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Derby County 1-1 Fulham: Mitrovic earns Whites point after Rooney penalty

Wayne Rooney celebrates
Wayne Rooney's Panenka penalty was his fourth goal for Derby

Aleksandar Mitrovic rescued a point for Fulham at Derby as Wayne Rooney marked his 500th appearance in English league football by scoring a Panenka penalty.

The Championship's top scorer coolly volleyed in Aboubakar Kamara's cross for his 22nd goal of the season to lift Fulham within two points of second-placed Leeds in the race for promotion.

It had looked like former England captain Rooney would take the headlines when he calmly clipped the ball past Fulham keeper Marek Rodak from the spot to give the Rams the lead after Tim Ream had been penalised for handball.

But, despite chances at both ends, neither team could find a winner, with Rodak making a number of fine saves to keep his side in the game.

Rodak's mistakes had been to blame for the Whites' surprise 3-0 home defeat by Barnsley last weekend but boss Scott Parker kept faith with the Slovakian keeper and was rewarded with a superb display as he saved six of Derby's seven on-target efforts.

With Rooney behind much of the Rams' best work, Rodak reacted superbly to keep out a flicked effort from Tom Lawrence and a shot by Matt Clarke on the stretch, before later pushing an angled Lawrence drive around the post.

He was only beaten when Rooney cheekily chipped in his penalty after Ream was adjudged to have used his hand to prevent Martyn Waghorn from going through.

However, after Mitrovic's opportunistic equaliser, Rodak then prevented Derby from finding a winner with a brilliant diving stop to keep out Max Bird's drive from 12 yards before diving backwards to palm away a late bundling effort by Curtis Davies from close range.

Fulham had chances to win it too with Bobby Decordova-Reid flashing an effort across the six-yard box, while substitute Ivan Cavaleiro curled a powerful shot narrowly over from 18 yards.

However, their failure to secure all three points hands Leeds the chance to open up a five-point lead over one of their promotion rivals when they entertain Reading on Saturday.

A second successive home 1-1 draw also does little for Derby's hopes of staging a late run to the play-offs, with the Rams now eight points off a top-six spot having now played a game more than the sides above them.

Rooney's Panenka penalty

Rooney admitted to Sky Sports after the game that he is "always nervous" before taking penalties but had opted to attempt a Panenka for the first time to "try something different".

Here's how his penalty went in in pictures...

Wayne Rooney's Panenka penalty
Rooney chips the ball off the penalty spot...
Wayne Rooney's Panenka penalty
The ball gains height as it moves towards goal...
Wayne Rooney's Panenka penalty
And the dink beats the dive of Fulham keeper Marek Rodak as the ball nestles in the net

Derby boss Phillips Cocu: "Tonight Wayne played in a more forward position as a number 10. He showed great skill, great vision, technical ability and he's important in all aspects tactically.

"He can adapt if any changes have to be made during the game and that's always a pleasure for a manager or coach to have somebody who can do that.

"Also what he brings to the club, he helps the young players develop. He talks a lot to individuals, most of the days before training he's in the coaches' office to see how we work. He gives his input and his opinion so he knows exactly how we work.

"He can help us during a game in this way as well so for me it's a pleasure to have a player of his ability and quality but also his personality in the team."

Fulham head coach Scott Parker: "Wayne's had a massive impact since he's been here, it's no surprise Derby's upturn in form has coincided with him coming to the club.

"I have no doubt, I don't know looking in from the outside, but when you bring in a player of Wayne Rooney's calibre, you're not just talking about his technique because that's there for everyone to see.

"But you bring a player into the building that has a mentality of knowing what it is about and driving standards every single day and he's probably scooping a few up along the way.

"That's what you get and obviously at times tonight you see his quality as well. He's had to adapt his game but you often find that the world-class players can do that."

Line-ups

Derby

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Hamer
  • 2Wisdom
  • 33Davies
  • 16Clarke
  • 3Forsyth
  • 41Bird
  • 4Shinnie
  • 38KnightSubstituted forJozefzoonat 78'minutes
  • 32Rooney
  • 10Lawrence
  • 9WaghornSubstituted forMarriottat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Jozefzoon
  • 14Marriott
  • 19Martin
  • 21Roos
  • 25Lowe
  • 37Bogle
  • 40Sibley

Fulham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Rodák
  • 4Odoi
  • 3Hector
  • 13Ream
  • 23Bryan
  • 8JohansenSubstituted forKamaraat 65'minutes
  • 18ArterBooked at 62minsSubstituted forMcDonaldat 81'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 24KnockaertSubstituted forCavaleiroat 66'minutes
  • 9Mitrovic
  • 14De Cordova-Reid

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 6McDonald
  • 7Kebano
  • 19Cavaleiro
  • 22Christie
  • 43S Sessegnon
  • 47Kamara
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
25,442

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home14
Away17
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Derby County 1, Fulham 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Derby County 1, Fulham 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Michael Hector.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Derby County. Wayne Rooney tries a through ball, but Curtis Davies is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lawrence (Derby County).

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Curtis Davies (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Tim Ream.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Max Bird (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Denis Odoi.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Florian Jozefzoon.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara.

  17. Post update

    Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jack Marriott (Derby County).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Kevin McDonald replaces Harry Arter.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara with a cross following a corner.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 21st February 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom331712459362363
2Leeds33178848301859
3Fulham34169948371157
4Brentford331671054272755
5Nottm Forest331510845331255
6Preston331581047371053
7Bristol City33158104846253
8Blackburn331481148381050
9Cardiff33121474845350
10Millwall33121384038249
11Swansea33121294141048
12Derby341112114246-445
13Sheff Wed33128134138344
14Birmingham33128134249-744
15Reading33119134137442
16QPR33126155158-742
17Hull33118144751-441
18Middlesbrough33813123443-937
19Charlton3399154147-636
20Huddersfield3399153852-1436
21Stoke33104194153-1234
22Wigan33710163350-1731
23Luton3393213966-2730
24Barnsley33610174058-1828
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