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Harry Arter celebrates what proved to be the winning goal for Fulham against Nottingham Forest

Harry Arter celebrates what proved to be the winning goal for Fulham against Nottingham Forest

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Harry Arter celebrates what proved to be the winning goal for Fulham against Nottingham Forest

Harry Arter's superb strike kept alive Fulham's hopes of automatic promotion from the Championship as they won 1-0 against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

A game of few clear-cut chances was settled in first half injury-time by Arter's left-footed effort from just outside the penalty area which flew into the top corner of the net.

It gave Fulham a third straight victory and moved them to within four points of second-placed West Brom, who host Derby tonight.

Brentford needed late goals from Said Benrahma and Ethan Pinnock to beat Charlton 2-1 and crank up the pressure on West Brom in the race for automatic promotion.

Lowly Charlton led through an early goal from Macauley Bonne, but Benrahma levelled from the penalty spot before Pinnock headed the winner five minutes from time. It was by no means a vintage display but nonetheless Brentford have once again cut the gap to the second-placed Baggies to just two points.

Elsewhere, a late goal by Barnsley substitute Aapo Halme saw the Tykes salvage an important point at Luton in the battle of the Championship's bottom two teams. The draw leaves Luton at the foot of the table on 41 points, with Barnsley a point better off and just three behind Hull in 21st.

Irish Independent