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Fulham 1-1 Derby Cham 29 1516 - GetWestLondon

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


Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic's Fulham picked up a vital point in their quest for Championship survival in a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.

The Whites were indebted to Martin Olsson, after the Rams' debutant back-heeled into his own net to put the hosts ahead.

But a stunning Craig Bryson volley from the edge of the box ensured Paul Clement's out-of-form Derby took a share of the spoils.

The visiting Rams started in fine form, with Fulham conceding a series of free-kicks to their counterparts.

Moussa Dembele and Ross McCormack were lingering with intent in the opening exchanges, appearing to be an ominous threat on the counter-attack.

Former Whites midfielder Chris Baird lashed a dipping 25 yard volley over the bar after 11 minutes, before the hosts went in front.

Luke Garbutt broke down the left hand side, and his pull back ricocheted off one Derby defender into Martin Olsson, who could only watch on as he back-heeled into his own net.

The Whites began to dominate, with Cairney posing a real threat and Jamie O'Hara nearly providing Dembele with an opportunity to make double the hosts' lead, but the Frenchman was underneath the cross.

But Fulham were dealt a sucker-punch right on the stroke of half-time when the Chris Martin whipped a ball to the edge of the area, and an unmarked Craig Bryson obligingly stroked a volley into the top corner.

Dembele might have put Fulham ahead mid-way through the second half when he connected with a corner, only to head wide of the far post.

Johnny Russell, a constant menace to Fulham's defence, then missed a one-on-one when Lonergan was quick to shut the Scot down.

Lonergan denied Rams right-back Cyrus Christie whose drive, after a marauding run, was tipped over.

Cairney fired just wide of the post in injury time, but the Whites had to settle for a point.























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