Fulham sink winless Sheff Utd after Basham injury

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Tom Cairney celebrates Fulham's goal against Sheffield UnitedSheffield United have conceded six goals in the last 15 minutes of Premier League games this season - no team has conceded more

Bottom side Sheffield United's search for a first win of the season continued as Tom Cairney's bizarre strike helped Fulham to victory in a match overshadowed by a severe injury to Blades captain Chris Basham.

The game at Craven Cottage was stopped for 13 minutes midway through the first half as Basham received treatment, the centre-back raising a thumb to the crowd as he was stretchered off to applause before being taken to hospital.

Bobby De Cordova-Reid eventually scored a deserved opener for the hosts after 54 minutes, slotting past Wes Foderingham following an excellent pass by Andreas Pereira.

Sheffield United, far more competitive after regrouping at the interval, were rewarded for a positive response to that setback when Antonee Robinson diverted substitute Yasser Larouci's cross from the left into his own net.

But Foderingham was left helpless when Fulham substitute Cairney slipped as he took aim from the edge of the area, causing his attempt to loop up and hit the underside of the crossbar, before going in off the United goalkeeper.

Willian put the result beyond doubt in stoppage time as Fulham rose one place to 12th, while Sheffield United remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League table.

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Deserved win for wasteful Fulham

Marco Silva called for a response from his players following a passive performance in defeat by Chelsea on Monday night.

And, while they produced a significantly more purposeful display here, for large periods a lack of quality in front of goal threatened to prove costly.

Making his first league start since joining Fulham from Everton in September, Alex Iwobi followed up his positive substitute appearance on Monday with an influential display in the hosts' midfield.

Creating chances was not an issue and Willian's movement caused Sheffield United problems, but Pereira's rushed attempt from the winger's cutback epitomised a first half of frustration for Fulham.

Fortunately for the home supporters, their side managed to secure a deserved victory after the break - but only after Robinson's unfortunate own goal had brought further concern with 20 minutes of regular time remaining.

They got the luck they needed when Cairney's shot squeezed past Foderingham and, after Harry Wilson had struck the post, Willian's low drive ensured there would be no late drama and secured Silva his 50th win as a Premier League manager.

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Fulham

Squad number17Player nameLeno

Squad number21Player nameCastagne

Squad number31Player nameDiop

Squad number13Player nameReam

Squad number33Player nameRobinson

Squad number22Player nameIwobi

Squad number26Player nameJoão Palhinha

Squad number18Player nameAndreas Pereira

Squad number14Player nameDe Cordova-Reid

Squad number30Player nameCarlos Vinícius

Squad number20Player nameWillian

Squad number3Player nameBassey

Squad number6Player nameReed

Squad number8Player nameWilson

Squad number10Player nameCairney

Squad number19Player nameRodrigo Muniz

Sheffield United

Squad number18Player nameFoderingham

Squad number6Player nameBasham

Squad number15Player nameAhmedhodzic

Squad number5Player nameTrusty

Squad number20Player nameBogle

Squad number21Player nameVinicius Souza

Squad number16Player nameNorwood

Squad number8Player nameHamer

Squad number14Player nameThomas

Squad number9Player nameMcBurnie

Squad number10Player nameArcher

Squad number7Player nameBrewster

Squad number19Player nameRobinson

Squad number27Player nameLarouci

Squad number28Player nameMcAtee

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-3-3

17Leno21Castagne31DiopSubstituted forBasseyat 71'minutes13Ream33Robinson22IwobiSubstituted forReedat 79'minutes26João PalhinhaBooked at 50mins18PereiraSubstituted forCairneyat 71'minutes14De Cordova-ReidSubstituted forWilsonat 78'minutes30Carlos ViníciusSubstituted forMuniz Carvalhoat 78'minutes20Willian

Substitutes

1Rodák3Bassey6Reed7Jiménez8Wilson10Cairney12Ballo-Touré19Muniz Carvalho28Lukic

Sheff Utd

Formation 3-5-2

18Foderingham6BashamSubstituted forRobinsonat 35'minutes15Ahmedhodzic5Trusty20Bogle21de Souza Costa16NorwoodBooked at 90mins8HamerSubstituted forMcAteeat 66'minutes14ThomasSubstituted forLarouciat 66'minutes9McBurnieBooked at 73mins10ArcherSubstituted forBrewsterat 79'minutes

Substitutes

1Davies4Fleck7Brewster11Traoré19Robinson25Ben Slimane27Larouci28McAtee38Seriki

Referee:Samuel Barrott

Attendance:24,361

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 3, Sheffield United 1.

Second Half ends, Fulham 3, Sheffield United 1.

Foul by Antonee Robinson (Fulham).

Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Antonee Robinson (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jayden Bogle (Sheffield United).

Goal! Fulham 3, Sheffield United 1. Willian (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Harry Wilson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United).

Harry Wilson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yasser Larouci (Sheffield United).

Attempt saved. Willian (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tom Cairney.

Foul by Willian (Fulham).

James McAtee (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Rodrigo Muniz (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Timothy Castagne.

Harry Wilson (Fulham) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Rodrigo Muniz.

Substitution, Sheffield United. Rhian Brewster replaces Cameron Archer.

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