Tuesday 1 October 2019, 8:00pm at Madejski Stadium, Reading
Sky Bet Championship - EFL
Reading
Reading
1
Meite 89'
Fulham FC
Fulham
4
Cairney 13', 67'; Mitrovic 26', 29'

89' Goal

Yakou Meite

5' Yellow Card

John Swift Card was given for a foul

20' 2nd Yellow Card

John Swift Card was given for a foul

71' Yellow Card

Liam Moore Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lucas Boyé
Off:Josh Barrett

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lucas João
Off:George Puscas

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Michael Olise
Off:Ovie Ejaria

13' Goal

Tom Cairney

26' Goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic

29' Goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic

67' Goal

Tom Cairney

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Onomah
Off:Anthony Knockaert

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Tom Cairney

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Maxime Le Marchand
Off:Joe Bryan

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A dominant display on the road saw Fulham come away from Reading with a thoroughly deserved 4-1 win.

A dominant display on the road saw Fulham come away from Reading with a thoroughly deserved 4-1 win.

Tom Cairney’s fourth of the season – a replica of his effort on Friday against Wigan Athletic – got the ball rolling against the Royals, who then had John Swift sent off for two nasty fouls.

Two predatory Aleksandar Mitrović strikes in four minutes then put us firmly in control before the interval.

Another Cairney special, oozing with class and technique, made it four in the second half when he finessed a chip over a plethora of Reading bodies.

The Royals managed an 89th minute consolation to deny the Whites a second consecutive clean sheet, but most importantly we went back down the M4 with the three points we were after.

Having played a lot of football in recent weeks, Steven Sessegnon, Harrison Reed and Ivan Cavaleiro were given a rest as they began on the bench. Denis Odoi, Harry Arter and Bobby Decordova-Reid were the men to come in.

The latter of those had the first effort of the game 90 seconds in when he collected the ball following good work from Joe Bryan, but our number 14 – who was operating on the left – drilled over from distance.

A minute later the hosts nearly took the lead when Yakou Meite was slipped in by Josh Bennett, but Marcus Bettinelli made a fine save to keep out his powerful strike on the ankle.

An eventful start to proceedings continued when Swift was booked for a wild challenge in the fifth minute. The Reading midfielder could perhaps count himself lucky to stay on the pitch after his loose, high slide wiped out Decordova-Reid on the greasy surface.

Mitrović fashioned a chance for himself soon after when he robbed Ovie Ejaria of the ball high up the pitch. He then bent one towards goal from 20 yards, but it deflected wide.

Following the subsequent corner, Cairney swung a shot in that was blocked by a Reading body. Half-hearted appeals from the Fulham fans at the other end of the field questioned if it was a hand, but there was nothing doing.

The Fulham skipper didn’t need much longer to put his side in front, though. Excellent linkup play between Decordova-Reid and Bryan down the left ended with the latter playing it centre to Stefan Johansen. He looked up and fed Cairney, who got it out from under his feet and curled it away from the goalkeeper into the – you guessed it – postage stamp of the goal.

Swift was clearly rattled for some reason and with just 20 minutes on the clock he received his marching orders for a second yellow card. Another high lunge, this time, on Odoi, and the former Chelsea man departed the field with no complaints.

That gave Fulham even more of a foothold than we were already enjoying, and before long it was 2-0. Knockaert bent in an inviting inswinging low cross which Mitrović gobbled up with delight having got across his marker.

Two became three a couple of minutes later. Bryan burst into the box and squared perfectly for Mitrović to score his second of the night and seventh league goal of the season.

Knockaert nearly got himself on the scoresheet inside a minute of the second half. After a neat pick-out by Mitrović, the winger tried to lift the ball over Rafael Cabral but the Royals goalkeeper made a good reach to claw the ball away.

Lucas Boye was introduced for Reading at the break, but he was lucky he was allowed to stay on the pitch for more than seven minutes. He swung an elbow right into Knockaert’s chops, but surprisingly the decision went against the Frenchman.

The Whites were not content with their three goal lead, with Alfie Mawson next to have a go. Again Cabral impressed, though, getting down quickly to the centre-back’s sweetly caught half volley.

The fourth goal came midway through the second period. Mitrović closed down Cabral’s clearance after a poor backpass, allowing Johansen to collect. He played it to Cairney who calmly chipped the ball first time over the Reading stopper and a cluster of defenders, dropping it exquisitely under the crossbar to the delight of the 2,000 travelling fans behind the goal.

Scott Parker then made a first change, replacing Knockaert with Josh Onomah.

Liam Moore was the man at fault for the most recent goal and his head was clearly gone as he was lucky to see only yellow for a reckless swipe on Johansen, and then barging the Norwegian after he rode the challenge.

With the game won, Cairney was given 20 minutes rest ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Charlton Athletic. Aboubakar Kamara the man to replace him. Kamara was soon joined by his compatriot Maxime Le Marchand, who replaced the excellent Bryan at left-back.

Onomah was lively following his introduction and had two efforts in quick succession late on. The first flew high and wide, but his next one drew a low stop from Cabral.

Mitrović then sent one wide from an acute angle as he went in search of a first Fulham hat-trick.

Annoyingly, Reading did snatch a late consolation to deny Fulham a clean sheet. Kamara lost possession in his own half, and after the ball was worked to the opposite flank, Meite smashed a wonderful left footer inside the far post.

That was to be the only blot on the copybook, though, from a highly fruitful trip to Berkshire.

 

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Tuesday 1 October 2019
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 13,809

Referee: Andy Woolmer

Reading

Line-up: Rafael Cabral; Yiadom, Morrison, Moore, Richards; Swift, Rinomhota, Ovie Ejaria (Olise 79'); Meite, Puscas (Lucas João 71'), Barrett (Boyé 45')

Unused substitutes: Walker, Miazga, McIntyre, Pelé

Manager: José Manuel Gomes

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Odoi, Mawson, Ream, Bryan (Le Marchand 76'); Arter; Knockaert (Onomah 69'), Johansen, Cairney (Kamara 73'), De Cordova-Reid; Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Rodák, Steven Sessegnon, Reed, Cavaleiro

Manager: Scott Parker

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Leeds United 10 20
2 West Bromwich Albion 10 19
3 Nottingham Forest 10 19
4 Fulham 10 18
5 Preston North End 10 18
6 Swansea City 9 18
7 Charlton Athletic 9 17
8 Sheffield Wednesday 10 16
9 Bristol City 9 16
10 Queens Park Rangers 9 16
11 Blackburn Rovers 10 14
12 Hull City 10 13
13 Cardiff City 9 13
14 Birmingham City 10 13
15 Brentford 9 11
16 Derby County 9 11
17 Wigan Athletic 10 11
18 Luton Town 9 10
19 Middlesbrough 10 10
20 Millwall 9 10
21 Reading 10 8
22 Huddersfield Town 10 5
23 Barnsley 9 5
24 Stoke City 10 2
Goals
1
4
Total Shots
8
16
Shots On Target
2
7
Passing Accuracy
75%
92%
Fouls
10
12
Corners
2
5
Offsides
1
4
Bookings
1
0
Sending Offs
1
0
Reading (4-3-3)
  • 33Rafael Cabral
  • 17Andy Yiadom
  • 4Michael Morrison
  • 6Liam Moore
  • 27Omar Richards
  • 10John Swift
  • 8Andy Rinomhota
  • 14Ovie Ejaria
  • 19Yakou Meite
  • 47George Puscas
  • 39Josh Barrett
Substitutes
  • 1Sam Walker
  • 5Matt Miazga
  • 16Tom McIntyre
  • 21Michael Olise
  • 29Pelé
  • 18Lucas Boyé
  • 31Lucas João
Manager
  • José Manuel Gomes
Fulham (4-1-4-1)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 5Alfie Mawson
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 18Harry Arter
  • 24Anthony Knockaert
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 14Bobby De Cordova-Reid
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes
  • 12Marek Rodák
  • 20Maxime Le Marchand
  • 43Steven Sessegnon
  • 21Harrison Reed
  • 25Josh Onomah
  • 19Ivan Cavaleiro
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Scott Parker
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, Reading 1, Fulham 4.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Reading 1, Fulham 4.
  • 89' Goal! Reading 1, Fulham 4. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Michael Olise.
  • 86' Attempt saved. Josh Onomah (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 85' Attempt missed. Josh Onomah (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.
  • 83' Offside, Fulham. Bobby De Cordova-Reid tries a through ball, but Aboubakar Kamara is caught offside.
  • 82' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Foul by Michael Olise (Reading).
  • 79' Substitution, Reading. Michael Olise replaces Ovie Ejaria.
  • 78' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 78' Foul by Ovie Ejaria (Reading).
  • 76' Attempt blocked. Liam Moore (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Rinomhota with a cross.
  • 76' Substitution, Fulham. Maxime Le Marchand replaces Joe Bryan.
  • 75' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 75' Lucas João (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 74' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 74' Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Foul by Lucas Boyé (Reading).
  • 73' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Tom Cairney.
  • 71' Liam Moore (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 71' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 71' Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).
  • 71' Substitution, Reading. Lucas João replaces George Puscas.
  • 69' Substitution, Fulham. Josh Onomah replaces Anthony Knockaert.
  • 67' Goal! Reading 0, Fulham 4. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 66' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Omar Richards.
  • 65' Foul by Harry Arter (Fulham).
  • 65' Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 65' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 64' Offside, Fulham. Anthony Knockaert tries a through ball, but Stefan Johansen is caught offside.
  • 63' Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 61' Attempt missed. Liam Moore (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Rinomhota with a cross following a corner.
  • 61' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 60' Offside, Fulham. Joe Bryan tries a through ball, but Stefan Johansen is caught offside.
  • 58' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
  • 57' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 57' George Puscas (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 56' Attempt saved. Alfie Mawson (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 56' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Omar Richards.
  • 55' Attempt missed. George Puscas (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Andy Rinomhota following a fast break.
  • 51' Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Fulham).
  • 51' Lucas Boyé (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 49' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Bobby De Cordova-Reid is caught offside.
  • 47' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 47' Ovie Ejaria (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 46' Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • Second Half begins Reading 0, Fulham 3.
  • 45' Substitution, Reading. Lucas Boyé replaces Josh Barrett.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Reading 0, Fulham 3.
  • 45'+2' Attempt missed. Ovie Ejaria (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
  • 45' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45' Foul by Andy Rinomhota (Reading).
  • 44' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Liam Moore.
  • 44' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tim Ream.
  • 43' Hand ball by Anthony Knockaert (Fulham).
  • 43' Attempt blocked. George Puscas (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
  • 37' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 37' George Puscas (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 34' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 34' Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 32' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 32' Josh Barrett (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 29' Goal! Reading 0, Fulham 3. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
  • 28' Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tim Ream.
  • 26' Goal! Reading 0, Fulham 2. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.
  • 23' Offside, Reading. Michael Morrison tries a through ball, but Yakou Meite is caught offside.
  • 23' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 23' Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 22' Hand ball by Anthony Knockaert (Fulham).
  • 20' Second yellow card to John Swift (Reading) for a bad foul.
  • 20' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 20' Foul by John Swift (Reading).
  • 18' Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 18' Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).
  • 17' Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney following a corner.
  • 16' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Morrison.
  • 16' Alfie Mawson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 16' Foul by George Puscas (Reading).
  • 13' Goal! Reading 0, Fulham 1. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 9' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 8' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Morrison.
  • 8' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 7' Attempt blocked. Josh Barrett (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Puscas.
  • 5' John Swift (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 5' Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 5' Foul by John Swift (Reading).
  • 3' Harry Arter (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 3' Foul by John Swift (Reading).
  • 3' Attempt saved. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Barrett.
  • 2' Attempt missed. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.