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Saturday, 24 February, 2001, 18:07 GMT
Gillingham 0-2 Fulham
Fulham player-coach John Collins scored
Fulham player-coach John Collins scored
Fulham moved closer to securing their inevitable promotion to the Premiership when they beat Gillingham.

The visitors' player-coach John Collins and Luis Boa Morte scored Fulham's goals.

Gillingham had stuck to their task well against the leaders before Collins broke the deadlock with a quality finish with 20 minutes left.

Boa Morte put the result beyond doubt three minutes from time with another good strike for his 17th goal of the season, set up by Fulham man-of-the-match Lee Clark.

Fulham had the ball in the net after only seven minutes, but referee Steve Baines ruled it out for handball.

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Gillingham went close early on themselves when Ty Gooden shot wide of Maik Taylor's right-hand post.

Then Marcus Browning put Paul Shaw in, but Taylor was quickly off his line to smother.

Fulham went close when top scorer Louis Saha flashed a header wide on 18 minutes before Gillingham were again denied by Taylor, who saved from Browning at the expense of a corner.

Barry Hayles mis-kicked in front of goal for Fulham when it looked easier to score and Saha went past two Gillingham challenges but curled his shot wide of the target.

Clark shot wide before Andy Melville brought out another save from Gillingham's Vince Bartram.

In the second half Gillingham started positively with Marlon King going close before setting up Nicky Southall, who just failed to get on the end of an excellent cross.

Kit Symons was booked for foul on Paul Shaw who then saw his header saved by Taylor as he tried to convert a long cross from Mark Patterson.

Fulham had Sean Davies carried off on a stretcher but with Clark prompting the visitors they held on well.


Gillingham: Bartram, Patterson, Smith, Ashby, Southall, Gooden, Browning, King, Pennock, Hope, Shaw. Subs: Asaba, Nosworthy, Rose, James, Onuora.

Fulham: Taylor, Finnan, Brevett, Melville, Symons, Clark, John Collins, Davis, Goldbaek, Saha, Hayles. Subs: Hahnemann, Moller, Riedle, Neilson, Boa Morte.

Referee: S Baines (Chesterfield).

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