2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Leon Clarke (6', 39', 90'+1')
  • Samir Carruthers (86')
  • Sheyi Ojo (28', 69')
  • Ryan Sessegnon (30', 43', 78')

Sheffield United 4-5 Fulham

Ryan Sessegnon and Leon Clarke both scored hat-tricks as Fulham edged a goal-laden game 5-4 to end a six-game drought and stop Sheffield United going to the top of the Sky Bet Championship.
Sessegnon's treble, in addition to two goals from Sheyi Ojo, had put the Cottagers in a seemingly commanding position at 5-2 up before Clarke completed his second successive hat-trick at Bramall Lane, after Samir Carruthers had also scored, to threaten the comeback.
But Fulham held on to record their first win since the end of September and inflict just a third home league defeat of 2017 on the Blades.
Aged only 17, Sessegnon's star continues to rise after his heroics for England Under-19s in the summer and he showed the class which suggests he will go far in the game, while Clarke, at the other end of his career, is having just as much fun, taking his tally to 12 goals in 10 games.
The 32-year-old needed only five minutes to continue his impressive run of form.
The striker showed a predator's instinct to tuck home the rebound from close range after John Fleck's 20-yard shot was sloppily spilled by Fulham goalkeeper David Button.
United continued to attack with more vigour but Fulham turned the game on its head with two goals in two minutes on the half-hour.
They were gifted an equaliser as Tottenham loanee Cameron Carter-Vickers, acting as last man, criminally missed his kick, allowing Ojo to race through and slot home.
Then in the 30th minute Sessegnon was given time to venture forward and he impressively curled into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
The lead lasted only eight minutes, though, as Clarke banged in his sixth goal in just 76 minutes of action at Bramall Lane to make it 2-2, drilling through the legs of Button from an acute angle.
A crazy first half had one more goal in it as Fulham went back in front when Sessegnon converted Ojo's brilliant cross from the right in the 42nd minute.
Unsurprisingly, the second half failed to live up to 45 minutes that preceded it, until Fulham looking like running away with in the final 25 minutes.
With the hosts pushing for a leveller, Fulham found space on the break made it 4-2 as Aboubakar Kamara found Ojo, whose low shot was deflected into the corner and then Sessegnon flashed one across goal to complete his hat-trick.
It looked like game over, but the Blades were not going down without a fight and after Carruthers saw an effort deflected past Button, Clarke ensured it would be a fight for the matchball when he headed home Billy Sharp's cross.
United could not scramble a leveller and Fulham were left to celebrate a breathless win which eases the pressure on boss Slavisa Jokanovic.

English League Championship Standings

1 Norwich City 17 +8 33
2 Middlesbrough 17 +11 31
3 Leeds United 17 +12 30
4 Sheffield United 17 +8 30
5 West Bromwich Albion 17 +12 28
6 Derby County 17 +5 28
7 Nottingham Forest 17 +7 27
8 Swansea City 17 +6 26
9 Blackburn Rovers 17 -1 26
10 Queens Park Rangers 17 -4 26
11 Aston Villa 17 +4 24
12 Birmingham City 17 +3 24
13 Bristol City 17 +1 22
14 Stoke City 17 -1 22
15 Brentford 17 +4 21
16 Wigan Athletic 17 -7 20
17 Sheffield Wednesday 17 -9 20
18 Preston North End 17 -4 18
19 Rotherham United 17 -9 18
20 Reading 17 -5 16
21 Millwall 17 -7 16
22 Hull City 17 -8 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 17 -12 16
24 Ipswich Town 17 -14 11