Saturday 7 February 2015, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Rodallega 5'
Birmingham City
1
Cotterill 14'

5' Goal

Hugo Rodallega
Assist by Lasse Vigen Christensen

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Patrick Roberts
Off:Lasse Vigen Christensen

14' Goal

David Cotterill

44' Yellow Card

Andrew Shinnie Card was given for a foul

51' Yellow Card

Paul Caddis

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Demarai Gray
Off:Andrew Shinnie

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nikola Zigic
Off:Clayton Donaldson

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Callum Reilly
Off:Lloyd Dyer

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Fulham and Birmingham played out a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Fulham and Birmingham City played out a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Hugo Rodallega had put his side in front early on with a neat finish after he’d be found by a clever Lasse Vigen Christensen pass.

Blues had started quite slowly but they quickly upped their rhythm and were behind for less than 10 minutes as David Cotterill’s cross-cum-shot free-kick found the net.

Birmingham had arguably the better chances to win the game thereafter, with Clayton Donaldson guilty of missing a couple of promising openings, but the Whites had their chances too, not least when they had two reasonable penalty shouts turned down.

Kit Symons made just two changes to the side that went out of the FA Cup to Sunderland in midweek, with Jazz Richards taking Jack Grimmer’s place at right-back, and Christensen coming in for Cauley Woodrow. The change in personnel saw Ross McCormack – who again captained the side in Scott Parker’s absence – move up front alongside Rodallega.

Fulham began the game at an electric pace and created two openings in the Birmingham box within the first 60 seconds, but were unable to get a shot away on either occasion.

And that rapid tempo was duly rewarded with five minutes on the clock when Rodallega notched his second goal of the week. Christensen picked the ball up on the edge of the box and waited for the opportune moment to feed the Colombian who coolly placed his finish inside the near post.

David Davis was given a sight of goal 12 minutes in and looked to bend one into the postage stamp, only for a deflection to cause his strike to sail off target. The subsequent corner was then met by Jonathan Grounds, but he glanced his header well wide of the far post.

Blues drew level on 14 minutes when Richards conceded a free-kick in a dangerous position to the right of the penalty area. Cotterill stepped up and delivered a lovely curler to the far post which evaded everyone and nestled in the back of the net.

The goal gave the visitors a renewed energy and they threatened a second when Lloyd Dyer got on the end of Paul Caddis’ cross, but thankfully he sent his header over the crossbar.

They were enjoying far the better of the play now and the lively Davis forced a save from Marcus Bettinelli on 21 minutes, but the Fulham stopper wasn’t unduly troubled by the powerful effort from 20 yards and held it comfortably.

A lovely flowing move by the Whites on 25 minutes had the Birmingham fans behind the goal at the Putney End worried as Kostas Stafylidis floated over a brilliant cross to the far post where McCormack rose to beat his marker and power a header towards goals, but City keeper Darren Randolph was well positioned and saved easily.

McCormack then found Alexander Kačaniklić down the left, but his dangerous low cross from the byline was cleared before a Fulham man could turn it in.

Blues really should have gone into the lead shortly after the half hour mark when a long ball forward by Stephen Gleeson sent Donaldson in one-on-one, but the striker’s finish lacked composure and missed the target by a good yard or two.

A slick Birmingham move then saw Dyer deliver a cross from the left that Cotterill met first time having found space, but Bettinelli did brilliantly to beat away his thumping effort.

A sublime Ryan Tunnicliffe pass over the top looked to have sent Rodallega clean through on 42 minutes, but the striker was just unable to bring the ball down in the box.

Andrew Shinnie was then shown the game’s first yellow card for tugging back Kačaniklić after the Sweden international had dispossessed him on the right flank.

Cotterill tried his luck with another set-piece in first half stoppage time, firing in a dipping strike that Bettinelli saw late and did superbly to push away for a corner. That set-piece was initially cleared by Fulham but Blues managed to get another ball into the box that Donaldson headed wide from six yards.

Some neat interplay on the edge of the Blues box then resulted in Christensen firing in a tame shot that Randolph saved easily, before Bettinelli was called into action at the other end to deny Dyer as the opening 45 came to an end in breathless fashion.

The visitors started the second half as Fulham had began the first, taking the game to their opponents, but they were unable to create any clear goalscoring chances.

It’s fair to say Blues had started the stronger after the restart, but Rodallega almost restored his side’s lead with a venomous strike that Randolph got down brilliantly to in order to keep it out at the near post.

That gave the Whites a boost and Seko Fofana went close with a low placed strike on 57 minutes that missed the far corner by a matter of inches.

Continuing the end to end nature of the encounter, Blues were next to have a go, and Cotterill’s strike from a tight angle required a crucial intervention after he connected with Dyer’s dinked cross.

Fulham should have gone 2-1 up on 64 minutes when Christensen slid the ball into the unmarked Kačaniklić on the edge of the box, but his first-time effort with the outside of his left boot narrowly missed the target.

Fofana caused problems again for the visitors two minutes later when he opened his body up and looked to pop one inside the far post from 20 yards. His shot had plenty of bend on it but not quite enough to find the target.

Dyer then thought he had a clean shot on goal as he got on the end of an excellent Shinnie pass, but Richards made a fine sliding tackle to rob him off possession.

Birmingham made the game’s first change on 73 minutes as Shinnie made way for Demarai Gray.

The majority of the stadium believed the Whites were about to be awarded a penalty with quarter of an hour remaining when McCormack was unceremoniously barged to the ground in the box, but referee Frederick Graham was not interested.

Fulham then made their first switch of the afternoon as Christensen was replaced by Patrick Roberts.

Graham wasn’t making many friends at Craven Cottage as he penalised McCormack and Tunnicliffe in quick succession for goodness knows what.

With eight minutes remaining, City brought giant striker Nikola Zigic on for Donaldson.

Kačaniklić played Rodallega in to his right on 86 minutes but our number 20 was unable to get a firm connection on his strike and his low shot was comfortably saved by Randolph.

There was concern for Rodallega late on after Jonathan Spector caught him with an elbow as they contested an aerial ball, but thankfully he was up fairly promptly after receiving treatment. There was no punishment for Spector.

As four minutes of added time were being played, Fulham saw another penalty shout fall on deaf ears when a Kačaniklić cross was handled in the box.

Some great ingenuity from Rodallega almost saw him win it in the third minute of stoppage time, but his acrobatic effort was brilliantly tipped away by Randolph with what proved to be the final chance of the game.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 7 February 2015
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 19,086

Referee: Fred Graham

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Richards, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Stafylidis; Tunnicliffe; Christensen (Roberts 77'), Fofana; Kacaniklic; McCormack, Rodallega

Unused substitutes: Kiraly, Burn, Grimmer, George Williams, Woodrow, Dembele

Manager: Kit Symons

Birmingham City

Line-up: Randolph; Caddis, Spector, Robinson, Grounds; Davis, Gleeson; Cotterill, Shinnie (Gray 73'), Dyer (Reilly 90'); Donaldson (Zigic 83')

Unused substitutes: Doyle, Hancox, Thomas, Novak

Manager: Gary Rowett

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 A.F.C. Bournemouth 29 57
2 Derby County 29 57
3 Middlesbrough 29 56
4 Brentford 29 52
5 Ipswich Town 29 51
6 Watford 29 50
7 Norwich City 29 47
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 45
9 Blackburn Rovers 29 39
10 Sheffield Wednesday 29 39
11 Birmingham City 29 38
12 Nottingham Forest 29 37
13 Reading 29 37
14 Huddersfield Town 29 37
15 Cardiff City 29 35
16 Fulham 29 35
17 Bolton Wanderers 29 34
18 Rotherham United 29 33
19 Charlton Athletic 29 33
20 Leeds United 29 32
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 29 29
22 Millwall 29 27
23 Wigan Athletic 29 22
24 Blackpool 29 20
Goals
1
1
Total Shots
14
18
Shots On Target
6
7
Passing Accuracy
82%
72%
Fouls
9
8
Corners
7
11
Offsides
3
0
Bookings
0
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2 (Diamond))
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 29Ashley Richards
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 12Seko Fofana
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Substitutes
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 37Jack Grimmer
  • 14Patrick Roberts
  • 27George Williams
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Birmingham City (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Darren Randolph
  • 31Paul Caddis
  • 23Jonathan Spector
  • 4Paul Robinson
  • 3Jonathan Grounds
  • 26David Davis
  • 8Stephen Gleeson
  • 11David Cotterill
  • 22Andrew Shinnie
  • 40Lloyd Dyer
  • 9Clayton Donaldson
Substitutes
  • 21Colin Doyle
  • 18Mitch Hancox
  • 17Callum Reilly
  • 33Demarai Gray
  • 10Wes Thomas
  • 12Lee Novak
  • 19Nikola Zigic
Manager
  • Gary Rowett
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, Fulham 1, Birmingham City 1.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Birmingham City 1.
  • 90'+4' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nikola Zigic.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darren Randolph.
  • 90'+3' Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
  • 90'+1' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 90' Substitution, Birmingham City. Callum Reilly replaces Lloyd Dyer.
  • 89' Delay in match Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 87' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Patrick Roberts.
  • 86' Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 85' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 84' Delay in match Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) because of an injury.
  • 83' Substitution, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic replaces Clayton Donaldson.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Demarai Gray with a cross following a corner.
  • 80' Attempt blocked. Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Grounds with a headed pass.
  • 80' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 79' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 78' Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).
  • 78' Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 78' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 78' Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 77' Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 76' Offside, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 75' Attempt blocked. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 73' Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).
  • 73' Substitution, Birmingham City. Demarai Gray replaces Andrew Shinnie.
  • 68' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Davis.
  • 67' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ashley Richards.
  • 66' Attempt missed. Seko Fofana (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 65' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • 65' David Cotterill (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 65' Attempt saved. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson with a headed pass.
  • 64' Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 61' Foul by Seko Fofana (Fulham).
  • 61' Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 57' Attempt missed. Seko Fofana (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 56' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darren Randolph.
  • 55' Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 51' Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.
  • 51' Seko Fofana (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 51' Foul by Paul Caddis (Birmingham City).
  • 51' Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 51' Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).
  • 50' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 50' Attempt blocked. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.
  • 49' Attempt missed. Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross following a corner.
  • 49' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 46' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 46' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Birmingham City 1.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Birmingham City 1.
  • 45'+3' Offside, Fulham. Ashley Richards tries a through ball, but Lasse Vigen Christensen is caught offside.
  • 45'+3' Attempt saved. Lloyd Dyer (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Shinnie with a through ball.
  • 45'+2' Attempt saved. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 45'+2' Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross following a corner.
  • 45'+1' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 45'+1' Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).
  • 45'+1' Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 45' Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).
  • 45' Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 44' Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 43' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 43' Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City).
  • 42' Ashley Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 42' Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).
  • 39' Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 39' Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).
  • 39' Offside, Fulham. Seko Fofana tries a through ball, but Alexander Kacaniklic is caught offside.
  • 38' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Davis.
  • 38' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Paul Robinson.
  • 37' Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer with a cross.
  • 36' Foul by Ashley Richards (Fulham).
  • 36' Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 34' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jonathan Spector.
  • 34' Attempt saved. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Cotterill.
  • 33' Attempt missed. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Seko Fofana.
  • 32' Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Gleeson.
  • 31' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing misses to the left from a direct free kick.
  • 30' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 30' Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).
  • 26' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 26' Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 25' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Konstantinos Stafylidis with a cross.
  • 24' Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Shinnie.
  • 23' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 22' Delay in match David Davis (Birmingham City) because of an injury.
  • 20' Attempt saved. David Davis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 15' Attempt missed. Lloyd Dyer (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.
  • 14' Goal! Fulham 1, Birmingham City 1. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.
  • 13' Foul by Ashley Richards (Fulham).
  • 13' Lloyd Dyer (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 12' Attempt missed. Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross following a corner.
  • 12' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Seko Fofana.
  • 12' Attempt blocked. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Cotterill.
  • 11' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ashley Richards.
  • 8' Attempt blocked. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Cotterill.
  • 7' Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ashley Richards.
  • 7' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 7' Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).
  • 5' Goal! Fulham 1, Birmingham City 0. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen with a through ball.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.