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Fulham 0-3 Leeds United

Sol Bamba scores for Leeds
Sol Bamba's goal was his first for Leeds

Leeds kept Fulham in trouble at the foot of the table as goals from Sam Byram, Sol Bamba and Mirco Antenucci ensured victory at Craven Cottage.

Byram opened the scoring on 40 minutes and Bamba headed in from a corner three minutes after the restart.

Fulham defender Kostas Stafylidis was dismissed for two quick bookings before Antenucci made it three late on.

Fulham, now with just one win in 13, are six points above the relegation zone while Leeds climb to 12th place.

It is only 10 months since Fulham were in the Premier League but a terrible first season back in the second tier means that they could be relegated again.

Kit Symons' side have lost 21 times this season in all competitions, winning three out of 19 since Boxing Day.

Fulham forwards Matt Smith and Ross McCormack - both recruited from Leeds last summer for a combined fee of £11.5m - each missed good early chances before Byram put Leeds ahead, heading in Gaetano Berardi's cross.

More slack defending after the break allowed Bamba to head in Alex Mowatt's corner and Stafylidis was then booked twice in two minutes and sent-off.

Antenucci wrapped up the win - Leeds' fifth in the last six on the road - when Byram's cross was only palmed out by Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli.

Fulham face fellow strugglers Wigan, Rotherham and Blackpool in an eight-day period in April which is likely to decide their fate.

Fulham manager Kit Symons: "[The relegation battle] is very much in our hands.

"We need three more wins and it's down to us to get them - we probably had enough chances to win three games tonight.

"Even in the second half, down to 10 men, we created really good chances but we didn't take them and goals change games.

"The sending-off didn't help. It was rash, a silly, petulant thing to do.

"Ross played well but there is always that element against your old team that you can try too hard and maybe that was the case."

Leeds boss Neil Redfearn: "In the first half Fulham were the better side and we were having to dig deep to stay with them.

"They got a rollicking at half-time. But we worked hard, toughed it out and although we got the goal against the run of play I thought we got on top of it.

"Our keeper made two or three outstanding saves at 0-0 which kept us in the game and I think it could have been four or five in the end."

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 29Richards
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 18Turner
  • 3StafylidisBooked at 52mins
  • 8Parker
  • 2Hoogland
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 10RuizSubstituted forKacaniklicat 63'minutes
  • 9Smith
  • 44McCormackSubstituted forFofanaat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 6Bodurov
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 12Fofana
  • 16Woodrow
  • 20Rodallega
  • 32Kavanagh

Leeds

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Silvestri
  • 15Wootton
  • 3BambaBooked at 87mins
  • 5Bellusci
  • 12Berardi
  • 23L Cook
  • 7Murphy
  • 2Byram
  • 27MowattSubstituted forAntenucciat 83'minutes
  • 21Taylor
  • 8SharpBooked at 46minsSubstituted forMorisonat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Cani
  • 13Taylor
  • 19Morison
  • 29Doukara
  • 32Cooper
  • 33Sloth
  • 34Antenucci
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
19,200

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home27
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 0, Leeds United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Leeds United 3.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Leeds United. Lewis Cook tries a through ball, but Steve Morison is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Marco Silvestri.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Scott Parker.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right.

  7. Post update

    Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Fulham 0, Leeds United 3. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).

  11. Post update

    Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Booking

    Sol Bamba (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tim Hoogland (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Seko Fofana.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).

  16. Post update

    Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Seko Fofana replaces Ross McCormack because of an injury.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Mirco Antenucci replaces Alex Mowatt.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Ross McCormack (Fulham) because of an injury.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Watford382261078453372
2Middlesbrough38219859273272
3Bournemouth382010879403970
4Norwich381910973423167
5Derby381910969412867
6Brentford382051362501265
7Ipswich3818101058431564
8Wolves381711105445962
9Nottm Forest3815121161511057
10Blackburn381412125149254
11Charlton381215114548-351
12Leeds38149154246-451
13Sheff Wed381214123338-550
14Cardiff381212144650-448
15Birmingham371114124353-1047
16Bolton38128184556-1144
17Huddersfield381111164865-1744
18Reading37128174058-1844
19Brighton38915144246-442
20Rotherham38913163857-1940
21Fulham38117204868-2040
22Wigan38810203451-1734
23Millwall38711203162-3132
24Blackpool38410242977-4822
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