Fulham coast to victory at nine-man Crystal Palace


Bobby de Cordova-Reid opened the scoring for Fulham

Goals from Bobby de Cordova-Reid, Tim Ream and Aleksandar Mitrovic inspired Fulham to victory over nine-man Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Dominant throughout, Marco Silva’s side were helped by Palace’s indiscipline in either half, which put a stop to their hopes of a fourth straight home win.

Tyrick Mitchell was shown a red card for a foul on Kenny Tete just three minutes after his side went behind, and James Tomkins followed him before the hour.

The result strengthens the visitors’ unlikely European push, as they sit in eighth, just two points off the top six.

Heading towards the half-hour mark, Palace, having struggled to impose themselves early on, almost took the lead.

Clever play by Michael Olise freed Jordan Ayew inside the area, but he saw his effort crash off the bar.

Fulham made them pay moments later when De Cordova-Reid headed the visitors into a deserved lead as Mitrovic pounced on slack play from Joachim Andersen before finding his team-mate with a pinpoint cross.

The hosts’ misery was compounded further when Mitchell was dismissed after Tete reached a loose ball first and was caught by the Palace man.

Any chance of a quick Palace resurgence were quashed 12 minutes after the break. Tomkins, on a booking, appeared to elbow Mitrovic off the ball, resulting in a second red card of the game.

Ream then reacted quickly to Mitrovic’s knock-down from a corner to double Fulham’s lead on 71 minutes.

Referee Andy Madley checked the VAR monitor for a potential handball against the Serb, only to stick with his original decision, before Mitrovic made it three 10 minutes from time.

Palace punished after losing cool

The two red cards were undoubtedly the moments on which this game turned. Mitchell’s challenge on Tete came just three minutes after De Cordova-Reid’s opener, and Tomkins’ moment of madness forced them into damage control.

But even with 11 men, they didn’t do nearly enough to win the game or even avoid defeat, marking a disappointing return to Premier League action after the World Cup.

Patrick Vieira named an attacking line-up but that intent was never transformed into a coherent performance as they were roundly beaten.

Festive cheer as Fulham march on

Fears of a third successive relegation to the Championship are disappearing at a rapid rate for Fulham, and they looked well at home at this level again.

It is now 22 points from 16 games under Silva this term, just six fewer than they got in the entirety of their last Premier League campaign two years ago.

The manner in which they dominated the ball and made possession count was hugely impressive, and with Mitrovic grabbing his 10th goal of the season, they have a striker in the sort of form to make them dream of a European place, or even more than that.

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Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number13Player nameGuaita

  2. Squad number17Player nameClyne

  3. Squad number16Player nameAndersen

  4. Squad number5Player nameTomkins

  5. Squad number3Player nameMitchell

  6. Squad number28Player nameDoucouré

  7. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

  8. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

  9. Squad number7Player nameOlise

  10. Squad number10Player nameEze

  11. Squad number11Player nameZaha

  1. Squad number2Player nameWard

  2. Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic

  3. Squad number19Player nameHughes

  4. Squad number26Player nameRichards

  5. Squad number44Player nameRiedewald

Fulham

  1. Squad number17Player nameLeno

  2. Squad number2Player nameTete

  3. Squad number31Player nameDiop

  4. Squad number13Player nameReam

  5. Squad number33Player nameRobinson

  6. Squad number6Player nameReed

  7. Squad number26Player nameJoão Palhinha

  8. Squad number14Player nameDe Cordova-Reid

  9. Squad number18Player nameAndreas Pereira

  10. Squad number20Player nameWillian

  11. Squad number9Player nameMitrovic

  1. Squad number8Player nameWilson

  2. Squad number10Player nameCairney

  3. Squad number21Player nameJames

  4. Squad number30Player nameCarlos Vinícius

  5. Squad number38Player nameHarris

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Guaita
  • 17ClyneSubstituted forWardat 67′minutes
  • 16Andersen
  • 5TomkinsBooked at 57mins
  • 3MitchellBooked at 34mins
  • 28DoucouréSubstituted forMilivojevicat 84′minutes
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forRiedewaldat 83′minutes
  • 9J Ayew
  • 7OliseSubstituted forHughesat 84′minutes
  • 10EzeSubstituted forRichardsat 60′minutes
  • 11Zaha

Substitutes

  • 1Butland
  • 2Ward
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 19Hughes
  • 22Édouard
  • 23Ebiowei
  • 26Richards
  • 44Riedewald
  • 45Gordon

Fulham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 17Leno
  • 2Tete
  • 31Diop
  • 13Ream
  • 33Robinson
  • 6Reed
  • 26João PalhinhaSubstituted forCairneyat 75′minutes
  • 14De Cordova-ReidSubstituted forWilsonat 81′minutes
  • 18PereiraSubstituted forHarrisat 85′minutes
  • 20WillianSubstituted forJamesat 82′minutes
  • 9MitrovicSubstituted forAlves Moraisat 85′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rodák
  • 4Tosin
  • 5Duffy
  • 8Wilson
  • 10Cairney
  • 12Chalobah
  • 21James
  • 30Alves Morais
  • 38Harris

Referee:
Andy Madley

Attendance:
25,176

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