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Fulham 1-1 Rotherham United

Ross McCormack
Ross McCormack scored his 16th goal of the season for Fulham

Rotherham missed the chance to ease their relegation fears after a Championship draw against fellow strugglers Fulham.

The Millers are just one place above the drop zone, but Millwall - five points behind - have a game in hand.

They took the lead after four minutes through Matt Derbyshire, who poked in from Ben Pringle's corner.

The home side, two points above their opponents, equalised as Ross McCormack bundled in his 16th goal of the season.

Rotherham were charged by the Football League on Monday for fielding defender Farrend Rawson earlier this month, with doubts over the status of his loan deal from Derby, and will find out their fate before the end of the season.

If they do have points deducted, they will find themselves deep in trouble at the wrong end of the table.

But the visitors at Craven Cottage missed a host of chances as they aim to preserve their status in the second tier of English football.

Goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli kept out Kirk Broadfoot's point-blank header and blocked Derbyshire when he was through on goal, after the former Blackburn and Olympiakos man has given his side the lead.

Fulham finally tested keeper Damian Martinez when Bryan Ruiz was denied by a good save, but levelled through ex-Leeds man McCormack, who netted from Scott Parker's touch.

Fulham boss Kit Symons:

"In the first half we were awful. In the second there was an improvement, and we were a bit better than awful.

"We were very nervous, it is an anxious time for the football club. But you have to deal with the situation and we didn't do that.

"There is still a bit to do, but we are limping closer. We'd liked to have sprinted over the line but it doesn't look like it's going to be like that."

Rotherham boss Steve Evans:

"Their goal came from a blatant Ross McCormack handball. If a Championship official can't see that then he shouldn't be in the Championship.

"If it is not handball then I've not got a pair of eyes. The referee is a good guy, he doesn't mean to make a howler like that, but the reality is it is a big match and he has made a howler.

"But it shouldn't have come down to that, it should have come down to us coming away with a handsome victory."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 29Richards
  • 18TurnerBooked at 86mins
  • 33BurnBooked at 81mins
  • 24Husband
  • 8Parker
  • 13GuthrieBooked at 54mins
  • 19TunnicliffeSubstituted forHooglandat 54'minutes
  • 10Ruiz
  • 9Smith
  • 44McCormack

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 2Hoogland
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 16Woodrow
  • 20Rodallega
  • 32Kavanagh

Rotherham

  • 26Martinez
  • 30Hunt
  • 20Morgan
  • 5BroadfootBooked at 73mins
  • 3Lafferty
  • 33Smallwood
  • 4Arnason
  • 22Ward
  • 8Frecklington
  • 18Pringle
  • 27Derbyshire

Substitutes

  • 6Wood
  • 10Bowery
  • 11Green
  • 15Milsom
  • 21Collin
  • 24Hammill
  • 25Wilson
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
15,011

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away12
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 1, Rotherham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Rotherham United 1.

Attempt missed. Tim Hoogland (Fulham) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

James Husband (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Ashley Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

Booking

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

Foul by Michael Turner (Fulham).

Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Michael Turner (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kári Arnason (Rotherham United).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Matt Smith.

Booking

Dan Burn (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Dan Burn (Fulham).

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

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Craig Morgan.

Offside, Fulham. Marcus Bettinelli tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by James Husband.

Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).

Craig Morgan (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Michael Turner.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 1, Rotherham United 1. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Parker.

Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Hunt.

James Husband (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Husband with a cross.

Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kári Arnason (Rotherham United).

Foul by Danny Guthrie (Fulham).

Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dan Burn (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth432411890434783
2Norwich432410983443982
3Watford432571187493882
4Middlesbrough432491064333181
5Derby4321121078463275
6Ipswich4321111167491874
7Brentford432181471571471
8Wolves4320111264531171
9Blackburn421514135652459
10Nottm Forest431513156662458
11Sheff Wed431416133944-558
12Charlton431318125255-357
13Cardiff431413165258-655
14Birmingham421315145163-1254
15Leeds431410194758-1152
16Huddersfield431313175269-1752
17Bolton431311195261-950
18Reading421211194464-2047
19Brighton431016174350-746
20Fulham431210215576-2146
21Rotherham431014194365-2244
22Millwall42912213767-3039
23Wigan43812233759-2236
24Blackpool43413263487-5325
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