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BBC Five Live's Andy Barwell
"An eighth straight league win for Fulham"
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Saturday, 23 September, 2000, 16:35 GMT 17:35 UK
Fulham 3-0 Gillingham
Barry Ashby of Gills (left) clears from Barry Hayles
Barry Ashby of Gills (left) clears from Barry Hayles
Fulham made it eight wins out of eight as a double strike from Barry Hayles and Lee Clark put paid to Gillingham.

Hayles got the opener a minute before half-time as he reached a good cross from Steve Finnan to tuck the ball in the net from close range.

Clark got his in the 66th minute, breaking through, evading two defenders and placing his shot in the far corner of the net.

The third goal was the best of the lot as Hayles burst through, dodged passed three defenders and stylishly hit his shot into the roof of the net.

Over-elaboration

It should have been more than three but goalkeeper Vince Bartram pulled off some good saves.

In addition three penalty claims were turned down.

Despite all this Gillingham were by no means out of it. In recent seasons they have replaced Chelsea and Brentford as the team that Fulham love to hate and battled well, created chances of their own, but tired in the heat as the game drew to an end.

Fulham were without injured Rufus Brevett and Sean Davis but were able to bring back John Collins who had missed the last five games.

It was Collins' midfield partners Clark and Bjarne Goldbaek who caught the eye, Clark in particular having at least three efforts saved by Bartram.

Luis Boa Morte, who replaced the limping Louis Saha in the 63rd minute, could have scored himself on two occasions but was guilty of over-elaboration.

The visitors plugged away and Carl Asaba came closest in the 78th minute but Fulham goal keeper Maik Taylor saved well.

Taylor was also tested with several long-range shots as the Gills began the game with a shoot-on-sight policy.

Fulham's passing football, the heat and the fact that the same 11 had a hard game at Maine Road on Wednesday finally put paid to the visitors and Fulham's best start to a season at present looks in no danger of coming to an end.


Fulham: Taylor, Finnan, W. Collins, Melville, Coleman, J. Collins, Goldbaek, Fernandes, Clark, Saha, Hayles.
Subs: Hahnemann, Neilson, Symons, Boa Morte, Lewis.

Gillingham: Bartram, Edge, Smith, Ashby, Butters, Southall, Hessenthaler, Asaba, Browning, King, Hope.
Subs: Patterson, Saunders, Lewis, James, Thomson.

Referee: F Stretton (Nottingham).

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