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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

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 1, Rotherham United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Rotherham United 1.

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Booking

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Michael Turner (Fulham).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kári Arnason (Rotherham United).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Dan Burn.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Matt Smith.

  18. Booking

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

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Dan Burn (Fulham).

  20. Post update

    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.

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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