Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 5, Fulham 0.
Tomer Hemed scored a hat-trick as Brighton breezed past Fulham to move into the Championship automatic promotion places ahead of Burnley.
The 28-year-old converted from the penalty spot at the Amex Stadium before doubling the hosts' lead by heading in Anthony Knockaert's cross.
Defender Bruno slammed home before Israeli striker Hemed tapped in and Knockaert fired past Marcus Bettinelli.
Brighton moved into second in the table, one point behind Middlesbrough.
Chris Hughton's side are now one point above Burnley, who travel to Birmingham City on Saturday.
He will have been pleased with the way his side dominated after making a slow start against a team that had won their previous three matches.
Once Hemed scored from the spot in the 29th minute, then doubled Brighton's lead five minutes later, Brighton took complete control.
They entertain QPR on Tuesday, while Fulham - for whom this was their worst defeat of the season - travel to play-off outsiders Ipswich Town.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton told BBC Radio Sussex:
"We probably after the first half performance came in leading 2-0 where we possibly didn't deserve it.
"But, that's what we've got at the moment. We can get goals and get them in different ways.
"Certainly we were a lot better in the second half and I think made it exciting to watch for the supporters.
"At this stage of the season, the pressure is very much on all of us (at the top end of the table). We're all used to either playing early or late and they're just the things you have to cope with."
Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic:
"If we want to be competitive next season, we must not concede so many goals.
"We have four games left this season and we are not completely safe so, after three successive wins, we have paid a very high and very expensive price for our defending.
"It was the 11th penalty we have conceded this season and it was a complete disaster. I don't know if it was a penalty, but we should not give the referee the dilemma.
"We opened all the doors for Brighton after a beginning to the match when we stuck to the game plan."
- 38SkalakSubstituted forLua Luaat 81'minutes
- 10HemedBooked at 37minsSubstituted forSidwellat 81'minutes
- 21WilsonSubstituted forMurphyat 83'minutes
- 30Lua Lua
- 7FredericksBooked at 47mins
- 45AmorebietaSubstituted forWoodrowat 75'minutes
- 8ParkerSubstituted forChristensenat 58'minutesBooked at 74mins
- 23O'HaraBooked at 38minsSubstituted forBairdat 64'minutes
- Andy Woolmer
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 5, Fulham 0.
Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens tries a through ball, but Steve Sidwell is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Connor Goldson.
Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Bruno tries a through ball, but Steve Sidwell is caught offside.
Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 5, Fulham 0. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Beram Kayal.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
Attempt blocked. Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Chris Baird.
Attempt blocked. Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dale Stephens.
Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).
Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jamie Murphy replaces James Wilson.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James Wilson.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Jiri Skalak.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Steve Sidwell replaces Tomer Hemed.
Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Fulham 0. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jiri Skalak.
Attempt blocked. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Beram Kayal.