The Cottagers were pushed to their limits during stages of the first period and struggle to find their rhythm for large parts.
Anthony Knockaert was the one able to penetrate the visitor’s defence and when Michael Hector’s header broke the lines, the former Brighton winger latched on before slotting the ball over for Aboubakar Kamara to coolly finish.
Bobby de Cordova-Reid’s finish was just as simple following could work from Josh Onomah to send the Cottagers into half time 2-0 up.
The home side were unable to add to their tally during the second period but it did see valuable minutes for Fabio Carvalho, who made his senior debut, Tyrese Francois and Jean-Michael Seri.
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