Rare London derby win in EPL for Fulham against 9-man Palace
LONDON — Fulham won a Premier League derby in the capital for only the second time in 29 attempts with a 3-0 victory over nine-man Crystal Palace on Monday.
Bobby Decordova-Reid put Fulham ahead at Selhurst Park after 31 minutes before Tyrick Mitchell was shown a straight red card three minutes later.
It got worse for the hosts after the interval. James Tomkins — making his first Premier League start for exactly a year — was sent off with a second yellow after 57 minutes.
American defender Chris Richards entered on the hour-mark for Palace in his first appearance since Aug. 27 after recovering from an injury that caused him to miss the World Cup. Fulham captain Tim Ream, who started for the United States in the World Cup because of Richards’ injury, doubled the lead in the 71st. It was Ream’s first Premier League goal. His three prior goals since joining Fulham in 2015 were in the League Championship.
Aleksandar Mitrovic headed in his 10th of the campaign 10 minutes from time.
To mark the passing of its World Cup-winning former England right back George Cohen, Fulham came out in warm-up tops with “Cohen 2” on the back, and a rousing minute’s applause preceded kickoff.
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