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Fulham draw with Leeds ~ Ch. Match Report MD12

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Match Report

Fulham (1) 1-1 (0) Leeds

Championship Match Day 12 1516 at Craven Cottage

Wednesday 21st October 2015    KO: 19:45

Ref: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire)



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A penalty from Chris Wood earned Leeds a 1-1 draw at Fulham in Steve Evans' first game in charge.

Evans was on Monday appointed United's sixth manager in 18 months under their controversial owner Massimo Cellino following Uwe Rosler's sacking.

Just like those who came and went before him, the former Crawley and Rotherham manager could not begin his stint at Leeds with a win.

But Wood's 64th-minute spot-kick did at least end a run of three straight defeats for the visitors after they fell behind to Moussa Dembele's first-half strike.

The average reign of a manager under the now-disqualified Cellino is just shy of three-and-a-half months, so how long Leeds' latest new era will last is anyone's guess.

Match Stats Fulham Leeds
Goals (1) 1 1 (0)
 
Scorers Dembele 23 Wood pen 64
 
Goal attempts 11 16
On target 2 8
Shooting Accuracy 18% 50%
Possession 48% 52%
Passes 405 411
Pass Success 69% 73%
Crosses 15 34
Crosses Success 20% 15%
Corners 3 6
Tackles 13 9
Tackles Success 77% 67%
Saves 7 1
Fouls 16 10
Offsides 4 5
Yellows 4 1
Reds 0 0
source: Soccernet/Fulham FC
But it started encouragingly enough, with the outspoken Evans certainly appearing to have his new players fired up.

Former Leeds striker Ross McCormack fired wide in the opening seconds, but after that Fulham barely got a kick for the next 20 minutes.

Stuart Dallas almost gave Evans the perfect start with a fierce snap-shot from the edge of the area but Joe Lewis made a fine save, and the Fulham keeper also kept out Wood's close-range effort.

But, against the run of play, Fulham took the lead in the 23rd minute, Dembele darting between Leeds defenders Liam Cooper and Sol Bamba before firing an angled shot inside Marco Silvestri's near post.

A cheeky chorus of 'you're getting sacked in the morning' was aimed at Evans from the home fans, but back came Leeds and Lewis Cook's low drive was kept out by Lewis before a penalty appeal for handball against Fulham defender Dan Burn was waved away.

If Evans was annoyed by that decision, he was apoplectic after half-time when Tom Adeyami tumbled over Lewis in the area and referee Keith Hill again shook his head.

Fulham pressed for a killer second and Lasse Vigen Christensen forced Silvestri into a decent save at his near post.

But moments later, at the other end, referee Hill spotted a handball against Ben Pringle and this time pointed to the spot, with Wood stepping up to tuck the penalty past Lewis.

Leeds sensed a rare win but Lewis got down well to deny Mirco Antenucci before making a fine diving save to keep out a Dallas curler.

Antenucci had the chance to get the new boss off to a flyer a minute from time as he aimed for the top corner but Lewis made another fingertip stop and Evans had to settle for a point.

Fulham: Lewis; Jazz Richards, Stearman, Burn, Garbutt; Christensen (Kacaniklic 68'), Tunnicliffe, O'Hara, Pringle (Fredericks 64'); McCormack, Dembele (Woodrow 84')
Unused substitutes: Rodak, Hutchinson, Husband, Parker

Scorer: Dembele 23, (right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack.)

Booked: Dembele (40,f), O'Hara (45,f), Burn (92,f), Garbutt (93,ub)

Leeds United: Silvestri; Byram, Sol Bamba, Cooper, Berardi; Dallas (Phillips 86'), Adeyemi, Murphy (Botaka 58'), Cook; Antenucci, Wood (Buckley 70')
Unused substitutes: Horton, Wootton, Bellusci, Mowatt:

Scorer: Wood 64, (converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner. (Penalty conceded by Ben Pringle with a hand ball in the penalty area.))

Booked: Cook (93,ub)

Referee: Keith Hill

Attendance: 19,969




















Source ESPN FC/football league

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