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Fulham slaughter Blackburn Rovers Cham MD16 21/22

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Match Report

Blackburn Rovers (0) 0-7 (2) Fulham

Championship MatchDay 16 21/22 at Ewood Park

Wednesday 3rd November 2021,    KO: 19:45

Referee: Jarred Gillett (Australia)

Live on Sky

Midfielder Neeskens Kebano<
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Fulham closed the gap on Sky Bet Championship leaders Bournemouth after a crushing 7-0 win at 10-man Blackburn.

Marco Silva's men were utterly ruthless as they swatted aside a Blackburn team who had lost only once on home turf this season.

Any discussion of a tricky night was put to bed within 19 minutes as the Cottagers raced into a two-goal lead through Neeskens Kebano's precise finish and a close-range Aleksandar Mitrovic header - his ninth goal in the last five games.

The game was effectively ended as a contest on the half hour when Blackburn's Jan Paul Van Hecke was dismissed for a dangerous tackle and Fulham ran riot thereafter.

Harry Wilson's brace in the space of four second-half minutes - a controlled 54th-minute strike followed by a powerful effort struck beyond Thomas Kaminski made it four but they were merciless and Kebano's deflected shot made it five in the 79th minute.

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Substitute Rodrigo Muniz netted a brace of his own by converting Kebano's cross and clinically heading home in stoppage time as Fulham moved within two points of Bournemouth after a fifth successive win that has yielded 20 goals.

The Cottagers wasted no time showcasing their firepower, hitting the front in the sixth minute when Bobby Decordova-Reid weaved his way into the box and squared for Kebano, who timed his run to perfection and rifled into the top corner.

The 19th minute brought goal 19 of the season for Mitrovic, who was given the freedom of the six-yard box to nod in Jean Michael Seri's pinpoint corner from close range.

Ben Brereton Diaz struck the side netting for Blackburn but that was as good as it got, as Van Hecke saw red on the half hour for a high challenge that upended Wilson.

Fulham seized total control and their lead would have been bigger at the break but for Kaminski superbly denying both Harrison Reed and Mitrovic.

Winger Harry Wilson
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The pattern continued after the break, with Kaminski producing heroics to deny Decordova-Reid when clean through, but the inevitable third came in the 54th minute when Mitrovic's wonderful ball found Wilson who coolly slotted under Kaminski.

He had his fifth of the season and Fulham's fourth just four minutes later, profiting from Mitrovic's quick thinking before hammering into the left corner.

A brutal evening for Rovers got worse as Kebano fortuitously notched his third of the campaign with a deflected 79th-minute strike and two minutes later, his inviting cross found Muniz who prodded home for Fulham's sixth.

Muniz put Fulham in seventh heaven in the 91st minute, powering home a near-post header from Antonee Robinson's cross as Fulham sent out an ominous statement to the league and capped off a chastening night for the hosts.

Fulham striker Rodrigo Muniz
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Blackburn's Tony Mowbray: "The first two were very poor to concede, I have to say. It's been a long time I've seen us concede one like the second, a corner into the six-yard box, headed straight in. That just hasn't happened to us for a long time. Listen, like I said, it's not the time for me to sit here and pore over it. Generally, that is not the team you see when you support Blackburn Rovers. I think it's the second time in the year we've lost by more than one.

"If it was a common theme that we were losing three, four, five on a regular basis, you'd see the soft underbelly of the team. But I don't think that's the case. This team deserves a little bit more credit but on a night like tonight, there's no credit. We have to accept it. We have to put it behind us very quickly."

Fulham's Marco Silva: "We know we won't win all the matches but I don't want to see any steps back like last month, because the winning mentality, and consistency is everything we're trying to achieve. We showed that. I told our players at half-time, we have to keep going. We scored two goals. Started the game really well, efficiently. Had two chances and scored two goals. Very first moment, our first goal. Second goal, one moment that we prepared was to exploit that spot in the box, and we did fantastically.

Match Stats Blackburn Fulham
Goals (0) 0 7 (2)
Scorers - Kebano 6
- Mitrovic 19
- Wilson 54
- Wilson 58
- Kebano 79
- Muniz 81
- Muniz 90+1
Goal attempts 5 15
On target 2 10
Shooting Accuracy 40% 56%
Possession 33% 67%
Passes Success 71% 89%
Corners 2 8
Tackles Success 40% 81%
Saves 3 2
Fouls 7 4
Offsides 3 2
Yellows 2 0
Reds 1 0
source: SkySports
"After the red card, against 10 players, we were really serious. I told our players that we have to keep the winning mentality and what we did in the second half means that. Scoring more goals, respecting them of course. But the best way to respect them, ourselves and our fans is to keep doing this to good teams. We have a lot of confidence in ourselves."

Blackburn Rovers: Kaminski, Lenihan, Edun, Nyambe, van Hecke, Travis, Rothwell (Rankin-Costello 62), Johnson, Brereton, Buckley (Carter 32), Dolan (Butterworth 63)

Unused substitutes: Pears, Clarkson, Khadra, Poveda-Ocampo

Booked: Edun (74,f), Rankin-Costello (90,f),

Sent Off: van Hecke (30,f),

Fulham: Rodak, Odoi, Hector, Ream, Robinson, Reed, Seri (Cairney 59), Wilson, De Cordova-Reid (Carvalho 73), Kebano, Mitrovic (Rodrigo Muniz 67)

Unused substitutes: Mawson, Gazzaniga, Tete, Onomah

Kebano 6 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.)
Mitrovic 19 (header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Jean Michael Seri with a cross following a corner.)
Wilson 54 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.)
Wilson 58 (left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.)
Kebano 79 (right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney following a set piece situation.)
Muniz Carvalho 81 (right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano with a cross following a corner.)
Muniz Carvalho 90+1(header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Antonee Robinson with a cross.)

Referee: Jarred Gillett (Australia)

Attendance: 9,326

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