2017-18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic (70')
  • Neal Maupay (90'+4')

Fulham's automatic promotion hopes dented by Bees' sting in the tail

A stoppage-time header from substitute Neal Maupay earned Brentford a 1-1 draw at local rivals Fulham to severely dent the Cottagers' automatic promotion hopes and send Wolves up in the process.
Aleksander Mitrovic looked to have won it for Fulham when he swept home in the 70th minute.
But Maupay nodded past Marcus Bettinelli in the fourth minute of time added on to secure the Bees a point and maintain their slim play-off hopes.
The draw leaves Fulham in third, a point off second-placed Cardiff, who have a game in hand.
Brentford started on the front foot. Romaine Sawyers dragged an early shot wide, before a mistake by Tim Ream saw him present the ball straight to Florian Jozefzoon who cut inside and let fly from 12 yards. Bettinelli did well to tip his drive over the crossbar.
A fine one-two between Mitrovic and Ryan Sessegnon at the other end saw the youngster tip-toe his way into the six-yard box, but his low drive was blocked by the legs of Daniel Bentley in the Brentford goal.
Another save from Bettinelli kept the scores level in the 39th minute. Jozefzoon's free-kick was met by Yoann Barbet, but his header was tipped over by the Fulham keeper.
Brentford saw strong penalty appeals turned down just before the break when Stefan Johansen jumped and blocked Barbet's free-kick with his hands.
Andreas Bjelland then saw a left-footed drive from the edge of the area fizz just wide as the Bees went close to taking a lead their first-half performance deserved.
Chances were few and far between in the second half, but Fulham went in front with 20 minutes left.
A quick breakaway saw the ball worked to Johansen on the left. He played a pass to the lurking Mitrovic and the striker, who had been kept quiet, let fly from just outside the area and saw his shot go in off the post.
Suddenly, it was all Fulham. Bentley raced off his line to block Neeskens Kebano's shot from a tight angle, before Tom Cairney let fly from 25 yards and saw his left-footed effort go just wide of the far post.
Barbet almost caught Bettinelli out at the other end when his 81st-minute cross forced the keeper to palm the ball away from near his line.
Fulham were heading back into second spot before the Bees grabbed a point with virtually the last kick of the game.
Barbet's ball was nodded back across goal by Jozefzoon and Maupay arrived to head home and spark wild scenes amongst the visiting support.

English League Championship Standings

1 West Bromwich Albion 28 +19 53
2 Leeds United 28 +19 52
3 Fulham 28 +12 48
4 Brentford 28 +23 47
5 Nottingham Forest 27 +11 47
6 Swansea City 28 +3 45
7 Millwall 28 +4 44
8 Bristol City 28 +2 44
9 Preston North End 28 +5 43
10 Sheffield Wednesday 28 +8 42
11 Blackburn Rovers 28 +5 40
12 Hull City 28 +4 39
13 Cardiff City 28 -2 39
14 Queens Park Rangers 28 -5 38
15 Derby County 28 -7 37
16 Reading 27 +3 36
17 Middlesbrough 28 -7 34
18 Birmingham City 28 -11 33
19 Charlton Athletic 28 -4 29
20 Huddersfield Town 28 -13 29
21 Stoke City 28 -8 28
22 Barnsley 28 -16 24
23 Wigan Athletic 28 -18 23
24 Luton Town 28 -27 21