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Fulham 2-2 Blackpool Cham 16 1415 BBCSport

last updated Thursday 06th November 2014, 11:43 PM


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Fulham (1) 2-2 (2) Blackpool


Fulham fought back from two goals down after Blackpool captain Tony McMahon was sent off to deny Lee Clark his first win as Seasiders boss.

Ishmael Miller put the Championship's bottom club ahead after just 90 seconds, before loan signing Jacob Murphy tapped in a second on his debut.

McMahon was shown a straight red card for kicking out after 41 minutes.

Scott Parker pulled one back in first-half injury time before Bryan Ruiz equalised direct from a corner.

Blackpool, who have not won at Craven Cottage since 1986, could not have asked for a better start to Clark's second game in charge.

The former Fulham midfielder, making his first return to the club in a managerial capacity, saw Miller fire his side ahead with a first-time strike from Donervon Daniels's pass.

While former Wolves midfielder Jamie O'Hara's signing came too late for him to be included in Clark's squad, Murphy made his first start since joining from Norwich.

Blackpool have won away from home only once since 2 November, 2013 - a 2-0 win at Wigan in the penultimate game of last season

And he doubled Blackpool's lead on the break, converting a low cross from Miller after 26 minutes.

Fulham were given a route back into the game when McMahon was dismissed for a petulant swing of a leg at Hugo Rodallega.

And Parker ensured Fulham's half-time deficit was only one goal as he slotted home an angled shot from a Rodallega pass after Blackpool failed to clear a corner.

Blackpool defended manfully after the break as their hosts dominated possession in their bid to avoid only a second defeat in eight league games.

But, after Joe Lewis made a superb save from Nikolay Bodurov, their resistance was broken when Ruiz's corner went straight in as Fulham defender Dan Burn distracted Lewis at his near post.

Blackpool manager Lee Clark:
"I've seen the footage and Tony McMahon had a lash out. I don't know if he's made contact but if the referee sees that he's left with no option.

"I haven't spoken to him (McMahon) yet - that's how he knows I'm not happy. We'll be having a conversation. He's an experienced player, he's the captain and he can't get involved in that, even if he hasn't made contact.

"It's difficult to say we would have gone on to win, but we were controlling the game so you'd like to think there was a strong possibility.

"But the performance is key for me. We have started building blocks now and we have got a point."

Fulham manager Kit Symons:
"I would say the sending-off changed the game.

"But we couldn't have been as bad in the second half regardless. The first half was probably as bad as we have been since I took over.

"But with them being down to 10 men and us pulling one back at half-time we should have gone on to win the game.

"It's definitely two points dropped for me."






















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