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Fulham 2-2 Derby County

Tom Ince
Tom Ince is Derby's leading scorer this season with eight goals in the Championship

Fulham ended Derby's seven-game winning run in the Championship in an entertaining draw at Craven Cottage.

Tom Ince put Derby ahead with his seventh goal in as many games when Johnny Russell's through-ball gave him time to shoot low past David Button.

The hosts grabbed a deserved equaliser when Ryan Fredericks teed up Floyd Ayite for a tap-in.

Stefan Johansen's shot from the edge of the box put Fulham in front, but Alex Pearce headed in Ince's corner.

Fulham, who are unbeaten at home in six matches, started at a furious pace but Ince struck for the Rams with their first noteable chance.

Scott Carson then saved from Fredericks and Kevin McDonald, but the Derby keeper was finally beaten for the first time in six matches by Ayite.

The Cottagers again forced the pace after half-time, with Scott Malone having a shot well blocked before Johansen's strike threatened to inflict only a second defeat on Derby boss Steve McClaren since his return.

But Pearce's equaliser forced a fifth draw in the last six matches between the two sides at Craven Cottage, despite a late scare for the visitors when Lucas Piazon's free-kick hit the bar.

The visitors, who have lost just once in 13 matches, drop two places to seventh, while Fulham, with just two defeats in 11, move up a place to ninth.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

"I cannot be completely satisfied. We paid a heavy price for making a mistake. We played all the football, dominated the game and created chances.

"But it wasn't enough to win the game and this isn't the first time it's happened. We must work to improve ourselves and make ourselves more solid and competitive.

"They scored twice after our mistakes and in this competition that's not acceptable."

Derby manager Steve McClaren:

"What the boys have done for the past seven games has been incredible. To win seven in any division is difficult - to win seven and keep six clean sheets is even harder.

"It had to end sometime and I'm pleased it didn't end in defeat. I'm so proud of the players and the staff.

"Fulham kept coming at us and had our backs to the wall. This was the first time during our run we'd been behind and the players reacted well and got their reward."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 2FredericksBooked at 32mins
  • 26KalasSubstituted forMadlat 31'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17SigurdssonSubstituted forParkerat 45'minutes
  • 3Malone
  • 6McDonald
  • 14JohansenBooked at 40mins
  • 24AlukoSubstituted forHumphrysat 87'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 20Piazon
  • 11Ayité

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 4Odoi
  • 7Kebano
  • 8Parker
  • 9Smith
  • 15Madl
  • 31Humphrys

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 12Baird
  • 6Keogh
  • 16Pearce
  • 29Olsson
  • 18Butterfield
  • 15Johnson
  • 4BrysonBooked at 85mins
  • 10InceSubstituted forWeimannat 89'minutes
  • 23VydraSubstituted forBentat 65'minutes
  • 7RussellSubstituted forCamaraat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Shackell
  • 11Bent
  • 19Hughes
  • 20Camara
  • 24Weimann
  • 26Hanson
  • 35Mitchell
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
18,748

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 2, Derby County 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Derby County 2.

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Michael Madl (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Andreas Weimann (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Andreas Weimann replaces Tom Ince.

Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).

Abdoul Camara (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Stephen Humphrys replaces Sone Aluko.

Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Craig Bryson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Abdoul Camara.

Lucas Piazon (Fulham) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Derby County).

Offside, Derby County. Bradley Johnson tries a through ball, but Tom Ince is caught offside.

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Darren Bent (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross.

Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Darren Bent (Derby County).

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 2, Derby County 2. Alex Pearce (Derby County) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Ince with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Scott Parker.

Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Abdoul Camara replaces Johnny Russell.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Darren Bent replaces Matej Vydra.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle22161545172849
2Brighton22146235142148
3Reading2212463029140
4Huddersfield2212372626039
5Leeds2212282622438
6Sheff Wed2211472623337
7Derby2210662315836
8Birmingham229762729-234
9Fulham2289538281033
10Norwich2210393734333
11Preston229583027332
12Barnsley229493835331
13Aston Villa2161052221128
14Brentford2284102728-128
15Ipswich227782224-228
16Bristol City2283112827127
17Nottm Forest2275103539-426
18Wolves226792830-225
19QPR2165102030-1023
20Cardiff2265112436-1223
21Burton2257102330-722
22Blackburn2255122737-1020
23Wigan2246121827-918
24Rotherham2224162148-2710
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