Fulham 3-1 Bournemouth: Rodrigo Muniz scores twice as Cottagers see off Cherries

Rodrigo Muniz doubles Fulham's lead in the Premier League match against Bournemouth at Craven Cottage

Rodrigo Muniz scored twice as Fulham claimed their first Premier League win of 2024 to move above Bournemouth in the table.

The Cottagers dominated the early stages and opened the scoring when Bobby De Cordova-Reid capitalised on a Lewis Cook slip and side-footed into the bottom corner.

Neto produced a brilliant one-handed save to deny the lively Willian soon afterwards, but the Cherries goalkeeper was powerless to stop Muniz doubling Fulham's lead from De Cordova-Reid's downward header.

Marcos Senesi's sublime turn and finish halved the deficit early in the second half, only for Fulham to restore their two-goal advantage when Muniz met Willian's far-post delivery two minutes later.

Dominic Solanke wasted the best of several good Bournemouth opportunities before half-time, side-footing over the bar when unmarked before Fulham's second of the game.

Marco Silva's side climb above Bournemouth into 12th, dropping the Cherries to 13th.

Willian and Muniz key for Cottagers

Fulham had earned only one win from seven league fixtures since registering back-to-back 5-0 victories in early December, but they made the perfect start against the Cherries.

The hosts were given an early helping hand by Cook, but their passing in the build-up to De Cordova-Reid's finish was crisp, and Willian's superb one-two with Tom Cairney almost resulted in a second goal for Silva's side inside 10 minutes.

The former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder was heavily involved in Fulham's second, his inswinging cross headed back across goal by Cordova-Reid for Muniz to prod home his second goal in as many league appearances.

Bournemouth had been starting to establish a foothold prior to Muniz's effort, but more fine work from Willian almost led to a third Fulham goal before half-time when Antonee Robinson shot straight at Neto from the Brazilian's pass.

Willian then stung Neto's palms with a low drive after cutting inside from the right, before another magnificent delivery - two minutes after Senesi had given Bournemouth hope - teed up Muniz for the Cottagers' third of the afternoon.

There were standing ovations for Willian and Muniz when they were substituted late in the second half, as Fulham fans celebrated their first Premier League triumph since beating Arsenal 2-1 on 31 December.

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