Saturday 31 January 2015, 3:00pm at Ewood Park, Blackburn
Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers
2
Marshall 12'; Rhodes 61'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
McCormack 66'

12' Goal

Ben Marshall
Assist by Chris Brown

61' Goal

Jordan Rhodes
Assist by Markus Olsson

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tom Cairney
Off:Jay Spearing

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Taylor
Off:Ben Marshall

66' Goal

Ross McCormack
Assist by Lasse Vigen Christensen

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alexander Kacaniklic
Off:Hugo Rodallega

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Moussa Dembele
Off:Cauley Woodrow

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Seko Fofana
Off:Scott Parker

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Fulham were beaten 2-1 by Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon.

Fulham were beaten 2-1 by Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon.

Ben Marshall’s determination saw him rewarded with the opener after just 12 minutes, and the home side were two goals to the good when Jordan Rhodes headed in just after the hour mark.

But the Whites didn’t give in and moments after Cauley Woodrow nearly broke the crossbar, Ross McCormack halved the deficit with a close range finish.

The visitors pressed for the equaliser but didn’t quite have enough to draw level, as their four-match unbeaten run came to an end in Lancashire.

Kit Symons made four changes to the side that drew at Sunderland in the FA Cup a week ago. McCormack, Hugo Rodallega and Scott Parker were restored to the starting XI, while Jazz Richards was handed a debut at right-back. Jack Grimmer, Seko Fofana and Moussa Dembélé dropped to the bench, while Bryan Ruiz was left out ahead of a potential loan move to Spain.

Richards almost marked his debut in emphatic style on nine minutes when his intelligent run was perfectly picked out by McCormack, but Rovers goalkeeper Jason Steele got out quickly to smother his shot.

But it was Blackburn who took the lead with their first chance of the game on 12 minutes. Marshall closed Nikolay Bodurov down quickly as he went to clear the ball, and it fell kindly for him in the box to slot beyond Marcus Bettinelli.

Rhodes was then given time on the edge of the box to bend an effort towards goal. He got plenty of power on the strike but it was too close to Bettinelli who claimed the ball comfortably.

The Whites were presented with a good opportunity to equalise on 18 minutes when a clever Parker pass set Woodrow up with a clear sight of goal, but the young striker couldn’t control his effort and lashed wide.

McCormack then had his first attempt of the game a minute later as he connected first time with Richards’ cutback, but he leaned back just too much and saw his strike fly a yard over the bar.

Fulham were having the better chances but it was the home side who went closest to grabbing the game’s second goal on 25 minutes when Craig Conway bent in a brilliant strike from the left that had Bettinelli beaten but thankfully crashed against the far post.

After a lull in the game where neither side particularly threatened, Rodallega picked out McCormack on 38 minutes with a nice cross-field ball, but the Scotsman was closed down quickly and his rushed shot sailed over the angle of near-post and crossbar.

Chris Brown then headed into the side-netting at the other end after climbing all over Kostas Stafylidis to get on the end of Conway’s deep cross.

Lasse Vigen Christensen looked to have pulled his side level before half-time when he connected with Stafylidis’ stood-up cross, but his header dropped just wide of the near post on 42 minutes.

Rovers went close to extending their lead within 30 seconds of the restart, but Rhodes headed wide from Markus Olsson’s accurate cross from the left.

Just before the hour mark Fulham were awarded a free-kick 40 yards from goal and Christensen found Rodallega with his delivery, but the Colombian’s header lacked power and Steele was able to catch without any distress.

And moments later Rovers doubled their advantage when Rhodes headed in. Olsson was allowed all the time he needed on the left flank to whip in a cross to the near post where Rhodes got ahead of Shaun Hutchinson to glance in.

Alexander Kačaniklić had been waiting to come on in the build-up to the goal, and before his team kicked off again he replaced Rodallega.

Woodrow then went close to bringing his side back into the game with a fierce strike which smacked the crossbar, but the Whites didn’t have to wait long to get on the scoresheet as Christensen’s low cross found McCormack unmarked at the far post for the easiest of finishes.

Our number 44 had the ball in the back of the net again on 74 minutes but it was ruled out for an offside in the build-up.

Symons then made a straight swap up top as Dembélé came on for Woodrow.

On 83 minutes Conway got the better of Richards in a 50/50 challenge and tried his luck with a vicious strike from range that Bettinelli had to beat away. The loose ball fell kindly to Rhodes but he headed the rebound over the bar.

There were then several substitutions made as Fofana came on for Parker, while Blackburn replaced Marshall and Jay Spearing with Tom Cairney and Chris Taylor.

Fulham pressed for an equaliser but didn’t really manage to trouble Steele again as the opportunity to move above Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship table passed them by.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 31 January 2015
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Ewood Park, Blackburn
Attendance: 13,603

Referee: Dean Whitestone

Blackburn Rovers

Line-up: Steele; Lowe, Hanley, Kilgallon, Markus Olsson; Marshall (Taylor 84'), Corry Evans, Spearing (Cairney 84'), Conway; Rhodes, Brown

Unused substitutes: Eastwood, Spurr, Baptiste, Duffy, Varney

Manager: Gary Bowyer

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Richards, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Stafylidis; Parker (Fofana 83'); Christensen, Tunnicliffe; McCormack; Woodrow (Dembele 75'), Rodallega (Kacaniklic 62')

Unused substitutes: Kiraly, Burn, Grimmer, Roberts

Manager: Kit Symons

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 A.F.C. Bournemouth 28 54
2 Derby County 28 54
3 Middlesbrough 28 53
4 Ipswich Town 28 51
5 Brentford 28 49
6 Watford 28 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 45
8 Norwich City 28 44
9 Blackburn Rovers 28 39
10 Sheffield Wednesday 28 38
11 Birmingham City 28 37
12 Nottingham Forest 28 34
13 Cardiff City 28 34
14 Bolton Wanderers 28 34
15 Fulham 28 34
16 Reading 28 34
17 Huddersfield Town 28 34
18 Charlton Athletic 28 33
19 Leeds United 28 32
20 Rotherham United 28 30
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 28 29
22 Millwall 28 27
23 Wigan Athletic 28 22
24 Blackpool 28 20
Goals
2
1
Total Shots
19
12
Shots On Target
5
3
Passing Accuracy
73%
81%
Fouls
8
8
Corners
2
0
Offsides
2
3
Bookings
0
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Blackburn Rovers (4-4-2)
  • 30Jason Steele
  • 6Jason Lowe
  • 5Grant Hanley
  • 4Matthew Kilgallon
  • 14Markus Olsson
  • 12Ben Marshall
  • 29Corry Evans
  • 25Jay Spearing
  • 32Craig Conway
  • 11Jordan Rhodes
  • 9Chris Brown
Substitutes
  • 13Simon Eastwood
  • 3Thomas Spurr
  • 15Alex Baptiste
  • 22Shane Duffy
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 19Chris Taylor
  • 16Luke Varney
Manager
  • Gary Bowyer
Fulham (4-4-2 (Diamond))
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 29Ashley Richards
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Substitutes
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 37Jack Grimmer
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 12Seko Fofana
  • 14Patrick Roberts
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Fulham 1.
  • 90' Attempt blocked. Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 84' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces Ben Marshall.
  • 84' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Tom Cairney replaces Jay Spearing.
  • 83' Substitution, Fulham. Seko Fofana replaces Scott Parker.
  • 83' Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 83' Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 82' Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Corry Evans.
  • 81' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 78' Attempt saved. Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.
  • 77' Attempt blocked. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.
  • 76' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 76' Foul by Jay Spearing (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 75' Substitution, Fulham. Moussa Dembele replaces Cauley Woodrow.
  • 73' Offside, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.
  • 72' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Markus Olsson tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.
  • 71' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 71' Jay Spearing (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 66' Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Fulham 1. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen with a cross.
  • 66' Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 65' Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Brown.
  • 62' Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Hugo Rodallega.
  • 61' Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Fulham 0. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Markus Olsson with a cross.
  • 59' Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 58' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 58' Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 58' Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.
  • 54' Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 54' Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).
  • 54' Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 53' Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).
  • 53' Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 52' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 46' Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Markus Olsson with a cross.
  • Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Fulham 0.
  • 42' Attempt missed. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Konstantinos Stafylidis with a cross.
  • 40' Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) header from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway.
  • 38' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 34' Attempt blocked. Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 34' Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham).
  • 34' Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 34' Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 32' Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway following a set piece situation.
  • 32' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 32' Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 29' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 25' Attempt missed. Jay Spearing (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
  • 25' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 25' Attempt blocked. Jay Spearing (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Marshall.
  • 25' Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Ben Marshall.
  • 21' Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 21' Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 20' Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham).
  • 20' Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 19' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ashley Richards with a cross.
  • 19' Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 19' Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 18' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 18' Foul by Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 18' Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 17' Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jason Lowe.
  • 15' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 15' Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 15' Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall.
  • 14' Offside, Fulham. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Hugo Rodallega is caught offside.
  • 12' Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Fulham 0. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Brown with a headed pass.
  • 9' Attempt saved. Ashley Richards (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a through ball.
  • 8' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 8' Foul by Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 7' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 7' Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 5' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Matthew Kilgallon tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.
  • 4' Offside, Fulham. Nikolay Bodurov tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.
  • 3' Foul by Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 3' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 1' Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).
  • 1' Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.