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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Fulham 2, Exeter City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Exeter City 0.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Luke Croll.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Foul by Hiram Boateng (Exeter City).

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

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

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

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.

Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).

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

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

Foul by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Steven Sessegnon replaces Alfie Mawson.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Luca De La Torre replaces Neeskens Kebano because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) because of an injury.

Foul by Alfie Mawson (Fulham).

Archie Collins (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jake Taylor replaces Tristan Abrahams.

Hand ball by Neeskens Kebano (Fulham).

Attempt missed. Alfie Mawson (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Luke Croll.

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

Foul by Aaron Martin (Exeter City).

Attempt saved. Rui Fonte (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon with a cross.

Booking

Tristan Abrahams (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tristan Abrahams (Exeter City).

Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).

Hiram Boateng (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Dara O'Shea (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Sparkes with a cross.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

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