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Fulham 3-0 Charlton Athletic

Hugo Rodallega scored twice as Fulham beat Charlton
Hugo Rodallega has scored five goals this season for Fulham

Caretaker manager Kit Symons boosted his chances of being named permanent Fulham boss as the Cottagers moved out of the Championship relegation zone with victory against Charlton.

Scott Parker, who came through the Addicks' youth ranks, smashed home the early opener, before Hugo Rodallega stabbed in a second soon after.

Charlton improved after the break, with George Tucudean seeing a shot saved.

However, Rodallega stroked home a third to seal a fifth win under Symons.

The former Wales defender has overseen an impressive upturn in form following a disastrous start to the season.

They had looked increasingly in danger of being cut off in the relegation zone under former boss Felix Magath, but are now up to 19th, three points clear of Birmingham in 22nd.

For Charlton, it was their second league defeat after going unbeaten in their first 11 games under manager Bob Peeters.

They barely had any time to find their rhythm in the opening stages against Fulham as Parker quickly made his mark against his former side.

The midfielder intercepted a poor pass and surged forward, before feeding the ball out to Ross McCormack, continued his run into the area and smashed the return pass into the roof of the Charlton net.

It got even better for the hosts minutes later when McCormack controlled a weak clearance in the middle of the area before driving a shot goalwards, that goalkeeper Stephen Henderson could only push towards Rodallega, who stabbed home.

Charlton were struggling to impose themselves on the home side, and barely managed a shot of note in the first half, but they improved after the break as striker Tucudean's close-range effort was pushed away by Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, before Franck Moussa shot wide.

The introduction of teenage striker Karlan Ahearne-Grant further improved their attack as the 17-year-old had a shot blocked.

However, Rodallega got his second of the game when he sidefooted home from Lasse Vigen Christensen's ball to wrap up the win.

He limped off moments later, seemingly injuring himself while scoring, but Symons later reported the striker was fine.

Fulham caretaker manager Kit Symons:

"I haven't checked my phone yet but I am very confident I'll get it. It has to be getting more difficult, with the team winning games, for the five-man panel not to see the obvious thing to do for this football club.

"The chairman is over the week after next. I don't know what to expect, I understand the process but not when a decision will be made or how it will come about.

"Hopefully we'll find out sooner rather than later."

Charlton manager Bob Peeters:

"At half-time we changed the system and there was only one team on the pitch.

"If we score we are back in the game, and we had more attempts on goal than in our last five or six games put together.

"Everyone gave their maximum in the second half but it's about scoring the goals and that is what we lacked."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 2Hoogland
  • 6Bodurov
  • 33Burn
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 8Parker
  • 21Christensen
  • 32Kavanagh
  • 10RuizSubstituted forWoodrowat 76'minutes
  • 44McCormackSubstituted forZveroticat 87'minutes
  • 20RodallegaSubstituted forRobertsat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 9Smith
  • 13Zverotic
  • 14Roberts
  • 16Woodrow
  • 27Williams

Charlton

  • 1Henderson
  • 20Solly
  • 26Ben Haim
  • 6Bikey Amougou
  • 21FoxSubstituted forAhearne-Grantat 68'minutes
  • 2Wilson
  • 24Cousins
  • 4Jackson
  • 8BulotSubstituted forMorrisonat 77'minutes
  • 10MoussaSubstituted forBerg Gudmundssonat 59'minutes
  • 29Tucudean

Substitutes

  • 5Morrison
  • 7Berg Gudmundsson
  • 11Harriott
  • 27Munns
  • 30Pope
  • 38Thomas
  • 43Ahearne-Grant
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
17,923

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away23
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away13
Fouls
Home3
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 3, Charlton Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 3, Charlton Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Charlton Athletic. Lawrie Wilson tries a through ball, but André Bikey is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Hugo Rodallega because of an injury.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. George Tucudean (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Johnnie Jackson with a cross.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Fulham 3, Charlton Athletic 0. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Stephen Henderson.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Elsad Zverotic replaces Ross McCormack.

  11. Post update

    Delay in match George Tucudean (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by George Tucudean (Charlton Athletic).

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sean Kavanagh following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Tal Ben Haim (Charlton Athletic).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Solly.

  20. Post update

    Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 24th October 2014

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby1375123101326
2Watford1374225141125
3Middlesbrough137241811723
4Wolves136521914523
5Norwich1364322121022
6Nottm Forest135712213922
7Charlton145721615122
8Bournemouth136342014621
9Ipswich135531814420
10Cardiff135441816219
11Blackburn135441819-119
12Brentford135441516-119
13Sheff Wed134631111018
14Rotherham134451417-316
15Leeds134451316-316
16Huddersfield134451723-616
17Reading134361523-815
18Millwall133551316-314
19Fulham144281925-614
20Wigan132651214-212
21Brighton132651215-312
22Birmingham132561220-811
23Bolton132291023-138
24Blackpool13139819-116
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