The statistics from Wednesday night’s game suggest that a 1-1 draw between Fulham and Rotherham United was a fair result at Craven Cottage.
The visitors started at a remarkable pace and took the lead with just four minutes played when Matt Derbyshire poked home – one of 11 efforts on goal they had throughout the match. Fulham had 13 attempts but fewer on target than the Millers, who found their range on five occasions to our three.
After falling behind, the Whites went close to an instant response when Matt Smith’s shot was cleared off the line and when Bryan Ruiz was denied by United stopper Damien Martinez after being sent through, but other than that all the decent openings went the way of the visitors in the opening 45.
Kirk Broadfoot should have done better with his header following a corner after a quarter of an hour when he nodded straight at Marcus Bettinelli, and the home fans were indebted to their young goalkeeper again on 27 minutes when he denied Derbyshire who had broken clear. That was one of four saves he made during the match, although the pick of them arrived in first-half stoppage time when he got fingertips to Broadfoot’s venomous strike to push it onto the post.
The Whites improved after the break and had twice as many attempts on goal as Rotherham. McCormack was the most active in this department with four efforts in the second period, including his vital 67th-minute equaliser, while substitute Tim Hoogland also proved to be a useful attacking outlet with three attempts.
The visitors produced an energetic display and gave Fulham no time on the ball, yet we still bossed the possession stakes with 54.6 per cent of the play. We also enjoyed an 11 per cent stronger pass accuracy than our opponents, and delivered almost 100 more passes. Rotherham, though, did play a greater ratio of attacking passes, and played one more key pass than Kit Symons’ men.
A lot of Rotherham’s best passages of play came down the left flank and so it’s no surprise that winger Ben Pringle was their busiest player with 68 touches of the ball. It also explains why Fulham right-back Jazz Richards was his team’s most involved individual with 76, which included two successful tackles, three interceptions and an above average pass accuracy of 84 per cent.