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Fulham 4-2 Reading

Moussa Dembele
Moussa Dembele has scored three goals in his last two games for Fulham

Fulham came from two goals down to beat Reading at Craven Cottage.

Lucas Piazon gave the visitors an early lead from close range and Orlando Sa doubled the lead soon after half-time.

But Fulham replied with three goals in six minutes as first Ross McCormack showed great skill to volley home.

Moussa Dembele levelled five minutes later, Alexander Kacaniklic completed the turnaround as he finished Dembele's pass before the Frenchman got the fourth midway through the second half.

The victory was Fulham's first win in five games as they moved into the top half of the Championship.

Reading dominated the first half and took an early lead when Piazon ended a fine move from the Royals. Sa found Matej Vydra, and the on-loan Watford striker threaded a perfect ball into the Brazilian, who finished from five yards for just his second goal in English football.

Nick Blackman, Piazon and Sa all had good chances as Fulham failed to have a shot on target in the first half.

But the game was set alight in seven second-half minutes, with Kit Symons' side turning their fortunes around to get their first home win in a month.

First Sa dispossessed Tom Cairney and brilliantly rolled the ball in off the far post from a tight angle on the right to double the Royals' lead and send them marching towards a fifth win in six league games.

But the home side were sparked into life by record signing McCormack, who flicked the ball up and volleyed past Ali Al-Habsi two minutes later.

Fulham had to wait five minutes for their equaliser, when Dembele finished from close range after Lasse Vigen Christensen's cross from six yards out, and the French forward helped make it 3-2 just 51 seconds later by providing a lovely through ball for Kacaniklic to slot home.

The victory was completed when Paul McShane's mistake was pounced on by McCormack and his back-heeled pass was tucked away by Dembele to end Reading's five-game unbeaten run in the Championship.

Fulham manager Kit Symons:

"We needed to get a win and we did. I'm a Championship manager and if you win you're all right and if you lose you get booed and your job is under threat. That's how the industry is. It's a really difficult job and that's the nature of it. I'm under no illusions.

"The club are in talks with [Moussa Dembele]. We'd like him to sign a new deal. The reality of it is he is at a football club where he will develop.

"He's far from the finished article - he needs to keep working hard and he knows that."

Reading manager Steve Clarke:

"I was disappointed with the way we conceded the first goal. When you go 2-0 in front you should go on to win the game. We conceded three goals in six minutes and the whole complexion of the game changed in those six minutes.

"I didn't say anything to the players because after a game like that sometimes it's better to say nothing and reflect calmly on the game when you have a better frame of mind.

"You hope it's a one-off. I'd like to think it is if you look at our defensive record. It was rock solid before this so hopefully this is an isolation and we come back into good habits."

Ross McCormack
£11m striker Ross McCormack began the Fulham comeback...
Moussa Dembele
...Moussa Dembele slid in the second from close range five minutes later...
Alexander Kacaniklic
...before Alexander Kacaniklic completed a remarkable comeback

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Lewis
  • 2RichardsSubstituted forKacaniklicat 37'minutes
  • 5Stearman
  • 13Ream
  • 40Husband
  • 7FredericksBooked at 76mins
  • 10Cairney
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 21ChristensenBooked at 86mins
  • 44McCormack
  • 25Dembele

Substitutes

  • 3Garbutt
  • 8Parker
  • 9Smith
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 16Woodrow
  • 24Lonergan
  • 33Burn

Reading

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2GunterBooked at 39mins
  • 8Hector
  • 5McShane
  • 11ObitaBooked at 30mins
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forFernández Iglesiasat 86'minutes
  • 6NorwoodSubstituted forTshibolaat 70'minutes
  • 22BlackmanBooked at 90mins
  • 7Vydra
  • 17PiazonSubstituted forJohnat 70'minutes
  • 10

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 12McCleary
  • 16Hurtado
  • 18Tshibola
  • 19Fernández Iglesias
  • 20John
  • 35Cooper
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
18,618

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamReading
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 4, Reading 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 4, Reading 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).

  4. Post update

    Orlando Sá (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Fulham. James Husband tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Hector.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Álex Fernández.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

  9. Booking

    Nick Blackman (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    James Husband (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

  12. Booking

    Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).

  14. Post update

    Ola John (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Álex Fernández replaces Danny Williams.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).

  18. Post update

    Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.