Fulham vs. Reading  2 - 4


Rodallega admits team morale is low

5 May 2013 18:50

Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega admitted his team-mates were "very down" after losing to Reading at home on Saturday.

Despite being relegated from the Premier League last week, Reading were still up for the fight as they claimed a terrific 4-2 win at Craven Cottage.

Rodallega - who came off the bench after just 27 minutes to replace Greek midfielder Giorgos Karagounis - said conceding the lead was a 'surprise' and that the mood in the camp was poor after the defeat.

"The game was a little complicated as we were 1-0 down early, which was a bit of a surprise for us," Rodallega told the club's official website.

"He (Fulham manager Martin Jol) wanted me to play in attack with Berba (Dimitar Berbatov) and to try and give the Reading defenders more problems.

"I was happy with the way I played when I came on. I feel bad that we lost the game and the boys are very down, but we must keep our heads up for the next match against Liverpool as they are a big team and we need the three points."

Rodallega has made 28 Premier League appearances for Fulham, but has only started on 14 occasions this season.

His tally of goals has not been great - he has scored just three, although he was denied a fourth by the woodwork on Saturday - but hopes to win a regular spot in the team going forward, starting with the club's last two matches of the season against Liverpool and Swansea City.

"I want to play in this team always," he said.

"I haven't played a lot this season, which is the gaffer's decision, but I respect his decision and am ready to give my all. The second half I was unlucky as I hit the crossbar - I felt so bad when it hit the bar, as we were at 3-2 and could have equalised, but these things happen.

"I couldn't quite score a goal, but I was happy with my overall performance and hopefully I'll get another chance next week."


Jol slams Fulham after Reading defeat

4 May 2013 19:56

Fulham boss Martin Jol has criticised his side after they were soundly beaten by relegated Reading at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

The hosts showed spirit to battle back when 2-0 and 3-1 down. but were ultimately undone by poor defensive play and went down 4-2, something which angered the Dutchman.

Jol said: "The first half was not good enough by our standards.

"We wanted to

take the initiative. We gave away easy and cheap goals and we have to

change that. Although they played better we were still in it."

After the defeat, Fulham sit in 11th place in the Premier League but are just five points off Wigan, who occupy the final relegation place and Jol warned his side they are not safe in the Premier League just yet.

The remaining two Premier League fixtures for Fulham this season see Jol's men entertain Liverpool and travel to Swansea and he believes that his side need to secure more points if they are to avoid the drop.

He explained: "We haven't been that good recently since getting the 40

points. Today Reading was the game to gain something and get safe.


have to get some more points. We said our goal difference was probably a

point but that has changed in the last few weeks so we need a couple

more points."


Premier League: Fulham 2 Reading 4

4 May 2013 18:13

Relegated Reading eased to a 4-2 win at Fulham to leave Martin Jol's side without a win in six games.

A Hal Robson-Kanu brace had put Reading comfortably ahead but Fulham showed fight to score through Bryan Ruiz. Adam Le Fondre replied for the visitors and Ruiz again notched for the home side.

Jem Karacan scored the final goal of the game to ensure that Reading got the win their performance merited.

John Arne Riise replaced Kieran Richardson for Jol’s men while Damien Duff took Alexander
Kacaniklic’s place in the starting XI. For the visitors, Nigel Adkins chose Robson-Kanu ahead of Nick Blackman.

Robson-Kanu’s inclusion from the start had an instant impact as he was caught by Riise in the area after the ball had gone and referee Neil Swarbrick pointed to the spot with 12 minutes on the clock.

Robson-Kanu calmly slotted the spot-kick past Mark Schwarzer in goal to give Reading the lead.

The early goal opened the game up with Fulham enjoying plenty of possession, creating their first chance after 23 minutes when Dimitar Berbatov’s header almost looped over Alex McCarthy.

Fulham could have drawn level just after the half-hour mark when substitute Hugo Rodallega saw his shot saved by McCarthy from close range.

Despite continued possession and neat football from the home side, Reading held on to their lead until half-time and even had a penalty shout turned down when Danny Guthrie felt he was fouled by Emmanuel Frimpong in the box.

Just a minute into the second half, Karacan came within inches of doubling his side’s lead as his prodded effort was saved well by Schwarzer and rolled wide.

Pavel Pogrebnyak saw his header cleared off the line by Riise before Fulham then had a penalty shout turned down, Berbatov going down after a challenge in the box.

Reading then doubled their lead just after the hour mark with Robson-Kanu grabbing his second, neatly curling the ball past Schwarzer.

Ruiz grabbed a goal back for Fulham after a lovely one-two between the Costa Rican and Rodallega only for Reading’s two-goal lead to be restored after 75 minutes.

Le Fondre latched on to a long ball before rounding the goalkeeper and slotting home.

Fulham hit back barely two minutes later as Ruiz was again on hand to nod home Kacaniklic’s cross to keep the pressure on the visitors.

Rodallega then hit the bar as Fulham pressed for an equaliser but Reading restored their two-goal advantage as Karacan drove home from outside the box.

The result leaves Jol with plenty to ponder as his side's poor form continues, while Reading will be hoping to build on a spirited performance at Craven Cottage as they prepare for life back in the Championship.


Premier League Preview: Fulham v Reading

2 May 2013 15:54

Fulham will aim to give their hopes of a top-half finish a boost when they welcome already-relegated Reading to Craven Cottage.

Martin Jol's side fell to a 1-0 defeat at Everton last weekend and have now gone five games without a win since beating local rivals QPR last month.

The London outfit head into this clash with a number of players on the sidelines. Steve Sidwell is still banned following his dismissal against Arsenal, while Ashkan Dejagah, Mahamadou Diarra and Simon Davies are all out through injury.

There is good news for Jol however, with the return of talented defender Sascha Riether imminent after he missed the game at Goodison Park after picking up a knock in the loss against Arsenal.

Riether's comeback should boost a side who have gone off the boil in recent times and with little riding on this game, Jol will hope his side can return to winning ways against a Reading side that is already preparing for life in the Championship next season.

Nigel Adkins' side's relegation was confirmed following their goalless draw with QPR in their last encounter, and the former Southampton boss will be under no illusions of the challenge facing the Madejski Stadium outfit next season.

Still the visitors will hope to give their fans something to shout about before the end of the campaign, however that may prove difficult for a side that is without a win in their last 10 outings.

Midfielder Hope Akpan and goalkeeper Adam Federici could be in line for returns, but Jimmy Kebe and Jason Roberts are both still unavailable.

Fulham are far from invincible at home - they have lost seven times at Craven Cottage this season - and have fallen to consecutive home defeats against Chelsea and Arsenal respectively.

However, Reading are not of the calibre of those two UEFA Champions League-chasing clubs, and although they fought back admirably to earn a 3-3 draw in the reverse fixture in October, it promises to be another long afternoon for the Premier League's bottom club.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25