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Fulham beat Derby ~ Ch. Match Report MD34

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Match Report

Fulham (2) 2-0 (0) Derby County

Championship ~ Match Day 34 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 28th February 2015    KO: 15:00

Fulham defender Nikolay Bodurov
Fulham defender
Nikolay Bodurov
Derby's march towards the Barclays Premier League stuttered as they fell to a shock 2-0 defeat at Fulham.

The Sky Bet Championship leaders arrived at Craven Cottage unbeaten in seven matches, but were undone by a Fulham side previously without a win in six thanks to goals from Nikolay Bodurov and Cauley Woodrow.

Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow
Fulham striker
Cauley Woodrow
Cauley Woodrow
In a lacklustre display, it took the Rams over an hour to register an effort on target against a team who they had put 10 goals past in their previous two meetings this season.

Former Fulham loanee Darren Bent fired an early shot wide for the Rams, but the hosts dominated the rest of the first half and had a two-goal lead at the break which they never looked like relinquishing.

Ross McCormack and Ryan Tunnicliffe flashed shots wide, Shaun Hutchinson headed over and Lee Grant made a good save after Scott Parker's drive flicked off the head of Woodrow before Fulham made the breakthrough in the 31st minute.

Bryan Ruiz skipped past Tom Ince on the left-hand side of the Derby area and when the Costa Rica forward's shot was blocked by Cyrus Christie, the ball looped up towards Bodurov on the corner of the six-yard box.

Match Stats Fulham Derby
Goals (2) 2 0 (0)
  Bodurov 31  
  Woodrow 45  
Goal attempts 18 14
On target 5 2
Shooting Accuracy 28% 14%
Possession 44% 56%
Corners 6 5
Offsides 3 1
Passes 373 467
Pass Success 69% 77%
Crosses 15 33
Crosses Success 27% 18%
Tackles 27 18
Tackles Success 74% 78%
Saves 2 2
Fouls 13 10
Yellows 1 1
Reds 0 0
source: Soccernet/Fulham FC
The Bulgarian centre-half, not renowned for his finishing, had only stayed upfield following a corner but he expertly guided the ball over Grant with the outside of his right boot for his first goal since joining Fulham last summer.

And on the stroke of half-time Woodrow, only in the starting line-up because of an injury to Hugo Rodallega, doubled Fulham's lead.

Parker won the ball in midfield and scampered forward before laying the ball off to McCormack, who chipped in an inviting cross for the onrushing Woodrow to nod in at the far post.

Derby had come from two goals down to thrash Fulham 5-2 in the Capital One Cup in October but there was no sign a of a repeat performance, especially after Bent limped off holding his hamstring.

Ryan Shotton headed an early chance wide while Ince's deflected shot finally gave Marcus Bettinelli something to do, before the Fulham keeper kept out a Jeff Hendrick header at the far post.

But it was Fulham, who were starting to look anxiously over their shoulders at the relegation battle following their recent poor run, who came closest to scoring again.

McCormack was denied by a last-ditch block by Craig Forsyth and a point-blank save from Grant before sub Moussa Dembele crashed a shot against the crossbar late on.

Fulham: Bettinelli, Richards, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Stafylidis, Parker (Hoogland 79), Christensen (Kavanagh 43), Tunnicliffe, Ruiz, Woodrow (Dembele 86), McCormack.
Subs Not Used: Kiraly, Kacaniklic, Fofana, Burn.

Goals: Bodurov 31, Woodrow 45.

Booked: Tunnicliffe (11,f).

Derby: Grant, Christie (Buxton 46), Keogh, Shotton, Forsyth, Hendrick, Mascarell, Hughes, Ince, Bent (Bryson 64), Lingard (Russell 46).
Subs Not Used: Dawkins, Ward, Roos, Albentosa.

Booked: Russell.

Ref: Mike Jones (Cheshire).

Att: 20,242

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