Fulham furthered their Division Three promotion push with a comfortable win at Hull City to record a club record sixth consecutive win away from home.
The league leaders had to overcome an iffy start with the Tigers dominating proceedings and were indebted to Mark Walton keeping their clean sheet intact as he made a succession of early saves after Duane Darby struck the base of the post. Hull’s ten match unbeaten run only appeared in jeopardy when Roy Carroll spilled a long throw from Rob Scott on the stroke of half time and Darren Freeman pounced to give the visitors the lead.
The goal galvanised the visitors, who emerged a totally different side after a stirring pep talk from Micky Adams. They were barely troubled after the interval and made sure of the three points with two superb long-range finishes from Paul Watson and Mike Conroy. Full back Watson lobbed a stranded Carroll from thirty yards to double the lead before top scorer Conroy chipped home majestically to put the Cottagers out of sight.
HULL CITY: Carroll; Rioch, Greaves (Fewings 80), Brien, Peacock, Mann, Joyce (Dewhurst 65), Gilbert, Darby, Trevitt, Allison. Subs (not used): Wharton.
FULHAM: Walton, Watson, Herrera, Cusack, Angus (Mison 85), Blake, Scott (Thomas 77), Carpenter, Conroy, Morgan, Freeman (Brooker 81).
GOALS: Freeman (44), Watson (54), Conroy (70).