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Fulham 2-2 Brentford Cham 20 1516 - GetWestLondon

last updated Monday 14th December 2015, 1:01 PM


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Fulham (1) 2-2 (1) Brentford


Fulham and Brentford shared the points in a real end to end derby thriller at Craven Cottage this afternoon.

Both teams had to come behind to earn their piece of the spoils, but a draw was certainly the fair result from a game in which both teams gave everything in difficult conditions.

The deadlock was broken on 17 minutes when Jake Bidwell was sent sprawling by Jazz Richards, and despite the appeals from Fulham's players, replays showed the foul was inside the area, and Alan Judge confidently dispatched the spot kick straight down the middle.

Home keeper Andy Lonergan dived to his right to make a fine save from Lasse Vibe's shot on the turn, while at the other end, David Button made an equally good stop from Ross McCormack.

But it was all square six minutes before the break when a teasing cross from McCormack was headed past the helpless Button and into his own net by Tarkowski.

Brentford started the second half on top, with Lonergan getting down to save smartly from Konstantin Kerschbaumer and Jake Bidwell being denied a famous strike by a last-ditch goal-saving tackle from Jazz Richards.

Ryan Woods also tested Lonergan from the edge of the area, while the Whites keeper was called into action to make good stops from Vibe, following good play by Kerschbaumer, and Judge.

However, despite all the Bees' pressure, it was Fulham who took the lead 0n 64 minutes when McCormack played the ball across the Brentford area, and there was Moussa Dembele to hold off Tarkowswki and roll the ball past Button.

But the led lasted barely six minutes before a corner from the right was flicked on at the near post by Tarkowski, and his centre-back partner Jack O'Connell rose highest at the back stick to nod the ball home.

It looked like the turnaround was complete just seconds later when Jota headed home a cross from fellow sub John Swift, but the offside flag cut short the celebrations.

Button then made a good diving stop from a McCormack free kick, while O'Connell flashed another header from a corner just over, and as the game entered the last five minutes, Bidwell make two brilliant interceptions to deny first Alexander Kacaniklic and then Dembele.























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