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Fulham thrash Birmingham City ~ Cham MD26 ~ 21/22

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Match Report

Fulham (4) 6-2 (1) Birmingham City

Championship Match Day 26 at Craven Cottage

Tuesday 18th January 2022    KO: 19:45

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey)

Live on Sky

Midfielder Neeskens Kebano<
Fulham midfielder
Neeskens Kebano
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Fulham moved five points clear at the top of the Championship table thanks to a relentless 6-2 win at home to struggling Birmingham.

It was a third high-scoring encounter in the space of a week for Marco Silva's side following a 7-0 romp at Reading and a 6-2 home success at Bristol City's expense.

Neeskens Kebano, Fabio Carvalho and Tom Cairney added to an own-goal opener, with Birmingham's Ivan Sunjic pulling one back to make it 4-1 at half-time.

midfielder Fabio Carvalho
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Gary Gardner gave Blues brief hope of an unlikely comeback with a 74th-minute second before Carvalho scored his second and Antonee Robinson helped himself to a sixth.

Fulham's first came in the 10th minute when Tom Cairney's deflected pass put Harry Wilson into a crossing position on the right.

The Welshman's delivery looked perfect for Aleksandar Mitrovic to add to his 27-goal tally but Blues defender Marc Roberts, with doing nothing not an option, got there first to deflect the ball past ex-Fulham keeper Neil Etheridge and into his own net.

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney
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Wilson saw a drive ping behind off a defender on the half-hour mark and though Birmingham had kept their shape well since suffering the early setback, their defence was breached again in the 35th minute.

Again Wilson was involved on the right, this time sending defender Denis Odoi forward to launch a cross. Birmingham were caught flat-footed and Kebano raced in ahead of Maxime Colin to fire home a first-time effort past Etheridge.

Goal number three quickly followed in the 38th minute. Kebano was involved again but it was Robinson who claimed the assist as Carvalho nipped in ahead of Teden Mengi to send a glancing header into the bottom corner.

Fulham defender Antonee Robinson
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Carvalho fired an effort at Etheridge straight after when Birmingham failed to clear their lines but Cairney scored from their next attack. Wilson, Kebano and Carvalho exchanged passes before the Fulham captain slotted in off a post while falling on his backside.

Birmingham pulled one back straight away through Sunjic, whose powerful drive from outside the box gave Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak no chance as it too went in off an upright.

Blues defender Kristian Pedersen was booked early in the second period for a lunge on Wilson and Lukas Jutkiewicz forced Rodak into a save with a low drive.

Etheridge did well to deny Carvalho at the other end before Fulham's Harrison Reed was booked for lunging in on Gardner.

Match Stats Fulham Birmingham City
Goals (4) 6 2 (1)
Scorers Roberts og 10 Sunjic 45
Kebano 35 Gardner 74
Carvalho 38 -
Cairney 43 -
Carvalho 75 -
Robinson 90+3 -
Goal attempts 15 14
On target 11 6
Shooting Accuracy 73% 43%
Possession 62% 38%
Passes 531 331
Passes Success 83% 73%
Crosses 20 11
Crosses Success 20% 0%
Corners 6 5
Tackles 16 18
Tackles Success 38% 22%
Saves 4 6
Fouls 7 10
Offsides 1 2
Yellows 1 1
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Birmingham made it 4-2 in the 74th minute through Gardner's precision finish. Hernandez robbed substitute Nathaniel Chalobah of possession to allow Pedersen to advance and set up Gardner for a low drive between Rodak and his left-hand post.

Fulham restored their three-goal advantage within seconds, however, when Carvalho danced along the edge of the box before planting a low drive beyond Etheridge's reach.

Robinson fizzed in another from the edge of the box in stoppage time to complete the rout.

Fulham: Rodak, Odoi, Tosin, Ream, Robinson, Reed (Onomah 81), Cairney (Chalobah 69), Wilson, Carvalho, Kebano (De Cordova-Reid 68), Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Gazzaniga, Mawson, Tete, Muniz,

Roberts og 10 (under pressure from Aleksandar Mitrovic)

Neeskens Kebano 35 (left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Denis Odoi with a cross.)

Fabio Carvalho 38 (header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Antonee Robinson with a cross.)

Tom Cairney 43 (eft footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fabio Carvalho.)

Fabio Carvalho 75 (right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.)

Antonee Robinson 90+3 (left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Onomah.)

Booked: Reed (67,f),

Birmingham City: Etheridge, Roberts (Friend 64), Pedersen, Bela, Colin, Mengi, Woods, Sunjic, Gardner, Jutkiewicz (Hogan 64), Hernandez (James 82)

Unused substitutes: Trueman, Masampu, Campbell, Bellingham

Sunjic 45 ( right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jérémie Bela.)

Gardner 74 (right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kristian Pedersen.)

Booked: Pedersen (52,f),

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey)

Attendance: 16,491

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