Fulham breathed fresh life into their automatic-promotion bid on Wednesday night as they edged to a 1-0 win over Swansea City courtesy of Aleksandar Mitrovic’s stoppage-time goal.
It looked as though Scott Parker’s side would be forced to settle for a point when Swansea goalkeeper Freddie Woodman saved Mitrovic’s 88th-minute penalty, but the Serbian frontman then pounced to nod home Aboubakar Kamara’s 94th-minute cross.
The result means Fulham put their recent defeat to Barnsley and draw with Derby County behind them, with Parker’s side having now moved back up to fourth in the Championship table as they remain five points adrift of second-placed Leeds after their win.
Anthony Knockaert retained his place in the Fulham side despite being replaced after 66 minutes in the Cottagers’ last outing, and the Brighton loanee did offer a threat from the flank before he was once again withdrawn with seven minutes remaining.
The 28-year-old has now taken to Instagram following the west London’s side last-gasp victory, with the Fulham attacker describing the result as a “massive win” as the Cottagers get their promotion campaign back on track.
Knockaert has been a regular feature for Fulham this season following his loan switch from Brighton over the summer, with the attacker having scored four goals and registered four assists during his 32 outings for Parker’s side.
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Fulham definitely needed the three points in order to keep the pace with second-placed Leeds, and they once again relied on the goalscoring exploits of Mitrovic as he pounced at the death to ensure a vital victory for his side in their promotion bid.
It had looked as though it could be a frustrating night for the Cottagers who were particularly dominant in the opening 45 minutes, with the likes of Knockaert and Ivan Cavaleiro showing signs of attacking promise without producing results.
It is important that Fulham keep up their momentum following their last-ditch victory over the Swans, and their four upcoming clashes with promotion contenders Preston, Bristol City, Brentford and Leeds will be vital in deciding their aspirations this term.