Round-up: Hiddink backs Ruben & denies Blues lack spirit, fans slate Baba, QPR boss’ keeper verdict

A recap of the action during a weekend when Fulham were crushed in Friday’s game, Chelsea lost to Manchester City in the Saturday evening kick-off, Scott Hogan banished his injury nightmare to earn a point for Brentford, while QPR ground out a draw in south Wales…

Brighton and Hove Albion's Dale Stephens and Fulham's Richard Stearman (right) in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton.
Richard Stearman (right) conceded a penalty against Brighton.
Brighton & Hove Albion 5 Fulham 0
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Action: In Friday night’s game, Fulham’s three-match winning run ended abruptly as they were thrashed by promotion-chasing Brighton, for whom Tomer Hemed scored a hat-trick.

Reaction: Whites boss Slavisa Jokanovic warned his players they may yet pay “a very expensive price” for their poor defendingThey have now conceded 240 goals in 126 league games since the start of the 2013-14 season.

Meanwhile, Brighton manager Chris Hughton outlined why he felt his team had won so convincingly – and why they had been a success in the Championship after last season’s struggles.

Scott Hogan was on target for the first time for Brentford.

Brentford 1 Bristol City 1
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Action: A stoppage-time equaliser from Scott Hogan – his first goal for the Bees after more than 18 months of knee injuries – salvaged a point for Brentford at Griffin Park.

Reaction: Head coach Dean Smith revealed Hogan earned a round of applause from his Brentford team-mates in the dressing room.

Defences were on top as QPR drew at Cardiff.
Cardiff City 0 QPR 0
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Action: QPR secured a point in an uninspiring end-of-season encounter at Cardiff, with goalkeeper Matt Ingram keeping a clean sheet on his debut.

Reaction: Afterwards, Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink admitted his side lacked a cutting edge but said they were “dominant” with the ball.

The Dutchman also insisted that Alex Smithies remains his number one keeper.

Rangers man of the match: Ingram had an excellent maiden appearance, looking comfortable and confident – click here to see how we think the other R’s players fared.

Courtois was sent off with 12 minutes of the match remaining
Courtois was sent off with 12 minutes of the match remaining

Chelsea 0 Manchester City 3
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Action: Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick and Thibaut Courtois was sent off as Chelsea were well beaten at home in Saturday’s late game.

Reaction: Despite the defeat, Blues boss Guus Hiddink took some consolation from Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s performance.

He also felt the 3-0 scoreline was harsh on his side, and took issue with a suggestion they had shown a lack of fighting spirit.

Some Chelsea fans, meanwhile, were critical of left-back Baba Rahman on Twitter, calling him a “fraud” and “the worst footballer in the league”.

Blues man of the match: The red card sullied an otherwise excellent display from Courtois, who made four brilliant saves  – click here to see how we rated the players.