Aleksandar Mitrovic double earns Fulham vital win at Championship promotion rivals Swansea
The Serbia striker took his tally to 23 goals in as many games for club and country this season as he led his side to within two points of the Championship’s automatic promotion places.
George Byers scored a second-half header, but it was not enough to end Swansea’s dismal home run of just one win from their last seven matches at the Liberty Stadium.
Fulham’s fourth consecutive victory took them to within a win of second-placed Leeds before Saturday’s matches.
Hosts Swansea had made three changes, with Steve Cooper bringing in Kyle Naughton, Byers and Sam Surridge for Jake Bidwell, Bersant Celina and Borja Baston following the midweek draw at Huddersfield.
Fulham came to the Liberty Stadium on the back of a fine run of form that had propelled them up to third place.
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But manager Scott Parker was forced into a single enforced change as Josh Onomah came into midfield after Bobby Reid – who netted his first Fulham goal in the win against Derby in midweek – failed a fitness test.
The Swans have taken just four points from a possible 21 at home since the start of September but they began as if they were brimming with confidence.
Surridge somehow failed to score from four yards out after Andre Ayew’s audacious outside of the foot cross, before Byers struck a post.
But Mitrovic continued his goalscoring run to give Fulham the lead against the run of play after 22 minutes.
Aboubakar Kamara connected with Joe Bryan’s cross to send a side-footed shot crashing back off the crossbar, but Mitrovic followed up to head in.
And he was not done there as Fulham punished Swansea on the break two minutes before half-time.