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Fulham 2-0 Derby Cham 34 1415 GetWestLondon

last updated Monday 02nd March 2015, 1:47 PM
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Fulham (2) 2-0 (0) Derby County


Crisis? What crisis?

Kit Symons survived the dreaded vote of confidence in the match programme by chairman Shahid Khan to bring about a first win in nine.

Bearing in mind, only two changes from the side that surrendered so meekly to Wolves on Tuesday night, it says much for the influence of returning captain Scott Parker.

The 34-year-old was magnificent and throughly deserved the ringing applause when subbed on 79 minutes for Tim Hoogland - himself making a first appearance in over three months.

The welcome win might have come at a cost, however. Lasse Christensen limped off with what looked liked a knee injury in the first half. The midfielder has already had his fair share of hamstring injuries.

Even so, Fulham bossed the first portion like they were the table toppers - and not the other way round.

Ryan Tunnicliffe was here, there, but not quite there with an early header flighted just over after terrific work from Ross McCormack.

The midfielder had already earned a booking for a red-blooded challenge to go with his red beard.

He then got played in on the left by the buzzing Ross McCormack, but skewed his shot wide of the near upright.

But eventually the Rams were rammed. Bryan Ruiz cleverly worked himself space before firing against Richard Keough. The ricochet saw Nikolay Bodurov improvise wonderfully to dink the ball past keeper Lee Grant and into the corner for a debut goal at the 39th attempt.

Whites pressed home a first 45 advantage, with McCormack again as chief provider with a left-foot cross laid on a plate for Cauley Woodrow to head home.

It was the supplier who came closest after 65 minutes when Parker slid a ball across the goal line only for McCormack's effort to get blocked at the far post.

Marcus Bettineli had been largely one of the 20,424 spectators up till the moment he did well to clutch Tom Ince's deflected effort out of the air as it back spun viciously towards goal.

McCormack was afforded the freedom of the final third as he latched on to a through ball, but taking an age his hammered right-footed to bring a fine stop from Grant as Whites pressed forward.

Make no mistake. This was a Fulham show of energy, determination and not a little skill - not least from Ruiz.

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