Wednesday 5 November 2014, 8:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Parker 45'+1; Ruiz 73'
Blackpool
2
Miller 2'; Jacob Murphy 26'

45'+1 Goal

Scott Parker
Assist by Moussa Dembele

73' Goal

Bryan Ruiz

22' Yellow Card

Lasse Vigen Christensen Card was given for a foul

48' Yellow Card

Scott Parker Card was given for a foul

44' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Konstantinos Stafylidis
Off:Fernando Amorebieta

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Patrick Roberts
Off:George Williams

76' Substitution

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

2' Goal

Ishmael Miller
Assist by Donervon Daniels

26' Goal

Jacob Murphy
Assist by Ishmael Miller

32' Yellow Card

Peter Clarke Card was given for a foul

33' Yellow Card

Charles Dunne Card was given for a foul

41' Red Card

Tony McMahon Card was given for violent conduct

88' Yellow Card

David Perkins Card shown to player for time wasting

51' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jacob Mellis
Off:Andrea Orlandi

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nile Ranger
Off:Ishmael Miller

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nathan Delfouneso
Off:Jacob Murphy

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Fulham came from two down to draw against Blackpool on Wednesday evening but were left frustrated at not winning the game.

Fulham came from two down to draw against Blackpool on Wednesday evening but were left frustrated at not winning the game.

Ishmael Miller gave the Tangerines the lead inside two minutes, and they doubled their advantage on 26 when he squared to Jacob Murphy who tapped home.

The momentum swung in the Whites’ favour shortly before half-time when Blackpool captain Tony McMahon was sent off for kicking out at Hugo Rodallega, with Scott Parker then reducing the deficit in stoppage time.

There was an onslaught from the home side in the second half and they eventually drew level when Bryan Ruiz netted directly from a corner, but they were unable to grab what would have been a deserved winner despite controlling proceedings.

Kit Symons made two changes to the side that played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at Wigan Athletic four days earlier, with Fernando Amorebieta reinstated after his injury, while Moussa Dembélé took the place of the suspended Ross McCormack.

Craven Cottage was left stunned as the Sky Bet Championship’s bottom side took the lead with less than 90 seconds on the clock.

A diagonal ball into the box from Donervon Daniels was misjudged by Nikolay Bodurov and gratefully controlled by Miller who steadied himself before coolly poking the ball beyond Marcus Bettinelli and into the far corner.

Fulham looked to react quickly and went close six minutes later when a beautifully flighted Amorebieta cross found the head of Ruiz but he nodded just over the bar.

The visitors, though, were playing with a confidence that belied their league position, and went close to a second after quarter of an hour when debutant Murphy lashed the ball into the side-netting from the edge of the box.

Amorebieta was proving to be a highly productive outlet down the left and he provided another sublime delivery on 19 minutes, with his inswinging daisy cutter inviting Dembélé to get a toe on, but Blackpool stopper Joe Lewis read the danger well and got down to smother.

Rodallega then drew a good save from the former England squad member with a rising left footed effort that needed palming over.

Lasse Vigen Christensen was handed the first yellow card of the evening on 22 minutes, much to the Fulham fans’ disbelief, for an apparent body check on David Perkins.

The Whites received a sucker punch on 26 minutes as Blackpool doubled their lead out of nothing. Miller didn’t have a lot of options on the edge of the box but showed superb strength and determination to get to the by-line before cutting back to Murphy who was presented with a simple finish into an open goal.

Again, the Whites looked to respond quickly, this time when Rodallega flicked on a Christensen ball to Dembélé who, on the stretch, fired wide with his volley from a tight angle.

Peter Clarke followed Christensen into the book on 32 minutes for a similar foul to that of the Dane’s, although his was somewhat less subtle as he flattened Dembélé.

Blackpool should have made it three just seconds later as they broke at pace and had three on one as they approached the Fulham box. Murphy squared to Miller as they looked to strike the killer blow but his effort was tame and straight at Bettinelli.

Following an aggressive drop ball on 40 minutes, Blackpool were reduced to 10 men. McMahon took offence to Rodallega and kicked out at the striker after the ball had been contested. The referee didn’t spot it but credit to the linesman who was alert to the violent conduct.

Fulham looked to make their man advantage count before the break and had half chances through Christensen who shot over, and Rodallega’s venomous effort that deflected over off Dembélé.

Symons was then forced into a change as Amorebieta, who had impressed on his return, made way for Kostas Stafylidis.

A goal before half-time would undoubtedly give Fulham some added impetus for the second 45 and who better to grab it than the pillar of reliability that is Parker. Following a corner, our Captain played a one-two with Rodallega before driving a neat low strike in at the near post.

Within two minutes of the restart Parker was yellow carded, presumably for disagreeing with the referee’s decision to penalise him for a sliding tackle which appeared to win the ball.

The Seasiders then made their first alteration of the night, as Andrea Orlandi was replaced by Jacob Mellis.

Fulham were putting all sorts of pressure on the visitors and on 54 minutes Parker saw a volley blocked, with Dembélé’s bicycle kick from the rebound flying over.

Bodurov then saw his header from Ruiz’s corner deflect over, before George Williams sliced wide from the Costa Rican’s cutback as the Whites continued knocking on the door.

Elsad Zverotić was the next to chance his arm after cutting inside and his left footer from distance drew a good save from Lewis, before Dan Burn headed wide from the resultant corner.

Rodallega burst into the box on 61 minutes and hung up an inviting cross for Dembélé but the teenager couldn’t direct his header and it landed on the top of the net.

Williams went close to a first goal for the Club when he skipped inside his man and unleashed a fine curling strike that Lewis did brilliantly to repel. In the aftermath, Rodallega appeared to have been barged over in the area, but the referee was unimpressed.

With 67 minutes on the clock both sides made a change; the impressive Miller made way for Nile Ranger for Blackpool, with Patrick Roberts then entering the action in place of his former Under-18 teammate Williams.

Five minutes later Fulham were left cursing Lewis once again as he pulled off another magnificent save. Bodurov was allowed to chest the ball down from a corner before letting fly with a vicious goalbound shot that somehow Lewis pushed over.

It looked as though it might be one of those days for the Whites, but then the equaliser we’d been threatening arrived from the resultant corner as Ruiz’s set-piece sailed straight in. Lewis had a defender in front of him that may have put him off, but the goal will go down to Ruiz who claims his third in two games.

And he almost put Fulham in front shortly after with an audacious curling effort from a tight angle that just cleared the target.

Cauley Woodrow was then given a run-out for the final quarter of an hour, as Dembélé departed the action. Blackpool too made their final change as Nathan Delfouneso replaced Murphy.

Fulham were desperate to get the winner and continued to pile pressure on Blackpool. Rodallega hit the wall with a free-kick and Lewis denied Zverotić at his near post as the men in orange defended deeply to try and earn a point.

A brilliant diagonal pass from Parker found Zverotić in space in the 86th minute and the Montenegrin elected to shoot rather than cross, with his powerful strike clearing the bar by a yard.

Two minutes later Perkins was booked for time wasting – a tactic the visitors had been employing for plenty of the game.

Neat play from Parker in the 89th minute saw him tee up Ruiz on the edge of the box but he couldn’t quite get the ball out from under his feet as quickly as he would have liked and his shot lacked pace so Lewis claimed easily.

With Blackpool keeping 10 men behind the ball at all times Fulham were left frustrated and while a point having been two down is still a good result, on another day it could quite easily have been a win.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Wednesday 5 November 2014
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 14,325

Referee: Robert Madley

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Zverotic, Bodurov, Burn, Amorebieta (Stafylidis 44'); Parker; Christensen, George Williams (Roberts 68'); Ruiz; Rodallega, Dembele (Woodrow 76')

Unused substitutes: Kiraly, Hutchinson, Hyndman, Smith

Manager: Kit Symons

Blackpool

Line-up: Lewis; Tony McMahon, Daniels, Clarke, Dunne; Lundstram, Perkins; Jacob Murphy (Delfouneso 77'), Orlandi (Mellis 51'), Blackman; Miller (Ranger 68')

Unused substitutes: Parish, Joan Oriol, Cywka, Francois Zoko

Manager: Lee Clark

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 A.F.C. Bournemouth 16 30
2 Middlesbrough 16 30
3 Watford 16 29
4 Derby County 16 29
5 Ipswich Town 16 27
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 27
7 Norwich City 16 26
8 Blackburn Rovers 16 26
9 Brentford 16 25
10 Charlton Athletic 16 24
11 Nottingham Forest 16 22
12 Cardiff City 16 22
13 Reading 16 21
14 Sheffield Wednesday 16 20
15 Huddersfield Town 16 20
16 Millwall 16 18
17 Leeds United 16 17
18 Rotherham United 16 17
19 Wigan Athletic 16 16
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 16 16
21 Fulham 16 16
22 Birmingham City 16 15
23 Bolton Wanderers 16 14
24 Blackpool 16 7
Goals
2
2
Total Shots
32
6
Shots On Target
9
3
Passing Accuracy
86%
56%
Fouls
11
14
Corners
19
1
Offsides
0
2
Bookings
2
3
Sending Offs
0
1
Fulham (4-4-2 (Diamond))
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 13Elsad Zverotic
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 5Fernando Amorebieta
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 27George Williams
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Substitutes
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 14Patrick Roberts
  • 28Emerson Hyndman
  • 9Matt Smith
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Blackpool (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Joe Lewis
  • 29Tony McMahon
  • 2Donervon Daniels
  • 6Peter Clarke
  • 18Charles Dunne
  • 24John Lundstram
  • 4David Perkins
  • 25Jacob Murphy
  • 11Andrea Orlandi
  • 39Andre Blackman
  • 17Ishmael Miller
Substitutes
  • 21Elliot Parish
  • 3Joan Oriol
  • 7Tomasz Cywka
  • 8Jacob Mellis
  • 13Francois Zoko
  • 14Nathan Delfouneso
  • 19Nile Ranger
Manager
  • Lee Clark
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 2, Blackpool 2.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Blackpool 2.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).
  • 90'+5' John Lundstram (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+5' Attempt blocked. Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 90'+4' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 90'+3' Donervon Daniels (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 90' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.
  • 89' Attempt saved. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 88' Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dan Burn with a headed pass.
  • 88' David Perkins (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.
  • 88' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Perkins.
  • 87' Hand ball by Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).
  • 85' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jacob Mellis.
  • 84' Attempt saved. Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 83' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Elsad Zverotic with a cross.
  • 83' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Elsad Zverotic with a cross.
  • 82' Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 81' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 81' Foul by Nile Ranger (Blackpool).
  • 77' Attempt blocked. Dan Burn (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 77' Substitution, Blackpool. Nathan Delfouneso replaces Jacob Murphy.
  • 76' Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Moussa Dembele.
  • 76' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 76' Donervon Daniels (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 75' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John Lundstram.
  • 73' Goal! Fulham 2, Blackpool 2. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right to the bottom right corner following a corner.
  • 73' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Perkins.
  • 73' Attempt blocked. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 73' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.
  • 72' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Lewis.
  • 72' Attempt saved. Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 72' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross following a corner.
  • 72' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jacob Mellis.
  • 70' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 70' Foul by Jacob Mellis (Blackpool).
  • 69' Foul by Patrick Roberts (Fulham).
  • 69' Nile Ranger (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 68' Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces George Williams.
  • 68' Substitution, Blackpool. Nile Ranger replaces Ishmael Miller.
  • 67' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.
  • 66' Offside, Blackpool. John Lundstram tries a through ball, but Ishmael Miller is caught offside.
  • 64' Attempt saved. George Williams (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 63' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.
  • 62' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.
  • 62' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 62' Foul by Ishmael Miller (Blackpool).
  • 62' Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega with a cross.
  • 61' Offside, Blackpool. Jacob Mellis tries a through ball, but Ishmael Miller is caught offside.
  • 60' Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).
  • 60' Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 59' Attempt missed. Dan Burn (Fulham) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross following a corner.
  • 59' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Lewis.
  • 59' Attempt saved. Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 57' Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 57' Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).
  • 56' Attempt missed. George Williams (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz following a corner.
  • 55' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.
  • 55' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.
  • 54' Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
  • 54' Attempt blocked. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Williams with a headed pass.
  • 52' Substitution, Blackpool. Jacob Mellis replaces Andrea Orlandi.
  • 48' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 48' Foul by Andrea Orlandi (Blackpool).
  • 48' Scott Parker (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 47' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 47' Andre Blackman (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 47' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Blackpool 2.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Blackpool 2.
  • 45'+2' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 45'+2' Jacob Murphy (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45'+1' Goal! Fulham 1, Blackpool 2. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega following a corner.
  • 45' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Lewis.
  • 44' Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
  • 44' Peter Clarke (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 44' Substitution, Fulham. Konstantinos Stafylidis replaces Fernando Amorebieta.
  • 43' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.
  • 43' Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 43' Foul by Ishmael Miller (Blackpool).
  • 42' Attempt missed. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.
  • 41' Tony McMahon (Blackpool) is shown the red card for fighting.
  • 40' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 40' Foul by Tony McMahon (Blackpool).
  • 37' Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 37' Foul by Ishmael Miller (Blackpool).
  • 35' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 35' Donervon Daniels (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 33' Charles Dunne (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 33' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 33' Foul by Charles Dunne (Blackpool).
  • 33' Attempt saved. Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacob Murphy.
  • 32' Attempt blocked. George Williams (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 32' Peter Clarke (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 32' Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 32' Foul by Peter Clarke (Blackpool).
  • 29' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 29' Foul by Andre Blackman (Blackpool).
  • 28' Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega with a headed pass.
  • 26' Goal! Fulham 0, Blackpool 2. Jacob Murphy (Blackpool) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ishmael Miller.
  • 25' Attempt blocked. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross.
  • 25' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tony McMahon.
  • 24' Attempt blocked. Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross.
  • 24' George Williams (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 24' Foul by Andrea Orlandi (Blackpool).
  • 23' Attempt blocked. Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 23' Attempt blocked. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 22' Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 22' Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).
  • 22' David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 21' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Lewis.
  • 21' Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 19' Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 19' Foul by Andrea Orlandi (Blackpool).
  • 19' Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernando Amorebieta.
  • 15' Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
  • 15' Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 14' Attempt blocked. John Lundstram (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Perkins.
  • 12' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 12' Foul by Ishmael Miller (Blackpool).
  • 8' Attempt missed. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Fernando Amorebieta with a cross.
  • 5' Attempt blocked. Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Murphy with a headed pass.
  • 2' Goal! Fulham 0, Blackpool 1. Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Donervon Daniels.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.