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Monday 21 October 2013 | Selhurst Park | Referee: Lee Mason | Attendance 24,881

Crystal Palace
  • Adrian Mariappa (7)
Crystal Palace
1 - 4
  • Pajtim Kasami (19)
  • Steve Sidwell (45)
  • Dimitar Berbatov (50)
  • Philippe Senderos (55)

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Pajtim Kasami and Steve Sidwell scored stunning goals as Fulham turned on the style to claim a 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Adrian Mariappa headed the hosts in front early on at Selhurst Park before Kasami and Sidwell produced magnificent efforts to put Martin Jol's men ahead at the break.

Dimitar Berbatov and Philippe Senderos then added one goal each after the interval to give Fulham back-to-back wins for the first time this season and condemn Palace to five consecutive Barclays Premier League defeats.

Palace made three changes from their 3-1 loss to Liverpool, bringing in Jose Campana for Jimmy Kebe while Dwight Gayle and Yannick Bolasie replaced Marouane Chamakh and Cameron Jerome.

For Fulham, Maarten Stekelenburg made his second Premier League start of the season and Scott Parker returned to action after limping off with a calf injury during the defeat to Cardiff City in September.

The hosts made the early running and they were ahead after six minutes, Mariappa rising above Brede Hangeland and powering home from a Jason Puncehon cross to score his first for the club.

Amid a rocking Selhurst Park atmosphere, Ian Holloway's men continued to dominate with Stuart O'Keefe the next to threaten, shooting just wide after Sidwell lost possession in midfield.

However, Kasami restored parity with a goal of the highest quality after 19 minutes, as he brought down a lofted ball from Sascha Riether on his chest while on the move.

The Switzerland international then hit a sumptuous right-foot volley over Julian Speroni and into the far corner of the goal to record his second of the season in spectacular fashion. After scoring a goal apiece in the opening 20 minutes, neither side were able to create any further clear-cut chances until Sidwell fired home brilliantly on the stroke of half-time.

The midfielder expertly volleyed home past a helpless Speroni after a Bryan Ruiz free-kick had been blocked by the Palace wall.

Fulham almost made it 3-1 three minutes after the break when Speroni made up for giving the ball away initially with a smart save to deny Darren Bent. However, just a minute later, Berbatov extended the visitors' advantage with his first Premier League goal of the campaign.

The former Manchester United forward held off a challenge from Mariappa to direct Ruiz's set-piece delivery into the far corner of Speroni's net.

Fulham were firmly in control by this point, and they grabbed a fourth on 55 minutes through Senderos, with the defender's controlled volley at the far post from another dangerous Ruiz corner squirming its way under Speroni.

Opportunities were few and far between after that, although O'Keefe and Dean Moxey both tested Stekelenburg from distance to no avail.

VIDEO: Ian Holloway press conference >>

Fulham manager Martin Jol: "(The goal is) probably better than people think because he had to control it with his chest and, with his wrong foot, he hit it in the far corner. It was a good goal from a talented boy. It was totally different [to Marco Van Basten's famous goal for the Netherlands in the final of the 1988 European Championships], you can't compare the two. This was better. To score a goal like that, it could be one of the goals of the season.

"Everything seemed to go for us because the first two goals went our way. I think we took a few risks before the game, believe me. I had to play Berbatov and Bent at the same time. People knew before it would be difficult to play them together but good players can play together. We had to work on that and we didn't have much time.

"I love [the pressure] because the boys want to do well for me and the club. I feel we have the players to do well and we are in a better position now. We needed the three points and now we're in a better position for Fulham."

VIDEO: Martin Jol press conference >>

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Julian Speroni 5.6 5.52
3. Adrian Mariappa 7.2 4.18
2. Joel Ward 6.0 5.08
21. Dean Moxey 6.5 4.73
27. Damien Delaney 5.5 4.69
15. Mile Jedinak 6.0 5.56
6. José Campaña 6.25 4.7
12. Stuart O'Keefe 6.0 4.44
7. Yannick Bolasie 6.5 5.15
13. Jason Puncheon 6.0 5.28
16. Dwight Gayle 6.5 5.56
Substitutes All Fans BFR
8. Kagisho Dikgacoi 5.0 4.43
19. Daniel Gabbidon 0.0 4.66
34. Lewis Price 0.0 2.46
14. Jerome Thomas 4.67 3.91
9. Kevin Phillips 5.33 5.05
29. Marouane Chamakh 3.75 5.66
28. Jimmy Kébé 5.0 3.48
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Maarten Stekelenburg 5.89 5.59
5. Brede Hangeland 5.25 4.48
15. Kieran Richardson 4.67 4.26
27. Sascha Riether 5.29 4.79
4. Philippe Senderos 6.5 3.92
7. Steve Sidwell 4.8 4.97
8. Pajtim Kasami 7.71 5.15
28. Scott Parker 5.89 4.71
10. Bryan Ruiz 5.89 4.39
39. Darren Bent 3.89 5.57
9. Dimitar Berbatov 6.0 5.47
Substitutes All Fans BFR
20. Hugo Rodallega 7.5 4.46
22. Elsad Zverotic 6.67 2.87
16. Damien Duff 9.0 4.29
14. Giorgos Karagounis 3.33 4.91
13. David Stockdale 5.0 4.09
23. Derek Boateng 5.0 4.23
35. Fernando Amorebieta 5.0 3.53

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