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Fulham 1-5 Bournemouth Cham 36 1415 GetWestLondon

last updated Sunday 08th March 2015, 4:02 PM
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Fulham (0) 1-5 (2) Bournemouth


Alan Curbishley watched with a grimace as Fulham were well and truly turned over by a rampant Bournemouth.

The new coach, old one, if you count the aborted spell he had with the Whites last season, saw the league leaders help themselves to an emphatic win.

Curbs might be advising boss Kit Symons that sticking both Tim Hoogland and Fernando Amorebieta into the team after a three-month injury lay off was not one of his better moves.

The latter was sent off for a last-man foul on Callum Wilson in the second half, but by then the game was beyond Fulham after a bright start.

The one bright note was a debut goal from Matt Smith - but it will need more than that to mollify fans.

Mark Pugh's early shot was arrowing into the top corner before Marcus Bettinelli flung himself left and palmed over the bar.

Amorebieta then headed over at the near post when he might have done better.

And mother of all scrambles saw Ryan Tunnicliffe hack away on the goalline as Brett Pitman thought he had scored with a looping header after Amorebieta and Scott Parker also flung boots in the pinball melee.

The next time Pitman was on the end of a chance, he buried it.

Charlie Daniels galloped down the left and crossed behind the retreating defence for the Cherries forward to lash left-footed despite a despairing leg from Bettinelli.

It was 2-0 thanks to a large slice of luck. Matt Ritchie's shot was headed straight at the overworked Fulham keeper until Bodurov stuck out a leg and diverted the ball into his own net.

Bettinelli stuck out a hand while flat on the deck to deny Wilson a certain goal after the striker attempted to round the keeper five minutes into the second half.

It was over and out when Pitman turned Shaun Hutchinson inside out, skipped past Parker and rammed the ball past Bettinelli.

The keeper's fury at his absent defence saw him whack the ball high into the night sky eventually to thump somebody in the Cottage itself.

A brief flicker surfaced when Smith read the radar of a pass from McCormack, his scoring mate at Leeds, and thumped emphatically high into the net from eight yards.

But Ritchie's free-kick through a wall that parted after Amorebieta took the long walk, was as far from the win over Derby last week as makes no difference.

A fifth from Steve Cook as he took aim from outside the box, and from an angle, was just cruel.























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