Fulham’s Championship celebrations were put on hold as Nottingham Forest produced one of the narrow football results of the weekend in the Championship. They clinched promotion a week ago and just needed to better the result of second-placed Bournemouth. Philip Zinckernagel scored the only goal of the game for the visitors in the 15th minute. Fulham dominated the game but could not find the back of the net with their 20 shots.
Fulham’s Marco Silva: “It wasn’t a good game to watch. The players wanted to get the job done tonight but we didn’t perform at our best level at all. But the pressure of completion is the best pressure to have. We have to learn from this. At certain moments we didn’t do the basics. We had to control the game in our way and in the first half, we didn’t do that. The goal was strange. It was a clear foul, the player jumped on Neco [Williams]. I saw it and the fourth official has to see it as well. It was our fault the goal we conceded, but it was a foul on Neco.”
Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cooper: “It’s a brilliant win in the toughest game of the season – I’m sure Fulham will be champions. We attacked the game from the start and forced them into a mistake. Fulham had more of the ball, which is not what I normally like but I will accept it as we made as many chances as they did. It was a case of doing everything right in terms of defending. We showed heart and soul with blocks to keep the ball out of our net. Swansea on Saturday is the only thing on our minds. We have to recover and look at what we can improve on.”
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