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Brentford 0-2 Fulham

By Phil CartwrightBBC Sport
Sone Aluko scores for Fulham
Sone Aluko's third goal of the season helped Fulham to victory at Brentford

Goals from Sone Aluko and Tom Cairney gave Fulham a west London derby win over Brentford at Griffin Park.

Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley saved Aluko's initial shot but the winger followed up from close range to give Fulham a deserved half-time lead.

The Bees did not register a single shot on goal in the first period.

Ex-Brentford keeper David Button superbly saved Josh Clarke's effort before Cairney slotted in Fulham's second on the break in stoppage time.

A win for Dean Smith's Bees would have taken them into the play-off places before Saturday's Championship fixtures, but they failed to find the net for the fourth time in six league games.

Instead, they were leapfrogged by a Fulham side that is only outside the top six on goal difference.

Fulham, who had scored 11 times in their previous four Championship matches, should have been further ahead by the interval.

Full-backs Scott Malone and Ryan Fredericks were constant attacking threats but some wayward finishing let the visitors down, while Bentley rescued Brentford with saves from Stefan Johansen and Cairney.

Brentford struggled to seriously test Button too often on his return to Griffin Park following his summer move to Craven Cottage.

He made an excellent one-handed stop to deny Clarke an equaliser and Fulham survived a number of scrambles from set-pieces before Cairney's calmly-taken goal sealed victory.

Brentford boss Dean Smith told BBC Radio London:

"We didn't perform well and didn't deserve to win. We knew they would come and press us but our use of the ball was not good enough.

"In the second half our midfielders had to get on the ball higher up the pitch and we were better.

"While not playing at our best, we showed some spirit and stayed in the game until the 93rd minute."

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic told BBC Radio London:

"I am very happy. We showed another positive step and our progress. We tried to show our identity and our style and I am very satisfied for my lads and the Fulham fans.

"We didn't win in the last four games against Brentford and this is a nice present for people around us.

"We are in a learning process and want to be better."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 2Colin
  • 6DeanBooked at 83mins
  • 14Egan
  • 5BjellandBooked at 89mins
  • 8Yennaris
  • 15Woods
  • 10McEachranSubstituted forKaikaiat 63'minutes
  • 20ClarkeSubstituted forHofmannat 85'minutes
  • 9Hogan
  • 19SawyersSubstituted forVibeat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 11Hofmann
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 21Vibe
  • 25Kaikai
  • 29Barbet
  • 36Onariase
  • 37Balcombe

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 2Fredericks
  • 26Kalas
  • 17R Sigurdsson
  • 3MaloneSubstituted forReamat 90'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 6McDonaldBooked at 27mins
  • 24AlukoSubstituted forParkerat 78'minutes
  • 14Johansen
  • 20PiazonSubstituted forAyitéat 71'minutes
  • 25Martin

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 4Odoi
  • 8Parker
  • 9Smith
  • 11Ayité
  • 13Ream
  • 30R Sessegnon
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
12,052

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home12
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 0, Fulham 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 0, Fulham 2.

  3. Booking

    Lasse Vibe (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lasse Vibe (Brentford).

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 0, Fulham 2. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Martin.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Tim Ream replaces Scott Malone.

  8. Booking

    Andreas Bjelland (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Fulham. Stefan Johansen tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. John Egan (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. John Egan (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sullay Kaikai with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by David Button.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Philipp Hofmann replaces Josh Clarke.

  15. Post update

    Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Scott Malone (Fulham).

  18. Post update

    Lasse Vibe (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Booking

    Harlee Dean (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 4th November 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle15111332122034
2Brighton159422391431
3Huddersfield159151617-128
4Norwich158342624227
5Reading157441718-125
6Bristol City157352317624
7Fulham166642318524
8Birmingham156632017324
9Sheff Wed157351617-124
10Leeds157261615123
11Brentford166462116522
12Barnsley156272724320
13Preston156271919020
14QPR155461621-519
15Aston Villa153931515018
16Ipswich154651214-218
17Wolves154561718-117
18Burton154561820-217
19Derby15456911-217
20Nottm Forest154382429-515
21Cardiff154381323-1015
22Wigan153571416-214
23Blackburn153481523-813
24Rotherham1514101635-197
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