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Fulham in fighting draw with Norwich - Ch. Match Report MD13

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Match Report

Fulham (0) 2-2 (2) Norwich City

Championship Match Day 13 1617 at Craven Cottage

Tuesday 18th October 2016    KO: 19:45

Referee: James Linington (Newport, IOW)

Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen
Fulham midfielder
Stefan Johansen
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Fulham recovered from the misfortune of seeing Scott Malone concede two penalties to earn a deserved point in a 2-2 draw with Norwich.

Graham Dorrans twice took advantage of fouls in the box by Malone to put Norwich 2-0 up at half-time.

But goals from Stefan Johansen and former Norwich striker Chris Martin made sure it ended all square.

Fulham striker Chris Martin
Fulham striker
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Newcastle's victory at Barnsley means Norwich, who have not won at Craven Cottage since 1986, relinquish top spot.

Tim Ream's lunge on Cameron Jerome on the right of the Fulham box put the home side under pressure early on and Wes Hoolahan's free-kick was deflected over.

Robbie Brady delivered the resulting corner which was met at the near post by Timm Klose, whose header flashed across goal and inches wide.

Fulham defender Scott Malone
Fulham defender
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That was also the case at the other end shortly afterwards when Sone Aluko unleashed a drive that Canaries goalkeeper Michael McGovern did well to tip around his right-hand post.

Another Brady set-piece was almost Fulham's undoing and again Klose was the man on the end of it, heading past the upright after Russell Martin had flicked it on.

Norwich went ahead in the 17th minute through Dorrans' penalty. Malone mistimed his tackle on Jacob Murphy and the Scot made no mistake from the spot.

Another Aluko effort needed Klose's deflection to take it away from goal and Denis Odoi headed over from the corner.

This was Fulham's best spell of the half and Norwich right-back Ivo Pinto was in the right place to stop Aluko setting up Chris Martin in front of goal.

Norwich survived some pinball in their box from another corner before the lively Aluko was booked for tackling Hoolahan from behind.

Match Stats Fulham Norwich
Goals (0) 2 2 (2)
Scorers Johansen 55 Dorrans pen 17
  Martin 66 Dorrans pen 41
Goal attempts 13 12
On target 3 4
Shooting Accuracy 23% 33%
Possession 60% 40%
Passes 494 338
Pass Success 77.3% 70.4%
Crosses 30 19
Crosses Success 6.7% 31.6%
Corners 8 9
Tackles 14 15
Tackles Success 85.7% 46.7%
Saves 2 1
Fouls 8 22
Offsides 1 2
Yellows 4 3
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Referee James Linington made a decision that was even more unpopular with the home fans when he awarded Norwich another penalty in the 40th minute.

Again it was Malone who was penalised with the left-back booked for barging Jerome to the floor. And once Fulham captain Scott Parker had been booked for complaining, Dorrans again found the net from 12 yards.

Stefan Johansen curled a free-kick just wide as Fulham began the second period strongly.

The same player pulled a goal back in the 55th minute when Chris Martin's shot from the edge of the box hit a Norwich man and Johansen before creeping past McGovern.

Chris Martin then hit Fulham's equaliser in the 66th minute. Dorrans gave the ball away to Johansen, who set up the Scotland international to beat the exposed McGovern with a measured finish.

Fulham had been on top all half and continued to put Norwich under immense pressure.

Alex Tettey forced Fulham goalkeeper David Button into a rare save at the other end, and it was a good one too.

Aluko could have won it for Fulham in time added on but failed to hit the target.

Fulham: Button; Odoi (Fredericks 50), Sigurdsson, Ream, Malone; McDonald (Tunnicliffe 82), Parker; Lucas Piazon (Matt Smith 90), Johansen, Sone Aluko; Martin
Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Madl, Ryan Sessegnon, Kebano

S Johansen 55 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.)
Martin 66 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.)

Booked: Aluko (39,f), Malone (40,f), Parker (41,d), Johansen (87,arg)

Norwich City McGovern; Ivo Pinto, Martin, Klose, Olsson; Dorrans, Tettey; Jacob Murphy, Hoolahan (Naismith 63), Brady (Nélson Oliveira 85); Jerome
Unused substitutes: Ruddy, Ryan Bennett, Pritchard, Louis Thompson, Josh Murphy

Dorrans pen 41 (converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner. Penalty conceded by Scott Malone after a foul in the penalty area.)
Dorrans pen 17 (converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal. Penalty conceded by Scott Malone (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.)

Booked: Jerome (43,f), Dorrans (87,arg), Martin (87,d)

Referee:: James Linington (Newport, IOW)

Attendance: 17,082

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