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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

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Millwall 0-3 Fulham: Cottagers up to second (1:49)

Fulham put the pressure on Cardiff City in the race for Premier League promotion with a resounding win over Millwall at The Den. (1:49)

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 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 +43 99
2 Cardiff City 46 +30 90
3 Fulham 46 +33 88
4 Aston Villa 46 +30 83
5 Middlesbrough 46 +22 76
6 Derby County 46 +22 75
7 Preston North End 46 +11 73
8 Millwall 46 +11 72
9 Brentford 46 +10 69
10 Sheffield United 46 +7 69
11 Bristol City 46 +9 67
12 Ipswich Town 46 -3 60
13 Leeds United 46 -5 60
14 Norwich City 46 -11 60
15 Sheffield Wednesday 46 -1 57
16 Queens Park Rangers 46 -12 56
17 Nottingham Forest 46 -14 53
18 Hull City 46 0 49
19 Birmingham City 46 -30 46
20 Reading 46 -22 44
21 Bolton Wanderers 46 -35 43
22 Barnsley 46 -24 41
23 Burton Albion 46 -43 41
24 Sunderland 46 -28 37

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