Tuesday 14 March 2017, 7:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Sone Aluko 45'; Cyriac 86'
Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers
2
Conway (pen) 79'; Lucas João 90'+4

45' Goal

Sone Aluko
Assist by Stefan Johansen

86' Goal

Cyriac
Assist by Ryan Fredericks

49' Yellow Card

Ryan Fredericks Card was given for a foul

62' Yellow Card

Kevin McDonald Card was given for a foul

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Martin
Off:Scott Malone

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cyriac
Off:Stefan Johansen

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Denis Odoi
Off:Neeskens Kebano

79' Penalty

Craig Conway

90'+4 Goal

Lucas João
Assist by Derrick Williams

40' Yellow Card

Danny Guthrie Card was given for a foul

63' Yellow Card

Darragh Lenihan

83' Yellow Card

Marvin Emnes Card was given for a foul

90'+5 Yellow Card

Lucas João Card was given for celebrating in an unsporting manner

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lucas João
Off:Danny Graham

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Connor Mahoney
Off:Elliott Bennett

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Liam Feeney
Off:Craig Conway

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Fulham missed the chance to move into the Play-Off places after being held to a 2-2 draw by Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday.

Fulham missed the chance to move into the Play-Off places after being held to a 2-2 draw by Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday evening.

Sone Aluko fired his side in front at Craven Cottage on the stroke of half-time, but Blackburn improved after the break and drew level through Craig Conway’s penalty.

The Whites thought they’d won it when Cyriac opened his account for the Club in style after coming off the bench, but fellow substitute Lucas Joao broke hearts when he bundled in at the death.

The draw moved Fulham to within a point of the top-six, but the overriding emotion around the ground was one of disappointment.

After winning so convincingly in Newcastle three days earlier, Slaviša Jokanović made just one change to his team, with Ryan Fredericks coming in for Denis Odoi.

After Marvin Emnes had seen his half chance blocked at the Hammy End, Fulham created the first really decent opening of the game 10 minutes in. Stefan Johansen clipped a cross to the far post where Tim Ream stooped to head back across goal to Aluko, whose flick deflected just wide.

Some neat passing in the middle and good work on the overlap created several jaunts into the Rovers area, but the Whites were unable to fashion a proper shooting chance.

Midway through the half a clever ball over the top looked to release Aluko, but goalkeeper Jason Steele did brilliantly to beat the ball off his toe.

Blackburn threatened shortly after when Elliott Bennett stood a cross up to the far post where Conway was waiting to deliver a fine half volley that was smartly parried by David Button.

Danny Guthrie was shown the game’s first card five minutes before the break when the former Fulham loanee scythed down Kebano when he was in full flight down the right flank.

All the play was in Blackburn’s half and the hosts got the opening goal their positive play merited just before the break when Cairney found Johansen in space down the left, and he cut the ball back to Aluko who confidently lashed in a first time effort after darting in from the right.

Fredericks was yellow carded four minutes after the restart when Conway nicked the ball past him and was caught by the full-back’s leg as he went for the tackle. The free-kick was in a dangerous position and for a moment it looked as though Bennett’s delivery might drop into the far corner, but thankfully it drifted a yard wide.

Just before the hour mark Bennett cut in from the left and drilled a bobbling strike towards goal from 20 yards that was well watched and saved by Button.

The visitors then replaced Danny Graham with Joao, who scored twice after coming off the bench at the weekend. Fulham also made their first change as Chris Martin took the place of Scott Malone.

In the 62nd minute McDonald was booked after he mistimed his challenge on Conway. Darragh Lenihan followed him into the referee’s notepad shortly after for a blatant handball.

Johansen took the free-kick but it was cleared straight back to him, and his audacious volley that followed deserved better than to drop a couple of yards wide of the far post.

In the 68th minute Joao sent a header over the bar after meeting Conway’s delivery, but Fulham were incensed after Johansen was clearly fouled by Jason Lowe in the build-up.

Rovers’ second change saw Bennett make way for Connor Mahoney.

Joao had proven a handful since his introduction and he was able to have another go with his head from a 72nd minute Mahoney corner, but he nodded down into the well positioned Button.

Four minutes later the crowd urged Sessegnon to shoot when the ball fell to him on the corner of the area. He duly obliged and his ferocious effort needed beating away by the fists of Steele.

With 12 minutes to play Blackburn were awarded a penalty when Tomas Kalas took man before ball as he challenged Emnes in the area. Conway stepped up and cracked his spot-kick straight down the middle.

Johansen then dragged a shot wide from the edge of the box following a Martin flick. The midfielder was then replaced by Cyriac.

A cynical foul saw Emnes cautioned in the 83rd minute when he kicked out at McDonald as he tried to break.

The game was anyone’s but it was Fulham who seized the initiative and restored their lead. Aluko released Fredericks who’d ignored any tiredness to burst beyond his man. His cross was slightly behind Cyriac but the striker demonstrated wonderful technique to drill a splendid snapshot inside the near post.

Jokanović then replaced Kebano with Denis Odoi, before Blackburn brought on Liam Feeney for Conway.

Joao drew another save from Button in the third minute of stoppage time, and he had the final say a minute later when he arrived at the far post to divert Derrick Williams’ ball into the back of the net.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Tuesday 14 March 2017
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 15,487

Referee: Andy Davies

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Malone (Martin 61'); Cairney, McDonald, Johansen (Cyriac 81'); Kebano (Odoi 87'), Sone Aluko, Ryan Sessegnon

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Madl, Sigurdsson, Petsos

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Blackburn Rovers

Line-up: Steele; Nyambe, Lenihan, Hoban, Williams; Elliott Bennett (Mahoney 69'), Lowe, Guthrie, Conway (Feeney 89'); Danny Graham (Lucas João 60'), Emnes

Unused substitutes: Raya Martin, Brown, Akpan, Tomlinson

Manager: Tony Mowbray

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Newcastle United 37 77
2 Brighton and Hove Albion 37 77
3 Huddersfield Town 36 71
4 Leeds United 37 66
5 Reading 37 64
6 Sheffield Wednesday 37 62
7 Fulham 37 61
8 Preston North End 37 56
9 Norwich City 37 54
10 Derby County 37 52
11 Barnsley 37 51
12 Aston Villa 37 48
13 Cardiff City 37 48
14 Brentford 37 47
15 Queens Park Rangers 37 47
16 Ipswich Town 37 45
17 Birmingham City 37 44
18 Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 42
19 Burton Albion 37 41
20 Nottingham Forest 37 40
21 Blackburn Rovers 37 39
22 Bristol City 37 38
23 Wigan Athletic 37 34
24 Rotherham United 37 17
Goals
2
2
Total Shots
12
13
Shots On Target
4
6
Passing Accuracy
85%
76%
Fouls
5
9
Corners
7
6
Offsides
1
3
Bookings
2
4
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 27David Button
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 3Scott Malone
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 14Stefan Johansen
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • 30Ryan Sessegnon
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 17Ragnar Sigurdsson
  • 33Thanos Petsos
  • 9Cyriac
  • 25Chris Martin
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Blackburn Rovers (4-4-2)
  • 1Jason Steele
  • 24Ryan Nyambe
  • 26Darragh Lenihan
  • 4Tommie Hoban
  • 5Derrick Williams
  • 31Elliott Bennett
  • 6Jason Lowe
  • 23Danny Guthrie
  • 32Craig Conway
  • 12Danny Graham
  • 17Marvin Emnes
Substitutes
  • 33David Raya Martin
  • 30Wes Brown
  • 7Liam Feeney
  • 21Hope Akpan
  • 27Willem Tomlinson
  • 28Connor Mahoney
  • 18Lucas João
Manager
  • Tony Mowbray
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 2.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.
  • 90'+5' Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.
  • 90'+4' Goal! Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 2. Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Derrick Williams with a cross.
  • 90'+4' Attempt saved. Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Derrick Williams.
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas João.
  • 90'+1' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 89' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Liam Feeney replaces Craig Conway.
  • 88' Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross.
  • 87' Substitution, Fulham. Denis Odoi replaces Neeskens Kebano.
  • 86' Goal! Fulham 2, Blackburn Rovers 1. Cyriac (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.
  • 83' Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 83' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 83' Foul by Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 83' Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 81' Substitution, Fulham. Cyriac replaces Stefan Johansen.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Martin.
  • 79' Goal! Fulham 1, Blackburn Rovers 1. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.
  • 78' Penalty conceded by Tomas Kalas (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 78' Penalty Blackburn Rovers. Marvin Emnes draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 76' Attempt saved. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano.
  • 72' Attempt saved. Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross.
  • 72' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Neeskens Kebano.
  • 71' Attempt blocked. Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marvin Emnes.
  • 71' Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomas Kalas.
  • 69' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Connor Mahoney replaces Elliott Bennett.
  • 67' Attempt missed. Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.
  • 65' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Lucas João tries a through ball, but Craig Conway is caught offside.
  • 64' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.
  • 63' Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.
  • 63' Hand ball by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 63' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Foul by Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 62' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 62' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 62' Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 62' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 62' Foul by Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 61' Substitution, Fulham. Chris Martin replaces Scott Malone.
  • 60' Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lucas João replaces Danny Graham.
  • 60' Hand ball by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 59' Attempt saved. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Conway.
  • 55' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tommie Hoban.
  • 51' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.
  • 49' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 48' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 48' Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.
  • 45' Goal! Fulham 1, Blackburn Rovers 0. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a fast break.
  • 43' Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross.
  • 40' Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 40' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 40' Foul by Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 39' Foul by Scott Malone (Fulham).
  • 39' Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 37' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Danny Guthrie.
  • 36' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 34' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 34' Foul by Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 28' Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano.
  • 27' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 27' Foul by Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 26' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano.
  • 25' Attempt blocked. Tommie Hoban (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross.
  • 25' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
  • 24' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 24' Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross.
  • 21' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Jason Steele tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.
  • 19' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.
  • 19' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.
  • 17' Attempt missed. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross following a corner.
  • 17' Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 12' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.
  • 11' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 11' Foul by Tommie Hoban (Blackburn Rovers).
  • 10' Offside, Fulham. Stefan Johansen tries a through ball, but Ryan Sessegnon is caught offside.
  • 10' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Danny Graham.
  • 10' Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Tim Ream with a headed pass.
  • 9' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Elliott Bennett.
  • 4' Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Marvin Emnes tries a through ball, but Craig Conway is caught offside.
  • 4' Attempt blocked. Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 2' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.