Ryan Sessegnon’s hat-trick was the first of his career on his 50th Fulham appearance

Ryan Sessegnon scored a hat-trick as Fulham denied Sheffield United top spot in the Championship with a 5-4 win.

Leon Clarke put the hosts ahead from close range, but Sheyi Ojo slotted in to equalise and Sessegnon’s 25-yard strike gave Fulham the lead.

Clarke levelled before Sessegnon volleyed in Ojo’s cross from the right.

Ojo notched his second and Sessegnon drilled in his third, with Samir Carruthers’ strike and Clarke’s late third goal not enough for the hosts.

Clarke’s hat-trick was his second treble in three games, with eight goals across that period, but it was not enough to help his side move above leaders Wolves as the visitors claimed a first victory at Bramall Lane since 1985.

Chris Wilder’s side had been on course for a third successive league win when David Button spilled John Fleck’s shot to Clarke for the opener, but Cameron Carter-Vickers’ poor backpass handed Ojo the equaliser.

Sessegnon, making his 50th appearance for Fulham, dominated the game, repaying Ojo for his earlier assist as he played in his team-mate for their side’s fourth goal, before scoring the decisive fifth.

Carruthers’ heavily deflected first Blades goal and Clarke’s header third set up a nervy finish for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, but they held on for a first win in seven matches.


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