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Fulham thrash Bristol City ~ Ch. Match Report MD14

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Match Report

Bristol City (0) 1-4 (4) Fulham

Championship Match Day 14 1516 at Ashton Gate Stadium

Saturday 31st October 2015    KO: 15:00

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire)

Fulham striker Moussa Dembele
Fulham striker
Moussa Dembele
Moussa Dembele
Fulham striker Moussa Dembele struck twice as Fulham put four first-half goals past Bristol City before winning a one-sided Championship contest 4-1 at Ashton Gate.

It was a defensive horror show from Steve Cotterill's team who were carved open at will during an opening 45 minutes in which Fulham looked irresistible.

The visitors took a second-minute lead when James Husband got behind City's defence on the right and crossed low for Dembele to shoot home from six yards.

Fulham striker Ross McCormack
Fulham striker
Ross McCormack
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On 18 minutes Aden Flint's ill-advised crossfield pass was intercepted by Ross McCormack. He fed Tom Cairney, who crossed from the right for Dembele to sidefoot his second at the far post.

McCormack's sweetly-struck free-kick from 30 yards following a foul by Luke Freeman made it 3-0 on 33 minutes and soon it was four as Ryan Tunnicliffe lobbed Fielding when running onto a bouncing ball that split City's back-line.

Ryan Fredericks, who began the season with City, almost made it five with a 38th cross shot from the right, which came back off the crossbar.

Fulham midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe
Fulham midfielder
Ryan Tunnicliffe
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It was not until injury time that City pulled a goal back, with top scorer Jonathan Kodjia converting a cross from substitute Simon Cox, shooting first time past Andy Lonergan from eight yards.

The second half had seen City's biggest goal threat Kodjia waste two great chances as the hosts restored a modicum of pride.

The French import shot wide after capitalising on a mistake by Husband on 56 minutes and then delayed his shot with only goalkeeper Lonergan to beat 10 minutes later.

Kodjia did his best to spark City with some direct running and exciting skills on the ball without being able to contrive a finish until his late consolation

Match Stats Bristol City Fulham
Goals (0) 1 4 (4)
Scorers Kodjia 93 Dembele 2
    Dembele 18
    McCormack 33
Tunnicliffe 36
Goal attempts 15 10
On target 3 7
Shooting Accuracy 20% 70%
Possession 55% 45%
Passes 530 451
Pass Success 81% 75%
Crosses 22 7
Crosses Success 14% 14%
Corners 7 1
Tackles 14 21
Tackles Success 79% 57%
Saves 3 2
Fouls 11 5
Offsides 4 2
Yellows 2 1
Reds 0 0
source: Soccernet/Fulham FC
With Richard Stearman a rock at the back, Fulham never looked in danger of letting their opponents back into the game.

McCormack might have extended their lead early in the second half, but took too long over his shot and allowed City's defence to crowd him out.

Matt Smith received a warm ovation from home fans when introduced as an 81st-minute substitute for Dembele, having excelled on loan at Ashton Gate last season.

But the big target man may have hardly recognised his former City team-mates, who took League One by storm last season, but are finding life a good deal tougher in the Championship.

Fulham were quicker to the ball and more incisive in building their lead with a display that will have delighted boss Kit Symons.

Bristol City: Fielding; Elliott Bennett, Ayling, Flint, Williams, Bryan (Little 65'); Smith, Freeman (Cox 71'), Pack; Wilbraham (Bobby Reid 83'), Kodjia
Unused substitutes: Hamer, Moore, Agard, Burns

Kodjia 93 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Simon Cox with a cross.)

Booked: Freeman (32,f), Kodjia 46

Fulham: Lonergan; Stearman, Burn, Ream; Fredericks (Christensen 72'), Cairney, O'Hara, Tunnicliffe, Husband (Garbutt 87'); Dembele (Matt Smith 81'), McCormack
Unused substitutes: Lewis, Kacaniklic, Mattila, Woodrow

Booked: Stearman (48,f)

Dembele 2 right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Husband.
Dembele 18 right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
McCormack 33 from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Tunnicliffe 36 right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Husband with a through ball.

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire)

Attendance: 15,752

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