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Fulham 2-5 Derby LCup 04 1415 GetWestLondon

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Fulham (2) 2-5 (1) Derby

Fulham blew a two-goal lead as Derby's second-half blitz sent the Cottagers crashing out of the Capital One Cup.

Moussa Dembele's double had put Kit Symons' side in the driving seat, only for the Rams to come storming back with five unanswered goals to clinch a place in the quarter-finals.

Caretaker boss Symons made eight changes from the side that beat Charlton last time out, with youngster Stephen Arthurworrey handed his debut in the heart of defence.

The home side started strongly and Kelle Roos was called into action to deny Dembele, while the Derby keeper did well to hold Arthurworrey's header shortly after.

However, Fulham deservedly took the lead just before the half-hour mark. Craig Forsyth's poor back-pass sold Roos short, and Dembele raced in to round the Dutchman and the slot the ball into an empty net.

Johnny Russell was a whisker away from equalising when his low shot went inches wide of Gabor Kiraly's right-hand post, while the Hungarian stood up tall to save from the same man moments later.

But the visitors shot themselves in the foot again on the stroke of half-time. Omar Mascarrell was mugged of possession by Bryan Ruiz, and Dembele pounced to slot home.

Derby's revival began in injury-time when Tim Hoogland was penalised for a handball in the box, and Chris Martin stepped up to blast home the penalty.

The Rams levelled 90 seconds after the break when Arthurworrey failed to cut out Simon Dawkins' cross, leaving Russell to slam the ball into the net from six yards.

Derby got their noses in front for the first time on 54 minutes. Dawkins cut inside of Patrick Roberts before firing the ball into the top corner.

The visitors added a fourth on the hour mark to leave Fulham with a mountain to climb when Jeff Hendrick finished off a fine team move before Hawkins put them out of sight with a cheeky flick just after the hour mark.

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