Millwall’s undefeated start to the season was ended as they were outclassed 4-0 by a slick Fulham side at Craven Cottage.

First half goals from on-loan signings Ivan Cavaleiro and Anthony Knockhaert gave Scott Parker’s side a deserved lead at the break before an Aleksander Miktrovic penalty and a second Cavaleiro effort sent the Lions back to The Den with their tails between their legs.

Tipped for promotion, Fulham finished the game with 85% possession and secured three points that they never looked like relinquishing after Wolves man Cavaleiros’s opener on 15 minutes.

Neil Harris, buoyed by recent results and a new found energy at the club, will have no complaints about the result knowing there’ll be few teams better than Fulham this season.

A heavily fancied Fulham side dominated from the off, but it wasn’t until the 13th minute before their first real effort.

Mitrovic’s header forcing a fine save from Bartosz Bialkowski who tipped over.

The respite was brief as the next wave of attack resulted in Cavaleiro firing home from the edge of the box after ghosting past Mahlon Romeo and Conor Mahoney with ease, not the defending you’ve come to expect from a watertight Lions outfit this season.

With the home side looking comfortable ‘ole’s’ started after 25 minutes.

After 32 minutes the ‘ole’s’ turned to cheers as Knockhaert, on-loan from Brighton, doubled the lead.

Shortly after picking up a needless yellow for running 30-yards to remonstrate with the referee, the on-loan Brighton man burst into the box to glance Cavaleiro’s cross past a despairing Bialkowksi.

The celebration looked one more of frustration than jubilation from the Frenchman, not that the majority of those in Craven Cottage cared.

Well beaten in the opening half, Harris turned to former Fulham man Matt Smith to change the course of the relentless white tide.

It seemed to work, with the new aerial threat causing Fulham issues.

No sooner had the Lions looked to get some sort of momentum, Mitrovic settled the tie as a contest on 56 minutes.

Finding himself on-side from a deflected Harry Arter effort, the Serbian was up-ended by Bialkowski who made no protest.

Mitrovic obliged with the spot kick.

Resigned to defeat, a tiring Millwall conceded a fourth six minutes later.

Cavaleiro expertly controlling Cairney’s long ball, beating the off-side trap and rounding Bialkowski.

With the tie over, Tom Bradshaw thought he netted a late consolation for Harris’s men only to see his header ruled out for off-side.

The points stayed in West London, when in truth, they never looked like leaving.

Harris will look to his trip to Middlesbrough on the weekend to bounce back.

Key Player:

Ivan Cavaleiro showed his class. If Wolves can let a player of his calibre go out on loan, they must be feeling confident this season. Two perfectly taken goals and endless running, he wasn’t so much the difference, but the star in Fulham’s stellar squad.

Key Moment:

Ivan Cavaleiro’s strike on 15 minutes put an end to Neil Harris’s game plan. Millwall would have to attack. They tried, but such was Fulham’s precision and hi-tempo play, the Lions couldn’t get out of their own half.

Attendance: 17,066


Fulham: Bettinelli, Sessegnon, Mawson, Ream, Bryan, Cairney (De Cordova-Reid 69’), Arter (McDonald 76’), Johansen, Cavaleiro, Knockhaert, Mitrovic

Subs: Rodak, McDonald, De Cordova-Reid, Le Marchand, Reed, Christie, Kamara

Millwall: Bialkowksi, Romeo, Pearce, Cooper, Wallace, Williams (Smith 46’), Leonard, Thompson (Mulumby 75’), Mahoney, Skalak (Ferguson 38’), Bradshaw

Subs: Steele, Hutchinson, Smith, Ferguson, Mulumby, O’Brien, Dadi-Bodvarsson