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2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Ryan Sessegnon (46')
  • Kevin McDonald (56')
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic (89')

Ryan Sessegnon on target again as Fulham put the pressure on Cardiff

Ryan Sessegnon scored his 15th goal of the season as Fulham moved into second place in the Championship with a 3-0 victory at playoff-chasing Millwall.

The 17-year-old, recently voted Championship player of the season, reacted first to a Jordan Archer fumble to consign Millwall to their first league defeat since New Year's Day.

Kevin McDonald doubled the visitors' lead with a sensational long-range strike before Aleksandar Mitrovic's effort late on moved Fulham two points clear of Cardiff, who have two games in hand.

The defeat keeps Millwall in sixth place, a point clear of Derby, who face play-off rivals Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Millwall looked to assert themselves early on and almost had their reward after three minutes but Jake Cooper's free header at the back post cannoned off the crossbar.

The Lions thought they had the opening goal after 15 minutes when Jed Wallace headed down for George Saville to rifle home from close range but referee Andre Marriner adjudged Wallace had fouled defender Matt Targett.

It took 23 minutes for Fulham to finally come into the game and it was Sessegnon who was causing all the problems. The teenager did well down the left before driving in a low cross which just evaded Mitrovic.

Neil Harris' team were looking to cement their place in the top six and should have been in front in the 29th minute when Marcus Bettinelli pushed Ben Marshall's cross straight into the path of Wallace but the midfielder's effort was cleared off the line by Tim Ream.

Targett has scored once since arriving at Fulham on loan from Southampton in January and almost doubled his tally as his long-range effort clipped the bar.

Fulham needed a spark and they got it 45 seconds into the second half as Archer fumbled a long-range effort from Mitrovic into the path of Sessegnon who had the pace and the composure to thunder the ball underneath the goalkeeper.

Stefan Johansen almost doubled the lead two minutes later but the Norway international scuffed his effort wide after going through one-on-one with Archer.

Slavisa Jokanovic's side did not have to wait long for a second as midfielder McDonald created time and space to thunder a right-footed shot beyond Archer and into the top corner.

Mitrovic netted a third a minute from time as a driving run from substitute Tomas Kalas found the striker on the edge of the box and the Serbian smashed the ball home.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 West Bromwich Albion 19 +17 42
2 Leeds United 19 +18 40
3 Fulham 19 +12 35
4 Nottingham Forest 18 +10 32
5 Bristol City 19 +4 32
6 Preston North End 19 +8 31
7 Brentford 19 +15 30
8 Swansea City 19 +4 30
9 Sheffield Wednesday 19 +8 29
10 Cardiff City 19 +2 28
11 Blackburn Rovers 19 -1 27
12 Hull City 19 +4 26
13 Millwall 19 -2 26
14 Derby County 19 -5 25
15 Birmingham City 19 -5 25
16 Queens Park Rangers 19 -9 25
17 Charlton Athletic 19 0 23
18 Reading 18 -1 21
19 Huddersfield Town 19 -9 18
20 Middlesbrough 19 -11 17
21 Luton Town 19 -15 17
22 Wigan Athletic 19 -14 16
23 Stoke City 19 -13 14
24 Barnsley 19 -17 12