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Fulham 2-2 Brentford

Stuart Gray and Dean Smith
Stuart Gray (l) was appointed senior coach by Fulham before their west London derby with Brentford

Fulham and Brentford drew an exciting west London derby at Craven Cottage.

The hosts fell behind to Alan Judge's penalty in Stuart Gray's first game in caretaker charge after Ashley Richards fouled Jake Bidwell.

Brentford defender James Tarkowski headed into his own net to make it 1-1 and Fulham led midway through the second half when Ross McCormack set up strike partner Moussa Dembele.

Jack O'Connell earned a point for the Bees, turning in Tarkowski's flick-on.

Gray, who was appointed as senior coach by Fulham on Tuesday, could not halt his side's winless run, now stretching back six games.

They lie 17th in the table, while Brentford missed the opportunity to move into the play-off spots despite results elsewhere going in their favour.

They made an encouraging start in Dean Smith's second game as boss, with Nico Yennaris and Lasse Vibe going close to scoring either side of Judge's successful spot-kick.

But McCormack was a constant threat for the home side, putting in the cross for Tarkowski to head past his own goalkeeper as well as creating Dembele's goal with an astute pass.

And after O'Connell levelled the scores, he almost won it for Fulham with a free-kick from the edge of the box which forced Button to a good save.

Fulham senior coach Stuart Gray:

"In the past the heads have dropped when going 1-0 down, but the team didn't do that today and got back into the game.

"Then to get our noses in front I think we were going to go on and win it. But our Achilles heel has been defending corners so we've been done on two set-plays.

"We were playing a side full of confidence - obviously they've got a new manager and they probably started a bit brighter than us."

Brentford boss Dean Smith:

"The pleasing thing today was how strong the bench was, when you have got players who can make an impact.

"It was a very entertaining game, I thought it was pretty even first half, we started the second half brightly and passed it really well.

"They scored against the run of play, but the lads showed great character. A point was a fair result as they finished the game stronger."

Moussa Dembele of Fulham
Moussa Dembele's goal was not enough to earn Fulham a first win in six league matches

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 24Lonergan
  • 2Richards
  • 5StearmanBooked at 57mins
  • 13Ream
  • 3Garbutt
  • 7FredericksBooked at 27minsSubstituted forWoodrowat 79'minutes
  • 8ParkerSubstituted forKacaniklicat 79'minutes
  • 23O'Hara
  • 10CairneySubstituted forSmithat 87'minutes
  • 25Dembele
  • 44McCormack

Substitutes

  • 4Hutchinson
  • 9Smith
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 12Lewis
  • 16Woodrow
  • 28Hyndman
  • 33Burn

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 28Yennaris
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 22O'ConnellBooked at 57mins
  • 3Bidwell
  • 15Woods
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 47CanosBooked at 36minsSubstituted forJotaat 66'minutes
  • 18Judge
  • 17KerschbaumerSubstituted forSwiftat 66'minutes
  • 21VibeSubstituted forHofmannat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Saunders
  • 10McEachran
  • 11Hofmann
  • 16Bonham
  • 19Swift
  • 23Jota
  • 29Barbet
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
19,411

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 2, Brentford 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Brentford 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).

  4. Post update

    Jack O'Connell (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Brentford. James Tarkowski tries a through ball, but Philipp Hofmann is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).

  7. Post update

    Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nico Yennaris.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara with a cross following a corner.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Philipp Hofmann replaces Lasse Vibe.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Tom Cairney.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nico Yennaris.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jazz Richards (Fulham).

  19. Post update

    John Swift (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Ryan Fredericks.