Scott Parker’s Fulham beat Birmingham City comfortably on home soil to return to the top of the Championship.
The Cottagers were on their way from the moment defender Denis Odoi headed Harry Wilson’s cross into the bottom left corner on 10 minutes.
Aleksandar Mitrovic then drilled home a penalty after Nathaniel Chalobah got bundled over in the box.
Fulham debutant Chalobah was then also involved when Wilson got Fulham’s third before Jean Michael Seri set up a second for Mitrovic on 83 minutes.
Blues did pull one back four minutes later when second-half substitute Troy Deeney scored his first goal for Blues – at the Tilton End too – from the penalty spot.
But it was scant consolation for Blues who had previously only conceded three goals in six games this season, on a night when victory could have lifted them third.
More to follow.
- 11BelaSubstituted forGardnerat 60′minutesBooked at 67mins
- 7ChongBooked at 48minsSubstituted forAnekeat 75′minutes
- 9HoganSubstituted forDeeneyat 53′minutes
- 24SeriBooked at 36mins
- 6ReedSubstituted forQuinaat 65′minutes
- 8WilsonSubstituted forMawsonat 78′minutes
- 14De Cordova-ReidSubstituted forCavaleiroat 74′minutes
- 19Muniz Carvalho
Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Fulham 4.
Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Fulham 4.
Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Maxime Colin with a cross.
Offside, Birmingham City. Lukas Jutkiewicz tries a through ball, but Chuks Aneke is caught offside.
Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Fulham).
Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Goal! Birmingham City 1, Fulham 4. Troy Deeney (Birmingham City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.
Penalty Birmingham City. Troy Deeney draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Denis Odoi (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
Goal! Birmingham City 0, Fulham 4. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jean Michael Seri.
Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.
Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
Offside, Fulham. Joe Bryan tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
Substitution, Fulham. Alfie Mawson replaces Harry Wilson.
Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).
Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt blocked. Marc Roberts (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Woods with a cross.