No fireworks this time, but Fulham put Blackburn away again as march back to Prem continues
Fulham (2) 2 Kebano 25, Wilson 35
Blackburn Rovers (0) 0
Fulham romped to another routine victory, as they continued their stroll back to the Premier League.
And for once, they did not even need much help from goal machine Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The Whites did not heap the same levels of humiliation and misery on Blackburn as they did in November’s 7-0 blitz at Ewood Park, but this was another very one-sided affair.
The visitors went close early on through Ryan Giles – curling just over – but it was pretty much all Fulham after that and first half goals from Neeskens Kebano and Harry Wilson virtually settled it.
Their weekend’s work already accomplished before 2.30pm, they could sit back and let their promotion rivals fight it out among themselves.
Their lead at the top was stretched to 11 points over Huddersfield and 12 over Bournemouth ahead of their game at Preston later today.
A goalkeeping blunder set up the Whites for their lunchtime win.
After Wilson had worked the ball in from the right to Nico Williams following a weak headed clearance, the on-loan Liverpool defender poked a soft shot goalwards which Thomas Kaminski spilled invitingly for Kebano to prod home.
And a sweet run and dinked finish from Wilson – scampering onto a defence-splitting ball through the inside ride channel from Tosin - made it 2-0 with the game barely half an hour old.
“We want seven,” chorused the Whites fans.
After the break, Fabio Carvalho’s deflected shot struck an upright, Mitrovic was left unmarked at the far post from a Jean Michael Seri corner, which the Serb headed into the side-netting.
Rovers thought they had pegged a goal back from a free-kick when substitute Sam Gallagher stabbed home a loose ball after Marek Rodak had saved an initial header at goal from Bradley Johnson. But a delayed linesman’s flag for offside came to Fulham’s rescue.
Wilson, who was having a fine game, bent another shot just wide from outside the box, drilled another left-footer just over and forced a save from a deflected free-kick
Even more spectacular was a lob from near the halfway line from the busy Williams, which a back-peddling Kaminski could only watch thud back off the crossbar.
No wonder the young defender received a rapturous send-off from fans when he was subbed off five minutes from time.
Whites: (4-2-3-1) Rodak – Williams (Tete 85), Tosin, Ream, Robinson – Reed, Seri (Chalobah 80) – Wilson, Carvalho, Kebano (Decordova-Reid 85) – Mitrovic. Subs not used: Gazzaniga, Tete, Hector, Cavaleiro, Muniz
Rovers: (3-4-3) Kaminski – Lenihan, van Hecke, Wilson – Zeefuik (Rankin-Costello 17), Travis, Johnson, Pickering – Giles, Dolan (Rothwell 66), Khadra (Gallagher h/t). Subs not used: Davenport, Pears, Hedges, Buckley