Fulham beat Preston 3-0 to gain promotion back to the Premier League, with Aleksandar Mitrovic netting a brace to raise his season total to 40 goals. The Cottagers might have guaranteed their position on Good Friday, but they lost 2-1 to Derby City. Their first defeat in 3 matches so far this league season
They battled hard at Craven Cottage and seized the lead with Mitrovic’s first genuine chance of the game. Mitrovic made it 40 goals in the Sky Bet Championship when he took a touch. And smashed the ball past the Preston goalie shortly before halftime.
Having 14 games remaining, the Serbian attacker had already overtaken Ivan Toney’s Championship. Scoring a record and is now only two goals behind Guy Whittingham’s 42 goals from a 46-game second-tier season with Portsmouth in 1992-93. See more
Winning 26 games, drawing eight, and losing only eight times while scoring 98 goals. Preston came within a whisker of taking the lead within the fifth minute as Cameron Archer raced down. The left flank before fitting Ched Evans, whose effort deflected off Tosin Adarabioyo. And also the ball was scrambled away by the visitors. Marek Rodak had to air his toes again two minutes later. Deflecting Ben Whiteman’s shot over the crossbar to preserve the score level.
Fulham came out on top with their first real attack of the game, with Joe Bryan cutting inside from the left. And throwing in Mitrovic behind the Preston defense, who slid home through Daniel Iversen’s legs.
When Mitrovic took the ball from Neeskens Kebano and backheeled the ball to Carvalho in the 24th minute. The Cottagers had a chance to increase their lead, but his shot was wide of the target. After Kebano’s pass into the box diverted into the path of Carvalho, who scored with a first-time effort into the net. The home team expanded their lead just after the half-hour mark.
Just before halftime, Fulham added a third, with Mitrovic scoring his 40th goal of the season. Taking a touch and blasting home after being sent in by Harry Wilson, who leads the Championship in assists. Mitrovic was inches off from completing his hat-trick but five minutes into the half when he pounced on a loose pass. And raced through on goal, just for Iversen’s outstretched leg to divert the ball onto the crossbar.
Fulham pushed for a winning goal in the 53rd minute but lacked the same zeal as in the first half. And the score stayed 3-0 at the final whistle, with jubilant fans pouring. Onto the pitch as their Premier League status assure in OKBET.