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Fulham crush Reading ~ Cham MD24 ~ 21/22

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Match Report

Reading (0) 0-7 (2) Fulham

Championship Match Day 24 at Select Car Leasing Stadium

Tuesday 11th January 2022     KO: 20:00pm

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Winger Harry Wilson
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Harry Wilson
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Fulham moved back into second place in the Championship and an automatic promotion slot with a thumping 7-0 victory at relegation-threatened Reading.

The west London side took a 13th-minute lead through Harry Wilson and stretched it on the brink of half-time with an Aleksandar Mitrovic penalty.

Fulham proved rampant in the second period, as Reading collapsed, with further goals from Wilson, Kenny Tete, Neeskens Kebano, Tosin Adarabioyo and Mitrovic again.

The visitors had not won in five league matches, though four had been draws, and had slipped from top spot in the Championship to third behind Bournemouth and Blackburn.

But they returned to winning ways in the FA Cup third round on Saturday with a 1-0 victory at Bristol City after extra-time.

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic
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The home side opened lethargically and were soon 1-0 in arrears when Josh Laurent delivered a loose attempted backpass to goalkeeper Luke Southwood.

It went straight to Wilson, who had the easiest of tasks to slide the ball into the empty net for his eighth goal of the season.

Reading had shown little going forward but could have equalised when early substitute Mamadi Camara tried an audacious backheeled prod from a Junior Hoilett cross.

But Fulham survived thanks to a superb close-range save from 'keeper Marek Rodak.

Then followed two spectacular disallowed efforts from Reading striker Andy Carroll - one from an overhead kick, the other a left-footed 20-yard volley.

Right back Kenny Tete
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Kenny Tete
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Both were thundered home past Rodak but, on each occasion, the former England forward was adjudged offside.

Fulham rode their luck and were fortunate to stretch their lead in the third minute of first-half stoppage.

Tom Holmes needlessly brought down Wilson in the area and Mitrovic coolly dispatched the penalty for his 23rd goal of the campaign.

Fulham upped the tempo at the start of the second period, with Wilson again much to the fore on the right flank.

The Wales international found space at the far post but, with Southwood left exposed, he fired weakly into the side-netting.

Midfielder Neeskens Kebano<
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Neeskens Kebano
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It was, though, only a temporary reprieve for Reading with Wilson proving far more accurate on the hour mark.

Left-back Antonee Robinson crossed low into the area and Wilson was on hand to guide home unchallenged.

It was 4-0 in the 68th minute when Mitrovic nodded goalwards and Tete was on hand to glance it past Southwood.

That became 5-0 just two minutes later, with Kebano drifting in at the back post to stab in a Wilson cross.

Fulham added another in the 75th minute when Adarabioyo towered above the home defence to nod in a Wilson corner.

FulhamDefender Tosin Adarabioyo
Fulham Defender
Tosin Adarabioyo
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And they completed the rout one minute from the end of normal time, Mitrovic tapping in after the Reading defence had again been breached with ease.

Reading's Veljko Paunovic: "Will I be in charge [on Saturday]? I can't answer that question. This was just a horrible night for us, another horrible night. It has come at a difficult moment for us. We had a setback with our early injury [to Scott Dann, who was replaced]. That changed our whole game, our whole approach and our whole shape.

"From having a trusted line-up, without Scott we had to do a lot of reshuffling. People had to play in positions that they would not do normally. With all that, we needed to adjust pretty quickly. But then we conceded the first goal, which was really avoidable. And the penalty kick, that was also avoidable. But I still have belief in this group. And I do believe in miracles."

Match Stats Reading Fulham
Goals (0) 0 7 (2)
Scorers - Wilson 13
Scorers - Mitrovic pen 45+3
Scorers - Wilson 60
Scorers - Tete 68
Scorers - Kebano 70
Scorers - Adarabioyo 75
Scorers - Mitrovic 89
Goal attempts 22 3
On target 13 1
Shooting Accuracy 33% 59%
Possession 67% 33%
Passes Success 73% 88%
Corners 2 11
Tackles Success 68% 86%
Saves 6 1
Fouls 6 6
Offsides 5 0
Yellows 1 0
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Fulham's Marco Silva: It will be a special season if you get success at the end of it. If we get that success, of course it will be special. For us and our fans. Until then, we don't win nothing. In the Championship, in this competition, everything can change so quickly. Sometimes we have deserved points, sometimes we didn't get them. But this allows us to regroup again. I'm very pleased with it.

"It was a very good result for us and it was a very good performance. It was for our players and for our fans as well. There were some good goals by us and, of course, none conceded. It was a happy night for us."

Reading: Southwood, Bristow, Dann (Camara 7), Holmes, Tetek (Rinomhota 52), Hoilett, Drinkwater (Puscas 64), Swift, Dele-Bashiru, Laurent, Carroll

Unused substitutes: Clarke, Stickland, Rafael Cabral,

Booked: Drinkwater (41,f),

Fulham: Rodak, Tete, Robinson, Adarabioyo, Ream, Carvalho (De Cordova-Reid 72), Wilson (Muniz 76), Reed (Chalobah 79), Cairney, Kebano, Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Gazzaniga, Hector, Odoi, Francois,

Harry Wilson 13 (left footed shot from the centre of the box.)
Aleksandar Mitrovic pen 45+3 (Harry Wilson draws a foul in the penalty area. Aleksandar Mitrovic converts the penalty with a right footed shot.)
Harry Wilson 60 (left footed shot from very close range.)
Kenny Tete 68 (header from the right side of the six yard box following a corner.)
Neeskens Kebano 70 (left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harry Wilson.)
Tosin Adarabioyo 75 (header from the centre of the box following a corner.)
Aleksandar Mitrovic 89 (left footed shot from the centre of the box following a fast break.)

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Attendance: 11,472

Source SkySports
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