Swansea 1-2 Fulham: Aleksandar Mitrovic scores twice as Whites close on top two
Swansea vs Fulham
Sky Bet Ch’boat
7:45pm Friday 29th November
The Liberty Stadium
Fulham moved to within 2 points of Leeds as they listed their fourth Sky Bet Championship triumph in series night and conquer Swansea 2-1.
Aleksandar Mitrovic gave the visitors the lead against the run of play a close-range end (22), prior to adding a clinical second to give Scott Parker’s men a commanding lead before the half-time whistle (43).
An header from George Byers gave the Swans a glimmer of hope (65) however Fulham weathered the storm to select three factors into south Wales.
Fulham remain third after the victory, though Marcelo Bielsa’s men stay firmly in their own landscapes after their home defeat of the season, equally Bristol City and Brentford can proceed above them and while Swansea stay sixth.
With plenty at stake in this fixture involving two of the division hopefuls, who discuss a similar attacking strategy, there was never going to be a lack of entertainment.
The Cottagers had won three league games in succession before kick-off, but streak came under threat in the first 20 minutes, firstly when Marek Rodak saved Sam Surridge’s effort at point-blank variety, before Byers’ rasping half-volley struck the exterior of this post.
However, their inability to take advantage when in command was punished shortly after when Mitrovic scored his first objective of the evening, after the bottom of the crossbar had drifted off, heading a ball.
Although there was no shortage of want to get back into the game in the hosts, then they had themselves to blame for going down two; Josh Onomah snuffed out Kristoffer Peterson’s pass and fed Ivan Cavaleiro, who crossed for Mitrovic to add a clinical moment.
The battle between Rodak and Byers had been bubbling together with the goalkeeper largely on top, but with 25 minutes to play, Byers got his own back after he led a cross from Barrie McKay over the lineup.
Steve Cooper’s men could not muster enough to avoid defeat as expected a barrage of opportunities followed for its hosts, but while Byers saw another push blocked.
Fulham mount this season though he had been suspended for the visit of QPR Friday at the two games since, Mitrovic has demonstrated exactly how important he will be to any advertising bid.
After one goal from Derby in his 2 in the Liberty Stadium took his tally to 24 goals in his last 24 matches for club and country. Clinical ever, Scott Parker will want to keep him out of trouble to the busy festive period that lies ahead.
Where they sponsor Bristol City in 3pm, while Swansea travel to West Brom on Sunday in a game fulham return to Craven Cottage next Saturday. That game will get underway at midday.