Sat 07 Nov 15
at 17:44 PM
Report: Fulham 2 Blues 5
Blues beat Fulham 5-2 at Craven Cottage to send the 4,000 travelling Blues fans in raptures.
Blues scored three first-half goals in 32 clinical minutes through Stephen Gleeson, Paul Caddis and Jon Toral.
Fulham's James Husband was sent off two minutes inside the second-half, whilst Alexander Kacaniklic pulled one back for Fulham just after the hour mark.
Clayton Donaldson got his reward for another excellent performance with a 82nd minute goal, but the action continued deep into stoppage time.
Ross McCormack made it 4-2 in the 93rd minute, before substitute Viv Solomon-Otabor came on to score his first professional goal in front of the incredibly load Blues support.
Blues started the brighter and got their reward through Gleeson’s opener.
Jacques Maghoma teed up Gleeson 25 yards out and the midfielder’s effort flew past Joe Lewis and into the corner.
Fulham tried to push forward for an equaliser, but Blues doubled their advantage three minutes later. Donaldson was played through into the area by Jon Toral and the striker just nipped the ball ahead of a onrushing Joe Lewis, who brought him down.
The referee immediately pointed to the spot, booked Lewis, and Caddis showed great composure to strike his penalty low to the left with the keeper diving the wrong way.
Toral had a good chance to add to the scoreline, but he overrun the ball near the byline, whilst the closest Fulham got was Ream’s effort that just rose over the bar.
However the Arsenal loanee got his deserved goal with an excellent finish. Maghoma’s pull back fell to the midfielder and after taking a couple of touches he rifled the ball past Lewis.
Blues finished the half strong and were helped immediately after the break through James Husband's sending off.
After receiving a booking for a late tackle on Gleeson, Husband fouled Davis near the touchline just minute's later.
Fulham worked their way into the game and pulled one back when Kacaniklic beat Tomasz Kuszczak low at the far post, after the host's had originally claimed a penalty for a pull on McCormack.
Blues weathered Fulham's pressure when Matt Smith was introduced, but Clayton Donaldson sealed the points.
Maikel Kieftenbeld dropped his shoulder into the area, saw his left footed shot saved low by Lewis and Donaldson was able to slot home the rebound.
With minutes ticking down, McCormack reduced the deficit when he swept the ball home after Jonathan Spector's clearance rebounded off Smith straight into his path.
Due to the late Fulham goal, the referee added on more stoppage time with Solomon-Otabor profiting.
The midfielder ran down the left, went outside Richard Stearman in the box, checked and thumped a shot past Lewis into the corner.
It was an excellent goal that summed up a fantastic afternoon in the capital.