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Derby County 2-0 Fulham

Derby open the scoring against Fulham at the iPro Stadium
Tim Ream's own goal gave Derby the lead as Fulham were having their best spell in the match

Derby County moved to the top of the Championship table as Tim Ream's unfortunate own goal set them on their way to victory over Fulham.

Johnny Russell was the source of the second-half opener when his cross created confusion in the penalty box and found the net via centre-half Ream.

And Jacob Butterfield's cool late strike sealed the win late on.

The result ensures the hosts go a point clear of Middlesbrough, whose game at Blackburn was postponed.

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Clement on Derby v Fulham

Derby, unbeaten in seven games and chasing a third consecutive league victory, posed the greater danger before the break, playing with greater urgency and more cohesion.

But they were unable to create many clear openings against a Fulham side who have now gone nine games without a win.

Ince, who grabbed a hat-trick in the thumping win over Bristol City, was the most likely creator, dinking a great chance over the bar and also failing to connect with a long-range strike.

Although Fulham, who remain 18th but are now just three points above the relegation places, had less of the ball, the excellent Alex Kacaniklic twice forced saves from keeper Lee Grant.

Just as the visitors began to settle after the interval, Derby went ahead when Russell beat two men and his pull-back was turned in to his own net by Ream.

Both sides had chances after that with Russell opting to try to find Chris Martin when through on goal and Butterfield blasting an effort off target.

Ross McCormack had the London side's best opportunity but, after showing some neat skills on the edge of the box, he shot narrowly wide.

With the game increasingly open, Derby made the points safe when Butterfield exchanged passes with Martin and just managed to beat keeper Andy Lonergan.

Substitute Darren Bent almost made it 3-0 in injury time but his strike hit the bar.

Derby boss Paul Clement:

"(Derby's) 47 points is an impressive total, particularly after the start we had. Maybe we have surprised ourselves. I have to be very pleased with that tally.

"But on today's game I did not think we played well. They frustrated us and we did not have the rhythm, tempo or fluidity we have seen.

"I wanted them to do the things I asked them to do before the game. One of those was using the width of the pitch."

Fulham senior coach Stuart Gray:

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Gray on Derby v Fulham

"The disappointing thing is I said at half-time, it's not as if Derby are cutting us up. It was all self-inflicted by us giving the ball away.

"And we had two or three chances to get our noses in front. To concede the goal as we did was poor defending.

"It was the story of our life with a double deflection. We then had to chase the game and Derby are one of the best counter-attacking sides.

"I said to the players, 'you cannot use that (manager uncertainty) as an excuse' and they won't do. You cannot fault the commitment of the players at the moment."

Tom Ince shoots over for Derby
Tom Ince had Derby's best two chances before the break but fired over when through on goal with his second opportunity
Derby head coach Paul Clement
Paul Clement's Derby side are now unbeaten in seven

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 2Christie
  • 6KeoghBooked at 38mins
  • 14Shackell
  • 37Warnock
  • 18Butterfield
  • 34ThorneSubstituted forHendrickat 83'minutes
  • 15Johnson
  • 23Ince
  • 9MartinSubstituted forBentat 87'minutes
  • 11RussellSubstituted forWeimannat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Hendrick
  • 10Bent
  • 12Baird
  • 16Pearce
  • 24Weimann
  • 32Shotton
  • 35Mitchell

Fulham

  • 24Lonergan
  • 7Fredericks
  • 5StearmanBooked at 22mins
  • 33Burn
  • 13Ream
  • 11KacaniklicSubstituted forChristensenat 78'minutes
  • 23O'HaraSubstituted forSmithat 63'minutes
  • 28HyndmanSubstituted forCairneyat 71'minutes
  • 3Garbutt
  • 44McCormack
  • 25Dembele

Substitutes

  • 4Hutchinson
  • 9Smith
  • 10Cairney
  • 12Lewis
  • 16Woodrow
  • 18Pringle
  • 21Christensen
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
32,134

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home19
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 2, Fulham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Fulham 0.

Attempt blocked. Darren Bent (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Darren Bent (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Ince.

Offside, Derby County. Tom Ince tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

Attempt missed. Luke Garbutt (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Darren Bent replaces Chris Martin.

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 2, Fulham 0. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

Richard Stearman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jeff Hendrick replaces George Thorne.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Andreas Weimann replaces Johnny Russell.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Lee Grant.

Attempt saved. Luke Garbutt (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Lasse Vigen Christensen replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.

Attempt blocked. Cyrus Christie (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Ince.

Attempt missed. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Tom Cairney replaces Emerson Hyndman.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Tim Ream.

Attempt blocked. Cyrus Christie (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Ince.

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bradley Johnson with a through ball.

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).

Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Smith.

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emerson Hyndman (Fulham).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Jamie O'Hara.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Offside, Derby County. Richard Keogh tries a through ball, but Tom Ince is caught offside.

George Thorne (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).

Offside, Derby County. George Thorne tries a through ball, but Johnny Russell is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Ince.

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Emerson Hyndman.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby23138235132247
2Middlesbrough22144433122146
3Hull23135534161844
4Brighton23111113123844
5Burnley2310853023738
6Ipswich2310763330337
7Sheff Wed239953527836
8Cardiff238962825333
9Brentford239683432233
10Birmingham239682726133
11Reading238692826230
12QPR237882830-229
13Leeds227872224-229
14Blackburn2261062219328
15Nottm Forest227782221128
16Wolves237792932-328
17Preston2351081821-325
18Fulham235993641-524
19Huddersfield2366112735-824
20MK Dons2364132031-1122
21Rotherham2363142838-1021
22Bristol City2349102239-1721
23Charlton2347122039-1919
24Bolton23111111837-1914
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