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Summary

  1. Bees come from behind to beat west London rivals
  2. Brentford up to fourth after late win
  3. Cardiff see off 10-man Reading
  4. Pearce was sent off in the first half

Live Reporting

By Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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Brentford 2-1 Fulham (FT)

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A glance at the stats above and there can be few complaints from Fulham about the result. Brentford dominated possession and had double the amount of shots.

Manager reaction

Brentford 2-1 Fulham (FT)

Brentford boss Mark Warburton: "I thought we were very good first half and we perhaps should have taken more of our chances. At the break I told them that and I wanted us to continue in the second half. During the 60-75-minute period we weren't quite at it and we suffered.

"This is an intimidating place to come. I thought we responded well and our fitness levels were good. Jota is a talented boy, his goal may have taken a deflection but we will take it.

"The players are hungry now. We lacked self belief at the start of the season but we've picked up some big wins recently and that gives everyone confidence to go on a good run."

Brentford 2-1 Fulham (FT)

Fulham striker Ross McCormack: I can't disagree with Harlee that they were the better team. We nick a goal on the counter but they were the better team. We need to improve, it is as simple as that. Sloppiness by us at the end and they thoroughly deserved it."

Brentford 2-1 Fulham (FT)

Brentford defender and goal scorer Harlee Dean on Sky Sports: "It is a big achievement but we are not just here for the fun of it. We played some good stuff and deserved the win. The sky is our limit. You never know what can happen. I don't think many teams will live with us if we pass it like that."

Brentford 2-1 Fulham (FT)

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How about this for a Championship table then? Brentford up into fourth - albeit having played a game more than their rivals. I'm not sure too many people would have bet on Bournemouth and Brentford pushing for the Premier League against teams with a budget that is a on a different planet. Just shows money isn't everything...

FULL-TIME

Cardiff 2-1 Reading

The answer is no as Cardiff make it five wins in a row at home under manager Russell Slade. The hosts move to within three points of the top six, while Reading flounder in 14th.

Cardiff 2-1 Reading

Can 10-man Reading get a late leveller at Cardiff? Seconds to play here.

FULL-TIME

Brentford 2-1 Fulham

Starting to dream Brentford fans? A west London derby win moves the Bees into fourth in the Championship and just one point off leaders Derby County. What a story for the newly promoted side.

Brentford 2-1 Fulham

Fulham are looking frustrated as Brentford head towards their fourth straight win. Seconds left here.

Cardiff 2-1 Reading

Four minutes of injury time at Cardiff. Time for some late drama in Wales too?

GOAL

Brentford 2-1 Fulham - Jota (91 mins)

A magical substitution by Brentford boss Mark Warburton. Spanish playmaker Jota, only on for 13 minutes, cuts inside from the right and shoots towards goal from 20 yards. Goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli looks to have it covered until the ball deflects off Dan Burn to leave him wrong footed.

Brentford 1-1 Fulham

Three minutes of added on time signalled at Brentford.

Brentford 1-1 Fulham

Dangerous cross from the right for Brentford but Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli is able to collect and clear down the field.

Brentford 1-1 Fulham

Into the last two minutes at Brentford. Both sides still pushing for the winner.

GOAL

Cardiff 2-1 Reading - Michael Hector (81 mins)

Nervy times for Cardiff as their 10-man visitors pull a goal back. Michael Hector takes advantage of a fumble from goalkeeper David Marshall and bundles the ball into the net.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins
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SUBSTITUTION

Brentford 1-1 Fulham

Hard-working striker Andre Gray is replaced by former Hull target man Nick Proschwitz for Brentford. The hosts are looking for the winner with five to go.

GOAL

Brentford 1-1 Fulham - Harlee Dean (81 mins)

Absolutely brilliant from the big centre-back.

Substitute Stuart Dallas does well to reach the ball on the bye line on the left and cross low into the area. The ball flashes past a couple of Fulham defenders and Harlee Dean powers the ball into the top corner.

Eight minutes to find the winner.

Cardiff 2-0 Reading

Into the last 15 minutes at Cardiff as the hosts look to be cruising towards another home win. Ten-man Reading are struggling to find any answers.

GREAT SAVE!

Brentford 0-1 Fulham

Brentford goalkeeper David Button gets down well to keep out Hugo Rodallega's low strike. Time running out for Brentford.

SUBSTITUTION

Brentford 0-1 Fulham

Creative Spanish playmaker Jota Peleteiro replaces the powerful midfielder Toumani Diagouraga for Brentford, who has tired in the second half. Thirteen minutes left.

Brentford 0-1 Fulham

Fulham's Emerson Hyndman is penalised for handball on the edge of his own box. Alan Judge's resulting free-kick is headed across goal but, after a bit of pin ball, the visitors again clear.

Bryan Ruiz is substituted for fellow midfielder Thomas Eisfeld. Creativity sacrificed for more of a workhorse. Fulham seem more than happy with what they have.

Cardiff 2-0 Reading

Don't count Reading out just yet. Midfielder Oliver Norwood strikes over the bar for the Royals from distance. A goal for the 10-man visitors would make things interesting with 25 minutes to go.

Brentford 0-1 Fulham

Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli is again alert as he grabs the ball ahead of Andre Gray. The Brentford striker was looking to get on the end of Stuart Dallas's header. The substitute then volleys over the bar as he makes a busy start to his game.

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SUBSTITUTION

Brentford 0-1 Fulham

Midfielder Stuart Dallas replaces Spaniard Jon Toral for Brentford. A like for like replacement.

Brentford 0-1 Fulham

Just past the hour mark at Griffin Park and it sounds as though someone has stuck a pin into the home faithful. The Brentford support have been totally deflated by that Fulham opener and they need something to get them going again.

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Cardiff 2-0 Reading

Unsurprisingly, 10-man Reading are under the cosh at Cardiff. The hosts are in total control as they push for a third.

GOAL

Brentford 0-1 Fulham - Hugo Rodallega (57 mins)

You can't afford to make mistakes like that, Harley Dean, with the strikers of the quality Fulham have around. The Brentford defender slips as he passes the ball straight to Ross McCormack.

The ex-Leeds man breaks clear and squares to Hugo Rodallega, who finishes low into net the for his fourth goal in five games. Clinical from the Cottagers who have been on the back foot for much of the evening.

CLOSE!

Brentford 0-0 Fulham

Brilliant from Andre Gray at the halfway line as he turns smartly before releasing Alan Judge down the left. Judge plays it back to the striker and his shot is blocked by the feet of Marcus Bettinelli.

GREAT SAVE!

Brentford 0-0 Fulham

Ross McCormack almost drives Fulham ahead. His pot shot is scrambled away by goalkeeper David Button.

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Steve: This isn't the Fulham that McCormack fell in love with Hahhaha

Leeds fan by any chance Steve?

KICK-OFF

Cardiff 2-0 Reading

Garath McCleary replaces Simon Cox at half-time for the Royals as they look to achieve the near impossible. Game on.

Brentford 0-0 Fulham

It just hasn't really clicked for Fulham so far this evening. There has been no lack of effort but their passes have been wayward and they look almost surprised by the tempo the hosts are playing at.

KICK-OFF

Brentford 0-0 Fulham

Can Brentford keep up the pressure or will Fulham improve? We are under way.

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Martyn Atkins: Fulham will only cough up £11m for McCormack if he scores loads and we're promoted.

Cardiff 2-0 Reading

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Reading enjoyed a lot of the possession at Cardiff but their hosts have scored with both their shots on target to take control.

Brentford 0-0 Fulham

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Brentford have dominated possession, had more shots and more corners. But Fulham are still level.

HALF-TIME

Cardiff 2-0 Reading

Cardiff have to fancy their chances of continuing their impressive home form under Russell Slade now. Two goals up and with a numerical advantage, Reading could be on the wrong end of a drubbing.

RED CARD FOR ALEX PEARCE (Reading)

Cardiff 2-0 Reading

It is a night to forget for Reading defender Alex Pearce who is given a straight red card for bringing Adam Le Fondre down for the penalty. Pearce's own goal put the hosts ahead and now he has to watch the rest of the match from the dressing rooms. Reading are up against it now.

Reading's Alex Pearce is sent off
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GOAL

Cardiff 2-0 Reading - Peter Whittingham (45 mins)

No mistakes from Peter Whittingham as he doubles his side's lead from the spot.