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Fulham beat Boro ~ Ch. Match Report MD45

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Match Report

Fulham (1) 4 -3 (0) Middlesbrough

Championship ~ Match Day 45 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 25th April     KO: 15:00

Fulham striker Ross McCormack
Fulham striker
Ross McCormack
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Middlesbrough's hopes of automatic promotion were dealt a potentially fatal blow by Ross McCormack, who scored three including a stoppage-time winner as Fulham won 4-3 at Craven Cottage.

Boro thought they had clawed back a precious point when substitute Kike made it 3-3 with a minute to go.

But Aitor Karanka's side were punished for pressing for a winner when goalkeeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos went up for a corner that was cleared, allowing McCormack to find the net at the other end.

It was a crazy day and Boro must now hope Bournemouth, who play on Monday as well as next week, slip up in similar circumstances.

Boro began brightly and Fulham were under pressure at the other end when Michael Turner fouled Patrick Bamford, Boro's on-loan Chelsea striker.

Michael Turner
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Lee Tomlin nudged the free-kick to Grant Leadbitter, who flicked the ball up and launched a fierce shot that was touched over by Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

Boro had Konstantopoulos to thank for the save that denied Hugo Rodellega after Adam Clayton had been dispossessed by Danny Guthrie just outside the area. Rodellaga could not get enough power on it and it was tipped wide.

Fulham took the lead in first-half stoppage time when Shaun Hutchinson headed on Bryan Ruiz's corner to defensive partner Turner, who stooped to nod into the net from close range right in front of the Boro fans.

Boro began the second half with intent but Fulham almost doubled their lead when Bettinelli came out to clear and found McCormack on the right flank. The Scot's cross was met by the head of Rodallega at the back post but somehow Konstantopoulos was able to pull off a superb save.

Match Stats Fulham M'Boro
Goals (1) 4 3 (0)
Scorers Turner 45+1 Reach 63
McCormack pen 55 Ayala 73
McCormack pen 67 Kike 88
Goal attempts 14 17
On target 8 6
Shooting Accuracy 57% 35%
Possession 51% 49%
Corners 3 10
Offsides 0 6
Passes 433 410
Pass Success 70% 71%
Crosses 18 29
Crosses Success 17% 31%
Tackles 15 14
Tackles Success 73% 50%
Saves 2 4
Fouls 6 12
Yellows 2 2
Reds 0 1
source: Soccernet/Fulham FC
Boro were living dangerously and somehow McCormack and Rodallega were unable to set each other up as defenders failed to clear.

The reprieve was short-lived however as Daniel Ayala barged McCormack over from the next attack and the Scot dispatched the penalty himself.

A response was required and sub Adam Reach, part of a triple substitution on the hour, provided it within four minutes of coming on, firing in a shot that Bettinelli could not keep out.

Boro were immediately back in trouble, however, and George Friend was shown a red card for upending Rodallega to concede another penalty which was converted once more by McCormack.

There was nothing left for Boro to do put press forward in the hope of a comeback and Tomlin saw an effort blocked again before Ayala headed home a cross from the right from Albert Adomah.

Patrick Bamford almost fashioned an equaliser but saw his back-post effort go across goal and wide before Ayala's curling effort clipped the crossbar.

Fulham almost caught Boro again from a counter-attack but this time McCormack blazed over.

Still Boro came forward and Bettinelli had to dive to deny Reach, whose block of a clearance almost found the top corner.

There was still time for Kike to make it 3-3 after being set up by Tomlin - but Boro decided to carry on attacking and were made to pay by McCormack.

Fulham: Bettinelli, Hoogland, Hutchinson, Turner, Richards, Tunnicliffe, Guthrie (Fofana 76),Kavanagh,Ruiz (Woodrow 81), Rodallega (Smith 88),McCormack.
Subs Not Used: Kiraly,Roberts,Voser,Burn.

Turner 45+1 (header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shaun Hutchinson with a headed pass following a corner.),
McCormack pen 55 (McCormack draws a foul in the penalty area, McCormack converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.),
McCormack pen 67 (Rodallega draws a foul in the penalty area, McCormack converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.),
McCormack 90+4 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Turner.).

Booked: Kavanagh (42,f), Guthrie (50,f).

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Fredericks (Reach 61), Ayala, Gibson, Friend,Clayton (Forshaw 61), Leadbitter, Adomah, Vossen (Garcia 61), Tomlin, Bamford.
Subs Not Used: Tiendalli, Ripley, Whitehead, Nsue.

Goals: Reach 63, Ayala 73, Garcia 88.

Sent Off: Friend (66).

Booked: Adomah, Gibson.

Att: 22,731

Ref: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).

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