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Fulham thrashed by Birmingham ~ Ch. Match Report MD16

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Match Report

Fulham (0) 2-5 (3) Birmingham

Championship Match Day 16 1516 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 7th November 2015    KO: 15:00

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire)

Fulham midfielder Alexander Kacaniklic
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Birmingham returned to winning ways as they comfortably ran out 5-2 winners at Fulham.

Stephen Gleeson, Paul Caddis and Jon Toral goals saw Gary Rowett's men boast a three-goal cushion at half-time on the banks of the Thames.

Alex Kacaniklic and Ross McCormack netted for the hosts, reduced to 10 men by James Husband's red card, but efforts from Clayton Donaldson and Viv Soloman-Otabor saw City secure a comfortable win.

The signs were there early on when Fulham midfielder Jamie O'Hara slipped on the greasy Craven Cottage surface, allowing Toral to break and square to Demarai Gray - only for goalkeeper Joe Lewis to palm away at the near post.

Fulham striker Ross McCormack
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The home side were almost caught out again on eight minutes, but Donaldson unexpectedlyput his effort well wide.

Fulham started to regain their composure and Tom Cairney forced goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak into a fine stop soon after.

However, Birmingham powered ahead with two goals in the space of three minutes.

Their first, after 19 minutes, came when Gleeson struck first time from a pass from Jacques Maghoma to superbly drive home from twenty yards out.

Caddis doubled the lead from the penalty spot on 22 minutes when Donaldson was fouled by Lewis, although cries for a dismissal from the away fans were ignored.

Match Stats Fulham Birmingham
Goals (0) 0 0 (0)
Scorers Kacaniklic 66 Gleeson 19
  McCormack 90+3 Caddis pen 22
    Toral 31
    Donaldson 82
    Solomon-Otabor 90+5
Goal attempts 16 19
On target 6 8
Shooting Accuracy 38% 42%
Possession 60% 40%
Passes 487 324
Pass Success 80% 74%
Crosses 14 13
Crosses Success 14% 38%
Corners 3 6
Tackles 15 17
Tackles Success 67% 82%
Saves 3 4
Fouls 9 12
Offsides 0 3
Yellows 2 0
Reds 1 0
source: Soccernet/Fulham FC
Fulham attempted to regain a foothold in the game and Tim Ream curled his effort over the bar after managing to cut inside the box.

However, it got even worse for the west Londoners two minutes later when Toral fired home after a byline cross from Maghoma.

O'Hara attempted to calm increasingly frayed nerves when his 35th minute free-kick hit the crossbar, although the ire on the half-time whistle was aimed at a disconsolate-looking Kit Symons.

The mood further darkened four minutes after the restart as Husband was dismissed for the home side with his second booking of the game.

Birmingham, on the other hand, were not content to sit back on their three-goal cushion and further tested the Fulham defence with pace.

The day of the home side was summed up with a 62nd minute effort from substitute Matt Smith, who saw a low drive from the edge of the box hit the post and away to safety.

They were given a glimmer of hope four minutes later when Kacanilkic slotted home from a tight angle, but Donaldson was quickest to react to a save from Maikel Kieftenbeld's shot to put the result beyond doubt.

A late effort from McCormack was cancelled out again from a solo effort from Solomon-Otabor.

Fulham: Lewis; Ream, Stearman, Burn, Husband; Tunnicliffe (Garbutt 74'), O'Hara, Cairney, Christensen (Kacaniklic 45'); McCormack, Dembele (Matt Smith 55')
Unused substitutes: Rodak, Hutchinson, Parker, Woodrow

Kacaniklic 66 (right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.),
McCormack 90+3 (right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Smith.)

Booked: Lewis (22,f), Husband (48,f) McCormack (67,)

Sent Off: Husband (49,second yellow)

Birmingham: Caddis, Morrison, Spector, Grounds; Gleeson, Davis; Gray, Toral (Solomon-Otabor 80'), Maghoma (Kieftenbeld 75'); Donaldson
Unused substitutes: Rodak, Hutchinson, Parker, Woodrow

Gleeson 19 (right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.),
Caddis (pen) 22 ( converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.),
Toral 31 (right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.),
Donaldson 82 (left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.), Solomon-Otabor 99+5

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire)

Attendance: 18,888

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