Forest beat Fulham to boost survival hopes

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By Jess AndersonBBC Sport

Last updated on 4 minutes ago.From the section Premier League

Nottingham Forest celebrate goalGibbs-White has scored four Premier League goals so far this campaign

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

  1. Squad number26Player nameSels

  2. Squad number7Player nameN Williams

  3. Squad number32Player nameOmobamidele

  4. Squad number40Player nameMurillo

  5. Squad number43Player nameAina

  6. Squad number22Player nameYates

  7. Squad number28Player nameDanilo

  8. Squad number21Player nameElanga

  9. Squad number10Player nameGibbs-White

  10. Squad number14Player nameHudson-Odoi

  11. Squad number11Player nameWood

  1. Squad number15Player nameToffolo

  2. Squad number16Player nameDomínguez

  3. Squad number20Player nameReyna

  4. Squad number27Player nameOrigi

Fulham

  1. Squad number17Player nameLeno

  2. Squad number2Player nameTete

  3. Squad number4Player nameTosin

  4. Squad number3Player nameBassey

  5. Squad number33Player nameRobinson

  6. Squad number28Player nameLukic

  7. Squad number26Player nameJoão Palhinha

  8. Squad number8Player nameWilson

  9. Squad number18Player nameAndreas Pereira

  10. Squad number22Player nameIwobi

  11. Squad number19Player nameRodrigo Muniz

  1. Squad number6Player nameReed

  2. Squad number10Player nameCairney

  3. Squad number11Player nameTraoré

  4. Squad number14Player nameDe Cordova-Reid

  5. Squad number20Player nameWillian

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

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Fulham 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Fulham 1.

  3. Offside, Nottingham Forest. Divock Origi is caught offside.

  4. Hand ball by Antonee Robinson (Fulham).

  5. Adama Traoré (Fulham) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Harrison Reed.

  6. Attempt missed. Divock Origi (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Wood.

  7. Antonee Robinson (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Foul by Neco Williams (Nottingham Forest).

  9. Attempt missed. Danilo (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high. Assisted by Chris Wood.

  10. Attempt missed. Divock Origi (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Chris Wood.

  11. Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).

  12. Divock Origi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Harry Toffolo replaces Ola Aina.

  14. Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Nicolás Domínguez replaces Anthony Elanga.

  15. Attempt missed. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rodrigo Muniz.

  16. Attempt missed. Rodrigo Muniz (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Antonee Robinson with a cross.

  17. Attempt missed. Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ola Aina.

  18. Foul by Willian (Fulham).

  19. Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Giovanni Reyna replaces Morgan Gibbs-White.

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