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Gary Rose

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  1. Post update

    Plenty of goals, then, for a Friday night of football that is surely the Hors d'oeuvre ahead of the meaty main of Premier League football and El Clasico on Saturday.

    We'll have all the action and reaction from all the games, with build-up kicking off from 09:00 BST. Join us again then but for now, enjoy your Friday night.

  2. Manager reaction

    Fulham 3-0 Charlton

    Fulham caretaker manager Kit Symons, speaking to Sky Sports on his chances of being named permanent boss: "I have not checked my phone yet but I am not expecting anything tonight. I will probably get a well done text but message who knows other than that. There is nothing more I can do at the moment and hopefully I will get the job. I understand the process put in place, I respect it and I will keep doing what I do until I hear differently.

    "Moving out of the bottom three is massive. When I took over we had one point, now we have 13. The players have been brilliant. It is great what they have achieved in a relatively short space of time.

    On striker Hugo Rodallega, who went off injured late on: "He will be fine. He was a little sore. He is a nursing a couple of things which is why we rested him on Tuesday but he is in fantastic form at the moment."

  3. Manager reaction

    Fulham 3-0 Charlton

    Fulham caretaker manager Kit Symons, speaking to Sky Sports: "We were dominant in the first half, Charlton came out of the blocks in the second half but we stood up to the test. We defended a lot of corners. Before we would have conceded to corners but we defended well this time.

    "A professional performance was needed. There was no need for us to go chasing the game at 2-0 up, we probably sat back a little too much but to Charlton's credit they came at us.

    "We knew we had to soak up the pressure but we knew we could catch them on the counter. Hugo Rodallega, Scott Parker and Bryan Ruiz did not play on Tuesday and they showed great energy tonight."

  4. Symons right man for the job - Parker

    Fulham captain Scott Parker, speaking to Sky Sports: "We came out of the traps really quickly and we were excellent in the first half. But the second half we were very disappointing, very poor and we need to sort that out."

    "Results are key and Kit Symons is getting them. I speak for everyone here and say that he is the right man for the job."

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    Fulham 3-0 Charlton


    The table still looks pretty peachy for Charlton fans too. They remain seventh with 22 points, four behind leaders Derby.

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    Fulham 3-0 Charlton


    Soak it up Fulham fans, your side are out of the relegation zone and up to 19th with 14 points. Time to start looking up the table?


    Fulham 3-0 Charlton

    Game over and Fulham move out of the bottom three. That is five wins now for Kit Symons, surely nothing more he can do in his bid to get the full-time manager's job?


    Fulham 3-0 Charlton

    Lawrie Wilson smacks a shot against the inside of the post for Charlton after a poor headed clearance by Dan Burns, it goes across the face of goal and away from danger.


    Fulham 3-0 Charlton

    Hugo Rodallega appears to have injured his calf in the process of scoring that third, probably when he slipped, and he can't continue for the four minutes of added time. On comes Patrick Roberts.

  10. GOAL

    Fulham 3-0 Charlton - Hugo Rodallega

    And that is that. Great work from Hugo Rodallega who shows great composure after slipping initially to reach Lasse Vigen Christensen's ball into the area to sidefoot home Fulham's third.

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    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    Fulham substitute Cauley Woodrow sees a shot pushed wide by Stephen Henderson before holding the ball up in the far corner. Chants of 'Woodrow, Woodrow' from the stands with the striker settling a few Fulham nerves.

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    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    Chartlon have had 21 attempts on goal, but just three on target. A quick look at the table and it seems they have scored the least amount of goals out of any side in the top 11. Therein lies the main problem for the Addicks.

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    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    An air of desperation about Fulham's attack as Ross McCormack launches a wild shot from 25 yards that smacks the advertising hoardings on the Craven Cottage upper tier. Anything, it would seem, just to have a breather as the game enters the final few minutes.


    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    Final change for Charlton as Frederic Bulot limps off and Michael Morrison comes on. Big defender Andre Bikey moves up top for the away side for the final 12 minutes.

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    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    Karlan Ahearne-Grant is definitely looking like Charlton's most likely outlet for a goal as he scampers goalwards with the ball at his feet, but Dan Burn gets across to make a crucial challenge just before the youngster is about to let fly.

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    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    Karlan Ahearne-Grant is certainly not short of confidence as he almost gets a goal back for Charlton. He twists and turns in the Fulham area before having a go at goal, but his effort is deflected wide. A bit of tension in the air now, with the home crowd a little quieter than they were earlier.


    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    Another change for Charlton as Morgan Fox makes way for Karlan Ahearne-Grant, a 17-year-old striker who made his professional debut towards the end of last month. Can he make a name for himself tonight?

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    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    This game is much more open now but Bryan Ruiz should have Fulham's third when Ross McCormack crosses into the middle of the area for the Costa Rican, who is in acres of space but compounds to shoot way over the bar. The home side are looking a little nervy with Charlton much more dangerous in this half.


    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    Franck Moussa fizzes a shot wide for Charlton in what is his last action of the game as he comes off, with Iceland international winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson, a summer signing for the Addicks, taking his place.


    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    The linesman comes to Charlton's rescue as Fulham's first real foray forward in this half sees them win a free-kick, from which Tim Hoogland bundles the ball into the net but he is flagged offside.

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    Fulham 2-0 Charlton


    We have not seen too much from Charlton's George Tucudean in this game but he finally forces Marcus Bettinelli into his first important save of the match, blocking the striker's effort from close-range following a corner.

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    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    Charlton players are evidently out on the pitch with the words of manager Bob Peeters ringing in their ears as some nice, one touch passing ends with Morgan Fox finding Frederic Bulot in the area but his shot is blocked for the first of a succession of corners for the away side. Fulham survive, but a goal for Charlton would certainly make things interesting.

  23. KICK-OFF

    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    Off we go for another 45 minutes. Can Charlton get back into this?

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    Aberdeen 1-0 Motherwell

    In Scotland tonight, Aberdeen are beating Motherwell 1-0, Jonny Hayes scoring after two minutes. Follow the second-half action via our separate live text commentary.

  25. El Clasico - Real Madrid v Barcelona

    Speaking of Barcelona, tomorrow it is the big one in European football - Real Madrid v Barcelona, when a certain Mr Suarez will be making his first competitive appearance in a Barcelona shirt.

    It is game not to be missed and, fortunately, you won't have to as we will have live text commentary on the game from 16:00 BST.

    Goals, pictures, updates from the stadium and hopefully a splash or two of dram, we will have it all covered.

    Build-up is starting right now on 5 live Sport. Listen via the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page, as well as on BBC Sport App.

    Is it the biggest club match ever? Read the thoughts of BBC Sport chief sports writer Tom Fordyce.

  26. Text us on 81111


    Chris in Banbury: Fulham vs Barcelona with that 3rd kit! COYR

    Sadly for Charlton fans, Chris, that is the only similarity between the Addicks and Barca so far tonight...


    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    The half-time whistle blows just after Hugo Rodallega lashes a shot over the bar. Kit Symons puts his arm around a smiling Scott Parker as the Fulham players and staff head off down the tunnel. A good half from the home side, who look firmly on course for the three points.

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    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    There is a distinct lack of decisiveness from the Charlton players when they attack as Franck Moussa starts a promising move forward, only to turn back and play the ball to one of his defenders. Soon after, a Lawrie Wilson's cross is far too deep and another opportunity passes for the away side.

    Three minutes of added time is shown on the fourth official's board.

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    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    Chris Solly's cross is bundled behind by a Fulham defender with the home side's keeper Marcus Bettinelli caught in no man's land. A bit of a lucky escape, because that attempted clearance could have gone anywhere.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel is currently running the rule over the best young goalkeepers in the Premier League on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Who has impressed him more out of Manchester United's David de Gea and Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois? Tune in to find out...

    Listen to 5 live Sport by clicking on the Live Coverage tab towards the top of this page.

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    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    Another pause in play as this time Charlton striker George Tucudean is down injured after taking a bit of a knock following a clash with Fulham's Dan Burn. Only a short break, though, as Tucudean is soon back on his feet and good to go.

  32. CLOSE!

    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    Big, big chance for Fulham to put this game to bed as they win a free-kick on the right side of the Charlton area. The towering figure of Dan Burn tries to ghost into the area but Ross McCormack whistles in his free-kick towards Tim Hoogland, who directs his header wide of goal from six yards out.

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    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    Johnnie Jackson is bandaged and back on as his Charlton team-mate George Tucudean has a crack at goal from outside the box. It is always going wide but Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli gets down to smother the ball, just to be safe.

  34. Post update

    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    Charlton are temporarily down to 10-men with skipper Johnnie Jackson off the pitch receiving treatment for a bloodied head. Big player for Charlton is Jackson, and they will be hoping his absence will only be a short one.

  35. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Steve Adams: "If Kit doesn't get the job then serious questions should be asked as to whether Khan is the right man to own Fulham."

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    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    First decent attack for Charlton as Franck Moussa bursts forward before passing to Frederic Bulot on his left. He in turn stabs the ball out to Morgan Fox, whose teasing low ball into the area is stabbed away by Fulham defender Dan Burn.

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    Fulham 2-0 Charlton

    Charlton right-back Chris Solly missed the midweek win against Bolton and I bet he wishes he was still on the sideline with Sean Kavanagh causing him a fair few problems in these early stages. Charlton just can't get a foot on the ball at the moment.

  38. GOAL

    Fulham 2-0 Charlton - Hugo Rodallega

    Game over already? Fulham are running riot and a brilliant move sees a cross hooked away by a Charlton defender, but only to Ross McCormack in the middle of the area, he juggles the ball on his head momentarily like seal before smashing a shot that Stephen Henderson denies but Hugo Rodallega is on hand to gobble up the rebound.

    Championship watch out on this showing so far from Fulham.

  39. Post update

    Fulham 1-0 Charlton

    A few boos as Scott Parker has the ball again after Hugo Rodallega skips along the edge of the area before passing to the former Charlton man. Parker tries to sneak a shot through the Charlton defence, but it dribbles through to Stephen Henderson.

  40. GOAL

    Fulham 1-0 Charlton - Scott Parker

    Scott Parker celebrates

    Think Scott Parker is up for this game? You bet he is. The midfielder intercepts a poor Charlton pass and surges forward before squeezing a pass out to Ross McCormack. The striker then runs towards the byline, cuts the ball across the face of goal for Parker to smash into the roof of the net. Great start for the hosts.

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    Fulham 0-0 Charlton

    Fulham attack straight from the off as Bryan Ruiz lifts the ball into the area for Hugo Rodallega, who cushions a header that Ross McCormack tries to hook goalwards, but Charlton keeper Stephen Henderson does enough to snuff out the chance.

  42. KICK-OFF

    Fulham 0-0 Charlton

    Definitely an air of optimism at Craven Cottage with the home fans in superb voice as Fulham get things under way.

  43. Fulham's one to watch

    Fulham v Charlton (19:45 BST)


    At 34, Scott Parker is the old head in a very young Fulham side.

    He has featured in all 15 of Fulham's games this season and will be determined to make a telling impact in tonight game against the side who gave him his first experience of senior football.

    "I left [Charlton] at 22 and went to Chelsea," Parker told Get West London. "It was a massive part in my career. When you get given a chance to perform and make a name for yourself, the team that gives you that are the one you look back on with gratitude. I love everything about that club."

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    Fulham v Charlton (19:45 BST)

    The players are out on to the pitch on what is a clear London night, Scott Parker shaking hands with Charlton players.

    A special moment for Parker, who played over 140 games for Charlton before earning a big-money move to Chelsea in 2004.

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    Fulham v Charlton (19:45 BST)

    Fulham caretaker manager Kit Symons, speaking to Sky Sports about what a win tonight would do to his chances of becoming permanent manager: "It certainly would not do any harm, that is all. I just keep trying to win games and take things from there.

    "We have a good balance between the inexperienced boys and the older players and I am very proud of them all."

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    Fulham v Charlton (19:45 BST)

    Charlton manager Bob Peeters, speaking to Sky Sports: "I am not here to prove people wrong. I am here to get the best out my squad and at the moment they are playing well.

    "It will be a very tough game. Fulham were in the Premier League last season, there will be a good crowd and they have players like Ruiz and McCormack who can clinch a game at any moment."

  47. 'Mignolet has been unfairly treated'

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Manchester United, Aston Villa and Manchester City goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel on BBC Radio 5 live: "I don't think that Liverpool's Simon Mignolet has done too badly, but he has not done too well either.

    "Now he has had a bit of criticism it is a test of his mental strength as much as anything. As a goalkeeper you are alone with your thought for a long time.

    "It is hard, but I don't think that he has been afforded enough protection by his defence. I think he has been very unfairly treated."

    Listen to 5 live Sport by clicking on the Live Coverage tab towards the top of this page.

  48. You're fired

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    The Apprentice

    Felix Magath's departure from Fulham last month is one of the nine managerial changes in the Championship this season - almost half of the total departures in the Premier League and Football League.

    Fulham, Watford (three times), Huddersfield, Leeds, Cardiff, Bolton and Birmingham have all changed managers with little over two months of the season gone.

    Are Championship clubs too impatient? For fans of those sides that have installed a new boss, are you happy with the change? For fans of other clubs in the division, who else is danger of falling off the managerial tightrope?

    Let us know via #bbcfootball or text us on 81111.

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    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Mario Balotelli has been made a little bit of a scapegoat. I think he was asked to swap shirts by Pepe in midweek rather than offering to swap shirts himself.

    "What I don't think has helped him is the form of Divock Origi, on loan from Liverpool at Lille, who looked good playing against Everton in midweek working the channels, holding the ball up well and generally did much better in that lone striker role."

    Listen to 5 live Sport by clicking on the Live Coverage tab towards the top of this page.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Peter Schmeichel

    Liverpool, Mario Balotelli and Simon Mignolet are the focus of the chat on 5 live sport at the moment, with the above man Peter Schmeichel giving his thoughts.

    As an aside, can you name the 11 Danish players who've scored the most Premier League goals?

    Tweet the 11 to @bbc5live

  51. Picking up points and pulling pints

    Fulham v Charlton (19:45 BST)

    Bob Peeters

    The man behind the Addicks' rise is Bob Peeters.

    The 40-year-old former Belgium striker is only a few months into his time as a manager in English football but has barely put a foot wrong so far.

    His only managerial faux pas to date was to forget to shake hands with Steve Evans after the 1-1 draw at Rotherham last month.

    Peeters told the Independent recently: "Afterwards I went to his office and said: 'You're angry because I didn't shake your hand, sorry. Here, you have a beer and you talk about it."

    I don't know about you, but I like the cut of this man's jib...

  52. Championship dark horses

    Fulham v Charlton (19:45 BST)

    Fulham's season to date may have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for the west London side, but in the south of the city Charlton have been quietly going about their impressive business.

    After finishing 18th in the Championship last season, the Addicks are looking like dark horses for a shot at promotion this term, having lost just once in the league all season.

    Currently seventh, a few too many draws have prevented Charlton from being further up the table, but they are outside the play-offs only on goal difference and just four points behind leaders Derby.

  53. Team news

    Fulham v Charlton (19:45 BST)

    Fulham caretaker boss Kit Symons makes five changes to the side that drew with Rotherham last-time out. Tim Hoogland, Scott Parker, Hugo Rodallega, Sean Kavanagh and Bryan Ruiz all come in to the first XI.

    Meanwhile, right-back Chris Solly comes into Bob Peeter's Charlton side.

    Fulham starting XI: Bettinelli; Hoogland, Bodurov, Burn, Stafylidis; Parker; Christensen, Kavanagh; Ruiz; Rodallega, McCormack.

    Charlton starting XI: Henderson, Solly, Fox, Ben Haim, Bikey, Wilson, Jackson, Cousins, Bulot, Moussa, Tucudean.

  54. Kit to bag Fulham job?

    Fulham v Charlton (19:45 BST)

    Kit Symons

    Following their relegation from the Premier League last season, life back in the second tier of English football has certainly not been a bed of roses for Fulham.

    Under Felix Magath, they lost seven of their first eight Championship fixtures, drawing the other one, and were looking increasingly likely to be just passing through the Championship on their way to League One.

    However, a Capital One Cup win against Doncaster in caretaker boss Kit Symons' second game in charge sparked a revival that has seen them pick up 10 points from a possible 16 in the league. Fulham are seemingly on the up.

  55. Football, football, football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Erik Lamela

    If you are shunning the relatively cold outdoors for a Friday feast of football with us, then why not pop BBC Radio 5 live on now for three hours of chat all things related to the round ball.

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel joins Mark Chapman and Kevin Kilbane in the studio to discuss all the major talking points from this week, as well as looking ahead to this weekend's football.

    The focal point of 5 live's discussion is whether Erik Lamela's rabona for Tottenham in the Europa League on Thursday is the best goal ever? Send your thoughts on Twitter to @bbc5live

    You can listen to the show online, through the BBC Sport App or by tuning in via the good old fashioned radio.

  56. Post update

    Fulham v Charlton (19:45 BST)

    Hello and welcome to a spot of Friday night football.

    After Yorkshire rivals Rotherham and Leeds slugged it out last Friday, it is the turn of two London clubs to go toe-to-toe tonight.

    Resurgent Fulham, looking to eradicate the memory of a horrendous start to the season, take on Charlton, who could move to within a point of Championship leaders Derby with victory.

    It may be early days in the season, but there is already plenty to play for.

  57. Fulham on a roll

    Fulham v Charlton (19:45 BST)


    Cheese. Great on toast, not so great on injuries.

    Fortunately for Fulham, the era of cheese-based remedies for treating injured players is very much in the past.

    Since the sacking of Felix Magath, the Cottagers have won three of their last five Championship fixtures under caretaker boss Kit Symons.

    Not only would a win against Charlton tonight strengthen Symons' prospects of securing the job full-time, but also move Fulham out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.

    No pressure then, Kit...