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Fulham 3-0 Charlton Cham 14 1415 Sevenoaks Chronicle

last updated Saturday 25th October 2014, 2:34 PM


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Mark Ritson at Sevenoaks Chronicle


Fulham (2) 3-0 (0) Charlton


Charlton Athletic suffered their second league defeat of the season at Fulham and were left to rue a number of missed chances.

The Addicks bossed the second period after conceding twice inside the opening 13 minutes at Craven Cottage, but couldn't find the back of the net after a big improvement.

Hugo Rodallega scored a third late on to flatter the scoreline for the hosts.

Bob Peeters had to make do without key players in the shape of Igor Vetokele, Yoni Buyens and Rhoys Wiggins, but all three are set to return next week for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday.

Morgan Fox's wayward header nearly allowed Bryan Ruiz to capitalise early on but Charlton goalkeeper Stephen Henderson diverted the danger area.

Andre Bikey was unlucky not to get a good connection on the ball from a corner as he got away from his markers, while Franck Moussa dragged a shot wide soon after.

But it was Fulham who struck first, and it had to be Charlton academy graduate Scott Parker up against his former club, finding the back of the net from close range via the crossbar.

And it was soon number two on 11 minutes. Tal Ben Haim did his best to acrobatically clear a cross, but it fell to Ross McCormack inside the box.

The summer signing forced a good save from Henderson but the ball fell into the path of Hugo Rodallega, who did the rest.

Charlton, missing four key players in the shape of Igor Vetokele, Yoni Buyens, Rhoys Wiggins and Johann Berg Gudmundsson, were stunned and they certainly had a mountain to climb.

Tim Hoogland nearly scored a bizarre own goal and the ball sliced up towards goal but Fulham goalkeeper Betinelli did well to push the ball over the crossbar.

Hoogland had a chance at the right end just past the hour-mark, glancing a header just wide from a free-kick.

Johnnie Jackson, sporting a head bandage following a cut just above his eye, nearly connected with a cross from the right but was blocked off for a corner.

As the first half came to a close, Rodallega volleyed over after getting the better of Talk Ben Haim and Chris Solly.

Charlton started the second half superbly and went close through Jordan Cousins, whose shot was blocked for a corner, before Andre Bikey nearly turned home and then Tucudean went close from a another corner.

Fulham thought they had grabbed a third goal against the run of play when the ball was bundled home but the assistant referee has raised his flag for the use of a hand.

Moussa drove a decent effort a yard the wrong side of the post, and it proved to be his last action of the evening as Icelandic international Gudmundsson came off the bench following injury to replace him.

Bryan Ruiz should have killed the game off just past the hour-mark when he blazed a first-time effort way over the bar after finding space in the box following a cross.

And then Rodallega volleyed over from eight yards when he should have done better.

The corner count at this stage was 14-1 in favour of Charlton, while they were ruling the chance rate too, but had nothing to show for it just yet.

Karlan Ahearne-Grant came on for Fox as Charlton reshuffled their pack, and the striker was soon in the action, winning a corner after a good shot on the turn.

Jackson snatched at a shot with his weaker foot as the Addicks kept going in search of a comeback, and then Lawrie Wilson fluffed his lines with another effort inside the box.

Skipper Jackson saw an effort go over after good play from Tucudean and Gudmundsson, while they suffered an injury to Frederic Bulot and were forced to bring Michael Morrison on.

Ahearne-Grant looked to have been stopped in tracks inside the penalty area but played on and drove a wonderful ball across the box only for Fulham to clear.

For all of Charlton's dominance, they were punished late on as Rodallega hit a third for Fulham.

And the Addicks' evening was summed up as Wilson struck the inside of the post before rolling away in stoppage time.























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