Report: Fulham 1 Huddersfield 0

first_imgAleksandar Mitrovic scored in injury time as Fulham claimed a 1-0 home win over fellow Premier League strugglers Huddersfield Town on Saturday.The visitors enjoyed the better of the first half but were indebted to Jonas Lossl in the second, the goalkeeper saving a penalty from Aboubakar Kamara.However, Mitrovic struck in the 91st minute to lift Fulham above Burnley and to within a point of safety, while David Wagner’s side remain bottom of the table after seven defeats in a row. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Mitrovic nodded wide with the best chance of a quiet first 30 minutes, while Steve Mounie came closest for Huddersfield before half-time with a header that was saved well by Sergio Rico.Calum Chambers headed a Cyrus Christie free-kick wide as Fulham began to show more intent after the break, before Joe Bryan shot straight at Lossl after being teed up in space 12 yards out, and Mitrovic saw a header brilliantly tipped wide.Kamara was also denied by Lossl and was then left red-faced when his spot-kick was parried by the Denmark goalkeeper after he had argued down his team-mates for the chance to try his luck from 12 yards, having forced Chris Lowe into a handball to earn the penalty.Claudio Ranieri’s side came under some pressure in the closing minutes and they made the most of Huddersfield’s bold finish to snatch a win.On the break, Ryan Sessegnon cut in from the right and slid the ball to Mitrovic, who drilled beneath Lossl to send Craven Cottage into raptures.7 – Huddersfield Town are the first team to lose seven Premier League games in a single calendar month since Leicester City in April 2001 (also seven). Despair.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 29, 2018What does it mean? Fulham given huge boost in survival raceMitrovic’s strike could go a long way towards helping Fulham stay in the Premier League and sending Huddersfield back to the Championship.Only four points separate them in the table, but the manner in which the goal came, so late in the game, will give a real confidence boost to Ranieri’s side and leave Wagner’s men hugely dispirited. Fulham are now just a point behind Southampton, who face the daunting task of hosting champions Manchester City on Sunday.Lossl an unlucky loserHaving had little to do in the first half, Lossl was hugely unfortunate to end up on the losing team, having made excellent saves against Mitrovic and Kamara in particular.Sorry Seri a spectatorThe first half seemed to pass Jean Michael Seri by, apart from when he was booked for a poor challenge on Florent Hadergjonaj. He did not emerge for the second, with Kamara his replacement.Key Opta Facts- Fulham recorded their second victory in eight Premier League games under Ranieri (D3 L3), with both wins coming at Craven Cottage.- Huddersfield have failed to score in 20 Premier League matches during 2018 – more than any other side.- During 2018, Mitrovic scored 20 league goals for Fulham – seven more than any other Cottagers player.- Since the start of last season, only Lukasz Fabianski (4) has saved more Premier League penalties than Huddersfield goalkeeper Lossl (3).- Huddersfield striker Mounie had two shots in this game without success, taking his tally to 32 without scoring in the Premier League this season – the most of any player.- None of Fulham’s last 158 home league matches have ended goalless.What’s next?Fulham head across London to face Arsenal on Tuesday, the day before Huddersfield host Burnley. read morelast_img read more

Britains carmakers unite for sendoff to Frankfurt International Motor Show

10 British-built cars joined by Business Secretary Sajid Javid and industry leaders in Greenwich before flying the UK flag at next week’s Frankfurt International Motor Show.Investment into UK automotive sector breaks £2 billion barrier for 2015, with 4,500 new jobs announced in the same period.The UK automotive sector now accounts for 11.8% of Britain’s total exports.The UK car industry united this afternoon for a unique send-off ahead of one of the world’s most influential motor shows – and the biggest in Europe. In an extraordinary gathering in Greenwich, London, senior executives from across the industry were joined by Business Secretary Sajid Javid alongside 10 of their most exciting new cars, which will be flying the British flag at next week’s Frankfurt International Motor Show.Vehicles from the broad spectrum of Britain’s thriving automotive industry were on display, from volume-produced family hatchbacks to high-end luxury and sports models. Each car is the result of significant investment in the UK’s R&D capability and production facilities, which has supported UK economic growth.The event coincided with further evidence of the UK’s automotive resurgence with news that the total amount of investment already announced this year has now surpassed £2 billion, with more than 4,500 new jobs created.The UK automotive sector is one of the most advanced in the world, and global appetite for high-quality British-built cars has never been stronger with exports to more than 100 countries worldwide. Demand across Europe – our biggest export market – grew more than 10% last year, and overall car exports were worth £24.6 billion in 2014 – the most ever.The first six months of this year saw more cars produced here than in any half-year since 2008, with a vehicle rolling off an assembly line every 20 seconds. While the number of cars produced in Britain continues to rise, they are also becoming ever-more British. Figures released earlier this year by the Automotive Council revealed that UK vehicle manufacturers spent 19% more on domestically manufactured components in 2014 compared with the previous year. This growth has brought more than £1 billion of extra business to UK-based supply chain manufacturers, boosting jobs and growth nationwide.The automotive industry’s contribution to the UK economy is also growing: it now supports almost 800,000 jobs across the country – around 160,000 of which are in manufacturing – while the sector now makes up a greater share of overall UK exports than ever before at 11.8%. With year-on-year increases in productivity and technological innovation that is amongst the best in the world, the sector is globally competitive.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The UK automotive industry’s resurgence continues and this diverse range of British-built cars which will premiere in Frankfurt clearly demonstrates the strength of UK automotive. From Goodwood to Sunderland, Llanelli to Falkirk, the automotive industry supports some 800,000 highly skilled jobs making world class products of which Britain can be justifiably proud.”Business Secretary Sajid Javid said, “The automotive industry is a UK success story with government and industry working closely to boost productivity and growth. Not only do we build cars extremely well, but our research and development and design capabilities are equally as impressive. Together we are shaping a 21st Century sector that is going from strength to strength.”Joe Greenwell, CEO, Automotive Investment Organisation, said, “The level of foreign investment we received this year demonstrates the confidence in the UK automotive sector. The companies here today are global automotive leaders who chose the UK due to our leading productivity figures and low costs, cutting-edge R&D base as well as an unprecedented demand for our products both at home and overseas. The stars are uniquely aligned for the UK automotive industry, and we should be proud that the sector is leading a resurgence in UK manufacturing.” The cars and where they are made:Aston Martin Rapide (Gaydon)Bentley Flying Spur (Crewe)Honda Civic Type-R (Swindon)Jaguar XF (Castle Bromwich)Range Rover (Solihull)MINI Clubman (Oxford)Nissan Qashqai (Sunderland)Rolls-Royce Dawn (Goodwood)Toyota Auris Hybrid Touring Sports (Burnaston)Vauxhall Astra (Ellesmere Port)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more