- Brazilian striker Rodrigo Muniz bagged a brace and an assist for Fulham
- Bobby Decordova-Reid also netted while Marcos Senesi scored for the Cherries
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The brass band playing Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! outside of Craven Cottage had to stop when the arrival of Bournemouth’s team bus interrupted their tribute to ABBA. It did not take long for the visitors to discover that Marco Silva’s Fulham would not be silenced so easily.
This was a commanding showing from the Cottagers, enough to make you wonder where they have been hiding amid a mediocre run of results in the Premier League.
Rodrigo Muniz got two of Fulham’s goals – the 22-year-old Brazilian continuing to up his game since the loan signing of another striker in Armando Broja – after Bobby De Cordova-Reid opened the scoring early.
Broja made his home debut from the bench as Fulham saw out this win, but at this rate, he will struggle to start ahead of Muniz.
‘This was probably his best performance so far in a Fulham shirt,’ Silva said of Muniz. ‘If the chances are there, you have to show your quality.’
Fulham’s Brazilian striker Rodrigo Muniz finished off his day with a well-taken second goal
The youngester’s brace brings his goal total to three in the Premier League this season, while Bobby Decordova-Reid also scored
Bournemouth battled but Fulham mostly ran the show as Andoni Iraola’s side fell to their fifth consecutive defeat
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Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola added: ‘We should have scored more, but we didn’t.’
Fulham scored after Muniz’s pass from the right-hand side was intercepted by Lewis Cook but a slip from Bournemouth midfielder allowed De Cordova-Reid to bury the ball in the bottom corner.
Fulham should have added to their advantage long before they did, with Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto denying Willian after a fine one-two with Tom Cairney and then saving Illya Zabarnyi from the indignity of an own goal.
How Dominic Solanke did not bury one Bournemouth corner, only he knows. It was a cute routine as Lloyd Kelly used his body to block Antonee Robinson, Fulham’s player at the front post. Unable to clear the cross, Solanke ghosted in behind Robinson, but the striker with 13 Premier League goals scuffed the finish.
Instead, Fulham made it 2-0 before half-time when De Cordova-Reid headed the ball back into the six-yard box for Muniz to stab home.
Marco Silva’s side have been in indifferent form so far these season, but put in a commanding display at Craven Cottage
Marcos Senesi added what proved to be a consolation for Bournemouth just after half-time
Dominic Solanke cut a frustrated figue at fulltime as the in-form striker missed a golden opportunity earlier in the game
It became 2-1 in the 50th minute after a beautiful touch, turn and finish from Marcos Senesi. But Fulham struck back in the 52nd, making it 3-1 with Muniz tapping in Willian’s cross.
Bournemouth tried to get back into the game – one acrobatic overhead kick from Solanke narrowly landing over – but this was Fulham’s day.