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Fulham 2-5 Derby LCup 04 1415 Daily Star

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Fulham (2) 2-5 (1) Derby

Rampant Derby proved their league rout against Fulham was no fluke by repeating the five-goal trick in the Capital One Cup fourth round.

Symons was in charge last night at Craven Cottage rather than Felix Magath, who oversaw Fulham's 5-1 thumping in August.

But it was a familiar story as Derby claimed the quarter-final spot after a devastating 20-minute five-goal burst either side of half-time.

The Cottagers put up a better fight against the Championship leaders under popular caretaker boss Symons than they managed during that miserable collapse two months ago.

But that might not have been much of a consolation for the Welshman by full-time.

McClaren's support is a welcome boost for Symons with Fulham owner Shahid Khan expected to arrive in England tonight ahead of making a final decision on Magath's successor.

The Rams boss said: "He has steadied the ship and got the players playing for him. If they don't give him the job I will be surprised."

Symons was heading for a sixth win in nine games as caretaker chief after Moussa Dembele's first-half double.

But Chris Martin silenced the pro-Symons chants from the spot after Fulham's Tim Hoogland handled in his own box and handed Derby a way back into the game on the stroke of half-time.

McClaren sent his Derby side out early for the second half and it worked a treat.

Within nine minutes they were 3-2 up after Johnny Russell and Simon Dawkins struck before Jeff Hendrick and Dawkins again, with a brilliant volleyed backheel, made it 5-2.

And Symons said: "It was a tough lesson for these excellent young players. But I don't think one result will hamper my chances."

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