Tuesday 5 April 2016, 7:45pm at Deepdale, Preston
Preston North End
1
Vermijl 63'
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
McCormack 5'; Dembele 74'

63' Goal

Marnick Vermijl
Assist by Alan Browne

44' Yellow Card

Jordan Hugill Card was given for a foul

90'+1 Yellow Card

Jermaine Beckford Card was given for a foul

90'+5 Yellow Card

Paul Huntington

11' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Paul Huntington
Off:Tom Clarke

22' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Marnick Vermijl
Off:Calum Woods

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jermaine Beckford
Off:Jordan Hugill

5' Goal

Ross McCormack
Assist by Tim Ream

74' Goal

Moussa Dembele

53' Yellow Card

Tom Cairney Card was given for a foul

60' Yellow Card

Rohan Ince Card was given for a foul

86' Yellow Card

Ryan Tunnicliffe Card shown to player for time wasting

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Richard Stearman
Off:Tim Ream

58' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Jamie O'Hara
Off:Tom Cairney

90'+1 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dan Burn
Off:Michael Madl

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For the second time in four days, goals from Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembélé saw Fulham claim a vital 2-1 win.

For the second time in four days, goals from Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembélé saw Fulham claim a vital 2-1 win.

This time Preston North End were the defeated side, and they will feel aggrieved not to have taken anything from the Sky Bet Championship clash at Deepdale.

With just five minutes played, McCormack latched onto a long ball and beat his marker and the goalkeeper before slotting into an empty net as the Whites just about edged the first half.

The home side were completely dominant in the second period, though, and deservedly equalised through substitute Marnick Vermijl.

But against the run of play, Dembélé won it for his side when he reacted quickest after McCormack’s free-kick came back off the post, moving his team seven points clear of the relegation places in the process.

Slaviša Jokanović made just the one change to the side that beat Milton Keynes Dons last time out, with Ryan Fredericks coming in at right-back for Richard Stearman who dropped to the bench. Preston were unchanged from their weekend exploits, as they too went in search of a second win on the bounce.

The first chance went the way of the hosts three minutes in when an inswinging Paul Gallagher free-kick was met by the head of Joe Garner. His flick was on target but Marcus Bettinelli bent himself backwards to tip it over.

But just two minutes later it was the Whites who made the breakthrough. Tim Ream sent a long ball down the left flank to McCormack who got the better of the last defender to burst through before showing plenty of composure to round Anders Lindegaard and slot into the empty net.

The Lilywhites responded with a positive run by right-back Calum Woods. He cut inside and unleashed a strike on his left foot that was firm and true, but just a yard over.

And Fulham survived another scare moments later when Bettinelli, who felt he was impeded, was unable to claim a cross and found himself on the turf. Jordan Hugill looped the loose ball over him but Michael Madl was there to head away from close to the line.

Tom Clarke then required a period of treatment following a collision, and the North End skipper had to be replaced by Paul Huntington. That was the first of two injury blows they suffered in the first quarter of the game, as Woods was replaced by Vermijl in the 22nd minute.

After an eventful start, the match then entered something of a lull and it wasn’t until the 40th minute that another clear cut chance was created. A deep cross from the left evaded the Fulham backline and dropped for Garner inside the six yard box, but he couldn’t make a proper connection and Bettinelli was able to smother.

Hugill was then shown the first card of the evening when he went in very late on Fredericks.

In the third of five minutes added on due to the injuries, Preston went close when Garner headed Gallagher’s corner towards goal, but it just skimmed the roof of the net.

Fulham made one change at the break, with Stearman coming on for Ream, who had taken a blow to the head late in the first half. The switch saw Fernando Amorebieta move to left-back, with the incoming Stearman going central.

Less than two minutes into the second half Parker won the ball and drove at the home defence before sliding McCormack in. He fired in a rasping drive on the angle that needed turning over by Lindegaard.

The card count was then evened up as Tom Cairney was cautioned for a high foot, although he was clearly in more pain following the challenge than his opponent.

In the move that followed the resultant free-kick, Vermijl saw a 20-yarder deflect over, before Bettinelli claimed a tame Garner header from a corner as Preston tried to turn the screw.

It quickly became apparent that Cairney wouldn’t be able to run off his injury, and he was replaced by Jamie O’Hara.

Rohan Ince then became the second Fulham player booked following a foul on Gallagher.

Preston levelled in the 63rd minute, but the Whites will feel it was certainly preventable. Vermijl was able to beat two players with ease to dance his way into a shooting position, and the right-back fired a powerful low strike from a tight angle beyond Bettinelli.

The hosts then made their final change as Hugill made way for Jermaine Beckford.

Preston had been by the far the better team since the restart but Fulham’s lead was restored when Fredericks won a free-kick in McCormack territory in the 73rd minute. Our top scorer bent one towards the corner that Lindegaard pushed onto the post, and Dembélé was lurking to steer the loose ball home.

It looked as though Beckford had equalised minutes later when he acrobatically aimed one towards the far corner, but Bettinelli snatched the ball at full stretch with what was a great save.

Understandably considering the season he’s had, McCormack was not lacking in confidence and he wasn’t put off shooting from 40 yards after winning a free-kick. His effort wasn’t far away, either, cracking against the stanchion.

With four minutes to play, Ryan Tunnicliffe was shown a yellow card, presumably for time wasting as he prepared to take a throw-in.

As the clock ticked past 90, Beckford joined him in the book after he showed all the grace of a rhinoceros when he thundered into Bettinelli who had done well to claim a cross.

With a whopping seven minutes of stoppage time added on, Jokanović made his final change as Dan Burn replaced Madl.

A goalmouth scramble that saw a shot scoop up and onto the roof of the net was as close as Preston came in time added on, as the Whites held on for nine added minutes to make it back to back wins for the first time since October.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Tuesday 5 April 2016
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 10,358

Referee: Scott Duncan

Preston North End

Line-up: Lindegaard; Woods (Vermijl 22'), Clarke (Huntington 11'), Wright, Cunningham, Reach; Pearson, Gallagher, Browne; Hugill (Beckford 67'), Garner

Unused substitutes: Kirkland, Johnson, Doyle, Robinson

Manager: Simon Grayson

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Madl (Burn 90'), Amorebieta, Ream (Stearman 45'); Parker; Cairney (O'Hara 58'), Ince, Tunnicliffe; Dembele, McCormack

Unused substitutes: Lonergan, Garbutt, Baird, Matt Smith

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Burnley 40 77
2 Middlesbrough 39 76
3 Brighton and Hove Albion 40 75
4 Hull City 39 69
5 Sheffield Wednesday 40 68
6 Derby County 40 67
7 Cardiff City 40 63
8 Ipswich Town 40 60
9 Birmingham City 39 56
10 Preston North End 40 56
11 Queens Park Rangers 40 52
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 40 52
13 Brentford 39 49
14 Reading 38 48
15 Leeds United 39 48
16 Blackburn Rovers 40 46
17 Nottingham Forest 39 46
18 Huddersfield Town 40 45
19 Fulham 40 44
20 Bristol City 40 44
21 Rotherham United 40 43
22 Milton Keynes Dons 40 37
23 Charlton Athletic 40 36
24 Bolton Wanderers 40 26
Goals
1
2
Total Shots
20
7
Shots On Target
6
4
Passing Accuracy
71%
62%
Fouls
10
14
Corners
10
1
Offsides
1
1
Bookings
3
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Preston North End (5-3-2)
  • 1Anders Lindegaard
  • 15Calum Woods
  • 5Tom Clarke
  • 6Bailey Wright
  • 3Greg Cunningham
  • 32Adam Reach
  • 4Ben Pearson
  • 12Paul Gallagher
  • 16Alan Browne
  • 25Jordan Hugill
  • 14Joe Garner
Substitutes
  • 43Chris Kirkland
  • 2Marnick Vermijl
  • 23Paul Huntington
  • 11Daniel Johnson
  • 10Jermaine Beckford
  • 13Eoin Doyle
  • 37Callum Robinson
Manager
  • Simon Grayson
Fulham (4-1-3-2)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 7Ryan Fredericks
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 45Fernando Amorebieta
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 31Rohan Ince
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 25Moussa Dembele
  • 44Ross McCormack
Substitutes
  • 24Andy Lonergan
  • 3Luke Garbutt
  • 5Richard Stearman
  • 22Chris Baird
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 23Jamie O'Hara
  • 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, Preston North End 1, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+10' Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+7' Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Joe Garner with a headed pass.
  • 90'+5' Paul Huntington (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).
  • 90'+4' Richard Stearman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+4' Attempt blocked. Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Greg Cunningham.
  • 90'+4' Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • 90'+3' Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
  • 90'+1' Substitution, Fulham. Dan Burn replaces Michael Madl.
  • 90'+1' Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90' Foul by Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End).
  • 90' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90' Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 87' Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.
  • 86' Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 86' Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
  • 86' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 84' Attempt missed. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.
  • 83' Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 83' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 80' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.
  • 79' Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).
  • 79' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 77' Attempt saved. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Pearson with a cross.
  • 75' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Scott Parker.
  • 75' Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Preston North End) left footed shot from long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.
  • 74' Goal! Preston North End 1, Fulham 2. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.
  • 74' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 73' Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).
  • 73' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 71' Offside, Preston North End. Bailey Wright tries a through ball, but Jermaine Beckford is caught offside.
  • 71' Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 67' Substitution, Preston North End. Jermaine Beckford replaces Jordan Hugill.
  • 63' Goal! Preston North End 1, Fulham 1. Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alan Browne.
  • 61' Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 61' Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
  • 60' Rohan Ince (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 60' Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 60' Foul by Rohan Ince (Fulham).
  • 58' Attempt blocked. Alan Browne (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Pearson.
  • 58' Substitution, Fulham. Jamie O'Hara replaces Tom Cairney because of an injury.
  • 56' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 55' Delay in match Tom Cairney (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 55' Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.
  • 54' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 54' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Michael Madl.
  • 54' Attempt blocked. Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 53' Tom Cairney (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 53' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 52' Delay in match Tom Cairney (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 52' Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 51' Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 51' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 51' Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).
  • 51' Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 47' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Anders Lindegaard.
  • 47' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • Second Half begins Preston North End 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Richard Stearman replaces Tim Ream because of an injury.
  • 45'+6' First Half ends, Preston North End 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+5' Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
  • 45'+3' Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.
  • 45'+2' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Rohan Ince.
  • 45'+1' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 45' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 44' Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 43' Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).
  • 43' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 41' Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 41' Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).
  • 40' Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alan Browne.
  • 36' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 32' Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).
  • 32' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 31' Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 31' Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
  • 29' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Michael Madl.
  • 28' Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).
  • 28' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 27' Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).
  • 27' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 27' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.
  • 25' Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).
  • 25' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 24' Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 24' Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).
  • 23' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
  • 22' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 22' Substitution, Preston North End. Marnick Vermijl replaces Calum Woods because of an injury.
  • 21' Delay in match Calum Woods (Preston North End) because of an injury.
  • 18' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Rohan Ince.
  • 18' Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 18' Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).
  • 13' Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Reach.
  • 11' Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Huntington replaces Tom Clarke because of an injury.
  • 11' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 9' Delay in match Tom Clarke (Preston North End) because of an injury.
  • 8' Attempt blocked. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 7' Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 7' Foul by Rohan Ince (Fulham).
  • 6' Attempt missed. Calum Woods (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Pearson.
  • 5' Goal! Preston North End 0, Fulham 1. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tim Ream.
  • 3' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 3' Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.
  • 3' Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 3' Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).
  • 2' Calum Woods (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.