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Fulham 4-2 Reading

Moussa Dembele
Moussa Dembele has scored three goals in his last two games for Fulham

Fulham came from two goals down to beat Reading at Craven Cottage.

Lucas Piazon gave the visitors an early lead from close range and Orlando Sa doubled the lead soon after half-time.

But Fulham replied with three goals in six minutes as first Ross McCormack showed great skill to volley home.

Moussa Dembele levelled five minutes later, Alexander Kacaniklic completed the turnaround as he finished Dembele's pass before the Frenchman got the fourth midway through the second half.

The victory was Fulham's first win in five games as they moved into the top half of the Championship.

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Symons on Fulham v Reading

Reading dominated the first half and took an early lead when Piazon ended a fine move from the Royals. Sa found Matej Vydra, and the on-loan Watford striker threaded a perfect ball into the Brazilian, who finished from five yards for just his second goal in English football.

Nick Blackman, Piazon and Sa all had good chances as Fulham failed to have a shot on target in the first half.

But the game was set alight in seven second-half minutes, with Kit Symons' side turning their fortunes around to get their first home win in a month.

First Sa dispossessed Tom Cairney and brilliantly rolled the ball in off the far post from a tight angle on the right to double the Royals' lead and send them marching towards a fifth win in six league games.

But the home side were sparked into life by record signing McCormack, who flicked the ball up and volleyed past Ali Al-Habsi two minutes later.

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Clarke on Reading's 4-2 loss to Fulham

Fulham had to wait five minutes for their equaliser, when Dembele finished from close range after Lasse Vigen Christensen's cross from six yards out, and the French forward helped make it 3-2 just 51 seconds later by providing a lovely through ball for Kacaniklic to slot home.

The victory was completed when Paul McShane's mistake was pounced on by McCormack and his back-heeled pass was tucked away by Dembele to end Reading's five-game unbeaten run in the Championship.

Fulham manager Kit Symons:

"We needed to get a win and we did. I'm a Championship manager and if you win you're all right and if you lose you get booed and your job is under threat. That's how the industry is. It's a really difficult job and that's the nature of it. I'm under no illusions.

"The club are in talks with [Moussa Dembele]. We'd like him to sign a new deal. The reality of it is he is at a football club where he will develop.

"He's far from the finished article - he needs to keep working hard and he knows that."

Reading manager Steve Clarke:

"I was disappointed with the way we conceded the first goal. When you go 2-0 in front you should go on to win the game. We conceded three goals in six minutes and the whole complexion of the game changed in those six minutes.

"I didn't say anything to the players because after a game like that sometimes it's better to say nothing and reflect calmly on the game when you have a better frame of mind.

"You hope it's a one-off. I'd like to think it is if you look at our defensive record. It was rock solid before this so hopefully this is an isolation and we come back into good habits."

Ross McCormack
£11m striker Ross McCormack began the Fulham comeback...
Moussa Dembele
...Moussa Dembele slid in the second from close range five minutes later...
Alexander Kacaniklic
...before Alexander Kacaniklic completed a remarkable comeback

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 12Lewis
  • 2RichardsSubstituted forKacaniklicat 37'minutes
  • 5Stearman
  • 13Ream
  • 40Husband
  • 7FredericksBooked at 76mins
  • 10Cairney
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 21ChristensenBooked at 86mins
  • 44McCormack
  • 25Dembele

Substitutes

  • 3Garbutt
  • 8Parker
  • 9Smith
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 16Woodrow
  • 24Lonergan
  • 33Burn

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2GunterBooked at 39mins
  • 8Hector
  • 5McShane
  • 11ObitaBooked at 30mins
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forFernández Iglesiasat 86'minutes
  • 6NorwoodSubstituted forTshibolaat 70'minutes
  • 22BlackmanBooked at 90mins
  • 7Vydra
  • 17PiazonSubstituted forJohnat 70'minutes
  • 10

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 12McCleary
  • 16Hurtado
  • 18Tshibola
  • 19Fernández Iglesias
  • 20John
  • 35Cooper
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
18,618

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamReading
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 4, Reading 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 4, Reading 2.

Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).

Orlando Sá (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Fulham. James Husband tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Hector.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Álex Fernández.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Booking

Nick Blackman (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James Husband (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

Booking

Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).

Ola John (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Álex Fernández replaces Danny Williams.

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Foul by James Husband (Fulham).

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tom Cairney.

Booking

Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).

Ola John (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 4, Reading 2. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).

Aaron Tshibola (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

Attempt blocked. Orlando Sá (Reading) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Nick Blackman with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tim Ream.

Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).

Orlando Sá (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Aaron Tshibola replaces Oliver Norwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Ola John replaces Lucas Piazon.

Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton138501810829
2Hull137421981125
3Burnley137421812625
4Middlesbrough137332091124
5Derby136611810824
6Birmingham137331913624
7Reading136432012822
8Cardiff125521511420
9Sheff Wed135531816220
10QPR135442222019
11Fulham134542219317
12Brentford135261920-117
13Ipswich134541621-517
14Wolves134361820-215
15Huddersfield133551316-314
16Nottm Forest133551114-314
17Leeds132741217-513
18Blackburn132651214-212
19Preston132651013-312
20MK Dons133281219-711
21Bristol City122461522-710
22Charlton132471121-1010
23Rotherham132381524-99
24Bolton131661020-109
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