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Fulham 5-0 Reading

Chris Martin
Martin has scored seven goals in 22 games since joining on loan from Derby County

Chris Martin scored twice as Fulham ended 10-man Reading's five-game winning run in the Championship.

Chris Gunter headed into his own net early on before Martin's shot from outside the box made it 2-0.

Reading's Danny Williams was sent off soon after for kicking out at Stefan Johansen.

Sone Aluko fired in Fulham's third from inside the area, Johansen's sublime finish made it 4-0 and Martin scored a free-kick to complete the rout.

Fulham's victory gave them three consecutive wins against Reading at Craven Cottage for the first time and they completed the feat in style.

It took a bit of help from Gunter to get them under way as the Wales international headed Ryan Fredericks' cross past team-mate and keeper Ali Al-Habsi.

The visitors, whose majority shareholders are rumoured to be selling their stake to a Chinese brother and sister, kept the scoreline at 1-0 until four minutes after the break when Martin opened his account by firing in from 25 yards.

After Williams was sent off, the hosts made the most of their advantage with three more goals.

Aluko beat two defenders on his way into the box before curling in from a tight angle, Johansen expertly struck with the outside of his left boot from inside the area, and Martin smashed in a free-kick.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

"We scored five but we could have been more clinical at some moments. It is important when your moment arrives that you kill off the opponents.

"When I took Watford up they were more a little bit more clinical than we are right now.

"Normally I am never satisfied but today I am satisfied. I just want us to know that we can still do better than that."

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"We gave them too much space and time on the ball, we made wrong decisions on the ball and they finished us.

"It wasn't a red card. Danny Williams had the ball and wanted to pass or kick it off the pitch.

"He fell over and the Fulham player fell on top of him and I don't think Danny kicked him in the chest."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 2Fredericks
  • 26Kalas
  • 13Ream
  • 3Malone
  • 14JohansenSubstituted forParkerat 84'minutes
  • 6McDonald
  • 24AlukoBooked at 40minsSubstituted forPiazonat 76'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 11AyitéSubstituted forKebanoat 87'minutes
  • 25Martin

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 7Kebano
  • 8Parker
  • 9Smith
  • 15Madl
  • 20Piazon
  • 30R Sessegnon

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShaneBooked at 2mins
  • 24Blackett
  • 11ObitaBooked at 50mins
  • 6EvansBooked at 88mins
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 54mins
  • 4van den BergBooked at 57mins
  • 12McClearySubstituted forHarriottat 77'minutes
  • 14SamuelSubstituted forMeiteat 66'minutes
  • 7BeerensSubstituted forKellyat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Cooper
  • 9Mendes
  • 15Harriott
  • 19Meite
  • 30Watson
  • 38Kelly
  • 40Moore
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
18,217

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamReading
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home24
Away3
Shots on Target
Home12
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 5, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 5, Reading 0.

Foul by Lucas Piazon (Fulham).

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Parker.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 5, Reading 0. Chris Martin (Fulham) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Chris Martin (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Harriott (Reading).

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

George Evans (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Evans (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Floyd Ayité.

Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Callum Harriott (Reading).

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Scott Parker replaces Stefan Johansen.

Attempt saved. Callum Harriott (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Joey van den Berg.

Attempt missed. Scott Malone (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Callum Harriott replaces Garath McCleary.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Tomas Kalas.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Lucas Piazon replaces Sone Aluko.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 4, Reading 0. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 3, Reading 0. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Yakou Meite replaces Dominic Samuel.

Offside, Fulham. Stefan Johansen tries a through ball, but Tim Ream is caught offside.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Attempt saved. George Evans (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Kelly (Reading).

Offside, Reading. Chris Gunter tries a through ball, but Garath McCleary is caught offside.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

goal

As It Stood

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7Norwich199373430430
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19Burton195772125-422
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