0-7 Fulham reading: Harry Wilson plays as Whites hit seven for second time this season to finish second

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Aleksandar Mitrovic scored Fulham’s second goal from the penalty spot at the stroke of half-time

Harry Wilson has scored twice and has been involved in four more goals as Fulham has scored seven for Reading to return to second place in the Championship.

It was the second time Marco Silva’s side have scored seven goals this season, tying November’s victory at Blackburn.

Wilson scored in each half, either side of a penalty from Aleksandar Mitrovic in added time for the first half.

Kenny Tete, Neeskens Kebano, Tosin Adarabioyo and Mitrovic with their second then added to the rout of the second half.

It was a first win in six games for Fulham, who was in the league for the first time since a home loss to Sheffield United on December 20 after seeing their three holiday season games postponed due to cases of Covid- 19.

The win saw them drop one point behind leaders Bournemouth with one game less and a much higher goal difference after their second away win of the season.

A damaging loss for Reading saw their winless home run stretch to seven league appearances as they remain perilously close to the relegation zone after winning just once in seven league appearances.

It also happened just three days after an embarrassing FA Cup third round exit at the hands of non-league Kidderminster Harriers, with increasing pressure on manager Veljko Paunovic.

Seventh heaven again for Fulham

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Harry Wilson celebrates with his teammates after scoring Fulham’s third goal

His team were on the back foot from the seventh minute when center-back Scott Dann had to be replaced due to an injury.

Captain Josh Laurent, who moved to the makeshift right-back as a result, unwittingly stuck in Wilson for Fulham’s opener shortly thereafter as he attempted to pass through his own penalty area in direction of goalkeeper Luke Southwood.

Wilson pinched to intercept, Laurent seemingly oblivious to his presence, and it was a simple finish in a nearly empty net for his first of the night.

Reading rallied and tried to organize a retaliation, and first substitute Mamadi Camara almost brought them back to the same level with a neat heel pad inside the area that Marek Rodak pushed behind for a corner kick.

Andy Carroll had the ball in the net twice for the hosts, but both efforts were ruled offside, the first a spectacular kick over Junior Hoilett’s cross and the second a good half volley. hit from outside the box.

But that was pretty much the end of their offensive momentum as Fulham doubled his lead seconds before the break.

Tom Holmes was on trial for tripping Wilson in the zone and Mitrovic converted his first goal with a finish in the lower left corner to make it 2-0.

While Fulham overshadowed the first half, they completely dominated the second with five more goals and Wilson heavily involved.

The Welsh international made it 3-0 on the hour mark as he slapped on the center from the left overlapping Antonee Robinson.

Full-back Tete then unleashed Mitrovic’s powerful header from Wilson’s center for the fourth and two minutes later he was the provider again when his low ball along the six-yard line was tapped at the far post. by Kebano for Fulham’s fifth.

Not to be done there, they still had the time and the appetite to add two more.

Center-back Adarabioyo was left unmarked to lead in a Wilson corner, and then Mitrovic arrived to take his season tally to 24 league goals as he won on the rebound after the initial effort from Rodrigo Muniz was parried by Southwood.

That goal meant Fulham became the first team since the 1895-96 season to win multiple away games by seven or more goals in a single season.

Royals endure “another horrible night” – reaction

The boss of reading Veljko Paunovic
Veljko Paunovic’s Reading side have won just twice in their last 13 games in all competitions

Responsible for reading Veljko Paunovic:

“It was another horrible night in what is proving to be a very difficult month for us so far.

“The early setback with the loss of Scott Dann to injury certainly changed our form and our approach on a night where we already had a very disturbed lineup.

“But even after that we had a lot of trouble adjusting, there was nervousness and frustration and we conceded an avoidable first goal and the penalty before half-time was also maybe questionable.

“After all that, to lead 2-0 at the break under all these circumstances we still had to face a very good team like Fulham.

“The third goal killed us and then unfortunately the inexperience of some players in certain positions cost us and made the task even more difficult.

“It’s not a question I have to answer if I think I’ll have enough time. It’s about the squad and this team and at the moment we’ve been put in a very difficult position and a a very difficult task has been entrusted to us without our fault.

“We were thrown under the bus, but we have to keep going and I think we can.

“I’ve seen people give their all to the team and if you look back just a few months ago this group produced one of their best performances to beat this Fulham side on their own turf.

“I think there are other great moments to come from this team and we need to find inspiration from those moments.”

Fulham coach Marco Silva:

“It was a good result for us and it was an impressive performance.

“We knew before the game and we talked about it in the meetings that it would be important for us to get three points and the fans who were here tonight and came in great numbers could see and feel a great performance.

“There were some great goals and some great individual performances and it was the perfect night for us.

“We want to create a lot of chances and score a lot of goals and we did it in style tonight. We were much better in the second half than in the first because I didn’t feel we were in control. match total despite a 2-0 lead.

“There were times when we weren’t at our best in that first half, but we were much more on the go and stronger in some important details in the second half.

“It’s only going to be a special season if we end it with some success at the end, so while it’s great to have scored seven goals twice, we know we have to see it through to the end for the rest of the season. “

Queues

Reading

Training 4-2-3-1

  • 22Southern wood
  • 16BoobsReplaced byIt’s hotat 52 ‘minutes
  • 3Holmes
  • 24thenReplaced byCamaraat seven’minutes
  • 41Bristow
  • 15Drink waterBooked at 41 minutesReplaced byPuscasat 64 ‘minutes
  • 28Laurent
  • 23Hoilett
  • tenFast
  • 19Dele-Bashiru
  • 9Carroll

Substitutes

  • 8It’s hot
  • 32Camara
  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 38Stickland
  • 39Clarke
  • 47Puscas

Fulham

Training 4-2-3-1

  • 1A native
  • 2Head
  • 16Indeed
  • 13oar
  • 33Robinson
  • tenCairney
  • 6ReedReplaced byChalobaat 79 ‘minutes
  • 8WilsonReplaced byMuniz Carvalhoat 76 ‘minutes
  • 28CarvalhoReplaced byBy Cordova-Reidat 72 ‘minutes
  • sevenKebano
  • 9Mitrovic

Substitutes

  • 3Hector
  • 4Odoi
  • 12Chaloba
  • 14By Cordova-Reid
  • 19Muniz Carvalho
  • 21Gazzaniga
  • 35Francois

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