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Fulham draw at Huddersfield ~ Ch. Match Report MD27

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Match Report

Huddersfield Town (1) 1-1 (1) Fulham

Championship Match Day 27 1516 at John Smith's Stadium

Saturday 16th December 2016    KO: 15:00

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire)



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Fulham striker Ross McCormack continued his scoring run against Huddersfield and helped claim a first point for new Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic in a 1-1 draw.

McCormack took less than two minutes to score his fifth goal in four appearances against Huddersfield.

Town skipper Mark Hudson equalised before half-time with his second goal in four days but Fulham were good value for the away point.

Serbian Jokanovic had lost his first three games in charge but top scorer McCormack wasted no time in settling Fulham nerves.

McCormack, a target for promotion-seeking Derby in the January transfer window, had four goals in his previous appearances against Town, including a hat-trick for former club Leeds.

The striker will not have scored many simpler goals this season after an awful blunder by Town midfielder Jonathan Hogg.

Hogg attempted a long crossfield ball across the back line. He failed to lift his pass and instead rolled it to the unmarked McCormack who slotted past the helpless Jed Steer.

Match Stats Huddersfield Fulham
Goals (1) 1 1 (1)
 
Scorers Hudson 19 McCormack 2
 
Goal attempts 9 13
On target 3 3
Shooting Accuracy 33% 23%
Possession 45% 55%
Passes 383 476
Pass Success 67% 70%
Crosses 16 12
Crosses Success 6% 25%
Corners 7 2
Tackles 17 28
Tackles Success 76% 75%
Saves 2 2
Fouls 11 11
Offsides 6 1
Yellows 2 1
Reds 0 0
source: Soccernet/Fulham F
Town almost levelled eight minutes later when Jamie Paterson cut in from the left, side-stepping a defender, but his drive came back off the inside of the far post. Joe Lolley was unable to control the rebound.

Fulham had the ball in the back of the net again in the 16th minute but McCormack was ruled off-side as Alex Kacaniklic fired home.

Fulham had claims for a penalty when McCormack went down under challenge from Hudson but referee Christopher Sarginson waved play on.

Town equalised in the 20th minute with Hudson's second of the season when he converted Emyr Huws' free-kick. Huws drifted the ball invitingly for centre-back Hudson to stick out a boot and steer a finish past Andy Lonergan and into the far corner.

McCormack had another sight of goal after Jamie O'Hara's free-kick from the right but his shot was blocked by Hudson's lunge.

Huws curled an effort wide for the home side and close to half-time Nahki Wells was clean through and faced down Lonergan but a brilliant saving tackle from Dan Burn kept the scores level.

Early in the second half Lonergan pulled off a superb double save when he got down low to save from Wells and then produced an even better instinctive one-handed stop from Harry Bunn.

O'Hara's shot had the sting taken out of it by Hudson and Steer had an easy save but Fulham kept possession well and had a great chance to win the game.

In the 70th minute Lasse Vigen Christensen found space to cross from the left and sub Moussa Dembele, on at half-time, was free in the box but headed wide.

Paterson tested Lonergan again at his near post but overall Town failed to spark and Fulham held out.

Huddersfield Town: Steer; Smith, Hudson, Cranie, Husband; Hogg, Huws; Bunn (Lynch 89'), Paterson, Lolley (Holmes 79'); Wells (Bojaj 90')
Unused substitutes: Murphy, Davidson, Billing, Miller

Scorers:
Hudson 19 (left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emyr Huws following a set piece situation.)

Booked: Hudson (32,f), Bunn (68,f)

Fulham: Lonergan; Jazz Richards, Hutchinson, Burn, Garbutt; Christensen, Hyndman (Parker 45'), O'Hara (Mattila 81'), Cairney, Kacaniklic (Dembele 61'); McCormack
Unused substitutes: Lewis, Stearman, Fredericks, Ream

Scorers:
McCormack 2 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.)

Booked: Garbutt (67,f)

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire)

Attendance: 12,039


















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