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Fulham Dismantle Palace At Selhurst

Fulham came from a goal down to dismantle second from bottom Crystal Palace 4-1 at Selhurst Park after a solid performance and stunning goal by young Swiss international Pajtim Kasami.

Palace started off brightly and created a chance within a minute of the first whistle when Dwight Gayle broke on the right, but the young forward’s shot was well saved by Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

The home side then grabbed an early opener when defender Adrian Mariappa rose highest in the penalty area and headed past a stranded Stekelenburg, with just seven minutes played.

Fulham responded via a moment of brilliance by young Switzerland player Kasami, the midfielder ran onto a long ball from Sascha Riethe and hit his first time volley past a helpless Julian Speroni just over 10 minutes later.

The Cottagers then grabbed the lead on the stroke of half-time, when Steve Sidwell scored a half-volley from outside the box which flew into the top corner.

The visitors then scored within five minutes of the restart through former Manchester United striker and the London side’s captain Dimitar Berbatov, when the Bulgarian got on the end of a Bryan Ruiz corner.

Fulham then grabbed their fourth goal of the game from another Ruiz corner in the 55th minute, defender Philippe Senderos volleyed home from the back post to make it 4-1.

Ian Holloway brought on former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh and veteran goal-poacher Kevin Phillips in the 56th and 69th minutes respectively, to try and pull a goal back for the home side.

The visitors seemed to take their foot of the gas after their fourth goal.

Mile Jedinak came close to pulling a goal back in the 73rd minute, but his header from a Jerome Thomas corner went high and wide.

Four minutes later and Joel Ward tried to test keeper Stekelenburg with a left-footed shot from outside the box, but his shot went way over.

Stuart O'Keefe forced a save out of the Palace shot-stopper in the 80th minute, and Stekelenburg was called into action once more to keep out a Dean Moxey long range effort with less than five minutes later.

Kasami then almost grabbed his second of the game with less than five minutes left on the clock, after catching Palace on the break. Berbatov played in the Swiss midfielder but his left-footed first time shot was well saved by keeper Speroni.

The Eagles have now suffered five straight defeats and have only picked up 3 points so far this season, only above Sunderland who have just one point to show for the season.

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