Matt Targett won the battle of the loanees against Southampton teammate Harrison Reed to ensure a Good Friday for Fulham, but it’s looking increasingly likely the defender’s season will be extended by the Championship play-offs.
The Cottagers continued their remarkable form, extending their unbeaten run to 17 league games with a 2-0 victory at Reed’s Norwich.
Targett had a hand in the opener when his cross to the far post was met by a header from Aleksandar Mitrović, who was denied by Angus Gunn before Stefan Johansen followed up to score.
Scotland international Tom Cairney added a quick-fire second, but Fulham, who return to action at home to Leeds tonight, still face an eight-point deficit to second-placed Cardiff.
Things went from bad to worse for Reed when Norwich were beaten 4-1 at QPR on Easter Monday, despite taking the lead through an own goal created by the Saints midfielder.
Elsewhere in the Championship, Sam Gallagher sat out Birmingham’s 1-0 win over Ipswich with a calf injury, but will hope to feature as Blues’ survival bid resumes with a trip to Bolton tonight.
Ryan Seager watched from the bench as his Yeovil side enjoyed one of the standout results of the weekend – a 6-2 win at promotion-chasing Coventry, while Ollie Cook helped Barrow to a welcome clean sheet at Boreham Wood to keep his temporary employers outside the relegation places in the National League.
North of the border, Harry Lewis’s Dundee United were denied a first win in five games as Greenock Morton equalised deep into stoppage time at Cappielow Park.
On the continent, Florin Gardos came off the bench to make his debut for Universitatea Craivoa against CFR Cluj, while Jordy Clasie was an unused substitute for Club Brugge, who scored a last-gasp penalty to defeat Genk in the first match of the end of season play-offs.