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Fulham win at Brentford - Ch. Match Report MD16

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Match Report

Brentford (0) 0-2 (1) Fulham

Championship Match Day 16 1617 at Griffin Park

Saturday 4th November 2016    KO: 19:45

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

Fulham striker Sone Aluko
Fulham striker
Sone Aluko
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Sone Aluko and Tom Cairney settled the west London derby as Fulham sank neighbours Brentford 2-0 at Griffin Park.

Aluko hit his third goal of the season in the first half and Cairney struck in injury-time to seal a deserved win for the visitors from just along the Thames.

The Bees had tasted derby success the previous Friday night when won 2-0 at QPR, but missed the chance to make it a double and move into the play-off spots.

Instead Fulham, with just six wins from 16 games this season, are now up to seventh and outside the top six only on goal difference.

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney
Fulham midfielder
Tom Cairney
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Aluko was at the heart of every Fulham attack in a dominant first half and got his reward in the 36th minute.

The summer signing from Hull had already got on the end of Chris Martin's header back across goal only to see his shot deflected wide.

Aluko curled another effort wide when he should have hit the target, and then crashed a shot against the supporting pole behind Daniel Bentley's goal.

But when his fourth chance arrived - or rather his fifth - Aluko made no mistake.

Lucas Piazon fed Stefan Johansen down the right-hand side of the area and the Norwegian pinged a low cross to Aluko, lurking on the edge of the box.

Match Stats Brentford Fulham
Goals (0) 0 2 (1)
Scorers Aluko 36
    Cairney 90+2
Goal attempts 11 16
On target 3 5
Shooting Accuracy 37% 32%
Possession 49& 51% 
Passes 399 439
Pass Success 70% 77%
Crosses 33 22
Crosses Success 18% 27%
Corners 12 4
Tackles 14 18
Tackles Success 71% 78%
Saves 3 3
Fouls 6 7
Offsides 2 3
Yellows 3 1
Reds 0 0
source: Fulham FC/Soccernet
The forward's initial shot was parried by Bentley but the ball kindly fell back at the feet of Aluko who slid in to bundle home the rebound.

It was no more than Fulham deserved from a first half during which Brentford did not manage a single shot at goal.

So much so visiting keeper David Button had nothing to do but listen to the jeers from home fans, unhappy at his decision to leave Griffin Park for their rivals in the summer.

Fulham could have had more before the break but the impressive Cairney curled an early effort over and had another drive saved by Bentley, with Piazon blazing the rebound over.

Brentford improved in the second half and finally forced a save out of Button on the hour mark, when Josh Clarke raced through, although his unconvincing shot was comfortably dealt with.

Moments later Clarke got free again and this time brought a fine near-post save from Button, before the midfielder scuffed the rebound back across goal.

But Fulham weathered the late storm and then in stoppage time wrapped up the points on the counter-attack as Martin fed Cairney to slot in the second.

Brentford: Bentley, Colin, Dean, Egan, Bjelland, Yennaris, Woods, McEachran (Kaikai 63); Clarke (Hofmann 85), Hogan, Sawyers (Vibe 71)
Unused substitutes: Barbet, Onariase, Kerschbaumer

Booked: Dean (83,f), Bjelland (89,f), Vibe (94,f)

Fulham: Button, Fredericks, Kalas, Sigurdsson, Malone (Ream 89), Johansen, McDonald, Cairney, Aluko (Parker 78), Piazon (Ayité 71), Martin
Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Odoi, Sessegnon, Smith

Aluko 36 (Aluko puts Fulham ahead after 36 minutes as he sees a shot saved by Bentley from the edge of the area, but follows it up brilliantly to bundle the ball home.)
Cairney 92 (left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Martin.)

Booked: McDonald (27,f)

Referee::  Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

Attendance:: 12,052

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