A good weekend for Fulham included a win for the Under-18s at Norwich as well as the memorable victory over Liverpool at the Cottage.
These were Fulham’s first points on the road this season and they took the lead inside the first minute through the impressive Italian prospect Marcello Trotta, who cut in from the left to beat the goalkeeper with an assured finish.
Trotta was looking lively in the early stages – he was only denied a second by a brave piece of defending by Richard Brindley – and the Italian’s strike partner, Danny Hoesen, came close to doubling Fulham’s lead when his ambitious lob nearly embarassed Jed Steer. The Dutch forward hit the post in the second period before Trotta scored his second, confidently latching onto a through ball and firing home on 57 minutes. The former Manchester City striker would have had a hat-trick soon afterwards but Steer produced a good save with his fingertips.
Norwich got themselves back into it with two minutes remaining Patrick Drmola punished some poor defending with a slick turn and finish. Their hopes of completing a surprise comeback were dashed only seconds later when Hoesen finished clinically from close range.
NORWICH CITY: Steer, Brindley, Gordon, Ekim (Ball, 45), Jones, Kelly, Clarke, Nwaogu (Roberts, 70), Drmola, Oakley, Osemwegie. Subs (not used): Matthews, Habergham, A Stephens.
FULHAM: Foderingham, Marquez, Kaman, Moscatiello, Tave, Pierre, Harris (Pritchard, 55), Smith, Trotta (Dean, 80), Hoesen, Cosgrove (Reece, 70). Subs (not used): Bangura.