6 Jan

Championship round-up: Fulham’s woes continue with 5-1 hammering at Derby

first_imgFulham continued their nightmare start to life in the Championship, as the relegated Premier League outfit capitulated in style in a 5-1 defeat to promotion hopefuls Derby County.Pressure is surely mounting on Cottagers manager Felix Magath, whose side sit bottom of the table after making it four losses in four games.Jamie Ward gave the Rams a first-half lead at the Pride Park Stadium, but a rare goal from Fulham captain Scott Parker pulled the visitors level shortly after the break.And just as you thought the London side managed to get a foothold in the game, the floodgates opened. Craig Bryson puts the hosts back in front just five minutes later, with Chris Martin making it three on the hour-mark.Martin then grabbed his brace in the 86th minute but the final word went to former Tottenham graduate Simon Dawkins, who completed the rout exactly a minute later to send Fulham fans home miserable.Nottingham Forest, meanwhile, continued their flying start to the new campaign with a resounding 4-0 win over Reading.A 2-1 victory over promotion rivals Bournemouth in midweek lifted the Tricky Trees to the top of the table, and there they stay with a one point lead following this latest result.Michail Antonio put Steve McLaren’s side two-up with a goal either side of the break, with further second-half goals from Matty Fryatt and summer signing Britt Assombalonga sealing the simplest of wins over the poor Royals, who managed just two shots on target all game.Bournemouth struck twice late on but it wasn’t enough to steal any points against Blackburn, whose three goals scored inside 25 minutes gave them a 3-2 win at Ewood Park.There was a surprise start for star striker Jordan Rhodes, who was subject to a £12million bid from top flight outfit Hull this weekend, and he repaid his current club with the opening goal after 13 minutes.Grant Hanley then made it two in the 20th, with Rudy Gestede netting another three minutes later, and while the visitors had their fair share of chances – the Cherries creating almost twice as many efforts on goal than the hosts – they failed to find the net until the final moments, but it was too little too late despite Brett Pitman and Steve Cook’s strikes.There was a similar result at the Riverside as Sheffield Wednesday survived a late scare to secure a 3-2 win at Middlesbrough, with Grant Leadbitter’s two late penalties not enough for the unlucky hosts.Watford are up to second following a 4-1 win over a Leeds side that were down to nine men by the final whistle.Italian frontman Fernando Forestieri put the Hornets in front before United found themselves level after a Gabriel Tamas own goal, but another from Forestieri plus further strikes from Troy Deeney and Daniel Tozser sealed the three points, with both Giuseppe Bellusci and Sam Byram seeing red for the Yorkshire outfit.Elsewhere, Liverpool loanee Joao Carlos Teixeira scored the winner for Brighton in a 2-1 triumph over visiting Bolton, Oriol Riera’s first-half strike was enough to seal a 1-0 for Wigan over Blackpool – who are without a win this season – while Wolves captain Mark Hudson’s stoppage-time finish secured a dramatic 1-0 victory over Cardiff.Brentford’s Moses Odubajo scored late in the second-half to rescue a 1-1 draw against Birmingham, Igor Vetokele netted in stoppage time to ensure Charlton nicked a point in a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield, while Ben Pringle gave Rotherham a 1-0 win over Millwall, putting an end to the Lion’s unbeaten start to the season. Fulham manager Felix Magath 1last_img

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