Fulham 0-3 Bournemouth: Callum Wilson scores twice as Kevin McDonald dismissed
Report and highlights as beaten hosts are reduced to 10 men
By Will Unwin
Last Updated: 27/10/18 6:40pm
Two goals from Callum Wilson and a David Brooks strike helped Bournemouth defeat 10-man Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage.
Wilson converted a 14th-minute penalty and added a second five minutes from time, after David Brooks (72) had given the Cherries a cushion.
Fulham ended the game with 10 men after Kevin McDonald received a second yellow for fouling Brooks soon after the second goal.
Slavisa Jokanovic's struggling side, who had only one shot on target, stay 18th, while Bournemouth remain sixth.
Fulham: Rico (6), Le Marchand (6), Fosu-Mensah (5), Ream (5), Odoi (6), Seri (5), McDonald (5), Schurrle (5), R. Sessegnon (5), Mitrovic (5), Kamara (4)
Subs: Cairney (6), Anguissa (6)
Bournemouth: Begovic (7), Francis (7,) S. Cook (7), Ake (7), Smith 7, Lerma 8, L. Cook 7, Daniels 7, Fraser 9, Brooks 8, Wilson 8
Subs: Gosling (5), Defoe (6), Stanislas (6)
Man of the match: Ryan Fraser
Both teams started at a high tempo but it was the visitors who were gifted an opener when Timothy Fosu-Mensah barged Wilson over in the box. The Bournemouth striker dusted himself off to send debutant Rico the wrong way in the 14th minute.
Aboubakar Kamara reacted quickly to a heavy touch from Asmir Begovic in the Bournemouth area to dispossess the goalkeeper only to then immediately throw himself to the floor in the hope of getting a penalty even though Begovic's leg was nowhere near the striker, who was rightly booked.
Fulham struggled to create chances before the break, with the best chance falling to Andre Schurrle who fired a volley from the edge of the box which was palmed to safety by Begovic.
There were three changes for Fulham as Sergio Rico, Fosu-Mensah and Kamara came into the team, with Bettinelli, Chambers and Johansen dropping out. Rico was making his Premier League debut for Fulham.Charlie Daniels replaced Josh King for Bournemouth in Bournemouth’s only change.
With the hosts chasing the game in the 72nd minute, Brooks made the most of the extra space in the final third, latching onto a pass from Ryan Fraser and slotting the ball between Rico's legs.
Soon after he got the better of McDonald, forcing him to bring him down when heading towards goal to earn his second booking of the match.
Wilson was another to enjoy the space on offer to Bournemouth's attackers, especially when they had the one-man advantage, as he ran beyond the defence to get onto the end of another Fraser pass and fire powerfully beyond Rico from 12 yards.
Man of the match - Ryan Fraser
The Scottish midfielder seemed to have a hand in everything positive Bournemouth did in the game as few could deal with his speed and intelligent passing, which created two of the goals.
Slavisa Jokanovic: "I am confident in myself always.
"I am working here three years, I know very well the players I have in my hand.
"This is hard work, this is not easy for me, for the team. We need to be brave, we need to push forward, play better football and to win the games."
Eddie Howe: "It's not perfect, there are definitely things we could have done better.
"I thought it was a much better performance than the one against Watford where we won 4-0 and got a lot of plaudits but there were aspects of the play that day which were below where we would want to be but today was a lot better and most aspects of the play were great.
"The three clean sheets in a row are huge for us and that's given us a real boost around the team."
Notes to Southgate
Callum Wilson looked clinical in front of goal as he scores twice, with one coming from the spot and the other after he got the better of the defence. His movement and willing was rightly rewarded with two goals.
- Fulham have lost four consecutive league games for the first time since August 2014, when they were in the Championship.
- Bournemouth have won four of their last six away games in the Premier League (L2), as many as they had in their previous 27 away trips in the competition.
- Fulham have conceded 28 goals in the Premier League this term, the joint-most after 10 games in competition history (also Barnsley in 1997-98 and Southampton in 2012-13).
- Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last 11 appearances in the Premier League (six goals and four assists).
- Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks has scored three goals in his last four league appearances, as many as he had in his previous 35.
- Fulham are the only side to have conceded in 100 per cent of their games in the Premier League this season (10/10).
Fulham travel to face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Thursday night.
Bournemouth host Norwich City on Tuesday night in the same competition.