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Preston 1-2 Fulham Cham 40 1516 - GetWestLondon

last updated Wednesday 06th April 2016, 9:11 PM


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Preston (0) 1-2 (1) Fulham


Fulham survived an agonising seven minutes added time to prove they do have steel at the back.

Too often this very average season, Whites have been called to task over sloppy defending, but bodies were put on the line to make sure this one didn't get away.

Goals from Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele - who else? proved the difference, although Tom Cairney suffered twofold for a second-half tackle that saw him first booked, and then limp off as a result of the challenge.

He was able to smile through the pain when he learned MK Dons had lost at home to Wolves that puts seven points between Whites and the Championship drop zone.

Earlier, Marcus Bettinelli was called into action to deny Joe Garner's header before McCormack did what he does best - score goals.

Tim Ream's lofted ball fell into the hit and hope category, but when McCormack picked up the loose ball as the defence dithered he was in like a knife through butter to round the keeper and park the ball in the net.

Ream may have provided the opener, but he almost gifted the leveller.

On 39 minutes he slipped at the back post, and allowed Garner another chance from an acute angle. Bettinelli was equal to it - and Whites held on that time.

Although Preston came back after the initial setback, it was that man McScoreback who asked the first serious question of the second half with a powerful shot that just got tipped over.

Cairney had a 51st minute to forget when he collided with Greg Cunningham. The referee saw it as a bad challenge; booked the midfielder; and then Cairney had to limp off six minutes later as a result of the mistimed tackle.

In fact it was a bad six minutes for the Whites.

Rohan Ince was also booked, and then Marnick Vermijl brought Preston back into the game with aplomb when he fired home right-footed inside the box.

The home fans were slilenced almost as soon as they had made themselves heard for the first time on he night.

Whites knight in shining yellow fired a fizzer from outside the box, but this time it wasn't McCormack adding to his goal tally - but his strike partner. Moussa Dembele tapped in the loose ball to set up a tense finale - but one where Whites took the applause.























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