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Brentford (0) 0-2 (1) Fulham

The bragging rights well and truly went to Fulham on Friday night as they not only beat Brentford in their own back garden but largely dominated this west London derby.

Just six miles separates these two teams but they were nowhere near on the pitch at Griffin Park when Sone Aluko scored the game’s opening goal before half time.

Fulham piled on the pressure in the first half, took the lead, then saw it out in the second, and scored again in stoppage time through Tom Cairney to make this look as comfortable as it was.

Fresh from humiliating high-flying Huddersfield in a 5-0 win last week, this took Fulham to seventh. Make no mistake, Slavisa Jokanovic’s side are in the mix for a play-off place.

Brentford went into this above Fulham in the Championship table but the first half told a different story.

It was all Fulham in the early exchanges as Aluko, Cairney, and Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon went close.

Brentford are known to be slow out of the blocks – just two of their 21 goals in the Championship this season were scored in the opening half hour – and it was the same old story.

In the 21st minute Fulham’s Stefan Johansen went for the far corner but Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley denied him.

Aluko’s eyes lit up soon after, too, but his curled effort went wide.

Not since February 1987 had there been a draw between these teams at Brentford and the deadlock was broken by Aluko.

A cross by Johansen found the 27-year-old, who hit it first time. Bentley saved but could not hold on to it, and Aluko scored at the second bite of the cherry from close range.

Fulham should have got a second before half time, too, but Piazon could not compose himself.

Brentford had zero shots on target in the first half and they had to up their game if they were to avoid defeat.

In the second half their greatest chance fell to Josh Clarke when Fulham’s defence was split wide open, but former Brentford goalkeeper David Button tipped it over.

And it was the same again minutes later, when Button was forced to block Clarke’s shot on an angle. Suddenly, Fulham were regretting not wrapping this up in the first half.

Yet with Brentford piling players forward, it left gaps at the back, which Fulham were brave enough to exploit.

It was Cairney who scored in stoppage time by sliding the ball beyond Bentley at his near post, and that was that.

A win for Brentford would have moved them into the play-off places, while a win for Fulham would see them knocking on the door of the top six. In the end, it was no contest.

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