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Championship: Fulham 1-5 Bournemouth

Bournemouth returned to the top of the Championship on goal difference thanks to a stunning victory at Fulham.

Brett Pitman and Matt Ritchie both scored twice as Fulham had Fernando Amorebieta sent off and conceded five goals for the fifth time this season.

Pitman opened the scoring, Ritchie drilled home the second and Pitman slotted in the third after an hour.

Matt Smith got one back before Amorebieta was dismissed and Ritchie and Steve Cook completed the rout.

Bournemouth’s promotion challenge had faltered in recent weeks but afterbeating Wolves 2-1 in mid-week they scored five – also for the fifth time this term – to overhaul Middlesbrough at the top.

Pitman scored his first goal in 12 games to put Bournemouth in front after 29 minutes with a left-footed shot and Ritchie then netted his 10th goal of the season with a shot from outside the box.

Pitman made it 3-0 with a superb solo effort after an hour before Smith’s explosive finish gave the home side brief hope.

But the Cottagers, with just one win in their previous 10 games, had Amorebieta sent off when the defender tripped Callum Wilson as he raced clear.

Two minutes later, Ritchie drove home a low free-kick to make it 4-1 and six minutes from time Cook lashed an angled shot into the top corner to complete a miserable Friday night for Fulham.

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FA Cup: Fulham 1-3 Sunderland

Bettinelli blunder helps Sunderland

Sunderland looked like they would become the latest Premier League victim of a shock-filled FA Cup fourth round until Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli’s embarrassing fumble help them turnaround this replay.

Little over a week after Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham and Southampton saw their hopes go up in smoke, Gus Poyet’s side looked like they would follow suit after Hugo Rodallega gave the Championship side a first-half lead.

However, an unfortunate own goal from the otherwise impressive Bettinelli was followed up by a fine strike from Ricardo Alvarez and Jordi Gomez’s penalty as Sunderland secured a 3-1 win at Craven Cottage.

A trip to giant-killing Bradford now awaits in the fifth round for Sunderland, who dominated proceedings for the most part.

However, poor finishing and fine goalkeeping from Bettinelli allowed Fulham to make the breakthrough in the 28th minute as Rodallega struck home their first real chance .

Ross McCormack threatened to add to that strike but Sunderland pushed for a leveller which came in slapstick fashion as Bettinelli somehow fumbled a deflected Patrick van Aanholt cross over the line.

It proved the catalyst to a Sunderland comeback and Alvarez, the evening’s standout player, cut in from the right to unleash a fierce drive to put the visitors ahead with 15 minutes remaining.

Gomez’s stoppage-time penalty to a chorus of “cheat, cheat, cheat” rubber-stamped their progress to the fifth round.

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FA Cup: Wolves 3-3 Fulham

Hugo Rodallega’s kick earned Fulham a dramatic FA Cup penalty shootout win and a fourth-round trip to Sunderland.

On a night tinged with sadness for Wolves following the death of former owner Sir Jack Hayward, Cauley Woodrow headed Fulham in front.

Dave Edwards and Rajiv van La Parra scored for Wolves before Woodrow forced extra time.

Edwards gave Wolves an extra-time lead, but Ross McCormack’s last-minute penalty took the tie to spot kicks.

Fulham converted all five in the shootout to secure a fourth-round trip to Sunderland, as Matt Doherty missed Wolves’ second kick.

On a freezing cold night at Molineux, which deteriorated into a fierce snow storm in extra time, Fulham had the better of the opening half.

They were finally rewarded for their early pressure when Konstantinos Stafylidis sent a left-wing cross into the box that was met by the unmarked Woodrow.

Moussa Dembele could have put the visitors almost out of sight before the break when the Frenchman rounded Carl Ikeme only to miss the target.

Boosted by the double substitution of Edwards and Nouha Dicko, Wolves were transformed after the break.

Dicko was close to giving the hosts the perfect start to the second half but his tightly angled shot hit the side netting.

Wolves twice hit the woodwork through Doherty’s header and Dicko’s fierce shot before drawing level in the 71st minute.

A clever ball from Iorfa allowed Edwards clean through to spark a burst of three goals in five minutes.

Van La Parra put Wolves ahead from Kevin McDonald’s superb through-ball but Fulham quickly made it level again through Woodrow, who tapped home Dembele’s rebound to book an extra half-hour.

McDonald almost put Wolves in front again when he unleashed a shot from long range in extra time which forced Marcus Bettinelli to save.

With snow falling thickly, Edwards put Wolves back in front with a neat near-post finish three minutes into the second half of extra time.

But there was more drama to come in the final minute when Lee Evans handled and McCormack levelled from the spot – before the contest was settled on penalties.

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Championship: Brentford 2-1 Fulham

An injury-time winner saw newly-promoted Brentford come from behind to beat Fulham and move to within one point of Championship leaders Derby.

Spanish substitute Jota struck a deflected winner to earn the Bees a fourth successive win and move them up to fourth.

Hugo Rodallega put the visitors ahead against the run of play from close range on 57 minutes.

Harlee Dean shot into the top corner to level before Jota’s intervention.

It was the first west London league derby between these two sides for 16 years and the hosts dominated from the start.

Only wayward finishing and good goalkeeping by Fulham’s Marcus Bettinelli kept the visitors, who were previously unbeaten in six matches, in the game.

However, Dean’s slip just before the hour mark allowed former Leeds man Ross McCormack to slide Rodallega in for Fulham’s opener as the Cottagers threatened to continue their recent run of good form.

But, buoyed by a sold-out Griffin Park, Mark Warburton’s side hit back as their high-tempo style finally paid dividends.

Dean fired into the roof of the net to level with nine minutes left before Jota sealed victory.

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Championship: Fulham 3-1 Huddersfield

Fulham extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to six games with a hard-earned victory over Huddersfield.

The home side survived early scares when Mark Hudson’s header was cleared off the line and Harry Bunn shot wide.

Hugo Rodallega capitalised for Fulham by finishing Scott Parker’s pass.

Joel Lynch’s header levelled terms after the break but Lasse Vigen Christensen ran clear to re-establish the lead and Ross McCormack fired a stunning third from 25 yards.

The points moved the Cottagers up to 17th and will please recently installed boss Kit Symons all the more as they arrived against a Huddersfield side who themselves had lost just once in nine games before kick-off.

Symons – who took temporary charge in September – was awarded the role on a permanent basis in late October and his side look much improved to that which did not find a win in the opening eight games of the campaign under Felix Magath.

They weathered early pressure in front of their own fans as after Elsad Zverotic had cleared Hudson’s attempt from the line, Bunn had a strong penalty claim turned down before he fired wide when one on one.

Rodallega punished the miss and gave the home side the lead, pouncing on McCormack’s pass to coolly score his sixth goal of the campaign.

Like Fulham, Huddersfield started the season badly but have found form and their resilience was clear to see early in the second half as they pressed to level.

Bunn was denied a seventh goal of the season when Kostas Stafylidis pulled his shot off the goalline and Grant Holt missed a glaring opportunity – volleying over from inside the six-yard box.

Huddersfield’s reward for their pressure arrived when Lynch powered his header in, but parity was short lived as midfielder Christensen nut-megged Hudson and lifted the ball over the advancing Alex Smithies for a fine solo goal.

Rodallega wasted a golden chance to kill off Huddersfield – shooting over late on – but McCormack’s superb strike with six minutes to go clinched the win.

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