Saturday 24 October 2015, 1:30pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
4
McCormack 50'; Dembele 54', 74'; Kacaniklic 56'
Reading
Reading
2
Lucas Piazon 13'; Sá 49'

50' Goal

Ross McCormack
Assist by Ryan Tunnicliffe

54' Goal

Moussa Dembele
Assist by Lasse Vigen Christensen

56' Goal

Alexander Kacaniklic
Assist by Moussa Dembele

74' Goal

Moussa Dembele
Assist by Ross McCormack

76' Yellow Card

Ryan Fredericks Card was given for a foul

86' Yellow Card

Lasse Vigen Christensen Card was given for a foul

37' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Alexander Kacaniklic
Off:Jazz Richards

13' Goal

Lucas Piazon
Assist by Matej Vydra

49' Goal

Orlando Sá

30' Yellow Card

Jordan Obita Card was given for a foul

39' Yellow Card

Chris Gunter

90' Yellow Card

Nick Blackman Card was given for a foul

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aaron Tshibola
Off:Oliver Norwood

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ola John
Off:Lucas Piazon

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Álex Fernández
Off:Danny Williams

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Fulham fought back from 2-0 down to defeat high-flying Reading 4-2 in an enthralling six-goal thriller at the Cottage.

Fulham fought back from 2-0 down to defeat high-flying Reading 4-2 in an enthralling six-goal thriller at the Cottage.

Trailing 1-0 at half-time to Lucas Piazon’s 13th-minute effort, the Whites then fell further behind shortly after the restart when ex-Fulham man Orlando Sa slotted in on 49.

But three Fulham goals in six minutes turned the game on its head. Ross McCormack hauled the Whites back in it less than 60 seconds after Sa’s strike, and Moussa Dembélé levelled on 54. First-half substitute Alexander Kačaniklić completed the turnaround, racing clear on 56 to put Fulham in front.

A brilliant interchange between Dembélé and McCormack saw the Frenchman grab his second and Fulham’s fourth as the Whites returned to winning ways in pulsating style after four games without a victory.

Kit Symons made four changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Leeds United at the Cottage on Wednesday. Tim Ream and James Husband were named ahead of Dan Burn and Luke Garbutt in defence, while Ryan Fredericks came in on the right of midfield and Tom Cairney returned from suspension in place of Jamie O’Hara who had a one-match ban. Lasse Vigen Christensen switched to the left flank. Matt Smith was named on the bench after being sidelined since August with a knee injury.

The first opening of the game came in the fifth minute. Ryan Tunnicliffe fed Fredericks on the right. He got to the byline and saw his cross turned over the bar by Ali Al-Habsi.

Reading, in an all-violet kit, were in front in the 12th minute, countering quickly after a Fulham attack broke down. Sa found space down the left and played a quick pass to Matej Vydra just outside the box. He slipped Piazon in as he crept behind the Fulham defence and the on-loan Chelsea man slotted past Joe Lewis. 

Four minutes later Nick Blackman cut in from the right but saw his low left-footed shot held by Lewis, before a good block by Richard Stearman saw a Piazon effort loop onto the roof of the net.

As the rain came down, Stearman slid in to intercept a throughball for Vydra. Jazz Richards was then sent tumbling on the right wing by a late lunge from Jordan Obita who was rightly booked. Danny Williams somehow got away with following his teammate into the book for tugging the shirt of Cairney who had skipped past three Reading players. Richards was then forced out of the action with injury and was replaced by Kačaniklić, with Fredericks reverting to right-back.

Chris Gunter did receive a yellow card in the 38th minute for stopping Cairney from taking a throw-in. Christensen then saw a shot deflected wide after McCormack had flicked on a Kačaniklić cross.

Fulham were finishing the half strongly; Christensen saw half-hearted penalty claims turned away after tumbling under an aerial challenge from Gunter.

There were no changes by either side for the start of the second half, although Kačaniklić did switch to the left with Christensen reverting to the right. Reading doubled their lead shortly after the restart as Sa picked the pocket of Cairney and with no support, skipped past a flat-footed Ream and fired into the far corner.

Fulham replied instantly as Tunnicliffe played a pass to McCormack just inside the box. With his back to goal he flicked the ball in the air and hit a half-volley past Al-Habsi.

And it was 2-2 soon after. The ball was worked out wide to Christensen whose low cross was turned home from close range by a sliding Dembélé.

And suddenly Fulham were in front. Cairney won the ball in midfield and played it to Dembélé who put Kačaniklić in. He raced clear and calmly slotted home.

After that breathless start to the second half, Fulham then enjoyed a spell of possession, but Stearman made a brilliant sliding tackle on Sa as he shaped to shoot on 66 minutes.

Reading made a double change in the 69th minute as Piazon and Oliver Norwood made way for Ola John – brother of former Fulham man Collin – and Aaron Tshibola.

The Royals continued to look dangerous in attack. Blackman saw a goalbound shot turned wide by Ream and from the resulting corner, Sa’s header was cleared off the line by the knee of Fredericks.

But it was Fulham who got the decisive next goal – and what a goal it was. A long punt forward by Lewis was only cleared as far as Dembélé by Paul McShane. The French striker then played a sublime one-two with McCormack and rolled the ball into the far corner. Fredericks picked up a yellow card soon after for sending John flying.

A superb Fulham move almost produced a fifth goal in the 80th minute. Dembélé showed Michael Hector a clean pair of heels, skipped forward and played the ball to Christensen. He tapped it to McCormack who clipped the ball over the outrushing Al-Habsi but saw Gunter head his dink off the line.

Christensen was booked for pulling John’s shirt with four minutes left. Blackman followed suit for sending Husband flying in the dying seconds of the 90 minutes before the final whistle sounded as Fulham recorded a memorable win.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 24 October 2015
Kick-off: 1:30pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 18,618

Referee: Fred Graham

Fulham

Line-up: Lewis; Jazz Richards (Kacaniklic 37'), Stearman, Ream, Husband; Fredericks, Cairney, Tunnicliffe, Christensen; McCormack, Dembele

Unused substitutes: Lonergan, Garbutt, Burn, Parker, Matt Smith, Woodrow

Manager: Kit Symons

Reading

Line-up: Al Habsi; Gunter, Hector, McShane, Obita; Williams (Álex Fernández 86'), Norwood (Tshibola 70'); Blackman, Vydra, Lucas Piazon (John 70'); Sá

Unused substitutes: Bond, Cooper, McCleary, Hurtado

Manager: Steve Clarke

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Brighton and Hove Albion 12 28
2 Burnley 13 25
3 Birmingham City 12 24
4 Hull City 12 22
5 Reading 13 22
6 Middlesbrough 12 21
7 Derby County 12 21
8 Cardiff City 12 20
9 Sheffield Wednesday 13 20
10 Fulham 13 17
11 Queens Park Rangers 12 16
12 Ipswich Town 12 16
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 15
14 Huddersfield Town 12 14
15 Brentford 12 14
16 Nottingham Forest 12 13
17 Blackburn Rovers 13 12
18 Leeds United 12 12
19 Preston North End 12 11
20 Milton Keynes Dons 12 11
21 Bristol City 12 10
22 Charlton Athletic 12 10
23 Rotherham United 13 9
24 Bolton Wanderers 12 8
Goals
4
2
Total Shots
11
9
Shots On Target
7
4
Passing Accuracy
78%
76%
Fouls
12
9
Corners
10
3
Offsides
2
2
Bookings
2
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 12Joe Lewis
  • 2Jazz Richards
  • 5Richard Stearman
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 40James Husband
  • 7Ryan Fredericks
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Substitutes
  • 24Andy Lonergan
  • 3Luke Garbutt
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 9Matt Smith
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Reading (4-2-3-1)
  • 26Ali Al Habsi
  • 2Chris Gunter
  • 8Michael Hector
  • 5Paul McShane
  • 11Jordan Obita
  • 23Danny Williams
  • 6Oliver Norwood
  • 22Nick Blackman
  • 7Matej Vydra
  • 17Lucas Piazon
  • 10Orlando Sá
Substitutes
  • 1Jonathan Bond
  • 35Jake Cooper
  • 12Garath McCleary
  • 16Paolo Hurtado
  • 18Aaron Tshibola
  • 19Álex Fernández
  • 20Ola John
Manager
  • Steve Clarke
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Fulham 4, Reading 2.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 4, Reading 2.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 90'+5' Orlando Sá (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+4' Offside, Fulham. James Husband tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 90'+4' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Hector.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Álex Fernández.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.
  • 90' Nick Blackman (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90' James Husband (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90' Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).
  • 86' Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 86' Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).
  • 86' Ola John (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 86' Substitution, Reading. Álex Fernández replaces Danny Williams.
  • 84' Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Gunter.
  • 82' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 82' Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 81' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.
  • 81' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 78' Foul by James Husband (Fulham).
  • 78' Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 76' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tom Cairney.
  • 76' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 75' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 75' Ola John (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 74' Goal! Fulham 4, Reading 2. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 73' Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).
  • 73' Aaron Tshibola (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 72' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 72' Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).
  • 71' Attempt blocked. Orlando Sá (Reading) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Nick Blackman with a cross.
  • 71' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 71' Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matej Vydra.
  • 71' Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).
  • 71' Orlando Sá (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 70' Substitution, Reading. Aaron Tshibola replaces Oliver Norwood.
  • 70' Substitution, Reading. Ola John replaces Lucas Piazon.
  • 67' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 67' Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 62' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Paul McShane.
  • 60' Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).
  • 60' Matej Vydra (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 60' James Husband (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 60' Foul by Matej Vydra (Reading).
  • 58' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.
  • 56' Goal! Fulham 3, Reading 2. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Moussa Dembele following a fast break.
  • 55' Offside, Fulham. Ryan Fredericks tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 54' Goal! Fulham 2, Reading 2. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen with a cross.
  • 54' Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 50' Goal! Fulham 1, Reading 2. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 49' Goal! Fulham 0, Reading 2. Orlando Sá (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.
  • 46' Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).
  • 46' James Husband (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Reading 1.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Reading 1.
  • 45'+2' Attempt saved. Richard Stearman (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Lucas Piazon (Reading).
  • 45'+1' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 41' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Hector.
  • 40' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Hector.
  • 40' Attempt blocked. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a headed pass.
  • 39' Chris Gunter (Reading) is shown the yellow card.
  • 38' Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney following a set piece situation.
  • 37' Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Jazz Richards because of an injury.
  • 37' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 36' Delay in match Jazz Richards (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 35' Foul by Danny Williams (Reading).
  • 35' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 34' Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 34' Foul by James Husband (Fulham).
  • 32' Hand ball by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
  • 32' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 31' Foul by Paul McShane (Reading).
  • 31' Richard Stearman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 30' Jordan Obita (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 30' Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).
  • 30' Jazz Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 26' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jordan Obita.
  • 24' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Richard Stearman.
  • 24' Attempt blocked. Lucas Piazon (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matej Vydra.
  • 18' Attempt missed. Orlando Sá (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nick Blackman with a cross.
  • 17' Attempt saved. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Williams.
  • 13' Goal! Fulham 0, Reading 1. Lucas Piazon (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matej Vydra with a through ball.
  • 12' Offside, Reading. Michael Hector tries a through ball, but Nick Blackman is caught offside.
  • 7' Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Matej Vydra.
  • 5' Attempt missed. Tim Ream (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a corner.
  • 5' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 4' Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).
  • 4' Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
  • 1' Offside, Reading. Michael Hector tries a through ball, but Orlando Sá is caught offside.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.