Just like that, Fulham have won two games in a row and Craven Cottage seems a bit more peaceful. The football club were able to do easy work on Exeter City 2-0 thanks to a brace by Aboubakar Kamara and a 21-3 shot advantage that clearly showed the difference between the two teams. However, the match was only tainted by a nasty leg injury to Neeskens Kebano that saw him leave today’s match on a stretcher.
But before that, Fulham were able to get the first goal in just the fourth minute. With a powerful shot comingoff of the boot of Cyrus Christie, Exeter keeper Christy Pym was only able to punch it towards Kamara, who volleyed it sweetly back towards a yawning net. The rest of the first half basically outlined how the rest of the 90 minutes felt: workmanlike throughout, with nothing so venomous that the mercy rule needed to be implemented by Exeter, but a solid effort from an entirely new starting XI. There probably should have been a penalty rewarded to Kamara as well as he was clattered in the area at the 33rd minute, only for referee Kevin Friend to wave it off.
Fortunately, Fulham did not have that misjudgement affect the way they played the rest of the match as Stefan Johansen was able to slide a lovely through ball to Kamara to tap it home early in the second half. From there, the home side were basically on cruise control and didn’t look back. Almost everyone in the XI had a good showing tonight. Alfie Mawson looked solid returning from offseason surgery. The midfield of Johansen, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Ibrahima Cisse showed good balance. Most importantly, the attacking trio of Kamara, Kebano and Rui Fonte were buzzing all evening.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to hear more about the extent of Kebano’s injury as it has been reported that he rolled his ankle from a blocked shot challenge from an Exeter defender. While it didn’t look intentional, the challenge was enough for Kebano to suffer such a gruesome injury and cause concern among his teammates. Otherwise, it was a good night for Fulham as they await who they will face next from Thursday’s third round draw.