(Football news) Two goals each from Willian and Tom Cairney helped Fulham beat Leicester City 5-3 at home on Monday which ended the visitors’ three-game unbeaten Premier League run and left them deep in relegation danger after the likes of Nottingham and Everton won in emphatic fashion. Leicester had taken five points from their last three matches but are 17th in the standings on 30 points, three behind 16th-placed Nottingham Forest and two behind 17th-placed Everton.
Fulham looked very comfortable as Leicester played catch-up throughout the contest after a dismal first-half display as James Maddison publicly called out his team in the post match press conference. Fulham scored the opener in the 10th minute by a howler from goalkeeper Daniel Iversen as he misjudged the trajectory of a Willian free kick as the ball bounced past him and into the back of the net. Jamie Vardy was a lone figure up top but despite that he tested Bernd Leno twice from range.
Carlos Vinicius squeezed a shot past Iversen in the 18th minute before Cairney completed the first half hammering as West London grabbed a four-goal advantage before half time. Leicester in the second half, finally turned up in the match as Harvey Barnes scored in the 59th minute before Vardy won but the missed a penalty as Willian wrapped up the game when he curled home Fulham’s fifth goal. The visitors scored through Barnes and Maddison late on to threaten a dramatic comeback, but Fulham were able to hold on for the win as the West London club remained in 10th.
“Big game for us and we were not at it. We were not hungry enough to want to win the game. We need to do the basics well,” Maddison told the BBC. “We can’t defend like we did, that is why we are where we are but it is not just the defence, it is the team. You defend as a team. The team needs to be watertight and that comes from the front too. They played through us. They scored three goals in the first half and it left too much to do.”
“Great moments of football, great goals. The way we played from the first minute was really good,” Silva told the BBC. “We prepared well for the game and the players executed the plan very well. We clearly deserved the three points and it should have been much more comfortable. That is something for us to work on and keep improving.”