Tuesday 16 February 2016, 7:45pm at Ewood Park, Blackburn
Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers
3
Marshall (pen) 15'; Duffy 62'; Danny Graham 87'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0

15' Penalty

Ben Marshall

62' Goal

Shane Duffy
Assist by Elliott Bennett

87' Goal

Danny Graham
Assist by Elliott Bennett

65' Yellow Card

Danny Graham Card was given for a foul

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Craig Conway
Off:Jordi Gómez

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Simeon Jackson
Off:Danny Graham

52' Yellow Card

Sakari Mattila Card was given for a foul

58' Yellow Card

Ryan Fredericks Card was given for a foul

71' Yellow Card

Ross McCormack Card was given for a foul

34' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Alexander Kacaniklic
Off:Luke Garbutt

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tim Ream
Off:Sakari Mattila

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Zakaria Labyad
Off:Fernando Amorebieta

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Fulham were punished from two dead-ball situations as Blackburn brought the Whites back down to earth at Ewood Park.

Fulham were punished from two dead-ball situations and Blackburn added a late goal to bring the Whites back down to earth at Ewood Park.

An unnecessary challenge from Luke Garbutt presented Ben Marshall with the opportunity to put Rovers ahead from the penalty spot on 15 minutes, which was duly taken.

Shane Duffy doubled the hosts lead from Elliott Bennett’s lofted free-kick on 62 minutes as the Whites struggled to create meaningful chances against a stubborn Blackburn defence.

The 3-1 triumph at Queens Park Rovers three days earlier seemed a distance memory as Danny Graham headed in his first goal for Rovers on 87 minutes to wrap up the result.

Making two changes to his starting line-up, Head Coach Slaviša Jokanović handed a start to Garbutt, who replaced Lasse Vigen Christensen early on at Loftus Road. Sakari Mattila was the other player introduced to the midfield, as Scott Parker was rested and Ross McCormack took the Captain’s armband.

The Whites wasted no time in applying some pressure, with Ryan Fredericks using his blistering pace to force goalkeeper Jason Steele into a dangerous miscue before Michael Madl saw his improvised volley from Jamie O’Hara’s fourth minute corner hacked off the goal-line by Darragh Lenihan.

The hosts were slow to settle but forged their first meaningful attack when Elliot Bennett’s cross was dealt with by the Fulham backline, then Marshall’s 30-yard wayward effort failed to trouble the Whites’ goal on nine minutes.

Rovers were soon pegged back again, with another excellent chance falling for Madl. McCormack’s in-swinging corner caused chaos in the penalty area and the Austrian defender slammed a 12-yard shot wide when surely if he had hit the target, it would have been the opening goal.

With little trouble coming Fulham’s way, a moment of madness from Garbutt handed Rovers the opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot. A rash tackle on Marshall gifted the Blackburn right-back a chance to pick himself up and put the home side in the lead and he duly obliged, sending Andrew Lonergan the wrong way in the 15th minute.

With the Whites slightly shaken, Dan Burn was called upon to win an important header from Bennett’s cross before the towering centre-half threw himself in front of Lenihan’s 20-yard drive on 22 minutes. There were muted penalty appeals when Blackburn old boy Tom Cairney found a gap in the Rovers’ backline on 24 minutes and Fredericks tangled with Tommy Spurr as he galloped into the area, but referee Mr Stephen Martin waved play to continue.

A Graham snapshot from 25-yard tested Lonergan’s reflexes on 29 minutes and the home side built on their momentum, with a sweeping move finding its way to Spurr and his low drive nestled the safe side of Lonergan’s side-netting. Jordi Gomez was next to try his luck as the clock ticked past half an hour, his chest-and-volley effort flew straight down the Fulham goalkeeper’s throat.

Sensing a change was necessary, Jokanović called for Alexander Kačaniklić to replace Garbutt in a straight switch on 33 minutes. Blackburn continued to pin Fulham back when Gomez drilled a wild strike over and Chris Brown headed Marshall’s cross straight at Lonergan from close range on 37 minutes.

The Whites closed out the half in the ascendancy but a stout Rovers rear guard ensured the visitors could not fashion a clear-cut chance late in the half. With a subdued atmosphere from the home end, Fulham’s 318 travelling supporters made themselves heard as Blackburn kicked-off the second half.

The home side gave the Whites an early scare after the break, with Gomez’s mishit shot falling fortuitously for Bennett, which forced O’Hara to make a crucial interception in front of goal. Fulham upped the tempo on the counter and only some last-ditch defending from skipper Grant Hanley prevented McCormack or Fredericks from a sight on goal.

Graham was the next Blackburn player to threaten in the 52nd minute and the Whites had Madl to thank for his saving challenge six yard out. Mattilla, who went into the book for a late challenge on Spurr, was withdrawn on 56 minutes, with Tim Ream coming on in central midfield. Fredericks picked up Fulham’s second booking shortly after following a mistimed tackle on Gomez.

After smart footwork, Kačaniklić rifled a strike wide of Steele’s goal as the game passed the hour mark with the Whites still struggling to find a way through, and Rovers doubled the lead two minutes later. Bennett provided the delivery from a free-kick and Duffy did the rest, heading the ball into the roof of the Fulham net.

Graham entered the referee’s book with a poor tackle on Madl on 65 minutes before Zakaria Labyad was called upon to make his debut four minutes later, as Fernando Amorebieta made way and Jokanović switched to 4-4-2. McCormack was then show a yellow card for bringing down Spurr in Rovers territory.

As the game entered the last quarter of an hour, Cairney found Moussa Dembélé but the French striker’s 25-yard effort barely troubled Steele. The scoreline nearly went from bad to worse when O'Hara played a square ball straight to Graham but he put a free shot from 12-yards wide. Dembélé forced a fine save out of Steele with a strike on the turn with five minutes remaining and it seemed it would not be Fulham's day.

The result was clinched by Graham on 87 minutes with a downward header which bobbled over Lonergan
as the Whites’ fortunes ran cold on a freezing night in Lancashire. Lonergan redeemed himself somewhat by denying Simeon Jackson as the substitute ran clean through on goal but, ultimately, the Whites were left empty-handed and Rovers leapfrogged the visitors, pushing Fulham down to 19th in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Tuesday 16 February 2016
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Ewood Park, Blackburn
Attendance: 12,157

Referee: Phil Gibbs

Blackburn Rovers

Line-up: Steele; Marshall, Duffy, Hanley, Spurr; Elliott Bennett, Lenihan, Corry Evans, Jordi Gómez (Conway 88'); Brown, Danny Graham (Jackson 88')

Unused substitutes: Raya Martin, Henley, Ward, Grimes, Watt

Manager: Paul Lambert

Fulham

Line-up: Lonergan; Fredericks, Madl, Burn, Amorebieta (Labyad 69'), Garbutt (Kacaniklic 34'); Cairney, O'Hara, Mattila (Ream 57'); McCormack, Dembele

Unused substitutes: Lewis, Jazz Richards, Hyndman, Matt Smith

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Hull City 31 60
2 Middlesbrough 30 58
3 Brighton and Hove Albion 31 57
4 Burnley 31 56
5 Sheffield Wednesday 31 53
6 Derby County 31 51
7 Birmingham City 31 48
8 Ipswich Town 31 48
9 Cardiff City 31 46
10 Nottingham Forest 31 42
11 Preston North End 31 42
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 31 40
13 Brentford 31 40
14 Queens Park Rangers 31 39
15 Reading 31 37
16 Leeds United 31 37
17 Huddersfield Town 31 35
18 Blackburn Rovers 30 34
19 Fulham 31 32
20 Milton Keynes Dons 31 31
21 Bristol City 31 31
22 Rotherham United 31 26
23 Charlton Athletic 31 25
24 Bolton Wanderers 31 24
Goals
3
0
Total Shots
16
9
Shots On Target
7
3
Passing Accuracy
64%
76%
Fouls
8
14
Corners
4
5
Offsides
6
2
Bookings
1
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Blackburn Rovers (4-4-2)
  • 30Jason Steele
  • 10Ben Marshall
  • 22Shane Duffy
  • 5Grant Hanley
  • 3Thomas Spurr
  • 31Elliott Bennett
  • 26Darragh Lenihan
  • 29Corry Evans
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 9Chris Brown
  • 12Danny Graham
Substitutes
  • 33David Raya Martin
  • 2Adam Henley
  • 15Elliott Ward
  • 16Matt Grimes
  • 32Craig Conway
  • 8Tony Watt
  • 35Simeon Jackson
Manager
  • Paul Lambert
Fulham (5-3-2)
  • 24Andy Lonergan
  • 7Ryan Fredericks
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 45Fernando Amorebieta
  • 3Luke Garbutt
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 23Jamie O'Hara
  • 14Sakari Mattila
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Substitutes
  • 12Joe Lewis
  • 2Jazz Richards
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 20Zakaria Labyad
  • 28Emerson Hyndman
  • 9Matt Smith
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
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 3, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+1' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.
  • 90'+1' Attempt saved. Simeon Jackson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 90' Offside, Fulham. Jamie O'Hara tries a through ball, but Dan Burn is caught offside.
  • 89' Michael Madl (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 89' Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 89' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.
  • 89' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 89' Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 89' Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 88' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway replaces Jordi Gómez.
  • 88' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Simeon Jackson replaces Danny Graham.
  • 87' Goal! Blackburn Rovers 3, Fulham 0. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Elliott Bennett.
  • 85' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jason Steele.
  • 85' Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 83' Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
  • 82' Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Danny Graham.
  • 81' Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).
  • 81' Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 78' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Brown tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.
  • 77' Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).
  • 77' Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 76' Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 73' Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
  • 71' Ross McCormack (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 71' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 71' Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.
  • 69' Substitution, Fulham. Zakaria Labyad replaces Fernando Amorebieta.
  • 69' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 67' Delay in match Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.
  • 67' Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).
  • 67' Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 65' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 65' Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 65' Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 64' Michael Madl (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 64' Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 62' Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Fulham 0. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Elliott Bennett following a set piece situation.
  • 62' Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).
  • 62' Jordi Gómez (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 61' Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.
  • 60' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 60' Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 59' Attempt missed. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.
  • 58' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 58' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 58' Jordi Gómez (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 58' Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 58' Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 57' Substitution, Fulham. Tim Ream replaces Sakari Mattila.
  • 52' Attempt saved. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 52' Sakari Mattila (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 52' Foul by Sakari Mattila (Fulham).
  • 52' Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 48' Attempt missed. Sakari Mattila (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 47' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 47' Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 46' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.
  • Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Marshall.
  • 39' Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 39' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 38' Attempt saved. Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.
  • 36' Attempt missed. Jordi Gómez (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 34' Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Luke Garbutt.
  • 34' Offside, Fulham. Luke Garbutt tries a through ball, but Moussa Dembele is caught offside.
  • 32' Attempt blocked. Jordi Gómez (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 29' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Jordi Gómez tries a through ball, but Elliott Bennett is caught offside.
  • 29' Attempt saved. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.
  • 27' Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 27' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 24' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Jordi Gómez tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.
  • 23' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.
  • 22' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • 22' Attempt blocked. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 21' Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Darragh Lenihan with a cross.
  • 21' Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 21' Foul by Sakari Mattila (Fulham).
  • 16' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Brown tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.
  • 15' Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Fulham 0. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
  • 15' Penalty conceded by Luke Garbutt (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 15' Penalty Blackburn Rovers. Ben Marshall draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 13' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 13' Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 12' Attempt missed. Michael Madl (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dan Burn following a corner.
  • 12' Attempt missed. Michael Madl (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross following a corner.
  • 11' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.
  • 11' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Shane Duffy.
  • 9' Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Elliott Bennett.
  • 7' Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 7' Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 7' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Thomas Spurr tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.
  • 5' Attempt blocked. Michael Madl (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara with a cross.
  • 5' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Shane Duffy.
  • 2' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 2' Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 1' Hand ball by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.