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Fulham crush Rotherham ~ Ch. Match Report MD24

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Match Report

Fulham (2) 4-1 (1) Rotherham United

Championship Match Day 24 1516 at Craven Cottage

Tuesday 29th December 2015    KO: 19:45

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow
Fulham striker
Cauley Woodrow
Cauley Woodrow
New Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic watched from the stands as the Cottagers enjoyed a 4-1 victory over Rotherham at Craven Cottage.

Jokanovic agreed to return to England on Sunday night after the west London club negotiated the former Watford manager's release from Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv.

He will be hoping this was a taste of things to come as his presence inspired Fulham to their first Sky Bet Championship victory in 10 attempts.

Fulham midfielder Alexander Kacaniklic
Fulham midfielder
Alexander Kacaniklic
Alexander Kacaniklic
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Cauley Woodrow made the most of his first start of the season by scoring twice and providing another for Alexander Kacaniklic before Ross McCormack rounded off the scoring with his 15th goal of the campaign, with Farrend Rawson having drawn Rotherham level after Woodrow's opener.

Jokanovic, due to be formally presented as manager on Wednesday, could not have enjoyed a much brighter start to life in charge as Woodrow took advantage of slack defending from the visitors to convert the first chance of the game after six minutes.

Fulham striker Ross McCormack
Fulham striker
Ross McCormack
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Scott Parker played a pass towards the edge of the area and McCormack stepped over the ball, leaving Woodrow through on goal as the forward kept his composure to round goalkeeper Lee Camp and net his third strike of the campaign and his first in four months since scoring in the reverse fixture.

Kacaniklic might have doubled the home side's lead moments later with an angled drive that bounced just to the right of goal, before Rotherham were into their stride and went close four times in quick succession.

Ryan Fredericks spared Fulham goalkeeper Andrew Lonergan's blushes by heading Tony Andreu's corner off the line, before Lonergan was called upon to parry Lee Frecklington's low drive to safety, with Danny Ward then having two efforts deflected just wide.

After 20 minutes the home side's frailty against set-pieces was exposed as their defence managed to block Kirk Broadfoot's header from Joe Newell's corner before Broadfoot's partner in central defence rifled in a drive off the underside of the bar.

Match Stats Fulham Rotherham
Goals (2) 4 1 (1)
Scorers Woodrow 6 Rawson 20
Woodrow 45  
  Kacaniklic 59  
  McCormack 69  
Goal attempts 16 22
On target 8 8
Shooting Accuracy 50% 36%
Possession 55% 45%
Passes 511 399
Pass Success 75% 65%
Crosses 16 28
Crosses Success 50% 36%
Corners 4 8
Tackles 24 17
Tackles Success 67% 82%
Saves 5 4
Fouls 5 11
Offsides 3 1
Yellows 0 0
Reds 0 0
source: Soccernet/Fulham FC
Referee Simon Hooper was quick to adjudge Rawson's effort had crossed the line before it bounced back into play.

A lull in proceedings followed, before the visitors' back-line switched off to the threat of Emerson Hyndman's through-ball, but McCormack telegraphed his effort when through on goal and Camp saved to his left.

However McCormack did not rue his miss for long as he whipped in a superb low cross in the final minute of the half with Woodrow getting across Broadfoot to steer home.

Woodrow then turned provider after 59 minutes, making his way down the right flank before providing Kacaniklic with a simple finish from close range.

With a two-goal deficit to make up, the visitors threw caution to the wind but to no avail. Fulham had their fourth when McCormack chested down Dan Burn's header and swivelled to fire in a fine strike after 69 minutes that completed the scoring.

Fulham: Lonergan; Fredericks, Stearman, Burn, Ream; Cairney (O'Hara 87'), Parker (Matt Smith 80'), Hyndman, Kacaniklic (Pringle 72'); McCormack, Woodrow
Substitutes: Lewis, Garbutt,

Woodrow 6 (right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Parker with a headed pass.)
Woodrow 45 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.)
Kacaniklic 59 (right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow with a cross.)
McCormack 69 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Dan Burn with a headed pass following a set piece situation.)

Rotherham Town: Camp; Richardson (Green 62'), Rawson, Broadfoot, Mattock; Ward, Frecklington, Smallwood, Newell; Andreu (Clarke-Harris 55'); Ward (Derbyshire 84')
Subs not used: Collin, Collins, Ledesma, Thorpe

Scorer: Rawson 20 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal following a corner.)

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

Attendance: 16,333

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