Saturday 28 November 2015, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
McCormack 77'
Preston North End
1
Garner 11'

77' Goal

Ross McCormack

58' Yellow Card

James Husband Card was given for arguing during match

59' Yellow Card

Shaun Hutchinson Card was given for a foul

69' Yellow Card

Ryan Fredericks

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Shaun Hutchinson
Off:Sean Kavanagh

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matt Smith
Off:Scott Parker

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ben Pringle
Off:James Husband

11' Goal

Joe Garner
Assist by Paul Gallagher

62' Yellow Card

Paul Gallagher Card was given for a foul

69' Yellow Card

Alan Browne Card was given for a foul

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:John Welsh
Off:Paul Gallagher

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Will Keane
Off:Eoin Doyle

90'+1 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stevie May
Off:Adam Reach

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Ross McCormack’s superb free-kick salvaged a point for Fulham at home to Preston North End.

Ross McCormack’s superb free-kick salvaged a point for Fulham at home to Preston North End.

Trailing 1-0 to Joe Garner’s 11th-minute header, McCormack hauled the Whites level on 77, curling a set-piece from 20 yards up and over the wall and into the top corner of the near post.

It was no more than Fulham deserved for a much-improved second-half display after a poor opening 45. The Whites switched to a 3-5-2 formation and Tom Cairney led the way with a superb performance from midfield. Several penalty pleas were waved away before McCormack made it 1-1 to ensure a share of the spoils.

Fulham made three changes to the side that drew 1-1 at MK Dons last weekend as Tim Ream, James Husband and Scott Parker came in. Parker was a late replacement for Sakari Mattila who was forced to withdraw with a back injury. Dan Burn and the injured Ryan Tunnicliffe dropped out of the starting XI completely, while Luke Garbutt moved down to the bench.

Joe Lewis was the first goalkeeper called into action. It came in the sixth minute as Eoin Doyle controlled a long ball before hitting a swerving shot from 12 yards which the Fulham man did well to parry away. The resulting corner by Paul Gallagher caught the wind and flashed across the goalmouth.

The visitors were in front in the 11th minute. A short corner saw Gallagher’s cross met by an unmarked Garner to nod home.

Parker then made a good block on a Marnick Vermijl drive from 20 yards, before Adam Reach was allowed to run unopposed and teed up Garner who sent his long-range effort just wide with Lewis beaten.

At the other end in the 18th minute, Cairney dragged his shot wide in Fulham’s first real foray forward. Four minutes later, Greg Cunningham nicked the ball off the toes of McCormack as he shaped to shoot from Cairney’s headed knock-down from a Sean Kavanagh cross.

Adam Browne curled wide from distance in the 28th minute after taking advantage of a slip from Jamie O’Hara, with Fulham going straight down the other end and looking odds on to level as McCormack went to bury James Husband’s cross, only for Reach to make a vital last-ditch block/

Fulham pressed again and Cairney found Moussa Dembélé on the edge of the box. The Frenchman’s shot on the turn appeared to be looping in but Jordan Pickford tipped it over the bar.

Doyle missed a great opportunity to increase Preston’s lead in the 41st minute, arriving at the back post to meet Garner’s header across goal but somehow nodding wide from two yards out. It was the final noteworthy action of a disappointing first-half display from a Fulham perspective.

Fulham made a change for the start of the second half as Shaun Hutchinson replaced Kavanagh in a move which saw the Whites switch to a 3-5-2 formation.

Preston saw early claims for a penalty turned down when Daniel Johnson appeared to have his ankle clipped in the box. Dembélé then saw an effort brilliantly saved by Pickford after good work by Cairney – although the flag went up for offside.

At the other end, neat footwork around the box saw McCormack slip Ryan Fredericks in on goal. He was tripped by a combination of Reach and Gallagher but the referee waved play on.

Another penalty shout fell on deaf ears soon after when Husband was bundled to the floor by Tom Clarke. Husband retaliated and a melee between both sets of players then ensued. Husband was booked for his part.

Hutchinson followed him into the book soon after for a late lunge on Garner and Gallagher was also booked as he clattered into Cairney on 62.

Tempers began to boil in the Fulham ranks as a serious of decisions went against them. Fredericks was booked for sarcastically applauding the referee when he finally won a free-kick. Cairney saw the set-piece flick off the wall and just over the bar.

Parker shot wide after slipping in the rain from the left-hand side of the area, before North End made a double change as John Welsh and Will Keane replaced Gallagher and Doyle. Parker then made way for Matt Smith as Fulham threw a third striker on.

McCormack saw a low shot pushed away by Pickford from distance

When Cairney won a free-kick just outside the box for a handball by Welsh in the 77th minute, McCormack took the set-piece. He curled it up and over the wall and in at the near post to haul Fulham level with a superb effort.

In a rare attack, Fredericks had to be alert to clear from near the line after Keane’s cross caused problems, while Garner lost his marker soon after to meet Clarke’s deep delivery but headed straight at Lewis.

Husband was replaced by Ben Pringle with two minutes left and Reach made way for Stevie May in added time. May was floored in the area by a sliding tackle by Richard Stearman in the dying seconds. The centre-back got the ball but left May in considerable pain and the Scotsman was stretchered off to reduce the visitors to 10 men for the last few seconds.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

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

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 17,362

Referee: Graham Horwood

Fulham

Line-up: Lewis; Fredericks, Stearman, Ream, Husband (Pringle 89'); Cairney, O'Hara, Parker (Matt Smith 74'), Kavanagh (Hutchinson 45'); McCormack, Dembele

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Garbutt, Voser, Woodrow

Manager: Peter Grant

Preston North End

Line-up: Pickford; Vermijl, Clarke, Huntington, Cunningham; Johnson, Gallagher (Welsh 74'), Browne, Reach (May 90'); Garner, Doyle (Keane 74')

Unused substitutes: Kirkland, Davies, Kilkenny, Hugill

Manager: Simon Grayson

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 38
2 Middlesbrough 18 36
3 Derby County 18 36
4 Hull City 18 35
5 Burnley 18 34
6 Birmingham City 18 28
7 Ipswich Town 18 28
8 Sheffield Wednesday 18 28
9 Reading 18 27
10 Cardiff City 18 26
11 Brentford 17 24
12 Queens Park Rangers 18 23
13 Fulham 18 22
14 Blackburn Rovers 18 21
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 21
16 Nottingham Forest 18 20
17 Leeds United 18 19
18 Preston North End 18 18
19 Milton Keynes Dons 18 16
20 Bristol City 18 16
21 Charlton Athletic 18 16
22 Huddersfield Town 18 15
23 Rotherham United 18 15
24 Bolton Wanderers 17 11
Goals
1
1
Total Shots
11
17
Shots On Target
3
3
Passing Accuracy
81%
74%
Fouls
9
12
Corners
3
6
Offsides
5
1
Bookings
3
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 12Joe Lewis
  • 7Ryan Fredericks
  • 5Richard Stearman
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 40James Husband
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 23Jamie O'Hara
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 32Sean Kavanagh
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Substitutes
  • 42Marek Rodak
  • 3Luke Garbutt
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 15Kay Voser
  • 18Ben Pringle
  • 9Matt Smith
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
Manager
  • Peter Grant
Preston North End (4-4-2)
  • 1Jordan Pickford
  • 2Marnick Vermijl
  • 5Tom Clarke
  • 23Paul Huntington
  • 3Greg Cunningham
  • 11Daniel Johnson
  • 12Paul Gallagher
  • 16Alan Browne
  • 32Adam Reach
  • 14Joe Garner
  • 13Eoin Doyle
Substitutes
  • 43Chris Kirkland
  • 20Ben Davies
  • 8Neil Kilkenny
  • 19John Welsh
  • 9Will Keane
  • 24Stevie May
  • 25Jordan Hugill
Manager
  • Simon Grayson
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 1, Preston North End 1.
  • 90'+9' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Preston North End 1.
  • 90'+8' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 90'+5' Delay in match Stevie May (Preston North End) because of an injury.
  • 90'+5' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Richard Stearman.
  • 90'+2' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Stevie May (Preston North End).
  • 90'+1' Substitution, Preston North End. Stevie May replaces Adam Reach.
  • 90' Attempt missed. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
  • 90' Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
  • 89' Substitution, Fulham. Ben Pringle replaces James Husband.
  • 89' Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).
  • 89' John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 87' Attempt blocked. Will Keane (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Welsh.
  • 86' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 86' Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Welsh.
  • 85' Offside, Fulham. Matt Smith tries a through ball, but Moussa Dembele is caught offside.
  • 83' Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Daniel Johnson with a cross following a corner.
  • 83' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 82' 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 Tom Clarke with a cross.
  • 80' Attempt blocked. Alan Browne (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Keane.
  • 77' Goal! Fulham 1, Preston North End 1. Ross McCormack (Fulham) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.
  • 77' Hand ball by John Welsh (Preston North End).
  • 76' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 74' Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Scott Parker.
  • 74' Substitution, Preston North End. Will Keane replaces Eoin Doyle.
  • 74' Substitution, Preston North End. John Welsh replaces Paul Gallagher.
  • 73' Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Husband.
  • 72' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 72' Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).
  • 72' Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.
  • 70' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Daniel Johnson.
  • 70' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 69' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 69' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 69' Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).
  • 68' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 68' Eoin Doyle (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 64' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 64' Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 64' Attempt blocked. Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 63' Offside, Preston North End. Eoin Doyle tries a through ball, but Joe Garner is caught offside.
  • 62' Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 62' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 62' Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).
  • 61' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Paul Gallagher.
  • 59' Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 59' Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham).
  • 59' Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 58' James Husband (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 57' Foul by James Husband (Fulham).
  • 57' Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 54' Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 53' Delay in match Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) because of an injury.
  • 50' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Moussa Dembele is caught offside.
  • 49' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 49' Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).
  • 47' Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Alan Browne.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Preston North End 1.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Shaun Hutchinson replaces Sean Kavanagh.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Preston North End 1.
  • 45'+1' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sean Kavanagh.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).
  • 45'+1' Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 45' Offside, Fulham. Ryan Fredericks tries a through ball, but Moussa Dembele is caught offside.
  • 44' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 44' Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 41' Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Preston North End) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Joe Garner with a headed pass.
  • 38' Offside, Fulham. Joe Lewis tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 38' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 38' Foul by Adam Reach (Preston North End).
  • 36' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 36' Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 35' Attempt blocked. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Kavanagh.
  • 34' Richard Stearman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 34' Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).
  • 33' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 33' Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).
  • 31' Sean Kavanagh (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 31' Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).
  • 30' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.
  • 30' Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 29' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Husband with a cross.
  • 28' Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
  • 25' Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
  • 24' Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
  • 22' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a headed pass.
  • 18' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 17' Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Reach.
  • 15' Attempt blocked. Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Browne.
  • 14' Hand ball by Eoin Doyle (Preston North End).
  • 11' Goal! Fulham 0, Preston North End 1. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.
  • 10' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 9' Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 8' Offside, Fulham. Jamie O'Hara tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 6' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 6' Attempt saved. Eoin Doyle (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.
  • 3' Richard Stearman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 3' Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.