Tossin Adarabioyo, Joao Balinha and Harrison Reid hit a short pass in six minutes of the match to lead Fulham to victory over Nottingham Forest in an exciting match of five goals.
Nigeria striker Taiwo Owoni celebrated his return to the starting line-up for Forest with an opening goal in the 11th minute, but the match took a decisive turn as the hosts conceded three times in quick succession.
While Lewis O’Brien put together a final in the runway in the 77th minute, Fulham held out for a 3-2 win to hand Forest a fourth defeat in a row, making them second to bottom in the Premier League.
The flight resumed on Friday night after matches played last week were canceled as a sign of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and there was some heartfelt tribute to mark the Queen’s passing.
A minute of silence was held by the vast majority on the City Ground, with anger erupting and then drowning in applause before fans sang God Save the King, while there was a round of applause in the 70th minute commemorating the length of time. Queen’s reign.
Two weeks ago, Forest gave up a two-goal lead at Bournemouth to lose 3-2, and coach Steve Cooper responded by dropping captain Joe Worrall and former Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard.
Aouni and Willy Polley, made his debut in the woods, while Fulham brought in Issa Diop and Willian after their defeat to London rivals Tottenham two weeks ago.
Fulham started bright, but it was Forrest who created the first significant opportunity as Brennan Johnson left Tim Reem in his wake before winning to Morgan Gibbs-White, whose shot veered wide.
But from the resulting Gibbs White corner kick, Ryan Yates scored the highest point in the body fight to move to the back post, as the unmarked Aouni cruised past Bernd Leno to score his second goal of the season.
Andreas Pereira was just a few inches from a sensational low cross that may have brought the equalizer to the visitors, who were incensed when Steve Cook was given a yellow card after an apparently cynical foul when Willian hit the goal – although Polly was covering, a What may have relieved his red teammate.
The dangerous Aleksandar Mitrovic, heading half a dozen goals this season, scored a header at Dean Henderson as Fulham couldn’t hold the ball and press in the Forest half count.
It was a different story in the second half, as Fulham equalized in the 54th minute as Adarabioyo cleared his mark and hit a brilliant header from Willian’s corner past Henderson.
The lost finish was complete sound three minutes later by a ballinha, who first hit it from outside the area right in the top corner, leaving Henderson, at full stretch, helpless.
Shocked Forest were unable to hold off the attack and charged their third goal in just over five minutes as Bobby Decordova-Reed focused on Reed to sweep the net – the first time he had hit the net for Fulham.
Aouni missed a golden opportunity to get Forrest back into the game after he headed in a carbon copy of a move that led to his first goal, as the home side then threw caution into the wind by bringing in Lingard, O’Brien and Worrall. Sam Surage in quick succession.
The changes had the desired effect as Lingard’s clever flick fueled Johnson, who was only a low cross back with an unbalanced Adarabiou heeled into O’Brien’s trajectory and an alternative shot past Leno off center.
Despite this, Forrest was unable to create anything meaningful along the stretch, despite the crowd’s support, and Fulham’s hold on to the win lifted them to sixth in the table.