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2 vs 4
Played
May 4, 2013 10:00 AM EDT
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ N. Swarbrick‎
Attendance:‬ 24087‎
 
70′ Bryan Ruiz
Hal Robson-Kanu 12′ (PG)
77′ Bryan Ruiz
 
 
Jem Karacan 83′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fulham 2-4 Reading

A six-goal thriller saw Hal Robson-Kanu and Bryan Ruiz star with two goals each as Nigel Adkins' men salvaged some pride to extend the Cottagers' winless run to six league matches.

By Tim Poole at Craven Cottage

  • Mark Schwarzer
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mark Schwarzer

    Was equal to everything thrown at him in the first half except Robson-Kanu's penalty. Made some good saves after the break but was well beaten on several occasions.

  • John Arne Riise
    2
    0
    2.50

    John Arne Riise

    Was unfortunate to give away an early penalty but can only blame himself with a naive attempt at a high clearance. Was continually penalized for his clumsiness thereafter and, despite making solid forward runs, was hauled off after 55 minutes.

  • Philippe Senderos
    0
    0
    2.00

    Philippe Senderos

    Was sloppy in possession and hardly expert in the tackle, being booked for his rashness after 25 minutes.

  • Brede Hangeland
    0
    0
    2.50

    Brede Hangeland

    Was not at fault for the goal or for much else but was still not solid enough at the back. Will need to step up and lead the back line more if his side is to enjoy a more fruitful campaign next season.

  • Sascha Riether
    0
    0
    2.50

    Sascha Riether

    Surged down the right side with venom in what was his 37th appearance this season but often provided poor delivery for Fulham's front men.

  • Giorgos Karagounis
    1
    1
    2.00

    Giorgos Karagounis Flop of the Match

    Whether he was struggling for fitness or for other reasons, the Greek midfielder totally struggled to compete in midfield, being out-muscled and outclassed both on and off the ball. Was put out of his misery after half an hour when Hugo Rodallega replaced him.

  • Damien Duff
    0
    1
    2.50

    Damien Duff

    Failed to make an impact in the first half despite the odd run and cross.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    1
    0
    2.50

    Urby Emanuelson

    Made ambitious runs into the box but was wasteful with his long passes.

  • Eyong Enoh
    1
    0
    2.50

    Eyong Enoh

    As strong as ever in shielding the ball when in possession but noticeably lacked cutting edge when he ventured forward.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    3
    0
    2.50

    Dimitar Berbatov

    A constant threat in the first half, the Bulgarian was as composed and hard-working as ever in leading the line. Was unable to net in the first half, however.

  • Bryan Ruiz
    2
    1
    4.00

    Bryan Ruiz

    Did well to forge himself an early chance, showing a good touch and plenty of creativity. Had several shots in the first half but and finished very well for his two second-half goals.

Substitutions

  • Kieran Richardson
    0
    0
    2.00

    Kieran Richardson

    Replaced Riise early in the second half but could not make an impact.

  • Hugo Rodallega
    0
    0
    3.50

    Hugo Rodallega

    Came on after half an hour in a surprise change from Martin Jol and made an instant impact up front, almost scoring after two minutes on the pitch. Almost scored again early in the second half then assisted Ruiz for his goal. Was his side's most dangerous threat.

  • Alex McCarthy
    0
    0
    3.50

    Alex McCarthy

    Made a superb save in the first minute and then a super-human one after half an hour. Showed the kind of form he did against Liverpool when he kept a clean sheet a few weeks ago and was unlucky to be beaten by Ruiz twice in the second half.

  • Chris Gunter
    0
    0
    2.50

    Chris Gunter

    Got forward a lot down that right side, though he did not provide any notable contributions himself.

  • Adrian Mariappa
    0
    0
    3.00

    Adrian Mariappa

    Looked good on the ball and did not give the the home strikers a sniff in the first half.

  • Sean Morrison
    0
    0
    3.00

    Sean Morrison

    Did not put a foot wrong at the back during the first half and was similarly resolute after the break.

  • Stephen Kelly
    0
    0
    3.00

    Stephen Kelly

    Provided several long deliveries and was effective at the back, largely remaining unnoticeable as he played on with a good day's work.

  • Jem Karacan
    0
    0
    3.50

    Jem Karacan

    Broke free in the penalty area early in the second half to almost double the away side's lead. Was an efficient and disciplined presence otherwise and scored a deserved late goal.

  • Jobi McAnuff
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jobi McAnuff

    Surged forward at every opportunity and really led by example. The Royals skipper was full of energy and was unafraid to take shots from distance either. Came off in the second half.

  • Garath McCleary
    0
    0
    3.00

    Garath McCleary

    Was occasionally clumsy in the challenge during the first-half but produced an otherwise effective display in which he was not shy of contributions both in defense and attack.

  • Hal Robson-Kanu
    1
    0
    4.00

    Hal Robson-Kanu Top of the Match

    Won and dispatched his early spot kick with consummate ease and was a lively presence thereafter. His second-half goal was just as well taken.

  • Danny Guthrie
    0
    0
    2.50

    Danny Guthrie

    Committed a few fouls in the first half but was otherwise effective in making his presence felt.

  • Pavel Pogrebnyak
    1
    0
    3.00

    Pavel Pogrebnyak

    Almost scored early on in both halves and threatened constantly. This was a happy return to the ground where the Russian plied his trade last season.

Substitutions

  • Adam Le Fondre
    1
    0
    3.00

    Adam Le Fondre

    Was sent on by Adkins in place of Pogrebnyak in the second half and scored a brilliant goal to put the Royals 3-1 up.

  • Nick Blackman
    0
    0

    Nick Blackman

    Replaced skipper McAnuff after 75 minutes.

Results
 
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