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Birmingham City 1-2 Fulham Cham 09 1415 GetWestLondon

last updated Monday 29th September 2014, 11:00 AM
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Birmingham City (1) 1-2 (0) Fulham


Hugo Rodallega chased a lost cause and was mightily rewarded when he lashed home a Fulham winner deep into the second half.

City made a hash of a clearance, but the Colombian chased after the loose ball, prodded it against the keeper, and did even better to spin and fire home the rebound from an acute angle.

He was one of the stars that brought a first deserved victory at the ninth attempt, so were 903 Fulham fans who sang from start to finish in start contrast to the largely silent St Andrew's on three sides of the ground.

Rodallega had an easier chance to make life easier, but fired against the legs of Darren Randolph, and right at the death his pass to Ross McCormack should have been converted.

No matter, Whites were home and increased the chances of caretaker boss Kit Symons keeping the job permanently.

After a bright start, however, Whites were breathing deep when two decent City crosses should have been headed home. The first miss from ex-Brentford striker, a couple of yards out, by Clayton Donaldson was criminal.

However, the provider did the job himself when David Cotterill from way outside the box on the left curled home right-footed with some aplomb to leave Marcus Bettinelli hepless.

Rodallega rued a mistimed hook when in the clear six yards out, and the nearest his side came to scoring was in the very first minute when McCormack let fly from fully 35 yards to bring a parry from Randolph.

Bettinelli was smartly off his line to divert a Jonathan Grounds effort in time added on, and he did even better on the hour when sub Brek Shea was played in on the left, but the keeper narrowed the angle to get bot hands to a full-blooded drive.

The Whites leveller came with a spoonful of luck. Niko Bodurov scuffed a shot from the edge of the box, and the block fell kindly to Tim Hoogland, who screwed home left-footed from a tight angle just beyond the reach of Randolph.

The impetus was then with the away side and although they had to endure four added minutes, those in white were still singing long after the final whistle.






















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