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Fulham 6-2 Birmingham City: Championship leaders stretch lead to five points

Fabio Carvalho goal
Fabio Carvalho scored Fulham's 18th Championship goal inside a week before Antonee Robinson made it 19

Free-scoring Fulham extended their advantage at the top of the Championship to five points as they hit Birmingham City for six at Craven Cottage.

Blues defender Marc Roberts put through his own net before Fulham - who have now scored an incredible 19 goals in three league games - cantered to a 4-1 first-half lead.

Neeskens Kebano, Fabio Carvalho and Tom Cairney all struck in the space of eight minutes, only for Ivan Sunjic and Gary Gardner to halve the deficit either side of the break.

But teenager Carvalho scored the first double of his career to make it 5-2 before Antonee Robinson netted in added time to seal victory and condemn Birmingham to a sixth game without a win.

Fulham's last two games have now finished 6-2 following Saturday's victory over Bristol City, with Reading on the end of a 7-0 scoreline a week ago.

They are the first English side in 88 years to score six or more goals in three consecutive games, a feat last achieved by Chester in the 1933-34 season.

Robinson's strike with virtually the last kick of the game was also their 70th Championship goal of the campaign.

Surprisingly, Championship top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic failed to add to his 27 goals this time around, although he played his part in Fulham's 10th-minute opener. The Serbia striker put Roberts under pressure as he lunged in before the defender sent Harry Wilson's cross over his own line.

Despite being utterly dominated in terms of possession, Blues kept their hosts at bay until the last 10 minutes of the first half, at which point the Fulham conveyor belt whirred into top gear again.

Kebano made it 2-0 on the run, slamming Denis Odoi's cross into the roof of the net and Robinson supplied the assist from the opposite flank for 19-year-old Carvalho to direct his header into the far corner two minutes later.

The two previous scorers then combined to set up Cairney for the home side's fourth goal, a low drive that flew in off the post.

However, Birmingham responded on the stroke of half-time, with Sunjic collecting Jeremie Bela's pass and unleashing a thunderous finish beyond the outstretched arm of Marek Rodak.

That seemed to inspire the visitors and they began the second half brightly, with Lukas Jutkiewicz testing Rodak before Kristian Pedersen teed up Gardner to drill into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

If that had given Birmingham a glimmer of hope, it was extinguished just a minute later by Carvalho, who galloped inside onto Bobby Decordova-Reid's pass and buried it beyond Neil Etheridge.

At the other end, Rodak tipped over Ryan Woods' effort to deny Birmingham a late consolation and Fulham had the final word as Robinson lashed home their sixth from the edge of the box with just seconds remaining.

Free-scoring Fulham

Fulham boss Marco Silva told BBC Radio London:"We are working really hard, they are understanding the way we can create problems for our opponents and after they are showing the quality on the pitch to do it.

"We are showing the capacity to do it on a match day and I'm really pleased to see it.

"Tonight we showed our quality, showed that we are getting better, showed that our players are confident as well.

"But we have to be humble at the same time, really humble as a team because despite three points and a fantastic score again, another one will come and be tough for us."

Birmingham manager Lee Bowyer told BBC WM 95.6:

"We didn't do too much wrong and then they go 'bang, goal'. You can't stop the power, the strength, the quality they have.

"They're quality all over the pitch, they're a different animal to us and everything they do is with a purpose. We're a hard working team and no matter how hard the players tried, they still couldn't get close to them.

"We kept Mitrovic quiet but they've got so many players all over the pitch - the left-back's come and screamed one in from 25 yards.

"It's a tough night and we have to put that behind us."

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Rodák
  • 4Odoi
  • 16Tosin
  • 13Ream
  • 33Robinson
  • 10CairneySubstituted forChalobahat 69'minutes
  • 6ReedBooked at 67minsSubstituted forOnomahat 81'minutes
  • 8Wilson
  • 28Carvalho
  • 7KebanoSubstituted forDe Cordova-Reidat 68'minutes
  • 9Mitrovic

Substitutes

  • 2Tete
  • 12Chalobah
  • 14De Cordova-Reid
  • 19Muniz Carvalho
  • 21Gazzaniga
  • 25Onomah
  • 26Mawson

Birmingham

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Colin
  • 18Mengi
  • 4RobertsSubstituted forFriendat 64'minutes
  • 3PedersenBooked at 52mins
  • 11Bela
  • 20Gardner
  • 6Woods
  • 34Sunjic
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forHoganat 64'minutes
  • 25HernándezSubstituted forJamesat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Friend
  • 9Hogan
  • 19James
  • 27Trueman
  • 39Bellingham
  • 45Masampu
  • 53Campbell
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
16,491

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home11
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 6, Birmingham City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 6, Birmingham City 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Fulham 6, Birmingham City 2. Antonee Robinson (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Onomah.

  4. Post update

    Josh Onomah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by George Friend (Birmingham City).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Marek Rodák.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Woods (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kristian Pedersen.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan James (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jérémie Bela.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Scott Hogan (Birmingham City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan James (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jérémie Bela.

  11. Post update

    Tosin Adarabioyo (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Scott Hogan (Birmingham City).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Onomah (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Wilson.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Jordan James replaces Onel Hernández.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Josh Onomah replaces Harrison Reed.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Fulham 5, Birmingham City 2. Fabio Carvalho (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harrison Reed.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Fulham 4, Birmingham City 2. Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kristian Pedersen.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Woods (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Onel Hernández.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).

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