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Fulham 4-1 Rotherham United

Cauley Woodrow
Cauley Woodrow had not scored since Fulham beat Rotherham in the corresponding fixture at the end of August

New Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic watched his side win their first game in 10 as they thrashed Rotherham.

Cauley Woodrow rounded the goalkeeper for Fulham's early opener before Farrend Rawson equalised following a goalmouth scramble for Rotherham.

Woodrow converted Ross McCormack's cross just before half-time, before Alex Kacaniklic slotted home right-footed after a cross from Woodrow.

McCormack fired in the fourth as Fulham moved up to 18th in the Championship.

Former Watford boss Jokanovic, who was appointed as head coach of Fulham on Sunday, was present to see his new side seal a much-needed victory.

The hosts took the lead within six minutes as Woodrow picked up the ball and beat the Rotherham back line before easily slotting home.

Rawson levelled with a powerful shot off the crossbar, capitalising on Fulham's failure to clear from inside their own box.

Woodrow netted his second of the game and Fulham continued to pressure Rotherham, who offered little in the second half, as Kacaniklic benefitted from good link-up play between McCormack and Woodrow to make it 3-1.

McCormack wrapped up all three points when he latched onto Dan Burn's header to volley the ball past Lee Camp.

Fulham interim head coach Stuart Gray:

"He (Slavisa Jokanovic) met the players an hour before kick-off and he came and introduced himself and I got two minutes with him and we'll sit down tomorrow and have a chat as well.

"I'm sure with any new manager in the stand, people are always going to say it has an effect. You cannot fault the players' application and commitment they've put in.

"I'm looking forward to working with him and I'll learn off him and hopefully he'll learn off me.

"He got Watford promoted so he knows about the Championship and obviously I'll pass on my knowledge and experience of the Championship as well.

Rotherham manager Neil Redfearn:

"When we got back to 1-1, I thought we were the better side and they looked a bit fragile. They concede a few goals at home and they looked like they were wobbling a bit. But we took our foot off the gas and full credit to them.

"I'm frustrated more than disappointed and if it had finished five each then it would have been about right. But they've got quality players that can hurt you.

"We've got ourselves out of the bottom three and we want to stay out of it and the lads need some help.

"There are players at other Championship clubs that could make us better. We know where we want to strengthen and we've got our targets in place."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 24Lonergan
  • 7Fredericks
  • 5Stearman
  • 33Burn
  • 13Ream
  • 10CairneySubstituted forO'Haraat 87'minutes
  • 8ParkerSubstituted forSmithat 80'minutes
  • 28Hyndman
  • 11KacaniklicSubstituted forPringleat 72'minutes
  • 44McCormack
  • 16Woodrow

Substitutes

  • 3Garbutt
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 9Smith
  • 12Lewis
  • 14Mattila
  • 18Pringle
  • 23O'Hara

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 16RichardsonSubstituted forGreenat 62'minutes
  • 20Rawson
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 3Mattock
  • 17Ward
  • 8Frecklington
  • 33Smallwood
  • 22Newell
  • 24AndreuSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 55'minutes
  • 9WardSubstituted forDerbyshireat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Collins
  • 10Ledesma
  • 11Green
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 21Collin
  • 23Thorpe
  • 27Derbyshire
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
16,333

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home16
Away22
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 4, Rotherham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 4, Rotherham United 1.

Hand ball by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Foul by Emerson Hyndman (Fulham).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Paul Green (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Grant Ward.

Offside, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

Offside, Rotherham United. Richard Smallwood tries a through ball, but Matt Derbyshire is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Jamie O'Hara replaces Tom Cairney.

Hand ball by Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United).

Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Newell (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Matt Derbyshire replaces Danny Ward.

Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.

Attempt saved. Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Farrend Rawson.

Attempt blocked. Farrend Rawson (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Newell with a cross.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Tim Ream.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Scott Parker.

Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Ward (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

Attempt blocked. Grant Ward (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Frecklington.

Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Attempt saved. Ben Pringle (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Ben Pringle replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.

Attempt saved. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 4, Rotherham United 1. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Dan Burn with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul Green (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lee Frecklington.

Attempt missed. Grant Ward (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Danny Ward with a cross.

Offside, Fulham. Tim Ream tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).

Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Paul Green replaces Frazer Richardson because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

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2Derby24139237152248
3Hull24135634171744
4Brighton24111123124744
5Burnley24118534231141
6Ipswich2411763430440
7Sheff Wed249963528736
8Brentford2410683633336
9Birmingham2410682826236
10Cardiff2481062926334
11Wolves248793132-131
12Leeds2471072527-231
13Reading2486102928130
14Nottm Forest247982423130
15QPR247982931-230
16Blackburn2361072220228
17Preston2461081921-228
18Fulham246994042-227
19Huddersfield2467112836-825
20MK Dons2464142032-1222
21Rotherham2463152942-1321
22Bristol City2449112243-2121
23Charlton2447132041-2119
24Bolton24211111937-1817
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