Pajtim Kasami's goal-of-the-season contender and a stunning volley from Steve Sidwell saw Fulham fight back to beat struggling Crystal Palace.

Adrian Mariappa's early header put the Eagles ahead, only for Kasami and Sidwell to give Fulham a 2-1 lead.

Who is Pajtim Kasami?

  • Kasami, 21, was born in Macedonia, is of Albanian decent, but represents Switzerland
  • His youth career included a loan spell at Liverpool as well as Lazio, Winterthur and Grasshopper
  • He joined the Cottagers from Palermo in 2011 and ended last season on loan at Swiss team Luzern
  • Kasami made his senior Switzerland debut in a 1-0 win against Slovenia this month
  • He scored Fulham's first goal of the 2013-14 season in a 1-0 opening-day win over Sunderland

Dimitar Berbatov's header and Philippe Senderos's scissor kick made certain shortly after the break as Fulham eased the pressure on manager Martin Jol.

But Palace's worries continue after a seventh defeat in eight league games.

The Eagles remain 19th but are now five points adrift of safety.

However, the picture is starting to look more positive for Jol and his team after they made it back-to-back victories in the Premier League for the first time this season, lifting them to 14th and within one point of Manchester United in eighth.

Eagles manager Ian Holloway said before kick-off his team planned to "go for it" and they were true to his word, making a purposeful start before taking a seventh-minute lead.

Fulham could only half clear a Palace corner and the ball was worked back out to Jason Puncheon, whose cross from the left was headed home by Mariappa with a fine leap which saw the 5ft 11in defender outjump 6ft 6in Brede Hangeland.

Kasami goal one of the best - Jol

Yet within 12 minutes Jol's side levelled with a stunning strike from Kasami which transformed the complexion of the game.

Sascha Riether's floated pass down the channel was taken on the chest by Kasami on the right-hand edge of the penalty area and, in one fluid movement, he unleashed a stunning dipping volley on the angle up and over Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni into the top-left corner.

Having lost their momentum, Palace suddenly looked a deflated side and Fulham took full advantage.

Another moment of brilliance arrived on the stroke of half-time when Bryan Ruiz's free-kick bounced back off the wall to Sidwell, on the edge of the penalty arc, and the midfielder smashed a first-time volley into virtually the same spot as Kasami.

Eagles flying against history

Palace have made their worst start in the top flight since 1980-81, when they were eventually relegated after an identical return from the same number of matches

After the break the Cottagers picked up where they left off and a mistake by Speroni gifted the visitors a fine chance when he cleared the ball straight against Berbatov, who cleverly fed Darren Bent to leave the striker with just the goalkeeper to beat. But the Argentine redeemed himself with an excellent reflex save to turn the striker's vicious shot around the post.

Speroni's relief was to prove short-lived, however, as from the resulting corner Berbatov met Ruiz's delivery with a typically deft header into the far corner for his first league goal of the season.

Five minutes later Holloway's side were undone from a set-piece once more as Senderos, left unmarked at the far post, claimed a rare goal with an acrobatic shot from another Ruiz corner which squirmed underneath Speroni.

A frustrating night for the home team was compounded when a Kieran Richardson error eventually led to a chance for Eagles' record signing Dwight Gayle, whose first shot was saved before he converted the rebound - only to be flagged offside - as Palace slipped deeper into trouble.

Crystal Palace 1-4 Fulham: Holloway says side must respond properly

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway:

"We started well but this division is ruthless. That first goal was something else and it knocked us a bit. We then made mistakes at set-pieces. It's an unforgiving division but we must bounce back.

"There were plenty of good things. Once you get into a run like this it's very disheartening and you could see that in the players. We huffed and we puffed but Fulham were well on top by then. It's very tough to take.

"You need some building blocks of confidence to work on. The lads are smarting now and that's five defeats in a row. We're normally good at corners but it's one or two people making a slight mistake because we have the stuffing knocked out of us.

"A win will turn it right around. There is lots to do but I can't fault the effort. We have to believe that we have the quality."

Kasami goal beats Van Basten's - Jol

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Ward
  • 21 Moxey
  • 15 Jedinak
  • 03 Mariappa
  • 27 Delaney
  • 12 O'Keefe
  • 06 Campaña (Thomas - 45' )
  • 16 Gayle (Phillips - 69' )
  • 13 Puncheon (Chamakh - 56' )
  • 07 Bolasie

Substitutes

  • 08 Dikgacoi
  • 09 Phillips
  • 14 Thomas
  • 19 Gabbidon
  • 28 Kébé
  • 29 Chamakh
  • 34 Price

Fulham

  • 01 Stekelenburg
  • 27 Riether
  • 15 Richardson Booked
  • 07 Sidwell
  • 04 Senderos
  • 05 Hangeland (Amorebieta - 45' )
  • 10 Ruiz
  • 28 Parker
  • 39 Bent (Duff - 77' )
  • 09 Berbatov (Rodallega - 90' )
  • 08 Kasami

Substitutes

  • 13 Stockdale
  • 14 Karagounis
  • 16 Duff
  • 20 Rodallega
  • 22 Zverotic
  • 23 Boateng
  • 35 Amorebieta
Ref: Lee Mason
Att: 24,881

Match Stats

Shots

14 9

On target

4 6

Corners

5 7

Fouls

10 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Fulham 4.

90:00 +3:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Fulham 4.

90:00 +2:35

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:35

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

89:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega replaces Dimitar Berbatov.

87:40

Attempt missed. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jerome Thomas with a cross.

87:31

Attempt saved. Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie.

86:47

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

86:47

Kevin Phillips (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:06

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

86:03

Attempt saved. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.

84:20

Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:20

Foul by Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace).

82:49

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

82:49

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:37

Attempt missed. Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

80:43

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).

80:43

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:15 Booking

Booking Kieran Richardson (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

80:07

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

80:07

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:32

Attempt saved. Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jerome Thomas.

78:45

Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:45

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace).

76:51

Attempt missed. Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

76:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Damien Duff replaces Darren Bent.

75:42

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.

75:12

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Maarten Stekelenburg.

72:54

Attempt missed. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jerome Thomas with a cross following a corner.

72:28

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Sascha Riether.

72:02

Offside, Fulham. Kieran Richardson tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.

69:29

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:29

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

68:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Kevin Phillips replaces Dwight Gayle.

64:52

Offside, Crystal Palace. Damien Delaney tries a through ball, but Dwight Gayle is caught offside.

62:48

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:48

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

59:57

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

59:57

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:59

Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:59

Foul by Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace).

55:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Marouane Chamakh replaces Jason Puncheon.

54:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Fulham 4. Philippe Senderos (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross following a corner.

54:08

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Adrian Mariappa.

53:30

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Adrian Mariappa.

50:56

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

50:56

Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Fulham 3. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross following a corner.

48:50

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

48:47

Attempt saved. Darren Bent (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.

46:22

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Fernando Amorebieta replaces Brede Hangeland because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Crystal Palace 1, Fulham 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jerome Thomas replaces José Campaña.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Fulham 2.

45:00 +1:43

Attempt blocked. Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Ward.

44:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Fulham 2. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner following a set piece situation.

44:33

Attempt blocked. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

43:46

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:46

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

39:25

Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).

39:25

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:45

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

35:45

Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:49

Attempt saved. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Puncheon.

28:49

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

28:49

José Campaña (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:12

Attempt blocked. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Ward with a cross.

25:37

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

25:37

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:04

Attempt missed. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

22:42

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joel Ward.

22:41

Attempt blocked. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Darren Bent.

21:27

Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross following a corner.

20:57

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jason Puncheon.

19:51

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:51

Foul by José Campaña (Crystal Palace).

18:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Fulham 1. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Sascha Riether.

18:18

Offside, Crystal Palace. Dean Moxey tries a through ball, but Dwight Gayle is caught offside.

14:32

Attempt missed. Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

12:49

Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:49

Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

12:04

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

12:04

Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:04

Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).

8:04

Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:32

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joel Ward.

6:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Fulham 0. Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

5:55

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.

5:52

Attempt blocked. José Campaña (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

4:44

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

4:44

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:35

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:35

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace).

1:47

Attempt missed. Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joel Ward.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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