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Fulham 0-2 Middlesbrough

Albert Adomah
Albert Adomah's first-half header was his fifth league goal in 29 appearances for Boro this season

Middlesbrough moved a point off top place in the Championship table with a convincing victory against Fulham.

Albert Adomah gave Boro the lead early on, heading in Stewart Downing's cross.

The goal set the tone for an energetic away display full of quality and they deservedly made it 2-0 against lacklustre opposition at the break through Grant Leadbitter's penalty.

Fulham improved but rarely threatened and their slim hopes were ended when Richard Stearman was sent off late on.

Stearman's dismissal, for bringing down substitute Jordan Rhodes with three minutes remaining, made little difference to a result that sees the west Londoners drop to 20th in the table.

Middlesbrough stay third after Burnley fought back to beat Bolton, but there is now only one point between the top three and Boro have two games in hand on the Clarets and one game in hand on second-placed Hull City.

David Nugent wins a first-half penalty for Middlesbrough against Fulham
Chris Baird (right) brings down David Nugent on his second start for Fulham after returning from Derby

An away win seemed inevitable as Boro were 2-0 up inside 20 minutes, through Adomah's well-controlled header and Leadbitter's low spot-kick, after David Nugent was fouled by Chris Baird.

But for all their first-half dominance, Fulham twice went close to scoring just before being booed off at the break.

Moussa Dembele, who replaced the injured Ryan Fredericks after 22 minutes, tested keeper Dimi Konstantopolous with an overhead kick and Madl's header was somehow cleared off the line by Ritchie de Laet.

The visitors continued to control things after the interval, with Adomah, Emilio Nsue and Downing all going close against a Fulham team who have now won just three times in 21 matches.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka:

"Sometimes when we score one goal we have problems scoring the second one. Today we scored two goals quickly and after that the game became easier.

"If we were to win every single game by 2-0, it would not be a problem for me. I know we are going to score goals because we have a lot of good players.

"Adomah played the same game as he did last Tuesday, and when he plays like that he's one of the best in the league."

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

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Jokanovic on Fulham v Middlesbrough

"We tried to be more aggressive. We made a few chances but they were more solid generally and more organised. They deserved their three points.

"For the sending-off, possibly he was the last player and I don't know whether he was in a dangerous area.

"It meant that we could not push on for the last few minutes, because we made the important mistakes at the beginning of the game.

"The result is bad, it's very clear, and we did not make a good performance. We are inconsistent - some days we do a good job and some days we don't."

Albert Adomah
Winger Adomah marked his 100th league start for Middlesbrough with a tireless display and the opening goal of the game
Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho is a close friend of Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka and was watching at Craven Cottage
Middlesbrough's Ritchie De Laet's clears Michael Madl's header off the line during the game against Fulham
Middlesbrough's Ritchie de Laet's goalline clearance stopped Fulham from ending a poor first half on a high

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 24Lonergan
  • 7FredericksSubstituted forDembeleat 22'minutes
  • 5StearmanBooked at 86mins
  • 33BurnBooked at 71mins
  • 15Madl
  • 3Garbutt
  • 10Cairney
  • 8Parker
  • 22BairdSubstituted forLabyadat 57'minutes
  • 44McCormack
  • 19TunnicliffeSubstituted forO'Haraat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Richards
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 12Lewis
  • 20Labyad
  • 23O'Hara
  • 25Dembele
  • 28Hyndman

Middlesbrough

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 24Nsue
  • 22Fry
  • 6Gibson
  • 5de Laet
  • 34Forshaw
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 27Adomah
  • 21RamírezSubstituted forFriendat 87'minutes
  • 19DowningSubstituted forStuaniat 73'minutes
  • 35NugentSubstituted forRhodesat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Friend
  • 9Rhodes
  • 10De Pena
  • 13Mejias
  • 16de Sart
  • 18Stuani
  • 26Kalas
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
18,862

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away11
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 0, Middlesbrough 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Middlesbrough 2.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Booking

Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).

Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jamie O'Hara.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jamie O'Hara.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Scott Parker.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. George Friend replaces Gastón Ramírez.

Dismissal

Richard Stearman (Fulham) is shown the red card.

Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).

Jordan Rhodes (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.

Attempt missed. Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jordan Rhodes replaces David Nugent.

Attempt missed. Michael Madl (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Grant Leadbitter.

Attempt blocked. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Cristhian Stuani replaces Stewart Downing.

Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gastón Ramírez (Middlesbrough).

Booking

Dan Burn (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).

Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Luke Garbutt (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Jamie O'Hara replaces Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Delay in match Ritchie de Laet (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Zakaria Labyad (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Scott Parker.

Attempt missed. Nsue (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Scott Parker.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley341811553272665
2Hull33197748192964
3Middlesbrough32197644172764
4Brighton331612545341160
5Derby341512745301557
6Sheff Wed341413750351555
7Cardiff34131384538752
8Birmingham33149103932751
9Ipswich33149104140151
10Preston341212103332148
11QPR341014104140144
12Reading331110123836243
13Wolves341110134247-543
14Brentford34127154753-643
15Nottm Forest331012113230242
16Huddersfield34109154446-239
17Leeds32814103035-538
18Blackburn32813113130137
19Bristol City34910153153-2237
20Fulham34812145156-536
21MK Dons3488182848-2032
22Rotherham3485213859-2129
23Bolton34413173256-2425
24Charlton34510193065-3525
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