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  • by Yann Tear

Fabio Carvalho's golden display underpins another impressive awayday for leaders Fulham

Millwall (0) 1 Afobe 87

Fulham (2) 2 Mitrovic 5, Carvalho 8

A stunning first half from Fabio Carvalho paved the way for a second away win in three days for early league pace-setters Fulham.

The 18-year-old Portuguese-born midfielder has already shown a few glimpses of his obvious talent but took it to another level as he led the Lions a merry dance.

The youngster has pace to burn as well as a great touch and ability to size up potential openings and Gary Rowett’s men did not know how to stop him. Mahlon Romeo was booked for trying to do it illegally. Jed Wallace perhaps should have been in the second half.

The game was only three minutes old when a lightning dart down the left to the byline had Millwall defenders trailing helplessly in his wake and his pull-back was duly dispatched from close range by Aleksander Mitrovic.

Five minutes later and the midfielder ghosted onto a defence-splitting pass from Neeskens Kebano before powering home past Bartosz Bialkowski to put the Whites in easy street.

It should have been at least three by the break as Fulham drove forward with pace, energy and silky touches which the hosts simply could not live with.

Josh Onomah and Jean Michael Seri were dominant in midfield alongside the young prodigy. Kebano danced around a struggling Jake Cooper and still fired at goal in spite of an ungainly grapple from the Lions skipper which might easily have led to a penalty.

And on the half hour, Carvalho played a simple ball through to Ivan Cavaleiro, who raced for goal from half way but thumped the chance wide.

Carvalho might have had a second goal at the start of the second half, following up a Mitrovic shot that had been parried by Bialkowski.

He also had a shot blocked on the line after Frank Anguissa – on for an injured Onomah at the break and equally impressive - had carved the Lions apart again down the right byline. Then he rolled a ball out for Kebano to smash into the side-netting. Away fans chanted his name in appreciation throughout.

Matt Smith came on for the hosts and headed powerfully just over, and with three minutes to go, his flicked header was nodded over the line by Benik Afobe to set up a grandstand finish.

The final score may have been close in the end, but in truth, this was as one-sided a contest as they come. And at times it carried the whiff of swagger we saw in the Tigana promotion team of 2001. These are very early days but the signs are very promising for the Whites.

Lions: (3-5-2) Bialkowski – Ballard, M Wallace, Cooper – Romeo (Smith h/t), Leonard (McNamara 80), Saville, Kieftenbeld (Evans 80), Malone – Afobe, J Wallace. Subs not used: Long, Bradshaw, Pearce, Mitchel

Whites: (4-5-1) Gazzaniga – Tete, Tosin, Ream, Robinson – Seri, Onomah (Anguissa h/t), Kebano (Mawson 90), Carvalho, Cavaleiro (Bryan 86) – Mitrovic. Subs not used: Rodak, Odoi, Francois, Stansfield

Attendance: 12,700


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