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10 man Fulham lose at Reading ~ Ch. Match Report

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Match Report

Reading (1) 3 - 0 (0) Fulham

Championship MatchDay 06 at Madejski Stadium

Saturday 13th September 2014    KO: 15:00

Referee: Michael Jones

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Fulham supporters called for manager Felix Magath to be sacked as the Cottagers slumped to a fifth defeat in six Sky Bet Championship games.

The visitors finished with 10 men as they slumped 3-0 at Reading, adding to the pressure on manager Magath who only joined in February.

Reading won at a canter with a pair of headers from on-loan striker Glenn Murray, on his debut, and a late effort from Nick Blackman.

Fulham's cause was rendered almost lost as early as the 18th minute, when former Leeds striker Matt Smith, also on debut, was sent off for a lunge on Hope Akpan.

The west London club endured a miserable end to last season, winning only three matches out of 12 under Magath as they were relegated from the Barclays Premier League.

Fulham have started the Championship similarly poorly, losing their opening four matches before earning their first point in a 1-1 draw with Cardiff.

Match Stats Reading Fulham
Goals (1) 3 0 (0)
Scorers Murray 15  
  Murray 54  
  Blackman 85  
Goal attempts 17 6
On target 7 1
Possession 64% 36%
Corners 5 3
Offsides 6 0
Passes 581 332
Pass Success 89% 75%
Crosses 26 12
Crosses Success 38% 0%
Tackles 17 20
Tackles Success 71% 85%
Saves 1 4
Fouls 18 9
Yellows 1 3
Reds 0 1
source: Soccernet/Fulham FC
It hardly got any better for them at the Madejski Stadium, where they were a goal down and a man down before having the chance to settle into the game.

Fulham had begun brightly, with Ross McCormack volleying over from close range after a Smith header.

But they went behind in the 15th minute from Reading's first meaningful attack, led by Jordan Obita along the left flank.

Obita crossed early and Murray, on loan from Crystal Palace until January, dived forward to head in from close range for his first goal for the club.

Three minutes later, it got worse for Fulham. Smith went in late and high on Akpan and referee Mike Jones issued the red card immediately.

Fulham responded well, with Tim Hoogland denied only by a last-ditch tackle from Chris Gunter and Chris David forcing a fine save from home goalkeeper Adam Federici.

But Reading swiftly assumed control, with Murray and Gunter going close from well-struck efforts.

The Reading pressure continued after the interval, with Simon Cox volleying straight at Fulham goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly.

Kiraly, on his debut, was in action soon after, making a stunning save to keep out a powerful strike from Jake Taylor.

But the pressure inevitably told, with a second goal arriving in the 54th minute when Murray nodded in a precise corner from Obita from close range.

It was too much for the 2,745 Fulham fans, who voiced their displeasure at manager Magath.

``You're getting sacked in the morning'' was followed by further choruses of ``Felix out''.

The visitors could have been swamped. Kiraly tipped a header from home substitute Pavel Pogrebnyak - a former Fulham player - against the crossbar and Taylor drove narrowly wide from distance.

But they could not hold out at 2-0 until the end. In the 85th minute, substitute Blackman ran through, went by Kiraly and slotted the ball home. Fulham's misery was complete.

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Pearce, Obita, Hector, Norwood, Akpan (Edwards 80'), Mackie (Blackman 78'), Taylor, Cox, Murray (Pogrebnyak 66')
Subs (not used): Kuhl, Andersen, Long, Cooper

Goals: Murray 15, Murray 54, Blackman 85

Yellow cards: Blackman

Fulham: Kiraly, Bodurov, Voser (Christensen 46'), Kavanagh, Burn, Hoogland, Parker, Hyndman (Zverotic 56'), Smith, David (Roberts 78'), McCormack
Subs (not used): Stafylidis, Hutchinson, Rodallega, Bettinelli

Yellow cards: Kavanagh, Voser, Hyndman

Red cards: Smith (19,f)

Referee: Mike Jones

Attendance: 18,790

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