Sunday 13 September 2015, 12:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
McCormack 4'; Dembele 30'
Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers
1
Rhodes (pen) 68'

4' Goal

Ross McCormack
Assist by Moussa Dembele

30' Goal

Moussa Dembele

76' Yellow Card

Jamie O'Hara Card was given for a foul

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Fredericks
Off:Ben Pringle

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dan Burn
Off:James Husband

68' Penalty

Jordan Rhodes

43' Yellow Card

Jordan Rhodes Card was given for a foul

70' Yellow Card

Bangaly-Fodé Koita Card was given for a foul

70' Yellow Card

Grant Hanley Card was given for a foul

77' Yellow Card

Shane Duffy Card was given for arguing during match

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bangaly-Fodé Koita
Off:Nathan Delfouneso

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hope Akpan
Off:Corry Evans

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tom Lawrence
Off:Craig Conway

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First-half goals from Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembélé earned Fulham a nervy 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers.

First-half goals from Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembélé earned Fulham a nervy 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers.

It was the proverbial game of two halves. Fulham were superb in the opening 45 minutes – their best display this season - and deservedly led through McCormack and Dembélé’s finishes, although Andrew Lonergan made a superb one-handed save from Ben Marshall just before the break.

But it was a completely different story in the second half. Jordan Rhodes hit a post and Lonergan denied Craig Conway with an excellent stop. Rhodes, though, scored from the spot after James Husband had shoved the striker in the back.

Conway then blazed over from close range and Shane Duffy saw a header cleared off the line by Jazz Richards. His kick hit Grant Hanley and was cleared off the line again - this time by Jamie O’Hara. Replays showed the ball was over the line.

Substitute Fode Koita then smashed a shot against the post in the last minute of normal time as Fulham clung on for a third successive win.

Kit Symons made one change from the team that won 3-1 at Rotherham United prior to the international break. Deadline day signing Richard Stearman came in for his debut in place of Dan Burn. Richards and Ben Pringle were both passed fit despite a collision in training on Friday. Danny Guthrie, who was briefly on loan at the Cottage from Reading last term, was named in Blackburn’s starting XI.

After a minute’s applause in tribute to former Fulham striker Graham Leggat who recently died at the age of 81, proceedings got under way with the Whites kicking towards the Putney End in the first half.

Fulham went in ahead in the fourth minute with their first real attack of the game. Ryan Tunnicliffe tried to play Dembélé in and the striker used his powerful physique to get to the ball before Hanley. Dembélé could have gone for goal but instead pulled the ball back for McCormack who took a touch before slotting home.

Blackburn almost replied instantly. Conway’s left-wing cross was met at the back post by Rhodes but the stretching striker sent a looping header over the bar from six yards.

McCormack then drew a near-post save from Jason Steele after controlling a Tom Cairney cross and half-volleying for goal. Dembélé somehow turned a McCormack cross inches past the post from close range in the 12th minute, although the flag did go up for offside.

It was a tigerish display from Fulham who were chasing their opponents down and winning a series of crunching tackles in the middle of the park. But Blackburn almost got back on level terms in the 15th minute. Marshall played Nathan Delfouneso in behind Tim Ream but Lonergan made a fine save to deny the striker.

Great football by Fulham almost produced a second for the Whites in the 19th minute. Dembélé controlled an O’Hara pass on the edge of the box with his back to goal and slipped in McCormack who sent a shot fizzing across the face and wide of the far stick.

While chances were going begging, Blackburn remained in the game and they continued to look dangerous in attack; Marshall’s inviting cross was inches too far in front for Delfouneso. The impressive Marshall dragged a shot wide in the 27th minute.

But it was Fulham who doubled their advantage in the 30th minute. McCormack’s cross was met by Tunnicliffe whose header was saved by Steele. The goalkeeper then blocked Cairney’s follow-up but Dembélé was on hand to slam the ball into the roof of the net for his first league goal of the season.

Lonergan had to be alert to push away a Conway drive in the 32nd minute, and then did likewise with a long-range volley from Corry Evans soon after. From the resulting corner the diving Hanley headed narrowly over.

A stunning one-handed save by Lonergan maintained Fulham’s two-goal advantage just before the break. Evans floated in a cross which was powered towards goal by the head of Marshall from five yards but Lonergan dived low to his right to palm it away.

Fulham were temporarily reduced to 10 men as Husband required treatment for a cut head following an accidental elbow by Delfouneso before an entertaining first half came to an end.

Rovers made a change at the break as Koita replaced Delfouneso, but it was Fulham who created the first chance of the second 45. However, Dembélé’s header from Pringle’s cross was easily dealt with by Steele. Fulham then somehow survived at the other end as Conway centered for a sliding Rhodes who could only turn his effort on to the post from a few yards out. Husband may have got a touch, too.

An unmarked Rhodes then headed over as he met Koita’s fierce cross and the same player nodded another chance straight at Lonergan as Blackburn took the game to Fulham. A shot by Marshall was then deflected wide off Ream as the visitors continued to create openings.

Lonergan made another fine stop to maintain his clean sheet. It was his poor kick that led to the opportunity when his clearance went straight to Guthrie. He played the ball to Conway who cut inside Richards but saw his curling effort turned behind by a sprawling Lonergan.

That prompted a chance from Fulham on the hour mark as Ryan Fredericks replaced Pringle to make his Whites bow. He went to the right flank, with Cairney moving to the left.

Rovers were handed a way back into the game in the 67th minute when Husband was adjudged to have given Rhodes a shove in the back and the referee pointed to the spot. Rhodes picked himself up and sent Lonergan the wrong way to reduce the arrears.

Hanley picked up a yellow card soon after going through McCormack and Koita followed him into the book soon after following an aerial collision with Stearman where he appeared to use his elbow.

Fulham fashioned a chance in the 73rd minute but Cairney’s effort from a Husband cross was bravely blocked by Hanley as the midfielder went in search of a goal against his former club.

O’Hara was rightly booked for leaving a foot in on Marshall in the 76th minute. Duffy was also shown a yellow card for his reaction to the challenge.

Fulham nerves continued to jangle and Conway blazed over the bar after Lonergan had flapped at a long throw from Tommy Spurr. Dembélé then drew a near-post save from Steele after cutting inside and the keeper got behind a dipping McCormack free-kick with eight minutes left.

The Fulham goal led a charmed life in the 83rd minute. Duffy headed a Conway corner towards goal, with Richards clearing off the line. His kick hit Hanley and was cleared off the line again - this time by O’Hara. Replays showed it was over the line.

Husband made way for Burn in the 88th minute, with Ream moving to left-back.

Koita smashed a shot against the post in the last minute of normal time, while Dembélé could have won it for Fulham but saw his effort saved by Steele after nutmegging Hanley. Blackburn continued to cause problems but the Whites held on.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Sunday 13 September 2015
Kick-off: 12:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 14,372

Referee: Tony Harrington

Fulham

Line-up: Lonergan; Jazz Richards, Stearman, Ream, Husband (Burn 89'); Cairney, Tunnicliffe, O'Hara, Pringle (Fredericks 62'); McCormack, Dembele

Unused substitutes: Lewis, Kacaniklic, Mattila, Christensen, Woodrow

Manager: Kit Symons

Blackburn Rovers

Line-up: Steele; Henley, Hanley, Duffy, Spurr; Marshall, Guthrie, Corry Evans (Akpan 83'), Conway (Lawrence 90'); Delfouneso (Koita 45'), Rhodes

Unused substitutes: Raya Martin, Kilgallon, Markus Olsson, Williamson

Manager: Gary Bowyer

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Brighton and Hove Albion 6 16
2 Cardiff City 6 12
3 Middlesbrough 6 11
4 Birmingham City 5 11
5 Burnley 6 11
6 Hull City 6 10
7 Queens Park Rangers 6 10
8 Ipswich Town 6 10
9 Reading 6 9
10 Charlton Athletic 6 9
11 Fulham 6 8
12 Leeds United 6 8
13 Nottingham Forest 6 8
14 Derby County 6 7
15 Milton Keynes Dons 6 7
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 6 7
17 Bolton Wanderers 6 6
18 Brentford 5 5
19 Sheffield Wednesday 6 5
20 Preston North End 6 5
21 Bristol City 6 4
22 Blackburn Rovers 6 3
23 Huddersfield Town 6 3
24 Rotherham United 6 2
Goals
2
1
Total Shots
16
23
Shots On Target
9
9
Passing Accuracy
72%
71%
Fouls
12
13
Corners
4
7
Offsides
3
2
Bookings
1
4
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 24Andy Lonergan
  • 2Jazz Richards
  • 5Richard Stearman
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 40James Husband
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 23Jamie O'Hara
  • 18Ben Pringle
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Substitutes
  • 12Joe Lewis
  • 7Ryan Fredericks
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 14Sakari Mattila
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Blackburn Rovers (4-4-2)
  • 30Jason Steele
  • 2Adam Henley
  • 5Grant Hanley
  • 22Shane Duffy
  • 3Thomas Spurr
  • 10Ben Marshall
  • 23Danny Guthrie
  • 29Corry Evans
  • 32Craig Conway
  • 7Nathan Delfouneso
  • 11Jordan Rhodes
Substitutes
  • 33David Raya Martin
  • 4Matthew Kilgallon
  • 14Markus Olsson
  • 17Lee Williamson
  • 21Hope Akpan
  • 8Bangaly-Fodé Koita
  • 16Tom Lawrence
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 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 90'+5' Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Danny Guthrie.
  • 90'+2' Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 90'+1' Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tim Ream.
  • 90' Foul by Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 90' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90' Attempt saved. Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.
  • 90' Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
  • 90' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Tom Lawrence replaces Craig Conway.
  • 89' Substitution, Fulham. Dan Burn replaces James Husband.
  • 88' Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 88' Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
  • 88' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway tries a through ball, but Ben Marshall is caught offside.
  • 88' Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Hope Akpan with a headed pass.
  • 87' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 84' Attempt blocked. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.
  • 84' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Richard Stearman.
  • 84' Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 83' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Hope Akpan replaces Corry Evans.
  • 82' Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 82' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 82' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
  • 81' Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 81' James Husband (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 80' Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Husband.
  • 79' Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
  • 78' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 78' Delay in match Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.
  • 77' Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
  • 76' Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 75' Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 75' Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).
  • 73' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Husband with a cross.
  • 70' Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 70' Foul by Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 70' Richard Stearman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 70' Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 70' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 68' Goal! Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 1. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
  • 68' Penalty Blackburn Rovers. Jordan Rhodes draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 68' Penalty conceded by James Husband (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 66' Foul by Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 66' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 64' Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 64' Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).
  • 62' Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 62' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 62' Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Fredericks replaces Ben Pringle.
  • 61' Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.
  • 61' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.
  • 61' Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.
  • 59' Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.
  • 59' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 59' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 58' Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bangaly-Fodé Koita with a headed pass.
  • 57' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 57' Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 55' Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.
  • 52' Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Bangaly-Fodé Koita with a cross.
  • 50' Offside, Fulham. Andy Lonergan tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 49' Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 48' Andy Lonergan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 48' Foul by Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 47' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jazz Richards.
  • 47' Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Ben Marshall.
  • 46' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 46' Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 46' Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Bangaly-Fodé Koita replaces Nathan Delfouneso.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.
  • 45'+4' Attempt missed. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Henley.
  • 45'+1' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 44' Delay in match James Husband (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 44' James Husband (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 44' Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 43' Jazz Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 43' Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 43' Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 43' Attempt saved. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Corry Evans with a cross.
  • 42' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ben Pringle.
  • 40' Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.
  • 40' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.
  • 40' Attempt saved. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 39' Offside, Fulham. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Moussa Dembele is caught offside.
  • 39' Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
  • 36' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 36' Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 34' Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).
  • 34' Nathan Delfouneso (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 32' Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 32' Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).
  • 32' Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 30' Goal! Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 0. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.
  • 30' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 30' Attempt saved. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.
  • 27' Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.
  • 21' Jazz Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 21' Foul by Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 19' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.
  • 15' Attempt saved. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a through ball.
  • 15' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 15' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.
  • 13' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Jason Steele tries a through ball, but Nathan Delfouneso is caught offside.
  • 12' Offside, Fulham. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Moussa Dembele is caught offside.
  • 11' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Adam Henley.
  • 11' Attempt blocked. Tim Ream (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross.
  • 10' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Adam Henley.
  • 10' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jason Steele.
  • 10' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.
  • 8' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 8' Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 7' James Husband (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 7' Foul by Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 5' Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.
  • 4' Goal! Fulham 1, Blackburn Rovers 0. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.
  • 2' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
Watch the main moments from our Sunday midday kick-off as Blackburn Rovers were the visitors to Craven Cottage.