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Derby County 4-2 Fulham

David Nugent
Hat-trick hero David Nugent joined Derby from Middlesbrough in January

David Nugent bagged a hat-trick and missed a penalty as Derby beat Fulham to dent the Cottagers' play-off bid and strengthen their own hopes.

Nugent lifted over keeper David Button to put the Rams in front, but Floyd Ayite swept the visitors level.

Seconds after Nugent saw his spot-kick well saved by Button, his spectacular volley gave the Rams a half-time lead.

He tapped in his third before Johnny Russell drilled in a fourth and Ayite scored a late Fulham consolation.

Fulham's defeat means they drop out of the top six at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday, who won at already-relegated Rotherham.

Derby never looked back once Marcus Olsson's pinpoint through ball was neatly converted by Nugent, and have now lost just once in eight against the Londoners on home soil.

Ayite's smart finish, after the Rams failed to clear Ryan Fredericks' cross, suggested briefly that Fulham could take control, especially as they bossed possession for long periods.

But Nugent's stunning second, as he hooked in over his shoulder just moments after his penalty miss, proved crucial.

The former Leicester City striker secured the match ball just before the hour mark when he charged down a Button clearance, and Russell's second goal of the season, that found the right-hand corner, confirmed the result prior to Ayite's late second.

Derby have now taken seven points from nine since Gary Rowett took charge, and have moved to within seven points of the final play-off spot.

Derby manager Gary Rowett: "Someone said to me before the game it was going to be quite open, and I think that was a bit of an understatement.

"Fulham make it very difficult for you to come out and put pressure on them, but when you win it, there is always lots of space to break and counter, which made it a very end-to-end game.

"After the penalty miss, we scored a second at the perfect time, and in the second half we pressed the ball better and were really clinical."

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic: "I believe my team played a very good football game. From another side, we missed a little bit of experience to make the right decision in the right moment.

"We must all stick together and be strong, fighting until the end of the season. I believe my team play the best football, but we haven't made enough good results.

"In these six games [left] we have to hit fifth gear and push hard to fight to be at the top of the table."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 12Baird
  • 6Keogh
  • 16Pearce
  • 29Olsson
  • 10Ince
  • 15Johnson
  • 4BrysonSubstituted forHughesat 83'minutes
  • 7RussellBooked at 90mins
  • 23VydraSubstituted forButterfieldat 45'minutes
  • 28NugentSubstituted forAnyaat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Christie
  • 8Anya
  • 11Bent
  • 18Butterfield
  • 19Hughes
  • 20Camara
  • 35Mitchell

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 2Fredericks
  • 26Kalas
  • 13Ream
  • 3MaloneSubstituted forR Sessegnonat 83'minutes
  • 6McDonaldBooked at 87mins
  • 14JohansenSubstituted forCyriacat 83'minutes
  • 20PiazonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKebanoat 74'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 11Ayité
  • 24AlukoBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 7Kebano
  • 9Cyriac
  • 15Madl
  • 17Sigurdsson
  • 30R Sessegnon
  • 33Petsos
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
27,221

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home26%
Away74%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 4, Fulham 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 4, Fulham 2.

Booking

Johnny Russell (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

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

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

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

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

Booking

Sone Aluko (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).

Ikechi Anya (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.

Booking

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

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).

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

Offside, Derby County. Scott Carson tries a through ball, but Johnny Russell is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Cyriac replaces Stefan Johansen.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon replaces Scott Malone.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Will Hughes replaces Craig Bryson.

Foul by Neeskens Kebano (Fulham).

Markus Olsson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 4, Fulham 2. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Lucas Piazon.

Offside, Derby County. Johnny Russell tries a through ball, but Tom Ince is caught offside.

Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Scott Malone is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Ikechi Anya replaces David Nugent.

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

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by David Button.

Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bradley Johnson with a through ball.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 4, Fulham 1. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

goal

As It Stood

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2Newcastle39256872333981
3Reading40227115550573
4Huddersfield38225114744371
5Leeds402161352391369
6Sheff Wed401991251401166
7Fulham4017131069511864
8Preston4016131159481161
9Derby401611134640659
10Norwich39169146558757
11Aston Villa401512134239357
12Brentford40168166457756
13Barnsley401411155656053
14Cardiff401410165457-352
15Wolves39149165049151
16QPR40148184653-750
17Ipswich401116134248-649
18Birmingham401113164058-1846
19Burton391111174053-1344
20Nottm Forest40119205466-1242
21Bristol City40118215060-1041
22Blackburn40913184761-1440
23Wigan40810223249-1734
24Rotherham4045313390-5717
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