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Fulham 1-1 Preston North End

Ross McCormack
McCormack did not score in his first five games this season but has now scored 12 in his last 16 appearances

Ross McCormack's free-kick rescued a point as managerless Fulham hit back to deny Preston North End a rare victory.

Joe Garner put the visitors ahead in a cagey first period, heading in at the far post from Paul Gallagher's cross after a well-worked short corner.

But McCormack's goal, his fifth in his last six games, earned the hosts a draw after an improved second-half display.

Fulham drop to 13th place in the Championship, but remain four points ahead of Preston.

The visitors have won three league games all season, but their hopes of a third on the road looked good after Garner's 11th-minute goal.

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Eoin Doyle had already gone close to putting them ahead, with a shot that was parried away by goalkeeper Joe Lewis, before Garner's header.

Garner almost added a second from long range as North End dominated.

Fulham, with Peter Grant in caretaker charge, offered little threat before the interval in a performance that angered the home support at Craven Cottage.

Moussa Dembele had an effort tipped over by keeper Jordan Pickford in their one bright moment in the opening 45 minutes, but they upped the tempo after the interval.

McCormack tested Pickford from 30 yards and then on 77 minutes he levelled the scores, curling home his 12th goal of the season from 20 yards.

Both sides pressed for a winner late on with the best chance falling to Preston's John Welsh, who shot well over the bar.

Fulham caretaker head coach Peter Grant: "I thought the first half was difficult for us, but we made the change at the 11th hour, as you would say.

"It's not about the personnel, it's just about the way we've been training all week. When we put in Scott Parker it told in the first half.

"Even though Preston were always a danger I thought there was only going to be one winner, ourselves.

"Ross McCormack is one of the top goalscorers in the league, we have matchwinners like him. But you have to be able to win a game 1-0."

Preston manager Simon Grayson: "I thought it was a good performance, we were on the front foot from the first whistle, we passed the ball well.

"Justifiably so, we got the goal and we looked like a threat. We limited them to very few opportunities.

"But there are fine margins in the Championship, we needed the second goal, and you saw the reaction of their supporters, booing them off.

"Unfortunately for us, when you get somebody like Ross McCormack who showed every penny that he is worth with his free-kick today."

Ross McCormack
McCormack's equaliser was his fifth goal in six games

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 12Lewis
  • 7FredericksBooked at 69mins
  • 5Stearman
  • 13Ream
  • 40HusbandBooked at 58minsSubstituted forPringleat 89'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 23O'Hara
  • 8ParkerSubstituted forSmithat 74'minutes
  • 32KavanaghSubstituted forHutchinsonat 45'minutesBooked at 59mins
  • 44McCormack
  • 25Dembele

Substitutes

  • 3Garbutt
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 9Smith
  • 15Voser
  • 16Woodrow
  • 18Pringle
  • 42Rodak

Preston

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Vermijl
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 3Cunningham
  • 11Johnson
  • 12GallagherBooked at 62minsSubstituted forWelshat 74'minutes
  • 16Browne
  • 32ReachSubstituted forMayat 90+1'minutes
  • 14Garner
  • 13DoyleSubstituted forKeaneat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Kilkenny
  • 9Keane
  • 19Welsh
  • 20Davies
  • 24May
  • 25Hugill
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
17,362

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home11
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 1, Preston North End 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Preston North End 1.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Stevie May (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stevie May (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Stevie May replaces Adam Reach.

Attempt missed. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Ben Pringle replaces James Husband.

Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Will Keane (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Welsh.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tim Ream.

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Welsh.

Offside, Fulham. Matt Smith tries a through ball, but Moussa Dembele is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Daniel Johnson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tim Ream.

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Clarke with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Keane.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 1, Preston North End 1. Ross McCormack (Fulham) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Scott Parker.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Will Keane replaces Eoin Doyle.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. John Welsh replaces Paul Gallagher.

Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Husband.

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Daniel Johnson.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Alan Browne (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).

Eoin Doyle (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

goal

As It Stood

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2Middlesbrough18113427121536
3Derby18106226111536
4Hull18105327111635
5Burnley189722617934
6Birmingham188462520528
7Ipswich187742825328
8Sheff Wed187742522328
9Reading187652621527
10Cardiff186841916326
11Brentford177372324-124
12QPR186572325-223
13Fulham185763130122
14Blackburn184951918121
15Wolves185672223-121
16Nottm Forest185581619-320
17Leeds184771621-519
18Preston183961316-318
19MK Dons1844101524-916
20Bristol City183781830-1216
21Charlton1844101529-1416
22Huddersfield183691728-1115
23Rotherham1843112133-1215
24Bolton171881124-1311
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