Birmingham City 1-4 Fulham: Cottagers beat Blues to return to top

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Denis Odoi had not scored a league goal for Fulham since hitting the winner in the Championship play-off semi-final win over Derby in May 2018
Denis Odoi had not scored a league goal for Fulham since hitting the winner in the Championship play-off semi-final win over Derby in May 2018

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.

Aleksandar Mitrovic has netted in all but two of Fulham's seven Championship matches this term
Aleksandar Mitrovic has netted in all but two of Fulham’s seven Championship matches this term

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 3-4-3

  • 13Sarkic
  • 4Roberts
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 2Colin
  • 34Sunjic
  • 6Woods
  • 11BelaSubstituted forGardnerat 60′minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 7ChongBooked at 48minsSubstituted forAnekeat 75′minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 9HoganSubstituted forDeeneyat 53′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Friend
  • 15Aneke
  • 18McGree
  • 20Gardner
  • 21Sanderson
  • 27Trueman
  • 36Deeney

Fulham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 21Gazzaniga
  • 4Odoi
  • 16Tosin
  • 13Ream
  • 23Bryan
  • 24SeriBooked at 36mins
  • 6ReedSubstituted forQuinaat 65′minutes
  • 12Chalobah
  • 8WilsonSubstituted forMawsonat 78′minutes
  • 9Mitrovic
  • 14De Cordova-ReidSubstituted forCavaleiroat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rodák
  • 7Kebano
  • 17Cavaleiro
  • 19Muniz Carvalho
  • 20Quina
  • 26Mawson
  • 33Robinson

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