Championship
FulhamFulham2BlackburnBlackburn Rovers1
By Steve MarshallBBC Sport
Ross McCormack celebrates with Moussa Dembele
Ross McCormack goes to celebrate his opening goal with Moussa Dembele

Fulham climbed into the top half of the Championship after hanging on to beat Blackburn, who had a late goal not given when the ball was over the line.

Ross McCormack stroked the hosts ahead before Moussa Dembele fired into the roof of the net from six yards.

Jordan Rhodes pulled one back from the spot after James Husband pushed him.

And Blackburn were only denied a late equaliser when Grant Hanley's effort was cleared by Jamie O'Hara, with replays showing the ball was in.

Fulham's victory was their first in five games against Rovers and lifts them up to 11th in the Championship table, while winless Blackburn remain in the bottom three.

They were made to work hard for the points by Gary Bowyer's side, who fought back valiantly after falling two goals behind and had more than than enough chances to earn a point.

But ultimately they left themselves with too much to do after Fulham raced into a two-goal lead.

McCormack fired the Cottagers ahead from 12 yards after being played in by Dembele, who then doubled their lead after Jason Steele had saved from Ryan Tunnicliffe and Tom Cairney.

Home keeper Andy Lonergan saved brilliantly to keep out Ben Marshall's header and Rhodes hit the post at full stretch as Blackburn sought a way back into the game.

They were finally rewarded when Rhodes sent Lonergan the wrong way from the spot and should have levelled when Hanley's effort was not given.

Even then Bengaly-Fode Koita wasted another chance to equalise when he struck the post from close range as Fulham clung on for all three points.

Moussa Dembele
Moussa Dembele's strike was his first in the Championship this season
Jordan Rhodes
Jordan Rhodes led the Blackburn protests that Grant Hanley's late effort was over the line

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 24Lonergan
  • 2Richards
  • 13Ream
  • 5Stearman
  • 40HusbandSubstituted forBurnat 89'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 23O'HaraBooked at 76mins
  • 18PringleSubstituted forFredericksat 62'minutes
  • 44McCormack
  • 25Dembele

Substitutes

  • 7Fredericks
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 12Lewis
  • 14Mattila
  • 16Woodrow
  • 21Christensen
  • 33Burn

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 2Henley
  • 5HanleyBooked at 70mins
  • 22DuffyBooked at 77mins
  • 3Spurr
  • 10Marshall
  • 23Guthrie
  • 29EvansSubstituted forAkpanat 83'minutes
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forLawrenceat 90'minutes
  • 7DelfounesoSubstituted forKoitaat 45'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 11RhodesBooked at 43mins

Substitutes

  • 4Kilgallon
  • 8Koita
  • 14Olsson
  • 16Lawrence
  • 17Williamson
  • 21Akpan
  • 33Raya
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
14,372

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home16
Away23
Shots on Target
Home9
Away9
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).

  4. Post update

    Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Danny Guthrie.

  6. Post update

    Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tim Ream.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Tom Lawrence replaces Craig Conway.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Dan Burn replaces James Husband.

  15. Post update

    Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).

  17. Post update

    Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway tries a through ball, but Ben Marshall is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Hope Akpan with a headed pass.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.