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Fulham held by Derby County ~ Ch. Match Report MD29

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Match Report

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

Championship Match Day 29 1516 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 6th February 2016    KO: 15:00

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire)

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Fulham and Derby shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage that left both sides still searching for a first league victory of the year. Th

e Rams gained their last Sky Bet Championship win against Fulham on Boxing Day but could not repeat the trick.

An own goal from Marcus Olsson nudged Fulham in front, but Craig Bryson equalised for Derby a minute before half-time.

The west London hosts were able to field striker Ross McCormack, who missed the recent home defeat to Hull with illness and who was subjected to transfer deadline day speculation.

Richard Keogh went close for Derby after seven minutes, when he flicked a Johnny Russell free-kick onto the top of the crossbar and away to safety.

Captain Chris Baird then almost put the visitors ahead against his former club after 12 minutes with a volley from outside the box that cleared the bar.

Match Stats Fulham Derby County
Goals (1) 1 1 (1)
Scorers Olsson og 17 Bryson 44
Goal attempts 13 16
On target 2 3
Shooting Accuracy 15% 19%
Possession 52% 48%
Passes 412 382
Pass Success 71% 68%
Crosses 21 22
Crosses Success 19% 18%
Corners 5 5
Tackles 20 20
Tackles Success 75% 70%
Saves 2 2
Fouls 12 6
Offsides 1 5
Yellows 2 1
Reds 0 0
source: Soccernet/Fulham FC
Fulham took the lead in the 17th minute, with more than a hint of good fortune. A low cross from the left by Luke Garbutt first deflected off defender Baird then into the path of the unfortunate Olsson who was unable to get out of the way.

The game quietened down after the goal, with both sides being forced to adapt to the strong wind around Craven Cottage.

However, proceedings livened up again - especially for the large visiting contingent - when Bryson sidefooted an excellent first-time volley past Andrew Lonergan with half-time approaching.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic made a change for the second half, withdrawing Brighton loanee Rohan Ince and replacing him with Alexander Kacaniklic.

The first chance of the second half fell to Derby's Chris Martin, who put his 51st-minute free kick well over the bar.

Fulham nearly took the lead after 66 minutes when Moussa Dembele should have done better with a close-range header, following a Jamie O'Hara corner.

Derby withdrew goalscorer Bryson for Bradley Johnson, although they struggled to find much joy against the resolute Fulham back-line.

Russell did manage to breach the defence in the 84th minute, after he was found by a long diagonal pass from Jeff Hendrix, but he was foiled by the onrushing Lonergan who was able to clear to safety.

The Fulham goalkeeper was forced into action again with one minute of regulation remaining, when he got his fingertips to a Cyrus Christie shot - the defender making an excellent solo run from just inside the opposition half.

McCormack saw his fierce strike hit the side-netting in injury time, while Tom Cairney put his curled effort from outside the box just wide of the post.

Fulham: Lonergan; Jazz Richards, Burn, Amorebieta, Garbutt; Cairney, Ince (Kacaniklic 45'), O'Hara, Christensen (Parker 86'); McCormack, Dembele (Matt Smith 76')
Subs not used:: Lewis, Fredericks, Ream, Labyad

Scorer: Olsson og 17 (back heeled into own goal)

Booked: Garbutt (7,f), O'Hara (81,f)

Derby County : Carson; Christie, Keogh, Shackell, Markus Olsson; Hendrick, Baird (Butterfield 67'), Bryson (Johnson 73'); Russell, Martin, Weimann (Blackman 77')
Subs not used: Grant, Warnock, Ince, Bent

Scorer: Bryson 44 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Martin with a cross.)

Booked: Olsson (93,ub )

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire)

Attendance: 18,472

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