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Fulham 2-2 Derby Cham 22 1617 - GetWestLondon

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Fulham (1) 2-2 (1) Derby County


Fulham had to settle for just a point in a game they should have won.

A terrific hit from Stefan Johansen and a fifth in seven days from Floyd Ayite were cancelled out by goals from Tom Ince and Alex Pearce.

In truth, Whites deserved more. Even though Ince gave Derby the lead, it was the hosts that did most of the pressing and the Rams equaliser as the hosts led 2-1 was down to criminal marking.

Fulham applied the early pressure with the ball pinging across the Derby box.

Scott Malone's telling cross just eluded a Whites boots, and then Ince was in the clear to force a rebound of David Button and plant the ball into the net only to see the offside flag raised.

Tom Cairney curled wide, but the real worry was the sight of Tomas Kalas limping off after half an hour to be replaced by Michael Madl.

It went from bad to worse when Ragnar Sigurdsson slipped and saw the ball fly past him, into the path of Ince on the right who made no mistake to rifle low past Button from 10 yards.

Shots on the angle from first Kevin McDonald and Lucas Piazon had zip, but both were straight at the well placed Scott Carson to gather with ease.

But the blistering pace of Ryan Fredericks down the right a minute before half time made all well again.

He squared up Marcus Olsson and sprinted past him to pull the back low for Ayite to convert from a yard.

Whites started the second half like they started the first.

That said, an innocuous back pass from sub Scott Parker caused Button to get in a tangle that forced him to hack the ball away in a panic.

Balls then rained in the Rams' box to met with blocks, but there was a boot to many in the mix for Fulham's second goal.

Aluko's pull-back from the byline was picked up by Stefan Johansen who thrashed a shot low and true past Carson that took a hefty deflection off Pearce on its way in.

It was all square again on 75 minutes when woeful Fulham marking at a corner gifted Pearce a free header and atonement. From two yards out he could hardly miss.

Whites pressed for a winner, but in the end eight points from the last 12 said much about a renewed spirit in the side























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