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Fulham 2-5 Birmingham City

Reaction to Birmingham's opening goal
Fulham's Ryan Tunnicliffe reacts as Birmingham take the lead

Birmingham City ended a three-game goal drought with a comfortable win over Fulham which was sewn up by half-time.

Stephen Gleeson opened the scoring with a low 25-yard shot minutes before Paul Caddis's penalty three minutes later.

Jon Toral's shot made it 3-0 by the break, but Fulham's James Husband was then sent off for a second booking.

Alexander Kacaniklic gave Fulham hope but Clayton Donaldson and Viv Solomon-Otabor scored late goals for Blues either side of one for Ross McCormack.

The home side came into the game with two wins in their last three matches but were left standing by Birmingham's quicker start.

Both sides had chances to score before Jacques Maghoma set up Gleeson to net his third goal of the season from 25 yards.

Then, on 21 minutes, Caddis scored from the spot after the arm of keeper Joe Lewis brought down Donaldson.

Tim Ream went close for Fulham but that just spurred Birmingham to turn the screw and add a third.

Maghoma stretched to win a ball that looked to be going over the line and crossed for Toral to shoot high into the roof of the net.

Jamie O'Hara's free-kick against the bar was an encouraging sign for Fulham, but after Husband picked up two yellow cards in as many minutes just after the restart, Birmingham began coasting, only for Kacaniklic to capitalise on sloppy defending.

In a lively finish, Blues' top scorer Donaldson's fifth goal of the season looked to have made sure of victory.

McCormack pulled another back for Fulham courtesy of a lucky deflection, but there was still time for Blues' late substitute Solomon-Otabor to get on the scoresheet - his first goal in league football.

Fulham manager Kit Symons:

"It's very disappointing, I fancied us going into the game, being on decent form with two big wins, so I expected better today.

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Symons on Birmingham City loss

"We actually started the game okay, we had a few decent openings and then to concede two goals in such a short space of time is very poor defending from us.

"The third goal wasn't much better, and the sending off completely compounds it in the second half. At 10 men I thought we were quite brave and had a go.

"It was a fair red card, to be on a booking it was rash to go in like that, so I have no problems."

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett:

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Rowett on Fulham v Birmingham City

"I did ask them for a little bit more attacking quality today, and I felt we have been a bit wasteful in the final third, and not being ruthless enough.

"I didn't quite expect such a good performance today. We got into some brilliant positions, in the way we broke and kept our shape.

"Jon Toral was the best player on the pitch, in terms of his composure and his vision. We know what he's got - he's only 20 years old and starting games for the first time."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 12LewisBooked at 22mins
  • 13Ream
  • 5Stearman
  • 33Burn
  • 40HusbandBooked at 49mins
  • 19TunnicliffeSubstituted forGarbuttat 74'minutes
  • 23O'Hara
  • 10Cairney
  • 21ChristensenSubstituted forKacaniklicat 45'minutes
  • 44McCormackBooked at 67mins
  • 25DembeleSubstituted forSmithat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Garbutt
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 8Parker
  • 9Smith
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 16Woodrow
  • 42Rodak

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 23Spector
  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gleeson
  • 26Davis
  • 7Gray
  • 20ToralSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 80'minutes
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forKieftenbeldat 75'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 18Brown
  • 22Shinnie
  • 25Lowry
  • 44Brock-Madsen
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
18,888

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home16
Away19
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 2, Birmingham City 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Birmingham City 5.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 2, Birmingham City 5. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Gleeson.

Attempt missed. Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 2, Birmingham City 4. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Smith.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

Dan Burn (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Matt Smith (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Alexander Kacaniklic.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 1, Birmingham City 4. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Grounds.

Foul by Luke Garbutt (Fulham).

Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Viv Solomon-Otabor replaces Jon-Miquel Toral because of an injury.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

Offside, Birmingham City. Jonathan Grounds tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Maikel Kieftenbeld replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Richard Stearman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Luke Garbutt replaces Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Smith.

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral.

Dan Burn (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Caddis.

Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).

Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Ross McCormack (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 1, Birmingham City 3. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

Matt Smith (Fulham) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Offside, Birmingham City. Jonathan Grounds tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

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2Brighton169702112934
3Burnley169522314932
4Middlesbrough1693424121230
5Derby1686222111130
6Birmingham168442417728
7Cardiff166731712525
8Reading166642317624
9Sheff Wed166642019124
10Ipswich166642323024
11Brentford166372123-221
12Fulham165562928120
13QPR165562224-220
14Wolves165472021-119
15Leeds164751619-319
16Blackburn163851515017
17Preston163851113-217
18Nottm Forest164571216-417
19Huddersfield163671623-715
20Bristol City163671726-915
21MK Dons1642101423-914
22Charlton163491426-1213
23Bolton161871022-1211
24Rotherham1623111733-169
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