Fulham fifth after beating Forest

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Fulham 2 Nottingham Forest 0

Fulham made it five wins in a row in the Championship to move up to fifth in the table.

Lucas Piazon’s fourth goal of the season broke the deadlock at the Cottage after 68 minutes and Stefan Johansen wrapped things up with a breakaway goal in the last minute.

There looked to be little on as former Chelsea man Piazon wriggled into space and let fly from an angle, virtually straight at Costel Pantilimon, but the former Manchester City keeper could only waft at the ball as it brushed past him.

The Whites were mostly in charge throughout, but survived a scare at the start of the second half when Joe Worrall’s header at a corner came back off a post and it needed a fine double save from Bettinelli to deny first Ben Osborn, then Apostolos Vellios on the rebound at 1-0.

New loan signing Aleksandar Mitrovic came on for a struggling Rui Fonte after 55 minutes and had one goalbound header kept out by Worrall, on the line, but it was Johansen who made the game safe with his sixth of the campaign.

Fulham had few clear chances to show for their first half dominance – An Oliver Norwood effort from 25 yards which Pantilimon stretched to turn aside was the closest they came.

And the Whites might even have fallen behind when a dithering Tim Ream was caught out by Matt Cash and only Bettinelli’s legs kept out the Forest winger’s low strike.

Fulham: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Targett (Odoi 90); Norwood, McDonald; Piazon (Ayite 88), Johansen, Sessegnon; Rui Font (Mitrovic 55). Subs not used: Button, Kebano, Christie, Kamara.