Forest beat Fulham to boost survival hopes

Nottingham Forest celebrate goal

Nottingham Forest gave their hopes of Premier League survival a crucial boost with a convincing victory over Fulham at the City Ground.

Despite Fulham threatening a comeback in the second period, the home side’s three first-half goals were enough to move them three points clear of the relegation zone.

Callum Hudson-Odoi opened the scoring after nine minutes, cutting inside and slotting home after Morgan Gibbs-White’s sublime threaded pass found the forward on the left-hand side.

Chris Wood continued his impressive goalscoring form 10 minutes later with a superb strike from range – his eighth in nine appearances – before Gibbs-White added a third, placing a low drive into the bottom corner.

It looked like Forest had the points wrapped up by half-time but a breathless second period began with Tosin Adarabioyo’s glancing header pulling one back for the visitors after just five minutes.

Chances were in abundance at both ends as Neco Williams hammered a shot off the bar and a fine Matz Sels save denied Adarabioyo a second, while Kenny Tete clipped the underside of the bar.

The result leaves Fulham 12th while 17th-placed Forest will travel to Tottenham on Sunday with renewed confidence about their hopes of staying up.

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Nottingham Forest

Starting XI

  1. Squad number26Player nameSels

    Average rating

    7.17

  2. Squad number7Player nameN Williams

    Average rating

    7.69

  3. Squad number32Player nameOmobamidele

    Average rating

    8.13

  4. Squad number40Player nameMurillo

    Average rating

    7.45

  5. Squad number43Player nameAina

    Average rating

    7.30

  6. Squad number22Player nameYates

    Average rating

    7.33

  7. Squad number28Player nameDanilo

    Average rating

    7.52

  8. Squad number21Player nameElanga

    Average rating

    7.52

  9. Squad number10Player nameGibbs-White

    Average rating

    9.08

  10. Squad number14Player nameHudson-Odoi

    Average rating

    7.96

  11. Squad number11Player nameWood

    Average rating

    8.07

Substitutes

  1. Squad number15Player nameToffolo

    Average rating

    7.65

  2. Squad number16Player nameDomínguez

    Average rating

    7.65

  3. Squad number20Player nameReyna

    Average rating

    7.40

  4. Squad number27Player nameOrigi

    Average rating

    7.11

Fulham

Starting XI

  1. Squad number17Player nameLeno

    Average rating

    4.21

  2. Squad number2Player nameTete

    Average rating

    3.91

  3. Squad number4Player nameTosin

    Average rating

    4.26

  4. Squad number3Player nameBassey

    Average rating

    4.31

  5. Squad number33Player nameRobinson

    Average rating

    4.49

  6. Squad number28Player nameLukic

    Average rating

    4.02

  7. Squad number26Player nameJoão Palhinha

    Average rating

    4.35

  8. Squad number8Player nameWilson

    Average rating

    4.70

  9. Squad number18Player nameAndreas Pereira

    Average rating

    4.41

  10. Squad number22Player nameIwobi

    Average rating

    4.04

  11. Squad number19Player nameRodrigo Muniz

    Average rating

    4.96

Substitutes

  1. Squad number6Player nameReed

    Average rating

    4.45

  2. Squad number10Player nameCairney

    Average rating

    4.93

  3. Squad number11Player nameTraoré

    Average rating

    4.67

  4. Squad number14Player nameDe Cordova-Reid

    Average rating

    4.31

  5. Squad number20Player nameWillian

    Average rating

    5.18

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Sels
  • 7N Williams
  • 32Omobamidele
  • 40Santiago Costa dos Santos
  • 43AinaSubstituted forToffoloat 83′minutes
  • 22Yates
  • 28Danilo
  • 21ElangaSubstituted forDomínguezat 83′minutes
  • 10Gibbs-WhiteSubstituted forReynaat 77′minutes
  • 14Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forOrigiat 70′minutes
  • 11Wood

Substitutes

  • 1Turner
  • 6Sangaré
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 15Toffolo
  • 16Domínguez
  • 19Niakhaté
  • 20Reyna
  • 27Origi
  • 29Montiel

Fulham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 17Leno
  • 2Tete
  • 4Tosin
  • 3Bassey
  • 33Robinson
  • 28LukicSubstituted forCairneyat 33′minutes
  • 26João PalhinhaSubstituted forReedat 71′minutes
  • 8WilsonSubstituted forWillianat 33′minutes
  • 18PereiraSubstituted forDe Cordova-Reidat 71′minutes
  • 22IwobiSubstituted forTraoréat 33′minutes
  • 19Muniz Carvalho

Substitutes

  • 1Rodák
  • 6Reed
  • 7Jiménez
  • 10Cairney
  • 11Traoré
  • 13Ream
  • 14De Cordova-Reid
  • 20Willian
  • 21Castagne

Referee:
Michael Oliver

Attendance:
28,997

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Match ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Fulham 1.