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|Birmingham 3-1 Fulham: Cottagers miss out on promotion as Blues secure safety
| maxbet Fulham blew their chance of automatic promotion to the Premier League after suffering a 3-1 defeat at survivors Birmingham. Victory would have sent the Cottagers back to the top flight after Cardiff could only draw 0-0 with Reading. But goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz, Harlee Dean and Che Adams ensured the hosts beat relegation on the final day and denied the visitors second place.
Tom Cairney briefly made it 2-1 but Fulham must rely on the play-offs - where they will face Derby - to return to the Premier League after a four-year absence. Birmingham sealed their place in the Sky Bet Championship after a season-long battle against the drop, finally finishing five points above the bottom three. It was a deserved win but Fulham threatened early when Aleksandar Mitrovic failed to convert Matt Targett's cross.
But Blues regained their composure and took the lead after 15 minutes when Jutkiewicz converted Wes Harding's low cross for his sixth goal of the season. St Andrew's erupted and the hosts rarely looked like losing the lead. Cairney drilled wide after 25 minutes but, with their automatic promotion chances on the line, Fulham failed to find a first-half response. David Stockdale saved from Stefan Johansen in a rare opening for the visitors before they fell further behind on the stroke of half-time. maxbet
The visitors were guilty of slack marking as Dean stole in round the back to head in Jota's cross and spark pandemonium. But Stockdale needed to make a smart save to maintain Birmigham's half-time lead when Cairney was left unmarked in the area. Requiring a remarkable comeback, Fulham were dragged into a second-half scrap by the hosts.
Aboubakar Kamara, Denis Odoi and Kevin McDonald were booked as the Cottagers lost their way. Sam Gallagher and Jacques Maghoma tested Marcus Bettinelli during a second half which only sparked at the death. Cairney pulled a goal back with five minutes left when he headed in after being gifted too much time six yards out. A minute later Stockdale turned over Mitrovic's header but Adams' 89th-minute strike, when he was left free on the left, sealed victory for Birmingham. maxbet