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Match Report: Fulham 1 - Brentford 4


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Well, we're used to losing now. Fulham were beaten 4-1 today at Craven Cottage by Brentford, who now sit in sixth. Or fifth. Or somewhere. Anyway, we lost, I got hit by a car earlier this week and my love life is going nowhere, so let's move on.

Alexander Kačaniklić's shot on goal, after beating his man, was swatted away by goalie David Button. Tunniclife had a chance, assisted by Cauley Woodrow, though he couldn't control the ball and was fouled in the box, but no penalty was given. Jonathan Douglas then fouled new signee James Husband (ahahaha Husband), but the resulting free kick was pushed out for a corner before Michael Turner could put it in. Alex Pritchard gave Brentford’s it's first chance of the game on 17 minutes, but it shot too far wide, before Woodrow shot over at the other end. Stuart Dallas drew a save from Marcus Bettinelli on the 21st minute, from a low shot. But 3 minutes later, he was slotted a pass from Jake Bidwell on the left side and managed to cut the ball into the net.

Pritchard almost doubled the lead 3 minutes later, however his free kick shot past the near post. Then Kačaniklić missed. Woodrow shot from 25 yards out in the 34th minute, straight into the hands of Button, who then dropped the ball, but none of the Cottagers were around to capitalize on the loose ball. Then Husband and Fofana both missed in the 38th minute.

Tim Hoogland came on for Jack Grimmer at the start of the second half. Jota was given a yellow on the 51st minute for barging into Husband to stop an attack. Dallas scored his and Brentford's second goal of the game on the 58th minute, slotting the ball into the top right corner of the net. They then made the first change of the game, with Pritchard came off for Alan Judge, and Matt Smith replacing Woodrow for us shortly after.

Andre Gray then missed what would probably be the best chance of the game when his shot flew straight over the net. We were given a chance to equalize when Toumani Diagouraga fouled Husband in the box, which led to Ross McCormack sending Button the other way to make it 2-1. We then almost found ourselves level when Smith found a ball from Nikolay Bodurov, lobbing the ball over Button but finding it drop so close to the far post. Danny Guthrie fed Kačaniklić, who raced toward goal, but Harlee Dean somehow managed to poke away the danger. Gray then left, with Chris Long replacing him. A massive pass from Button was expertly controlled by Judge on 76 minutes, his shot requiring a deflection from Hoogland to stop it from putting the game to bed. Kavanagh came on to replace Kačaniklić shortly after. Tunniclife missed his chance on goal, this time his left footed shot met the arms of Button.

The final Brentford change saw Dallas come off for Tommy Smith.

Matt Smith was barged over in the box by James Tarkowski, but no penalty was awarded in the 85th minute. Tunniclife then scored, but it was discovered that the referee had already blown his whistle for a foul on Button by Smith, before Bettinelli had to slap away a volley from Judge. And then he made it five, crashing a free kick off the crossbar. Some sort of pyrotechnic incident followed, while Smith missed on the face of goal, while Jota scored to make it 4-1.

Well. Fulham face Charlton at the Valley on Tuesday. COYW!