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Fulham 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

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.

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Symons post Blackburn

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

Match ends, Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).

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

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Danny Guthrie.

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

Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).

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.

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers).

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

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Tom Lawrence replaces Craig Conway.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Dan Burn replaces James Husband.

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

Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).

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

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.

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

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

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Hope Akpan replaces Corry Evans.

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

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

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

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Booking

Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Husband with a cross.

Booking

Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers).

Richard Stearman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 13th September 2015

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton651094516
2Cardiff6330105512
3Middlesbrough632193611
4Birmingham5320116511
5Burnley632197211
6Hull631285310
7QPR63121110110
8Ipswich63121112-110
9Reading623110559
10Charlton62317529
11Fulham62229818
12Leeds61507618
13Nottm Forest62226608
14Derby61416607
15MK Dons621356-17
16Wolves6213810-27
17Bolton613236-36
18Brentford512289-15
19Sheff Wed6123710-35
20Preston612336-35
21Bristol City6114814-64
22Blackburn603347-33
23Huddersfield603338-53
24Rotherham6024614-82
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