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Mitrovic plays down Kamara penalty row

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Serbian ultimately scored Fulham's winner against Huddersfield.

Aleksandar Mitrovic has forgiven Aboubakar Kamara for almost costing Fulham victory against Huddersfield by seizing and missing the late penalty Mitrovic should have taken.

Kamara argued with Mitrovic – the club's designated penalty-taker – and appeared to have cost them a vital victory when Terriers goalkeeper Jonas Lossl saved his kick to keep the match goalless.

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri was so incensed he is considering dropping Kamara for Tuesday's fixture at Arsenal, but Mitrovic, whose stoppage-time finish ultimately earned the Cottagers the three points, was in a more forgiving mood.

"He's a striker, he's hungry for goals as well, maybe he wanted to score as well and he scored his last penalty," the Serbian said.

"It's normal. He's young; these kind of things can happen. It's normal.

"You need to take care of each other. We had a bit of an argument but in the end he took the ball and I wished him luck and told him to stay focused and score. That's what he'd do as well.

"If he'd scored I'd have celebrated with him, like I scored. The most important thing is we got the three points and everything is behind us."

Mitrovic, who revealed he had been suffering with a fever in the days prior to the game, added: "It was a six-point game. It was a big win. We felt it was a lot of pressure during the game, and in the end, after the goal it was a big release."

Ranieri fears the knee injury suffered by Alfie Mawson could prove "serious", but was delighted to see Mitrovic end his six-match goal drought.

"He knows that there are moments where you score every match and there are some where you have to wait," the Italian said.

"But I have never seen him nervous – he is always calm, working well in training and this is for me the best medicine."

Following seven defeats from seven throughout December, bottom side Huddersfield appear near-certainties for relegation.

On Wednesday they host fellow strugglers Burnley, who beat West Ham on Sunday.

Manager David Wagner said: "The situation we are in, every game which we have is important.

"We have an issue with scoring goals, which is no secret. We were not able to create the clear-cut chances (against Fulham) which we had in recent weeks.

"I can't think about the transfer market (yet)."



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