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Reading 1-4 Fulham: Aleksandar Mitrovic & Tom Cairney star against 10-man Royals

Tom Cairney
Tom Cairney opens the scoring to lay the foundations for Fulham's stroll to victory against Reading

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Tom Cairney both struck twice as Fulham cruised to victory against 10-man Reading to go fourth in the Championship.

Cairney curled in the opener before John Swift was sent off for two bookings after just 20 minutes.

Mitrovic struck twice before the half-hour mark and Cairney grabbed his second with a fine lob.

Reading's Yakou Meite curled in a 25-yard effort with a minute left, but it was little consolation for the well-beaten Royals, who drop a place to 21st.

The hosts had not lost in six league and play-off games at home to the west Londoners - a run stretching back to when both clubs were in the Premier League in 2008.

But the Whites took control at the Madejski early on when midfielder Cairney grabbed his third goal in three games.

Things quickly got worse for the hosts as Swift, already booked for a foul on Bobby Reid, made a rash challenge on Denis Odoi and was dismissed.

Fulham's top scorer Mitrovic then helped himself to his sixth and seventh goals of the campaign, with two close-range finishes in three minutes well before the break.

Cairney added his second in fine style, lifting the ball over goalkeeper Rafael Cabral from 35 yards to put Fulham 4-0 up with more than 20 minutes left.

Meite's fine late strike denied the visitors a clean sheet, but the win extended their unbeaten run to five games.

Reading boss Jose Gomes told BBC Radio Berkshire: "It was a very tough night for us.

"We planned the game well and I thought we could get a good result

"We knew we faced a Premier League squad, with a lot of good players.

"After one mistake we conceded a goal and with one player less it was very difficult to turn the result, considering the quality Fulham has."

Fulham boss Scott Parker told BBC Radio London: "I'm pleased to come away from tonight with an outstanding performance.

"I felt we were first-class from the minute it started until the end, against a resilient side. We moved the ball and were clinical in attack.

"Tom and Aleksandar are going to be key for us, alongside everyone.

"Defensively as well, we worked together as a unit and we are strong in that sense. Confidence is high and the lads are in a good place."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 17Yiadom
  • 4Morrison
  • 6MooreBooked at 71mins
  • 27Richards
  • 10SwiftBooked at 20mins
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 14EjariaSubstituted forOliseat 79'minutes
  • 19Meite
  • 47PuscasSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 71'minutes
  • 39BarrettSubstituted forBoyéat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 5Miazga
  • 16McIntyre
  • 18Boyé
  • 21Olise
  • 29Tuncará Gomes
  • 31Lucas João

Fulham

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 4Odoi
  • 5Mawson
  • 13Ream
  • 23BryanSubstituted forLe Marchandat 76'minutes
  • 18Arter
  • 24KnockaertSubstituted forOnomahat 69'minutes
  • 8Johansen
  • 10CairneySubstituted forKamaraat 73'minutes
  • 14De Cordova-Reid
  • 9Mitrovic

Substitutes

  • 12Rodák
  • 19Cavaleiro
  • 20Le Marchand
  • 21Reed
  • 25Onomah
  • 43S Sessegnon
  • 47Kamara
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
13,809

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home27%
Away73%
Shots
Home8
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 1, Fulham 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 1, Fulham 4.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 1, Fulham 4. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Michael Olise.

Attempt saved. Josh Onomah (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Josh Onomah (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.

Offside, Fulham. Bobby De Cordova-Reid tries a through ball, but Aboubakar Kamara is caught offside.

Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Olise (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Michael Olise replaces Ovie Ejaria.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ovie Ejaria (Reading).

Attempt blocked. Liam Moore (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Rinomhota with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Maxime Le Marchand replaces Joe Bryan.

Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).

Lucas João (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).

Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Boyé (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Tom Cairney.

Booking

Liam Moore (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Lucas João replaces George Puscas.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Josh Onomah replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 0, Fulham 4. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Omar Richards.

Foul by Harry Arter (Fulham).

Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Offside, Fulham. Anthony Knockaert tries a through ball, but Stefan Johansen is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Attempt missed. Liam Moore (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Rinomhota with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.

Offside, Fulham. Joe Bryan tries a through ball, but Stefan Johansen is caught offside.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).

George Puscas (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Alfie Mawson (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Omar Richards.

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