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sport news Fulham 2-1 Hull City: Hosts see off Tigers challenge

Fulham earned their first home win of the season and deepened Hull City’s woes with a 2-1 victory at Craven Cottage.

Despite both sides being among the pre-season favourites for promotion from the Championship, Fulham and Hull have struggled for consistency this season.

It was the visitors who travelled to London in need of a lift though after a 5-0 demolition against Derby County last week. 

Stefan Johansen (centre) scores Fulham's second to see off Hull City's challenge 

Stefan Johansen (centre) scores Fulham's second to see off Hull City's challenge 

MATCH FACTS:  

Fulham XI: Button, Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, R Sessegnon, Johansen, McDonald, Norwood, Ojo (Kamara, 90), Ayite, Kebano (Mollo, 68)

Subs not used: Bettinelli, Odoi, Graham, Djalo, Cisse

Booked: n/a

Hull XI: McGregor, Tomori, Dawson, Hector, Aina, Meyler (Toral, 65), Larsson, Kingsley (Diomande, 82), Bowen, Dicko (Campbell, 68), Grosicki

Subs not used: Irvine, Marshall, Henriksen, Clark

Booked: n/a

Referee: Tim Robinson

After his side were repeatedly punished on the break at Pride Park, Hull boss Leonid Slutsky spoke of the need to deal with Fulham’s ‘very fast players’, but it was speed on the flanks that undid them again.

Floyd Ayite’s pace and trickery saw him fire one effort wide and another saved excellently by Allan McGregor, but Hull could not hold Fulham’s attack back for long.

A drop of the shoulder and a burst of acceleration was all Sheyi Ojo needed to beat Ola Aina, make room for a cross and give Ayite a simple tap-in just before half-time. 

Jarrod Bowen heads in Hull's equaliser moments after Fulham fail to double their lead

Jarrod Bowen heads in Hull's equaliser moments after Fulham fail to double their lead

Floyd Ayite scored Fulham's opening goal after tapping in from Sheyi Ojo's cross 

Floyd Ayite scored Fulham's opening goal after tapping in from Sheyi Ojo's cross 

Fulham continued to make hay on the flanks after the break, with Sessegnon guilty of

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