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Fulham 2-2 Blackburn Rovers

Sone Aluko
Sone Aluko's goal was his seventh of the season for Fulham

Fulham missed out on the chance to move into the Championship play-off places as Lucas Joao's late goal earned relegation-threatened Blackburn a draw.

Joao converted Derrick Williams' cross as Rovers remained unbeaten since Tony Mowbray took over as head coach.

Sone Aluko swept Fulham ahead just before the break, but Craig Conway levelled from the spot after Tomas Kalas brought down Marvin Emnes.

Gohi Cyriac restored Fulham's lead, but Joao struck to deny them the win.

The result left Slavisa Jokanovic's side still seventh in the table, one point behind Sheffield Wednesday, while Blackburn climbed above Bristol City and out of the bottom three.

Fulham dominated possession the first half and after Aluko had been foiled by keeper Jason Steele in a one-on-one, he finally clipped home a left-wing cross to give them the lead.

The introduction of Joao as a substitute injected life into the Rovers attack, and Conway hammered the equaliser down the middle after Kalas was penalised.

Ryan Fredericks cut the ball back for Cyriac to superbly net his first goal since joining Fulham from Belgian football, but a late rally saw Connor Mahoney and Joao threaten the Fulham goal before the latter bundled the ball past David Button for his third goal in two games.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic:

"It's frustrating but it's a part of the competition, we have scored many times in the last moments of games.

"In the first half we dominated and scored the goal. Second half we didn't dominate the game, we didn't control them and at the end we made some mistakes.

"We didn't have enough experience to kill the game when we scored the second goal, we gave them the chance to come back.

"We're going to fight to be in this top six at the beginning of May. We have to keep going and push hard."

Blackburn head coach Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I think for the group, it's important to try and keep the run going.

"They showed great effort and had that desire not to lose the match against a really good football team, who can press you back with their passing.

"They have to keep doing it, they have to keep producing it week in week out."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 2FredericksBooked at 49mins
  • 26Kalas
  • 13Ream
  • 3MaloneSubstituted forMartinat 61'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 6McDonaldBooked at 62mins
  • 14JohansenSubstituted forCyriacat 81'minutes
  • 7KebanoSubstituted forOdoiat 87'minutes
  • 24Aluko
  • 30R Sessegnon

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 4Odoi
  • 9Cyriac
  • 15Madl
  • 17Sigurdsson
  • 25Martin
  • 33Petsos

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 24Nyambe
  • 26LenihanBooked at 63mins
  • 4Hoban
  • 5Williams
  • 31BennettSubstituted forMahoneyat 69'minutes
  • 6Lowe
  • 23GuthrieBooked at 40mins
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forFeeneyat 89'minutes
  • 12GrahamSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17EmnesBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 7Feeney
  • 18Lucas João
  • 21Akpan
  • 27Tomlinson
  • 28Mahoney
  • 30Brown
  • 33Raya
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
15,487

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Booking

Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 2. Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Derrick Williams with a cross.

Attempt saved. Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Derrick Williams.

Attempt missed. Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas João.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ryan Sessegnon.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Liam Feeney replaces Craig Conway.

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Denis Odoi replaces Neeskens Kebano.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 1. Cyriac (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.

Booking

Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Cyriac replaces Stefan Johansen.

Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 1, Blackburn Rovers 1. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Tomas Kalas (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Blackburn Rovers. Marvin Emnes draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano.

Attempt saved. Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Neeskens Kebano.

Attempt blocked. Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marvin Emnes.

Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomas Kalas.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Connor Mahoney replaces Elliott Bennett.

Attempt missed. Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Lucas João tries a through ball, but Craig Conway is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Foul by Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers).

Booking

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).

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

Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Chris Martin replaces Scott Malone.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lucas João replaces Danny Graham.

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As It Stood

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5Reading37197114949064
6Sheff Wed371881148371162
7Fulham371613865442161
8Preston371511115145656
9Norwich37159136356754
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15QPR37138164150-947
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17Birmingham371111153854-1644
18Wolves36119164347-442
19Burton371011163648-1241
20Nottm Forest37117195162-1140
21Blackburn37912164455-1139
22Bristol City37108194653-738
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