Fulham move three points behind Newcastle after beating Sheff Utd

Fulham move three points behind Newcastle after beating Sheff Utd

Fulham's English striker Ademola Lookman (R) celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Sheffield United at Craven Cottage in London on February 20, 2021.

Scott Parker says his Fulham side have enjoyed a "massive" week in their fight for Premier League survival after they claimed a vital win over fellow strugglers Sheffield United.

Seven points from three games has seen the Cottagers move just three points behind Newcastle in 17th, having been 10 points adrift at the start of last Sunday.

"We set a challenge to the boys tonight to not get swallowed up. To worry about ourselves and put in a performance where we showed our quality. I think we did that. We showed our quality," said the Fulham manager.

"Like all these games it took one moment to win the game and it came from Ademola [Lookman] and he found the net.

"I'm really proud of this team because it's a huge moment. Not just this game but this week. It's been massive."

Parker's side had dominated for long periods but it took them until just after the hour mark to break the deadlock.

Joachim Andersen's raking pass was superbly collected by Lookman, who profited from weak defending by Ethan Ampadu to cut inside and drill a shot through the legs of Blades goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek had earlier seen visiting defender George Baldock hook his goal-bound effort to safety after he prodded past Ramsdale.

And while the hosts had goalkeeper Alphonse Areola to thank for a point-blank save which denied Enda Stevens an equaliser, they more than merited only their second top-flight win at Craven Cottage this term.

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