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Fulham 0-3 Leeds Cham 38 1415 London24

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Fulham (0) 0-3 (1) Leeds


Leeds United executed the perfect away performance to pile more misery on Fulham and Kit Symons.

Sam Byram, Sol Bamba and Mirco Antenucci scored the goals as the ten-man Whites put in a mixed display that saw the home crowd turn on their team.

Symons is under huge pressure, but missed chances was the story of the day for the home team who should not have lost the game.

Alan Curbishley is Symons' right hand man now but he couldn't do anything as United stole all three points and taunted former players Ross McCormack and Matt Smith.

Fulham engineered the first chance and it was the two former Leeds strikers who were involved. McCormack found himself in space ten yards out and his shot nearly fell to the feet of Smith who would have had a tap, but instead Leeds cleared.

Just seconds later and Fulham nearly had the lead.

Bryan Ruiz has been in and out of the Fulham side in recent weeks, and has missed the majority of the season, but a bit of magic from 30 yards nearly caught Marco Silvestri out, but the impressive stopper tipped the ball over.

From the resulting corner, United could only clear the ball to the edge of the box and full back Konstantinos Stafylidis saw his goal-bound effort well tipped round the post by Silvestri.

The Fulham onslaught continued and again McCormack found Smith in the air, and the 25-year-old again caught Silvestri at his best to turn the ball behind with not even ten minutes gone.

Leeds could not deal with the two men they allowed to leave in the summer and Smith's next header from a McCormack free kick looked destined for the bottom corner but trickled inches wide. The hosts well on top but unable to find the vital breakthrough.

The visitors weathered the storm though and began to find their feet in the contest which calmed down after a frantic early pace.

United created their first chance on the half hour mark when neat football across the pitch led to youngster Lewis Cook swinging the ball in towards the far post, but nobody could get on the end of Billy Sharp's clever header back across goal.

And it was Leeds, with the sucker punches of all sucker punches who went ahead just before half time.

Poor play down the right from Ruiz, who gave the ball away and Byram neatly headed beyond Marcus Bettinelli from a Gaetano Berardi cross to send the away end crazy.

The second half started as the first ended, with Leeds on top, and it took them just two minutes to double their lead and effectively put the game beyond Fulham.

Shocking marking from the hosts saw Leeds skipper Bamba head the ball home unmarked at the back post from Alex Mowatt's corner.

The game was out of sight just two minutes later as Fulham went down to ten men.

Idiotic full back Stafylidis received two yellow cards in the space of 30 seconds for dissent and he was on his way down the tunnel, with the home crowd turning on their own team.

Silvestri added to the frustration around Craven Cottage seconds later as he reacted wonderfully to Ryan Tunnicliffe's volley from point blank range.

Leeds continued to control the second half and it was looking less and less likely that Fulham would climb up the table and away from safety.

Smith should have halved the deficit with 15 minutes to go but saw his tame shot saved again by Silvestri, who was immense throughout.

The latter stages summed up Fulham's night with the luck not on their side and the fans looking for the exits as the Whites remain two places above the drop zone, looking nervously over their shoulders with Antenucci rubbing salt into the wounds with a third late on after more good play from Byram.























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