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Blackburn (1) 3-0 (0) Fulham


Struggling for goals? Enter Fulham. Blackburn had scored just three in the Championship since December 11 but the visitors came bearing all too familiar gifts for their suffering supporters.

One either side of half-time from defenders Ben Marshall and Shane Duffy before Danny Graham's late header on his home debut were enough to worsen Slavisa Jokanovic's relegation fears as they head the wrong way, while this win provided Paul Lambert some relief ahead of West Ham's trip here in the FA Cup.

The Serbian has plenty of well-wishers at Craven Cottage and has set about making Fulham more competitive but they have now won only two of their last 17 Championship games.

No clean sheet since October 11 either.

Jokanovic could only apologise. 'I say sorry to the fans who travelled with us to watch,' he rued.

'We didn't offer anything special. We played without spirit, without competitiveness, without desire. 'We didn't try to play football. We didn't do anything important.'

Fulham had actually started the brighter, Michael Madl guilty of volleying wide from a corner when he ought to have at least tested Jason Steele. But as Jokanovic became more agitated at their disjointedness going forward, Fulham were lax at the back.

The first goal was utterly avoidable.

Marshall set off on a mazy run from the right, bundling his way into the away box and waiting for Luke Garbutt to blink first. The defender did, dangling a leg for his opposite full back to trip over.

With no hesitation from referee Stephen Martin, Marshall had his fourth goal in five matches from the spot, sending Andy Lonergan the wrong way on 15 minutes.

Those who study Fulham closely say that is the story of their season, chartered back to Kit Symons' time in charge.

Jokanovic's arms were outstretched, scarcely believing the ease with which Rovers managed to secure a lead, hooking Garbutt - on loan from Everton and being watched by David Unsworth - just past the half-hour mark.

In truth these were two sides epitomising the division's lower mid-table, almost scrappier in possession than they were off it.

But Rovers were better throughout, Duffy escaping his marker to thunder home a second in the 62nd minute, making sure their run of nine without a win would not stretch any further.

There was even time for Lonergan to embarrassingly fail to stop Graham's tame header in with moments to go, the striker's first goal since last May.

Lambert said: 'Danny Graham has scored at every level and it's funny because even when I was with Norwich, he was scoring goals with Swansea in the Championship.

'I always liked the way he played the game and there's always a hunger with him. You see his work-rate tonight, everything he gave us.

'If there's one guy I'm absolutely delighted for to score a goal it's him because he's a top guy, top pro and honestly if we can keep him fit, he will be a very good signing for us.'























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