban

Subs not used:

Smith, Jenkinson, Dawson, Carvalho


Cash, Ribeiro

Fulham 4-2-3-1

Rodak; Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan; Arter (Johansen, 71), Reed; Kebano (Knockaert, 71), Onomah, Cavaleiro; Reid (Le Marchand, 87)

Subs not used:

Bettinelli, Mawson, Christie, Sessegnon, McDonald, Jasper


Onomah, Odoi

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