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Fulham 1-0 Reading

Fulham 1-0 Reading

Stefan Johansen's eighth league goal of the season gave Fulham the lead before half-timeFulham climbed up to second in the Championship as Stefan Johansen's strike saw them beat relegation-threatened Reading.The Norway international's eighth league goal of the season came against the run of play in the first half as he finished a low Matt Targett cross.Reading midfielder Leandro Bacuna was shown a late red card for a rash challenge on full-back Ryan Sessegnon.
Fulham are now unbeaten in 20 league games after a fourth straight win.Slavisa Jokanovic's side move into the automatic promotion places with four games to play after Cardiff were beaten 1-0 at Aston Villa.Fulham are a point ahead of the Bluebirds, but have played a game more than Cardiff.
Relive Tuesday's Championship action
Defeat for Reading still leaves them in danger of being drawn into the relegation zone. They remain five points above the bottom three in 19th, but third-from-bottom Barnsley have a game in hand on Paul Clement's side.The Royals started the brighter of the two sides, but were punished when the ball broke kindly to Johansen inside the penalty area and he slotted in an effort Vito Mannone could not hold.The midfielder spurned chances to extend his goal tally and Fulham's lead after the break when Mannone's fingertip save denied his well-placed shot from Sessegnon's cross. Reading's chances of finding a late equaliser were further hit when Bacuna caught Sessegnon with a late tackle in stoppage time.Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic:"The table's not important, the situation is still not under our control as Cardiff have one game more. This is the situation. We are not thinking so much about the position."On one hand we've guaranteed one target, the play-offs. The next step is the Brentford game and we will be aiming to win the game."I don't know how Cardiff feel. We've made our first target. We need to be ready for our next step. Everything is in their hands and we want to make it our job to put them under pressure."Reading manager Paul Clement told BBC Radio Berkshire:"If I reflect over my four games in charge, that's one of the best performances we have had, but we haven't got the result and played a much higher level of opposition."Up to the goal we are playing well. I am disappointed with the way it finished, going down to 10 men, as Leandro Bacuna isn't available now."We had the hardest fixture tonight, and we pushed a very good team close to the very end."If we play with that passion and will to win, we'll be good."
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Fulham
1Bettinelli
2Fredericks
4Odoi
13Ream
21TargettBooked at 60mins[/i]
10Cairney
6McDonald
8JohansenSubstituted forNorwoodat 89'minutes
20PiazonSubstituted forKebanoat 80'minutes
32Mitrovic
3R Sessegnon
Substitutes
7Kebano
9Fonte
16Norwood
22Christie
26Kalas
27Button
47Kamara
Reading
1Mannone
2Gunter
6Moore
20Abiola Delfim Almeida Ilori
50RichardsBooked at 33mins[/i]Substituted forMartinat 75'minutes
38Kelly
19BacunaBooked at 90mins[/i]
14Aluko
16EdwardsSubstituted forSwiftat 58'minutes
17Barrow
23BodvarssonSubstituted forKermorgantat 69'minutes
Substitutes
4van den Berg
10Swift
18Kermorgant
22Clement
27Martin
31Jaakkola
57Holmes
Referee:Lee MasonAttendance:19,272
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Home TeamFulhamAway TeamReadingPossessionHome65%Away35%ShotsHome14Away3Shots on TargetHome5Away0CornersHome6Away2FoulsHome11Away14
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Match ends, Fulham 1, Reading 0.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Reading 0.Posted at 90'+5' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 90'+4' Delay in match Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) because of an injury.
Dismissal
Posted at 90'+3' Leandro Bacuna (Reading) is shown the red card.Posted at 90'+3' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 90'+3' Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Reading).Posted at 90'+2' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 90'+2' Foul by Chris Martin (Reading).Posted at 90'+1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sone Aluko.Posted at 90' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.
Substitution
Posted at 89' Substitution, Fulham. Oliver Norwood replaces Stefan Johansen because of an injury.Posted at 88' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 88' Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).Posted at 86' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.Posted at 84' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.Posted at 83' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.Posted at 82' Matt Targett (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 82' Foul by Chris Martin (Reading).Posted at 82' Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.Posted at 81' Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Substitution
Posted at 80' Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Lucas Piazon.Posted at 78' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).Posted at 78' Sone Aluko (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 78' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.Posted at 77' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.Posted at 77' Attempt missed. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
Substitution
Posted at 75' Substitution, Reading. Chris Martin replaces Omar Richards.Posted at 75' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 75' Foul by John Swift (Reading).Posted at 74' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross.Posted at 71' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).Posted at 71' Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 70' Attempt saved. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.Posted at 70' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 70' Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).
Substitution
Posted at 69' Substitution, Reading. Yann Kermorgant replaces Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.Posted at 67' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Omar Richards.Posted at 64' Offside, Fulham. Stefan Johansen tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.Posted at 64' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Targett.
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