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Fulham 2-0 Exeter City: Aboubakar Kamara scores twice as Whites progress

Aboubakar Kamara (second right) scores his second goal against Exeter
Aboubakar Kamara scored seven goals for Fulham last season as the Whites were promoted from the Championship

Aboubakar Kamara scored twice as Fulham beat League Two side Exeter to progress to the third round of the Carabao Cup.

The Frenchman put the hosts ahead in the third minute, lashing in after Grecians keeper Christy Pym could only parry Cyrus Christie's effort.

Exeter almost levelled on 15 minutes when Matt Jay hit the base of the post.

But Kamara calmly doubled the Premier League club's lead three minutes after the break after latching onto Stefan Johansen's threaded through ball.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic made 11 changes after seeing his side register their first victory since their return to the top flight when they beat Burnley 4-2 on Sunday.

Summer signings Sergio Rico and Alfie Mawson were handed their debuts by the west Londoners, who were meeting Exeter for the first time since a fourth-tier league clash in December 1996.

Mawson, starting at centre-back after recovering from a knee injury following his switch from Swansea, was substituted after 75 minutes but Jokanovic will have concerns over forward Neeskens Kebano, who was stretchered off with an ankle injury in the second half.

Exeter, third in League Two, had beaten Championship side Ipswich on penalties in round one but rarely threatened pulling off a second upset, although Jay had a goal ruled out for offside with six minutes left.

Pym saved well from Portuguese striker Rui Fonte and denied Johansen a third goal in the closing stages when he tipped the Norway international's free-kick onto the post.

Fulham return to Premier League action on Saturday when they travel to Brighton & Hove Albion (15:00 BST).

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 25Rico
  • 22Christie
  • 5Chambers
  • 26MawsonSubstituted forS Sessegnonat 75'minutes
  • 3R Sessegnon
  • 29Zambo Anguissa
  • 44Cissé
  • 8Johansen
  • 47Kamara
  • 17Fonte
  • 7KebanoSubstituted forDe La Torreat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Odoi
  • 6McDonald
  • 9Mitrovic
  • 23Bryan
  • 31Fabri
  • 36De La Torre
  • 43S Sessegnon

Exeter

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pym
  • 18Oates
  • 5Martin
  • 4O'SheaBooked at 52mins
  • 23Croll
  • 7MartinSubstituted forBoatengat 45'minutes
  • 6Tillson
  • 27CollinsBooked at 23mins
  • 10HolmesSubstituted forSparkesat 55'minutes
  • 19AbrahamsBooked at 65minsSubstituted forTaylorat 69'minutes
  • 17Jay

Substitutes

  • 2Sweeney
  • 11Stockley
  • 13Hamon
  • 25Taylor
  • 31Sparkes
  • 34Hartridge
  • 44Boateng
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
9,333

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home21
Away4
Shots on Target
Home8
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 2, Exeter City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Exeter City 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Luke Croll.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Exeter City. Dara O'Shea tries a through ball, but Matt Jay is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  8. Post update

    Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Hiram Boateng (Exeter City).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ibrahima Cissé (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rui Fonte.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Exeter City. Jake Taylor tries a through ball, but Matt Jay is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).

  15. Post update

    Luke Croll (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

  17. Post update

    Foul by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham).

  18. Post update

    Jack Sparkes (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Steven Sessegnon replaces Alfie Mawson.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Exeter City. Hiram Boateng tries a through ball, but Archie Collins is caught offside.