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Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Fulham

Tom Cairney celebrates his goal with Fulham teammates
Tom Cairney (left) spent two seasons with Blackburn before moving to Fulham last summer

Tom Cairney's injury-time goal gave Fulham a dramatic victory against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

The former Rovers midfielder netted in the 94th minute after Ryan Sessegnon's cross was only half cleared.

In a match with few chances, Danny Graham beat the offside trap early on but the Rovers striker could only blast over the crossbar.

Cairney's late goal leaves Blackburn bottom of the Championship with just one point from five matches.

Fulham moved into second place in the table as they continued their unbeaten run in the league, but were lucky not to concede when goalkeeper David Button spilled Anthony Stokes' 20-yard shot before collecting at a second attempt with five minutes remaining.

Earlier, Whites debutant Neeskens Kebano was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet in the first half, as his rasping drive was tipped over by Jason Steele before his header from the resultant corner went just wide.

Graham squandered a golden opportunity at the start of the second half to put Blackburn ahead as his first-time shot was tipped just wide of the post.

And Fulham's persistence paid off as Cairney's left-foot strike, his second goal of the season, gave the away side a third win of the season.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

"They're some very strong words but Tom Cairney can be a Premier League player. His quality, he's clinical.

"He's a player who doesn't lose passes. He normally completes around 90%. We know him, he played for this club though I'm not sure what style he played.

"We tried to find pace with the ball. We moved Blackburn from one side to the other side. We tried to dominate the game and I have to be happy and satisfied with what my team offered during the game.

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle:

"I've been in the game long enough to know it can be a very cruel game and I think that happened. I thought our level of performance was terrific.

"We restricted them to very few opportunities. I thought, when we went, we had one or two chances ourselves.

"The disappointment of course is we've lost the goal that decides the game so late and we had opportunities to clear it.

"It's hard to take for the players and the fans because they were great, they got behind the team and really backed the players and created a good atmosphere.

"What I do know moving forward, if we perform like that and as we look to Wednesday to add to the squad, then I know it will leave us in a good place and a platform to drive ourselves up the Championship table."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 6Lowe
  • 3Greer
  • 4Hoban
  • 5Williams
  • 10MarshallSubstituted forFeeneyat 82'minutes
  • 23GuthrieSubstituted forLenihanat 65'minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 21AkpanBooked at 76mins
  • 32Conway
  • 12Graham
  • 19GallagherSubstituted forStokesat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Feeney
  • 8Byrne
  • 9Stokes
  • 11Samuelsen
  • 26Lenihan
  • 33Raya
  • 34Wharton

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 4Odoi
  • 26Kalas
  • 15Madl
  • 30R Sessegnon
  • 8ParkerBooked at 68minsSubstituted forSánchez Ruizat 78'minutes
  • 6McDonald
  • 10Cairney
  • 24Aluko
  • 7KebanoSubstituted forChristensenat 90'minutes
  • 9SmithSubstituted forWoodrowat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 3Malone
  • 13Ream
  • 16Woodrow
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 21Christensen
  • 23Sánchez Ruiz
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
10,464

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Fulham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Fulham 1.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 0, Fulham 1. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gordon Greer (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Lasse Vigen Christensen replaces Neeskens Kebano.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway tries a through ball, but Liam Feeney is caught offside.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Jason Steele tries a through ball, but Anthony Stokes is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Liam Feeney replaces Ben Marshall.

Hand ball by Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Neeskens Kebano (Fulham).

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Jozabed replaces Scott Parker.

Foul by Tomas Kalas (Fulham).

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway.

Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).

Anthony Stokes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).

Tommie Hoban (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Anthony Stokes replaces Sam Gallagher.

Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Matt Smith.

Delay in match Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Graham.

Attempt blocked. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway.

Booking

Scott Parker (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Huddersfield541084413
2Fulham532074311
3Barnsley530212849
4Newcastle53028449
5QPR53028539
6Bristol City53027529
7Nottm Forest5302111109
8Brighton52218448
9Wolves52217438
10Birmingham52217528
11Ipswich52216518
12Norwich52216518
13Burton521210917
14Brentford52125417
15Reading521258-37
16Aston Villa51225505
17Cardiff512246-25
18Derby512213-25
19Sheff Wed512236-35
20Wigan51138804
21Leeds511359-44
22Rotherham5113312-94
23Preston510435-23
24Blackburn5014412-81
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