Saturday 28 February 2015, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Bodurov 31'; Woodrow 45'
Derby County
0

31' Goal

Nikolay Bodurov

45' Goal

Cauley Woodrow
Assist by Ross McCormack

11' Yellow Card

Ryan Tunnicliffe Card was given for a foul

43' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Sean Kavanagh
Off:Lasse Vigen Christensen

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tim Hoogland
Off:Scott Parker

86' Substitution

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

90'+1 Yellow Card

Johnny Russell Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Johnny Russell
Off:Jesse Lingard

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jake Buxton
Off:Cyrus Christie

64' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Craig Bryson
Off:Darren Bent

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Fulham showed exactly what they are capable of with an excellent all-round performance to convincingly defeat Derby.

Fulham showed exactly what they are capable of with an excellent all-round performance to convincingly defeat Sky Bet Championship leaders Derby County.

When Nikolay Bodurov provided a clinical striker-like finish to fire the Whites ahead on 31 minutes, his first goal for the club, it was no less than Kit Symons’ Team deserved.

And Fulham were making a mockery of the 29 points and 19 places that separated the sides in the division when they doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time.

Cauley Woodrow seized his opportunity to score his fifth goal of the campaign after Captain Scott Parker turned over possession and Ross McCormack provided the cross.

A fluid 45 minutes of attacking was complimented by a second-half filled with grit and determination, as the Whites defended solidly from the front, and threatened on the break, to secure a valuable victory.

Parker returned to the Whites eleven and was at his influential and inspirational best, with Seko Fofana dropping to the bench. Woodrow was the only other change to the team which lost at Wolverhampton, selected in place of Hugo Rodallega, who is suffering with a swollen ankle.

Following some scrappy opening exchanges, the Rams’ first signal of intent arrived when Darren Bent skipped around Shaun Hutchinson’s challenge but the ex-White, returning to Craven Cottage for the first time since his season-long loan expired in the summer, pulled his shot across Marcus Bettinelli’s goal.

Shortly afterwards, Fulham were putting pressure on the visitors. Lasse Vigen Christensen caught a glimpse of goal but his shot was bravely blocked by Craig Forsyth.

Ross McCormack then bore down on goal and took aim from 25 yards in the ninth minute, only to not catch his strike cleanly as it fizzed wide.

Ryan Tunnicliffe was rightly cautioned for scything down Cyrus Christie as Derby looked to counter on 11 minutes. Their fast breakaways are a key feature of their attacking threat, and Hutchinson had to be alert to clear after Thomas Ince charged past Kostas Stafylidis.

Omar Mascarell bent a curling long-range effort well past Bettinelli’s far post before the Rams defence had a scare when a goal-mouth scramble evaded Woodrow and Christensen and Tunnicliffe’s improvised header flew over Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant’s crossbar.

Bent gave the Whites a reminder of his presence on 16 minutes, arriving quickest to meet a near-post corner, but sending his glancing header wide.The game continued to ebb and flow and Grant was forced to react to keep out Woodrow’s clever headed flick, after Parker volleyed a half-cleared corner back towards goal.

A golden opportunity passed the Whites by on 23 minutes when McCormack played Tunnicliffe clear on goal, but a lack of composure on his left foot saw the unpressured eight-yard show skew harmlessly wide.

The Whites continued to defy their underdog status, taking the game to the Championship leaders, and the pressure finally paid. After a series of Fulham corners, Bryan Ruiz worked himself space and drilled a shot at goal. The Costa Rican’s effort was charged down before Bodurov pounced on the loose ball and provided a finish like an accomplished goal-scorer, lifting the ball over Grant into the top corner. It was his first Whites goal in 39 appearances.

The Rams responded well to the set-back and almost caught Fulham cold when Ince found space on the overlap but an expertly-timed challenge from Stafylidis thwarted the danger. The Whites refused to sit back and protect the lead and Parker and McCormack both saw shots blocked as Derby were pressed backwards towards their own goal.

Christensen went down with an injury on 42 minutes, and Symons was forced to replace him with Sean Kavanagh, but the stoppage did not stem Fulham’s flow. Parker leapt onto Will Hughes’ stumble and the Whites Captain fed McCormack on the left, who turn the balled across goal for Woodrow to power in a far-post header and send the Cottage into delirium heading into the interval.

Given the threat Derby pose and, with memories of September’s Capital One Cup defeat where visitors came from 2-0 down to win 5-2, there was no room for complacency. There were dangerous Rams attacks to fend off at the start of the season half, as Ryan Shotton and Bent both missed the target with headers.

But Fulham continued to provide Derby with timely reminders of their menace. Moving the ball quickly and precisely, Woodrow found space to shoot but hit a wall of Rams players. More cheers went around the Cottage on 66 minutes, this time because of Bent’s substitution. The forward had been fairly ineffective but was struggling with an injury, so Manager Steve McClaren introduced Craig Bryson to the fray.

But Derby remained on the back foot. Parker surged to the by-line and cut the ball back. It agonisingly rolled across the six yard box before McCormack’s acute effort was blocked. Ince, the visitors’ most influential player, attempted to single-handedly take the game to the Whites. His deflected effort looped skywards but a grateful Bettinelli plucked it out of the air.

Bettinelli again showed good composure to hold Jeff Hendrick’s header on 69 minutes, unlike his opposite number moments later. Grant stood on the ball after receiving a back-pass and Woodrow almost embarrassed the Derby keeper before he cleared his lines.

With the game entering the final quarter of an hour, Derby threw players forward and the Whites retreated to soak up the pressure. A tiring Parker was replaced by Tim Hoogland, making his first appearance in over four months following surgery on a hernia injury.

Derby’s lack of focus on defence allowed McCormack space to break free on goal but, one-on-one with Grant, the Rams keeper stood firm to block the Scotman’s strike. Ince fired a 25-yard free-kick at the wall and substitute Johnny Russell scooped a shot over as the league-leaders began to run out of ideas.

Moussa Dembélé was introduced on 86 minutes for Woodrow, who departed to a standing ovation, and the French substitute promptly rattled the crossbar with a thunderous drive.

The Whites were asking the questions as the game ticked into stoppage time. Dembélé’s skilful flick diverted Tunnicliffe’s cross wide of goal and that was the final action as Craven Cottage celebrated a long-awaited and, in the end, comfortable victory.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 28 February 2015
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 20,242

Referee: Mike Jones

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Richards, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Stafylidis; Parker (Hoogland 79'); Christensen (Kavanagh 43'), Tunnicliffe; Ruiz; Woodrow (Dembele 86'), McCormack

Unused substitutes: Kiraly, Burn, Kacaniklic, Fofana

Manager: Kit Symons

Derby County

Line-up: Grant; Christie (Buxton 45'), Keogh, Shotton, Forsyth; Hendrick, Mascarell, Hughes; Ince, Bent (Bryson 64'), Lingard (Russell 45')

Unused substitutes: Roos, Albentosa, Dawkins, Ward

Manager: Steve McClaren

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Derby County 34 65
2 Middlesbrough 34 63
3 Watford 34 62
4 A.F.C. Bournemouth 34 60
5 Ipswich Town 33 60
6 Norwich City 33 59
7 Brentford 34 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 57
9 Nottingham Forest 34 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 34 42
13 Birmingham City 34 42
14 Huddersfield Town 34 42
15 Cardiff City 34 41
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 40
18 Reading 34 40
19 Fulham 34 39
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 34 37
21 Rotherham United 34 37
22 Millwall 34 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22
Goals
2
0
Total Shots
18
14
Shots On Target
5
2
Passing Accuracy
69%
77%
Fouls
13
10
Corners
6
5
Offsides
3
1
Bookings
1
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2 (Diamond))
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 29Ashley Richards
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
  • 44Ross McCormack
Substitutes
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 2Tim Hoogland
  • 32Sean Kavanagh
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 12Seko Fofana
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Derby County (4-3-3)
  • 1Lee Grant
  • 2Cyrus Christie
  • 6Richard Keogh
  • 32Ryan Shotton
  • 3Craig Forsyth
  • 8Jeff Hendrick
  • 33Omar Mascarell
  • 19Will Hughes
  • 23Tom Ince
  • 39Darren Bent
  • 16Jesse Lingard
Substitutes
  • 21Kelle Roos
  • 5Jake Buxton
  • 36Raúl Albentosa
  • 4Craig Bryson
  • 7Simon Dawkins
  • 10Jamie Ward
  • 11Johnny Russell
Manager
  • Steve McClaren
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, Derby County 0.
  • 90'+3' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Derby County 0.
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe with a cross.
  • 90'+1' Johnny Russell (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).
  • 90'+1' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90' Moussa Dembele (Fulham) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Tim Hoogland.
  • 89' Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).
  • 89' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 88' Jake Buxton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 88' Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
  • 86' Substitution, Fulham. Moussa Dembele replaces Cauley Woodrow.
  • 86' Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 86' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 84' Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).
  • 84' Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 83' Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ryan Shotton.
  • 81' Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 80' Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 80' Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham).
  • 79' Substitution, Fulham. Tim Hoogland replaces Scott Parker.
  • 78' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 77' Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).
  • 77' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 75' Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 74' Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.
  • 73' Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham).
  • 73' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Lee Grant.
  • 72' Attempt saved. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Ince.
  • 71' Tom Ince (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 71' Foul by Ashley Richards (Fulham).
  • 70' Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).
  • 70' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 69' Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Keogh.
  • 68' Tom Ince (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 68' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 67' Offside, Fulham. Ashley Richards tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 67' Attempt blocked. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 66' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 64' Substitution, Derby County. Craig Bryson replaces Darren Bent because of an injury.
  • 63' Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).
  • 63' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 62' Attempt blocked. Omar Mascarell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 62' Attempt blocked. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Shotton.
  • 60' Attempt missed. Darren Bent (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Ince with a cross following a corner.
  • 59' Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 58' Offside, Fulham. Ryan Tunnicliffe tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.
  • 58' Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 57' Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).
  • 57' Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 54' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Omar Mascarell.
  • 52' Omar Mascarell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Foul by Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).
  • 49' Hand ball by Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).
  • 46' Attempt missed. Ryan Shotton (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Omar Mascarell with a cross following a corner.
  • 46' Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 2, Derby County 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Jesse Lingard.
  • 45' Substitution, Derby County. Jake Buxton replaces Cyrus Christie.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Fulham 2, Derby County 0.
  • 45'+3' Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
  • 45'+2' Offside, Fulham. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.
  • 45' Goal! Fulham 2, Derby County 0. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack following a fast break.
  • 43' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 43' Substitution, Fulham. Sean Kavanagh replaces Lasse Vigen Christensen because of an injury.
  • 42' Delay in match Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 40' Ryan Shotton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 40' Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).
  • 39' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 38' Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 36' Omar Mascarell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 36' Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).
  • 33' Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.
  • 33' Attempt blocked. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 31' Goal! Fulham 1, Derby County 0. Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the top right corner following a corner.
  • 31' Attempt blocked. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Parker with a headed pass.
  • 31' Attempt missed. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.
  • 31' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ryan Shotton.
  • 28' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ryan Shotton.
  • 24' Attempt missed. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 23' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • 23' Tom Ince (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 22' Attempt saved. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 22' Attempt blocked. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow.
  • 22' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.
  • 19' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ryan Shotton.
  • 17' Attempt missed. Darren Bent (Derby County) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Omar Mascarell with a cross following a corner.
  • 17' Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 16' Attempt missed. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high.
  • 14' Attempt missed. Omar Mascarell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Will Hughes.
  • 13' Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 13' Foul by Tom Ince (Derby County).
  • 12' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 12' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).
  • 11' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 11' Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).
  • 11' Cyrus Christie (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 10' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 9' Attempt blocked. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 7' Attempt missed. Darren Bent (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.
  • 5' Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).
  • 5' Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 3' Offside, Derby County. Cyrus Christie tries a through ball, but Tom Ince is caught offside.
  • 3' Ashley Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 3' Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.