KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, September 29, 2020
The struggles for Tim Ream and Fulham continued in their Premier League return as they were soundly beaten by Aston Villa in the Monday night game.
Fulham 0-3 Aston Villa
Fulham's defending let them down again and Aston Villa took advantage as they came away with a comfortable win at Craven Cottage.
Tim Ream started the game for the Cottagers and played the entire 90 minutes while Antonee Robinson watched the proceedings from the bench.
The trouble started for the host as soon as the whistle was blown to start the game. The back line was caught off guard just four minutes into the contest by a ball sent over the top by John McGinn. Jack Grealish finished off the play as he struck the ball past goalkeeper Alphonse Areola to give the Villa the lead.
The visitors doubled their lead 10 minutes later as once again Fulham was ball watching. Grealish carved up three defenders on the left side as he dribbled the ball into the area. His low cross would find McGinn who then laid it off for Conor Hourihane to slot home.
Fulham's defending was not the only thing that was atrocious as they could not muster up any good opportunities at the other other end to challenger Aston Villa's goal.
And things got even worse for the host as they conceded a third goal just minutes into the second half. Hourihane's free-kick ended up at the feet of Tyrone Mings and he was allowed to score with ease as not a single Fulham player was around to mark him.
It's been a horror start to the Premier League season for Fulham as they have allowed a total of 10 goals in their first three games - just missing the record by a goal set by West Bromwich Albion.
The Cottagers sit at the bottom of the standings with zero points.
In the Championship, Geoff Cameron went the distance for Queens Park Rangers as they shared the points with Middlesbrough following a 1-1 tie.
Duane Holmes came off the bench to make his first appearance this season for Derby County as their struggles continued with a 4-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers.
English-American winger Alex Mighten came off the bench for Nottingham Forest to play 30 minutes in their 1-0 loss to Huddersfield Town.
Giles Phillips watched from the bench as Wycombe Wanderers were no match for Swansea City in their 2-0 loss.
In League One, Lynden Gooch and Sunderland needed a penalty kick late in the game to secure a 1-0 win over Peterborough United.
Marlon Fossey went the distance as Shrewsbury Town played out a 1-1 tie with Plymouth Argyle.
Indiana Vassilev played 24 minutes for Burton Albion in their 4-2 loss to Swindon Town.
Duncan Turnbull watched all of the action from the bench as Portsmouth fell to Wigan Athletic in a narrow 2-1 defeat.
Down in League Two, Charlie Kelman played 39 minutes as Southend United's woes continued with a 2-1 loss to Morecambe.