Dou­ble trou­ble for Slav and Co

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Tom Bas­sam

TAMMY Abra­ham scored twice in 15 min­utes of foot­ball at Ful­ham to see Bris­tol City to vic­tory. The sec­ond goal just hap­pened to come three days af­ter the first.

Abra­ham scored the 90t minute win­ner in the EFL Cup on Wednes­day then got his tenth goal of the sea­son just ten min­utes into this league game to kick­start an em­phatic win at Craven Cot­tage.

Fur­ther strikes in the sec­ond half from Luke Free­man, Bobby Reid and Aden Flint en­sured Robins boss Lee John­son was in rap­tures post-match.

“It was our best per­for­mance of the sea­son,’’ he said. “Ful­ham are a good side and you come to a place like this, it’s a fan­tas­tic sta­dium, lovely place to come and we were buoyed by many fans. It was a re­ally proud club day for us, given the fact that we beat a de­cent side com­fort­ably in the end.

“Abra­ham is a poacher. If you add up all his goals, dis­tance­wise, it prob­a­bly doesn’t make 30 yards yet and he’s scored ten. It’s that nat­u­ral in­stinct, you can’t teach that.

“I can help and try and make him bet­ter out­side the box, and his move­ment just in­side the box, but when it comes to that in­stinct of mov­ing to­wards the goal when ev­ery­one mov­ing away from as he’s mov­ing to­wards it, it’s Lineker-es­que. That’s the dif­fer­ence.’

Ful­ham man­ager Slav­isa Jokanovic was less than im­pressed with side’s col­lapse.

“We didn’t of­fer enough qual­ity, enough char­ac­ter, we didn’t de­serve a dif­fer­ent re­sult,” said the Ser­bian. “At the end the re­sult is com­pletely re­al­is­tic of what we found here in our sta­dium.

“Af­ter half-time we were not solid like in the be­gin­ning of the sea­son. Be­fore they scored the first goal they had two very good chances and af­ter that they scored.

“We moved the ball, we shot 15 times but only twice on tar­get.

“We didn’t find any end prod­uct. Gen­er­ally we play around but in our box we were not solid enough. In the op­po­si­tion’s box we don’t have the end prod­uct.”

Abra­ham reached dou­ble fig­ures for the sea­son when he met Jamie Pater­son’s firm cross in the tenth minute. It was im­pres- sive work from the rangy striker to get across Rag­nar Sig­urds­son and crash the ball home off the un­der­side of the cross­bar.

Af­ter Abra­ham’s goal Ful­ham woke up and be­gan con­trol­ling the game. Chris Martin headed their best chance just wide from Ryan Sesseg­non’s cross.

Ac­cu­racy was the home side’s big­gest prob­lem in the first half. De­spite cre­at­ing plenty of chances Frank Field­ing was rarely called upon to make a save.

The pat­tern con­tin­ued af­ter the break with Sone Aluko’s half-volleyed ef­fort strik­ing the an­gle of post and bar to fur­ther frus­trate the home fans.

As so of­ten hap­pens when you do not take your chances you are pun­ished. Lee Tom­lin en­sured just that. His mazy drib­ble past three Ful­ham play­ers opened up space for Free­man to dou­ble City’s lead.

Af­ter the sec­ond, Ful­ham col­lapsed. Reid made it 3-0 with a fan­tas­tic low drive from 25 yards with just over 20 min­utes left that broke the home spirit.

Things would get worse for Ful­ham. Kevin McDon­ald was given a harsh straight red for a mist­imed chal­lenge min­utes be­fore Flint tapped home for a late fourth.


UN-FOUR-GETTABLE: Aden Flint scores Bris­tol City’s fourth and cel­e­brates, in­set

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