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Birmingham City vs Fulham. Sky Bet Championship.

St. Andrew's StadiumAttendance14,562.

Birmingham City 1

  • T Deeney (87th minute pen)

Fulham 4

  • D Odoi (10th minute)
  • A Mitrovic (44th minute pen, 83rd minute)
  • H Wilson (54th minute)

Birmingham 1-4 Fulham: Aleksandar Mitrovic scores twice as Cottagers march to victory

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Birmingham and Fulham at St Andrew's as goals from Denis Odoi, Aleksandar Mitrovic (two) and Harry Wilson secured a comfortable win. Troy Deeney scored first Blues goal with consolation penalty

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Fulham

Fulham returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Birmingham at St Andrew's.

Marco Silva's side always looked in charge of the contest and two goals in each half backed up a dominant display.

Denis Odoi ended a three-year wait for a league goal as his 10th-minute header put the visiting team ahead, with Aleksandar Mitrovic's 44th-minute penalty doubling Fulham's advantage.

Impressive debutant Nathaniel Chalobah won the spot-kick, and the deadline-day signing from Watford played a key role in the game's third goal.

The 26-year-old former Chelsea youngster cut open the Blues defence with a delightful pass which was finished off in equally clinical style by Harry Wilson in the 54th minute.

Wilson's killer strike arrived just one minute after the introduction of Troy Deeney, and it was always going to be a mountainous task for the hosts to come back after that.

Mitrovic scored his second goal of the match after 83 minutes before Deeney opened his Birmingham account from the penalty spot with only three minutes remaining.

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Wilson's corner from the right found the head of Odoi, the Belgian right-back rising high above the Blues defence to direct a powerful header into the bottom left corner for the game's first goal.

Fulham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga was called into serious action for the first time midway through the opening period from Jeremie Bela's free-kick, the Argentine goalkeeper comfortably collecting the shot down to his left.

Former Liverpool forward Wilson had two sights of goal in the space of as many minutes late in the first half - a shot from the left of the box blocked by Kristian Pedersen and a 20-yard half-volley saved low down by Matija Sarkic.

With half-time looming, Silva's men doubled their advantage after Harlee Dean dragged back Chalobah, Mitrovic planting his spot-kick into the bottom left corner.

Wilson, who scored a hat-trick for loan club Cardiff on his last outing at St Andrew's, slotted past Sarkic to make it 3-0.

Deeney's arrival on the pitch had been given a triumphant ovation by the Birmingham supporters and he had chances to score before his late penalty, seeing one header tipped over by Gazzaniga and another close-range effort kept out by the keeper's leg.

Lukas Jutkiewicz was also denied by a great Gazzaniga clawed stop before Mitrovic completed his double following a neat one-two with Jean Michael Seri.

Odoi was then penalised for dragging back Deeney, and Birmingham's new striker crashed his penalty straight down the middle of the goal.

In stoppage-time, Deeney had another header saved and Gary Gardner hit the crossbar as Lee Bowyer's men mounted a late rally, but Fulham had already got the points sealed up.

What the managers said...

Birmingham's Lee Bowyer: "It was slightly harsh. If you were watching it as a neutral on the side I would like to think you would think that scoreline was a little bit harsh.

"Taking the goals away I think we were just as good as them for the first 20 minutes - before they scored we were on the front foot, looked like causing them more problems, getting into great areas, winning the ball back in good areas - a little bit of quality lacked in the final third for us and I think that was just the difference on the night."

Fulham's Marco Silva: "It was a great win. A very good answer after the bad result on Saturday. We were brave from the first minute. We created chances within our plan. We knew they'd press us high, and we knew how to break that pressure and cause problems behind their wing-backs.

"We knew that we must brave against them and the way they play. They are really strong at set pieces, all the throws to our box as well. We were brave and solid."

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