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Wilson and Muniz combine as Fulham ease past Brighton

2 Mar 2024
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Fulham secure rare back-to-back wins and damage Seagulls' hopes of European football

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Fulham made it back-to-back wins for only the second time this season as two first-half goals, from Harry Wilson and Rodrigo Muniz, and then a stoppage-time strike from Adama Traore sealed a 3-0 win over an out-of-form Brighton & Hove Albion at Craven Cottage.

How the match unfolded

Roberto De Zerbi made seven changes from the Brighton side who drew with Everton a week ago, including a first start since Matchweek 2 for Julio Enciso. It took his total changes this season to 96, which is 25 more than the next Premier League manager. Fulham were unchanged. 

After a cagey start, largely dominated by Brighton, Wilson put Fulham in front with a trademark finish.

He collected a ball nodded on from Muniz before cutting back and curling a left-footed shot into the far corner from the edge of the area in the 21st minute.

Fulham v Brighton & Hove Albion

It was Wilson's 12th Premier League goal, all scored with his left foot, putting him fourth behind Stuart Pearce and Bryan Mbeumo (both 20) and Dwight McNeil (16) for goals scored exclusively with the left foot. 

Eleven minutes later the Fulham pair combined again to make it 2-0, this time Wilson sending in a sumptuous cross for Muniz to nod in his fifth goal in five matches. 

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Wilson almost got a second six minutes after half-time but dragged his shot wide. 

Fulham then had Andreas Pereira and Wilson through on goal but the former failed to square to his team-mate and the chance was squandered.

Brighton started to come into the match and had a good chance to halve the deficit but Evan Ferguson, put through on goal, dinked the ball wide. The Ireland forward then had a similar chance but this time shot straight at the ‘keeper.

Facundo Buonanotte hit a post as Brighton dominated but could not find a goal.

And they were punished in the first minute of stoppage time when substitute Traore broke away and slotted in for his first goal for the club. 

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Brighton, who are winless in all six of their Premier League away matches against London sides this season, suffered a blow to their hopes of European football next season as they drop to ninth with 39 points.

Fulham are three places and four points behind.

Midtable

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
8 West Ham WHU 33 -6 48
9 Chelsea CHE 31 +9 47
10 Brighton BHA 32 +2 44
11 Wolves WOL 32 -5 43
12 Fulham FUL 33 -2 42
13 Bournemouth BOU 32 -10 42
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