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Fulham vs West Bromwich Albion. Sky Bet Championship.

Craven CottageAttendance18,103.

Fulham 3

  • A Mitrovic (20th minute pen, 40th minute, 82nd minute)
  • T Adarabioyo (sent off 85th minute)

West Bromwich Albion 0

  • D Furlong (sent off 70th minute)

Fulham 3-0 West Brom: Aleksandar Mitrovic scores hat-trick to steer Cottagers to victory

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Fulham and West Brom at Craven Cottage as Aleksandar Mitrovic's hat-trick steered the Cottagers to an emphatic victory; Both sides end with 10 men as Darnell Furlong and Tosin Adarabioyo dismissed.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship clash between Fulham and West Brom

Aleksandar Mitrovic's hat-trick saw Fulham bolster their spot in the top two of the Sky Bet Championship as they saw off West Brom 3-0.

The Serbian opened the scoring with a controversial penalty on 20 minutes and doubled their lead 20 minutes later to see the home side take charge at Craven Cottage.

The situation went from bad to worse late on for West Brom as they saw Darnell Furlong sent off, ending any hopes of a late comeback. Fulham's win was emphatically sealed as Mitrovic completed his hat-trick on 82 minutes - his 18th goal in just 15 games this season.

The win took Fulham four points clear of their promotion rivals in the Championship table, although it wasn't quite the perfect afternoon after Tosin Adarabioyo picked up a late red card, to see both sides finish with 10 men.

Mighty Mitrovic inspires Fulham again

Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates his hat-trick

While Fulham may have just about deserved to take the lead based on the balance of play in the first half, West Brom will have every right to feel aggrieved by the nature of the opener.

Kyle Bartley's challenge on Mitrovic was a good one as he took the ball away from the Serbian in the box, but the referee deemed it to be a foul and pointed to the spot - Mitrovic made no mistake in finding the bottom corner.

The second, on 40 minutes, was as much of a gift - this time presented by Robert Snodgrass. The Scot's attempted backpass was woefully short and right into the path of Mitrovic, who took the invitation gladly to put the ball past Sam Johnstone for a second time.

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West Brom did rally in the second half, but any dreams of getting back into the game died on 70 minutes. A brilliant Bobby Decordova-Reid pass found Harry Wilson in behind, and in Furlong's desperation to retrieve the situation he brought down the Fulham man and was given his marching orders.

Wilson then helped Fulham capitalise on their man advantage with eight minutes to go as his lovely run and pass teed up Mitrovic, who gobbled up the opportunity with aplomb.

Some of the gloss was taken off the result, however, after Adarabioyo's late reckless lunge on Grady Diangana saw him shown a straight red card.

What the managers said...

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Marco Silva was full of praise of his side after their impressive display against promotion rival's West Brom.

Fulham's Marco Silva: "Strikers that score 18 goals in 15 games, I think the numbers are there. They speak for themselves. Of course a striker cannot win games alone, but if you have a striker who has this capacity to score goals, we should keep creating for him.

"When a striker is scoring and scoring, I don't need to speak to him. His job is done, I have to work on other things with him because his confidence is high. His team-mates are helping him and we have to keep the momentum. I'm pleased to see Mitro in a good mood, but also working hard as well."

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Valerien Ismael refused to get drawn to discussions about the controversial penalty awarded to Fulham, giving credit to Marco Silva's side for being the better team on the day.

West Brom's Valerien Ismael: "I think that it's the same story, week in week out away from home On the first goal, it's a penalty, but just before the penalty we lost the ball to easily and I don't want to speak about if it was a penalty or not because we lost the ball again. Mistakes are mistakes, I let you decide if it's a penalty, but we had the ball just before the penalty and we need to avoid to lose the ball, we don't need to talk about the decision.

"Bad game, we lost, it's our fault, it's as simple as that. Again a big mistake (for the second goal), the good thing is that we make the mistake now. It's still a long way to go and the final game is in May and we have time to react and change, but we need to change that quickly."

Analysis: Should it have been a penalty?

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Chris Brunt says Kyle Bartley's challenge on Aleksandar Mitrovic should not have been given as a penalty.

Man of the Match - Aleksandar Mitrovic

A Championship cheat code. 18 goals for the season in 15 games. Ivan Toney broke the Championship record last season with 31 goals, Mitrovic could have that beaten by Christmas if he keeps going like this. It will certainly help if he keeps getting presented with the kind of chances he had on Saturday. It is hard to imagine Fulham not getting promoted again with him in the side.

What's next?

On Wednesday night Fulham travel to Blackburn for a 7.45pm kick-off, while West Brom host Hull in an 8pm clash. Both games are live on Sky Sports Football Red Button and the Sky Sports app.

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