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Championship - Friday 21st February 2020, 7:45 PM
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Derby
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Attendance: 25442
 
Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire)
 

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Rooney pen
55
Goal
 
 
62
Yellow
Arter (f)
 
65
Sub On
Kamara
 
65
Sub Off
Johansen
 
66
Sub On
Cavaleiro
 
66
Sub Off
Knockaert
 
71
Goal
Mitrovic
Jozefzoon
78
Sub On
 
Knight
78
Sub Off
 
Marriott
78
Sub On
 
Waghorn
78
Sub Off
 
 
81
Sub On
McDonald
 
81
Sub Off
Arter
 
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Match Report

Fulham (0) 1-1 (0) Derby County

Championship Match Day 34 19/20 at Craven Cottage

Friday 21 February 2020    KO: 19:45

Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire)



Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic scored his 22nd goal of the season as Fulham drew 1-1 at Derby while Wayne Rooney netted on his 500th English league game.

The visitors had been firmly second-best at Pride Park as Derby deservedly led through Rooney's penalty in his landmark appearance before Mitrovic netted a smart volley from Aboubakar Kamar's cross with 19 minutes to go.

Ten minutes into the second half, Tim Ream was adjudged to have handled a cross under pressure from Martyn Waghorn and Rooney showed the class which has underpinned his longevity with a coolly-struck Panenka.

Fulham keeper Marek Rodak walked away with the man-of-the-match award after saving well twice from Matt Clarke and Tom Lawrence before half-time. Then, after Mitrovic's 71st-minute equaliser, Rodak denied Derby a late winner when he somehow clawed out Craig Forsyth's looping effort from close-range.

Fulham boss Scott Parker made four changes from the 3-0 home defeat by Barnsley last weekend, but kept faith with goalkeeper Rodek despite an error-laden performance in that defeat.

Match Stats Derby Fulham
Goals (0) 1 1 (0)
Scorers Rooney pen 55 Mitrovic 71
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Goal attempts 14 17
On target 7 5
Shooting Accuracy 50% 29%
Possession 39% 61%
Passes 354 570
Passes Success 77% 84%
Crosses 23 21
Crosses Success 26% 33%
Corners 11 4
Tackles 17 12
Tackles Success 35% 58%
Saves 4 6
Fouls 12 11
Offsides 3 1
Yellows 0 1
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Parker was rewarded for his faith before half-time as a dominant Derby twice forced Rodek into fine saves. First, turning Clarke's sliding effort away from danger and then stopping Tom Lawrence with an equally firm stop after he turned inside Odoi.

At the other end, Fulham struggled to find a way through a Derby defence which turned into a back five without the ball, and Ben Hamer, a replacement for the dropped Kelle Roos, was left untroubled.

After the break, Fulham improved but still struggled with a final ball, before Ream's handball gave Rooney a chance to mark his 500th English league game in the best possible fashion. He didn't disappoint, chipping in from 12 yards for a goal worthy of the occasion.

It then looked like Derby would cruise to victory as Fulham continued to offer up very little, but with the Championship's top scorer in their ranks they always carried a threat - Mitrovic kept his balance and turned a very average Odoi cross home on the half-volley.

In the final 20 minutes, the game finally opened up but Derby still had the lion's share of the chances, none better than Forsyth's effort after substutite Florian Jozefzoon had missed Tom Lawrence's cross. His slightly scuffed effort still should have had the strength to beat Rodak, but the Czech goalkeeper was again on top form to push it clear.

A late Rooney cross threatened a chance for Jack Marriott but was turned away just before he could turn home from close-range, but Fulham held on to earn a draw.

Derby manager Phillip Cocu: "I think we created some very good opportunities to score.

Max Bird was man of the match for me, but their goalkeeper made some fantastic saves, that's an important part of the team and it's why we didn't win the game.

Phillip Cocu was disappointed not to beat Fulham after a string of brilliant saves by Marek Rodak, but was pleased with the performance.

"Rooney scored a penalty but also played a great game. Great skills, not only the technical part of the game but his vision and anticipation of situations is a pleasure to watch. The whole game, I just enjoyed the game.

As a fan, you love to watch these kind of games. There's disappointment we couldn't win the game, we were very close but I'm happy with how we played."

Fulham boss Scott Parker: "I thought the game was exactly how we saw it; for large parts we'd have a lot of control of it, first half we lacked a bit of an intent about us, but certainly we went a goal down and if there's one thing I've noticed when that happens, we struggle a little bit.

Scott Parker praised the character of Marek Rodak as the Fulham keeper pulled off a string of superb saves to put the performance against Barnsley behind him.

"We've come here wanting to win the game, and we came knowing Derby have been very good at home. Recently we've lacked a control about us, and this team and my team need to play with a control, a good structure, and build up through those areas.

I see my team getting back to where I want to be, control, and working good openings in both halves."

Man of the match - Marek Rodak
Rodak had a point to prove after his performance against Barnsley on Saturday and he came up trumps - and was all that stood between Derby and three points.

His stop from Clarke was good, his save from Lawrence was better, but his hand to keep out Forsyth was the pick of the bunch.

There were also two confident punches from Rooney corners aimed right onto his head - on a night where the hosts were all-too-happy to test his character, he passed with flying colours.

"If there's one thing Marek has, it's good character," said manager Parker after the game.

"He's got a mentality about him, with the disappointment he had of making two mistakes last week I knew he'd still come in today and perform like he did. That's what we've become used to seeing, and full credit to him."

What's next?
Derby travel to QPR on Tuesday night at 7.45pm, a game you can watch on Sky Sports Football via the Red Button. Fulham are also on the Red Button 24 hours later, when they host Swansea.

Derby County: Wisdom, Davies, Clarke, Forsyth, Bird, Shinnie, Knight (Jozefzoon 78), Rooney, Lawrence, Waghorn (Marriott 78)

Unused substitutes: Roos, Lowe, Bogle, Sibley, Martin

Goals:
Rooney 55 pen (converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner. Penalty conceded by Tim Ream (Fulham) with a hand ball in the penalty area.)

Fulham: Rodak, Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan, Johansen (Kamara 65), Arter (McDonald 81), Cairney, Knockaert (Cavaleiro 66), Mitrovic, De Cordova-Reid

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Christie, S Sessegnon, Kebano

Goals:
Mitrovic 71 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara with a cross.)

Booked: Arter (62,f),

Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire)

Attendance: 25,442






























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