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Fulham 0-1 Blackburn Rovers

Jordan Rhodes
Jordan Rhodes struck his fourth goal of the season

Kit Symons' first game in caretaker charge of Fulham ended in defeat as his 10-man side were beaten by Blackburn.

In a first half of few clear-cut chances, Hugo Rodallega came closest when his angled drive went inches past Rovers keeper Jason Steele's goal.

Shaun Hutchinson was then sent off for Fulham at the end of the first half for a studs-up challenge on Lee Williamson.

The crucial goal came when Corry Evans' shot fell to Jordan Rhodes, who stabbed home his fourth of the season.

Defeat for Fulham left them rooted to the foot of the Championship table and still without a league win this season, while Blackburn climbed into the top 10.

After a scrappy opening in which both sides struggled to get the ball down and play, it was the visitors who had the first effort when Ben Marshall sliced wide.

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Symons on Fulham v Blackburn

Bryan Ruiz then fired over when well placed for the hosts, before Rudy Gestede saw his drive saved at the second attempt for Rovers.

The game came to life when Tom Cairney gave the ball away in midfield and Rodallega burst into the Blackburn box but, his effort across goal went just wide.

With the half petering out, Fulham's chances were severely dented when Hutchinson saw red for a poor challenge on Williamson, with the Rovers midfielder unable to continue as a result of the tackle.

The visitors enjoyed plenty of early possession as the second half began, but failed to create any real chances until Rhodes poached the vital goal.

His effort had a hint of good fortune about it as Evans' wayward shot fell straight to the striker who converted expertly.

Despite their seventh defeat in eight games, Symons, who was put in charge after Felix Magath was sacked, will be encouraged by the fight shown by his side after going a goal down.

A swift counter-attack saw Ross McCormack produce an effort which was blocked by debutant Steele's feet before Tim Hoogland missed the target when well placed.

Fulham caretaker Kit Symons: "I just said to the players in there I was very proud of the performance. It was a disciplined, resolute performance with 10 men.

"There was nothing in the first half, 11 v 11, and even in the second half we had a few chances to win the game or get back into it when they got the goal."

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer on the challenge that caused Shaun Hutchinson to be sent off: "Fortunately for us and for Lee, he has got lucky. There's no break.

"He has a lovely pattern down his leg so he will be badly bruised, but fortunately there's no break in it. The main thing is that he has been able to limp out of here."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 5AmorebietaBooked at 90mins
  • 2HooglandBooked at 62mins
  • 33Burn
  • 4HutchinsonBooked at 45mins
  • 8Parker
  • 21Christensen
  • 3StafylidisSubstituted forRobertsat 83'minutes
  • 20Rodallega
  • 44McCormackBooked at 25mins
  • 10RuizSubstituted forWilliamsat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 6Bodurov
  • 14Roberts
  • 25Dembele
  • 27Williams
  • 28Hyndman
  • 32Kavanagh

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 5Hanley
  • 15Baptiste
  • 14Olsson
  • 22Duffy
  • 17WilliamsonSubstituted forConwayat 45+5'minutes
  • 29EvansBooked at 55mins
  • 12Marshall
  • 10CairneySubstituted forTaylorat 45'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 11RhodesSubstituted forVarneyat 78'minutes
  • 39Gestede

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 7King
  • 13Eastwood
  • 16Varney
  • 19Taylor
  • 32Conway
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
16,456

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Foul by Tim Hoogland (Fulham).

Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).

Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).

Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Fulham. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Patrick Roberts is caught offside.

Booking

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Patrick Roberts (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Tim Hoogland (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Konstantinos Stafylidis.

Offside, Fulham. George Williams tries a through ball, but Hugo Rodallega is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Parker.

Attempt missed. Tim Hoogland (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by George Williams with a cross.

Foul by Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers).

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Jordan Rhodes.

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

George Williams (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. George Williams replaces Bryan Ruiz.

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shane Duffy with a headed pass.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Duffy.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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3Wolves852183517
4Watford8512158716
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6Sheff Wed843184415
7Charlton8350129314
8Derby83411510513
9Blackburn84131414013
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11Leeds84131010013
12Ipswich732296311
13Millwall832388011
14Brentford8323913-411
15Bournemouth8233121119
16Cardiff82331011-19
17Wigan72239818
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19Rotherham8224610-48
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23Blackpool8026310-72
24Fulham8017619-131
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