Saturday 20 September 2014, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers
1
Rhodes 58'
Kit Symons’ first game in charge as Caretaker Manager saw 10-man Fulham beaten at home to Blackburn.

25' Yellow Card

Ross McCormack Card was given for a foul

45'+2 Red Card

Shaun Hutchinson

62' Yellow Card

Tim Hoogland Card was given for a foul

90'+2 Yellow Card

Fernando Amorebieta

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:George Williams
Off:Bryan Ruiz

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Patrick Roberts
Off:Konstantinos Stafylidis

58' Goal

Jordan Rhodes

55' Yellow Card

Corry Evans Card was given for a foul

88' Yellow Card

Chris Taylor Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Chris Taylor
Off:Tom Cairney

45'+5 Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Craig Conway
Off:Lee Williamson

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luke Varney
Off:Jordan Rhodes

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This wasn’t the way it was supposed to go. In Kit Symons’ first game in charge as Caretaker Manager, 10-man Fulham were beaten 1-0 at home to Blackburn Rovers to slip to a seventh league defeat of the season.

With Shaun Hutchinson shown a straight red card in first-half stoppage time for a studs-up challenge on Lee Williamson, Fulham fell behind just before the hour mark when Jordan Rhodes, who had been kept quiet all afternoon, nipped in to score after Corry Evans’ volley had deflected into his path.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Fulham were by far the more threatening team from then on in. Ross McCormack drew a good save from Jason Steele and Tim Hoogland sent a shot just wide as Rovers held on for the win to leave the Whites at the foot of the table with only a point to their name.

Nonetheless, there were positives to take for Symons. Rome wasn’t built in a day and the green shoots of recovery are hopefully not too far away.

For his first team selection, Symons made three changes to the side that lost 5-3 at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday. In came Marcus Bettinelli, Lasse Vigen Christensen and Bryan Ruiz, the latter making his inaugural appearance of the season and his first since the 6-0 loss at Hull City last December. There was a change of formation, too, as Fulham lined up in a 4-3-2-1 system.

There was a renewed air of optimism around a buoyant Cottage and Ruiz almost threaded Hugo Rodallega through in the fourth minute but his slide-rule pass was cut out by a Rovers defender. Another great ball by Ruiz in the ninth minute looked set for McCormack but Alex Baptiste got across to snuff out the danger.

Rovers’ first real foray forward should have seen them do better in the 12th minute. Ben Marshall burst past Hoogland and raced towards goal but sliced his effort well wide of Bettinelli’s right-hand post.

Hutchinson required treatment in the 20th minute for a nasty looking head wound and, with the Whites temporarily down to 10 men, McCormack went into the book for catching Markus Olsson with a late lunge just outside the box.

At the other end, the script looked set for Ruiz to mark his comeback with a goal when he was found on the edge of the box by Fernando Amorebieta’s cut-back. The Costa Rican blazed his left-footed shot high into the Putney End, however.

As the game began to open up, Rovers’ Rudy Gestede tried his luck from the edge of the box in the 32nd minute but his dipping volley was held at the second attempt by Bettinelli.

It was so close to being 1-0 to Fulham 60 seconds later. Scott Parker won the ball with a brilliant challenge on Tom Cairney and sent Rodallega scampering towards goal. The forward let fly from just outside the area but his effort flew inches wide of Steele’s post with the sprawling Rovers keeper well beaten.

Rovers squandered a good chance moments later as Shane Duffy rose to meet a Marshall corner but got his header from six yards all wrong and sent the ball behind.

With just 30 seconds remaining of an additional three minutes of play at the end of the first half, the Whites were reduced to 10 men. Hutchinson carried the ball out of defence but lost control and slid in on Williamson with his studs showing. It was a bad challenge and Andy D’Urso had no hesitation in issuing a straight red card. Williamson was left in all sorts of trouble and after a long period of treatment was stretchered straight down the tunnel to applause from both sets of supporters. Craig Conway came on in his place.

Kostas Stafylidis reverted to left-back with Amorebieta moving to centre-half for the start of the second period. But it was Blackburn who had the first chance after the restart, with Bettinelli doing well to block Gestede’s shot from a tight angle after Fulham had failed to clear their lines at a corner. And the Whites soon survived another scare, eventually scrambling the ball clear after Bettinelli had come out but failed to collect a deep free-kick through a crowd of bodies.

A quick Fulham break saw McCormack’s sublime backheel send Parker scampering down the left. He cut in towards the area before being crudely chopped down by Evans who was booked.

A good spell of possession followed for Fulham but Rovers took the lead in the 58th minute. Conway’s cross from the left was cleared as far as Evans whose volley deflected off Dan Burn and into the path of Rhodes who poked a left-footed effort past Bettinelli.

Three minutes later Hoogland went into the book for hauling back Conway as the winger looked to skip clear down the left. From the resulting free-kick Fulham broke brilliantly through Parker who ran from deep. With McCormack free to his right, Parker opted to play the ball to Hoogland on his left. The German hit a first-time pass across the pitch to the unmarked McCormack who cut inside but saw his shot from a tight angle brilliantly saved by the outstretched boot of Steele.

Fulham then saw two penalty shouts for Ruiz and Rodallega fall on deaf ears but things could have got even worse in the 68th minute when Rhodes seized on a mistake and went round Bettinelli only for Burn to turn his shot behind from close to the line.

Symons made his first change in the 72nd minute, with the tiring Ruiz coming off for George Williams. The Welshman almost teed up an equaliser for Fulham on 80. Played down the right by the excellent Parker, Williams took on Olsson and sent in a low cross for Hoogland who hit a half-volley inches wide.

Fulham made a second substitution in the 83rd minute, Patrick Roberts replacing Stafylidis. With five minutes left, Williams spun and played Rodallega down the left with his dangerous cross towards McCormack cut out by Steele. Another Fulham break saw Roberts’ run towards goal halted by Chris Taylor who received a yellow card.

And try as they might, Fulham couldn’t find a late way through as Rovers returned to Lancashire with the three points.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 20 September 2014
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 16,456

Referee: Andy D'Urso

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Hoogland, Hutchinson, Burn, Amorebieta; Christensen, Parker, Stafylidis (Roberts 83'); Ruiz (George Williams 73'), McCormack; Rodallega

Unused substitutes: Kiraly, Bodurov, Kavanagh, Hyndman, Dembele

Manager: Kit Symons

Blackburn Rovers

Line-up: Steele; Baptiste, Hanley, Duffy, Markus Olsson; Cairney (Taylor 45'), Williamson (Conway 45'), Evans, Marshall; Gestede; Rhodes (Varney 78')

Unused substitutes: Eastwood, Henley, Kilgallon, King

Manager: Gary Bowyer

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Nottingham Forest 8 18
2 Norwich City 8 17
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 17
4 Watford 8 16
5 Middlesbrough 8 15
6 Sheffield Wednesday 8 15
7 Charlton Athletic 8 14
8 Derby County 8 13
9 Blackburn Rovers 8 13
10 Reading 8 13
11 Leeds United 8 13
12 Ipswich Town 7 11
13 Millwall 8 11
14 Brentford 8 11
15 A.F.C. Bournemouth 8 9
16 Cardiff City 8 9
17 Wigan Athletic 7 8
18 Brighton and Hove Albion 8 8
19 Rotherham United 8 8
20 Birmingham City 8 7
21 Bolton Wanderers 8 5
22 Huddersfield Town 8 5
23 Blackpool 8 2
24 Fulham 8 1
Goals
0
1
Total Shots
7
12
Shots On Target
2
5
Passing Accuracy
71%
71%
Fouls
16
14
Corners
2
7
Offsides
2
1
Bookings
3
2
Sending Offs
1
0
Fulham (4-3-2-1)
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Tim Hoogland
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 5Fernando Amorebieta
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Substitutes
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 32Sean Kavanagh
  • 14Patrick Roberts
  • 27George Williams
  • 28Emerson Hyndman
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Blackburn Rovers (4-4-1-1)
  • 30Jason Steele
  • 15Alex Baptiste
  • 5Grant Hanley
  • 22Shane Duffy
  • 14Markus Olsson
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 17Lee Williamson
  • 29Corry Evans
  • 12Ben Marshall
  • 39Rudy Gestede
  • 11Jordan Rhodes
Substitutes
  • 13Simon Eastwood
  • 2Adam Henley
  • 4Matthew Kilgallon
  • 19Chris Taylor
  • 32Craig Conway
  • 7Joshua King
  • 16Luke Varney
Manager
  • Gary Bowyer
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 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Tim Hoogland (Fulham).
  • 90'+4' Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+2' Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 90'+1' Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 90' Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Offside, Fulham. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Patrick Roberts is caught offside.
  • 88' Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 88' Patrick Roberts (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 88' Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 86' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 86' Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 84' Attempt missed. Tim Hoogland (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 84' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 84' Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 83' Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 83' Offside, Fulham. George Williams tries a through ball, but Hugo Rodallega is caught offside.
  • 82' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Tim Hoogland (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by George Williams with a cross.
  • 81' Foul by Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 81' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 79' Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 79' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 78' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Jordan Rhodes.
  • 74' Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 74' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 74' Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 74' George Williams (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Substitution, Fulham. George Williams replaces Bryan Ruiz.
  • 70' Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 70' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 70' Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shane Duffy with a headed pass.
  • 69' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • 69' Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.
  • 69' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • 69' Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Duffy.
  • 66' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 65' Delay in match Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.
  • 64' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 62' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tim Hoogland.
  • 62' Tim Hoogland (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 62' Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 62' Foul by Tim Hoogland (Fulham).
  • 58' Goal! Fulham 0, Blackburn Rovers 1. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
  • 58' Attempt missed. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
  • 55' Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 55' Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 55' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 54' Foul by Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 54' Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 53' Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 53' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 52' Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 52' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 51' Delay in match Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.
  • 49' Hand ball by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 48' Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.
  • 47' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 47' Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 47' Attempt blocked. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Marshall.
  • 46' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces Tom Cairney because of an injury.
  • 45'+7' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.
  • 45'+7' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Shane Duffy tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.
  • 45'+5' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway replaces Lee Williamson because of an injury.
  • 45'+5' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 45'+2' Delay in match Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.
  • 45'+2' Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) is shown the red card.
  • 45'+2' Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45'+2' Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham).
  • 45' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jordan Rhodes.
  • 45' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.
  • 39' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 37' Hand ball by Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).
  • 36' Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 36' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 35' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Scott Parker.
  • 34' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 33' Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 33' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 32' Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 32' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 31' Alex Baptiste (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 31' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 28' Attempt missed. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Fernando Amorebieta.
  • 27' Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Corry Evans.
  • 25' Ross McCormack (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 24' Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 24' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 22' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 21' Delay in match Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 21' Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Baptiste with a cross.
  • 19' Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 19' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 17' Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 17' Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).
  • 16' Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Baptiste.
  • 15' Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 15' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 14' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 14' Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 13' Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 13' Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).
  • 7' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 5' Delay in match Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.
  • 5' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 5' Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 1' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 1' Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.