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Fulham 1-4 Brentford

Stuart Dallas
Brentford were promoted from League One last season

Brentford strengthened their promotion chances as two Stuart Dallas goals and late efforts from Alan Judge and Jota sealed a win at Fulham.

Dallas opened the scoring with a fine low shot from 20 yards and his second was a 25-yard strike into the top corner past Marcus Bettinelli.

Fulham pulled a goal back through Ross McCormack's 67th-minute penalty.

But Brentford confirmed victory with Judge's curling free-kick, before Jota fired home a half-volley.

Fulham are now seven points above the relegation zone with just one win from their past six games, while Brentford, who began the day in seventh, had moved up to fifth by full-time.

The home side had the game's first chance with Alex Kacaniklic twisting into space in the box and forcing a good save from Brentford keeper David Button at his near post.

But it was Brentford who took the lead with Dallas's 24th-minute shot beating Bettinelli.

Fulham went in search of an equaliser and Cauley Woodrow forced a save from Button with a low 25-yard strike, before Dallas doubled Brentford's lead after half-time with a stunning shot from 25 yards.

Brentford should have wrapped the game up shortly after the hour but Andre Gray fired over from close range with the goal gaping.

And Fulham put themselves back in contention when Toumani Diagouraga was adjudged to have tripped James Husband in the box and McCormack scored from the spot.

The Cottagers pressed for the equaliser and Kacaniklic's free-kick was off target, while late on Bettinelli superbly kept out Judge's volley.

But Judge soon found the net, with his set-piece from 20 yards curling into the top corner via the underside of the crossbar in the last minute.

Jota
Jota's goal sealed a comfortable win for Brentford at Fulham

And Brentford added to Fulham's misery in injury time, with Jota converting a pass across the box on the half-volley from 12 yards.

Brentford manager Mark Warburton:

"I'm really pleased. After that 15-minute spell I thought we were very good.

"It keeps us going. We are in contention, be that for top or the play-offs we are still in with a chance.

"We can't worry about what other teams do. I don't know how many points we will need.

"We can only worry about ourselves and make sure we do all the things we need to do."

Fulham manager Kit Symons:

"Ultimately people just look at the scoreline at the end of the game and 4-1 looks like a hammering.

"But the actual fact of the matter is that it wasn't.

"We were well in the game but obviously we didn't get anything out of it. We shot ourselves in the foot for the first two goals.

"We are not out of it (relegation trouble). We have work to do, especially with Millwall winning today."

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 37GrimmerSubstituted forHooglandat 45'minutes
  • 6Bodurov
  • 18Turner
  • 24Husband
  • 13Guthrie
  • 12Fofana
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 11KacaniklicSubstituted forKavanaghat 79'minutes
  • 44McCormack
  • 16WoodrowSubstituted forSmithat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 2Hoogland
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 9Smith
  • 20Rodallega
  • 32Kavanagh
  • 33Burn

Brentford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Button
  • 10OdubajoBooked at 51mins
  • 6Dean
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 3Bidwell
  • 8Douglas
  • 20DiagouragaBooked at 90mins
  • 23Jota
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forJudgeat 60'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 15DallasSubstituted forSmithat 83'minutes
  • 19GraySubstituted forLongat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Craig
  • 12McCormack
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 18Judge
  • 24Smith
  • 31Long
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
23,271

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home16
Away16
Shots on Target
Home7
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 1, Brentford 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Brentford 4.

  3. Booking

    Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford).

  5. Post update

    Danny Guthrie (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Fulham 1, Brentford 4. Jota (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Alan Judge.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Brentford. Toumani Diagouraga tries a through ball, but Chris Long is caught offside.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Fulham 1, Brentford 3. Alan Judge (Brentford) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  9. Post update

    Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Moses Odubajo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by James Husband (Fulham).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Kavanagh (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Seko Fofana with a cross.

  15. Post update

    David Button (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).

  17. Booking

    Alan Judge (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

  19. Post update

    Michael Turner (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough40229960303075
2Bournemouth402111883414274
3Norwich402110977433473
4Watford402271180483273
5Brentford402161368531569
6Derby4019111071452668
7Ipswich4019111060441668
8Wolves4019111058461268
9Nottm Forest401512136356757
10Blackburn391412135150154
11Charlton401315124952-354
12Sheff Wed391314123640-453
13Leeds391410154347-452
14Cardiff391312144850-251
15Birmingham391214134556-1150
16Brighton401015154347-445
17Bolton39129184657-1145
18Huddersfield391111174867-1944
19Reading38128184261-1944
20Fulham40127215172-2143
21Rotherham40913184162-2140
22Millwall40812203565-3036
23Wigan40811213553-1835
24Blackpool39411243078-4823
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