Monday 28 September 2015, 7:00pm at iPro Stadium, Derby
Derby County U21s
Calero 17'; Pearce 65'; McDonald 72'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s

17' Goal

Ivan Calero

65' Goal

Alex Pearce

72' Goal

Shaquille McDonald

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Shaquille McDonald
Off:Alban Bunjaku

55' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jordan Evans
Off:Luke Garbutt

55' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Shane Elworthy
Off:Scott Parker

Fulham fall to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Derby County to bring an end to their winning run.

Fulham Under-21s suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Derby County at the iPro stadium on Monday night to end what had been a perfect September. A victory would have seen the Whites climb one place above Swansea City in the table before the international break.

Peter Grant named a strong team to face the Rams which featured numerous First Team players on the comeback from injury, including Luke Garbutt, Scott Parker and George Williams.

A first half strike from Ivan Calero and then two more in the second half from Alex Pearce and Shaquille McDonald was enough to condemn Fulham to their first loss since August 21st.

Parker featured prominently early on, dictating the play from his holding midfield position and breaking up any Derby advances. The first chance of the match fell to Williams who was played through by Parker, however he failed to get the shot off after some good pressure from Jamie Hanson.

The breakthrough came somewhat against the run of play. Mason Bennett beat Cameron Burgess for pace down the right flank and played a teasing ball into the box. Isak Ssewankambo met the cross with a fierce drive which cannoned off the post and straight into the path of an onrushing Calero, who fired home.    

Fulham came close to an equaliser on 39 minutes. A quick counter attack from the Whites saw Dean O’Halloran haring down the right wing. After a neat interchange with Mattias Kait the ball eventually fell at the feet of Williams, who put his shot straight at the Derby keeper Mitchell from 18 yards out.

Having gained a foothold in the match, Williams was yet again involved after excellent build up play down the left from Tayo Edun. A fizzing ball across the six yard box was gathered by the Welshman but his shot was well blocked by an alert Mitchell in the Derby goal.

As the temperature dropped there was no upturn in fortunes for a tepid Fulham outfit who struggled to get into the game. The hosts were unlucky not to have a penalty on 49 minutes when Burgess appeared to trip a surging Bennett. However, referee Anthony Tankard waved away the protests from the Derby players and coaching staff.

In an attempt to shake things up, Grant made a double change 10 minutes into the second half with Parker and Garbutt replaced by Shane Elworthy and Jordan Evans respectively. The changes failed to turn the tide, though, and in the 65th minute Pearce stabbed home from six yards out following a lofted cross to double the Rams' lead.

Things went from bad to worse for Fulham on 72 minutes. Derby substitute McDonald unleashed a fierce right footed strike from outside the box which flew past Marek Rodak and into the right hand corner.

The match played out with Fulham failing to trouble Mitchell in the Derby goal. Stoic defending stifled the Whites who chased and harried to the bitter end.

Next up for Fulham is a home encounter against Newcastle on the 16th of October at Craven Cottage.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2

Date: Monday 28 September 2015
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: iPro Stadium, Derby

Referee: Anthony Tankard

Derby County U21s

Line-up: Mitchell; Ssewankambo, Pearce, Hanson, Lowe; Guy, Koblenz, Santos, Calero; Bennett, Bunjaku (McDonald 68')

Unused substitutes: Vernam, Mackay, Zanzala, Wassall

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Rodàk; Sheckleford, Pino Soler, Burgess, Garbutt (Evans 55'); Parker (Elworthy 55'), Edun; O'Halloran, Williams, Kait; Walker

Unused substitutes: Dawber, de la Torre

Derby County U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Jonathan Mitchell
  • 2Isak Ssewankambo
  • 5Alex Pearce
  • 6Jamie Hanson
  • 3Max Lowe
  • 7Callum Guy
  • 4Tom Koblenz
  • 8Alefe Santos
  • 11Ivan Calero
  • 10Mason Bennett
  • 9Alban Bunjaku
  • 12Charles Vernam
  • 13Devin Mackay
  • 14Offrande Zanzala
  • 15Shaquille McDonald
  • 16Ethan Wassall
Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Marek Rodàk
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Ian Pino Soler
  • 6Cameron Burgess
  • 3Luke Garbutt
  • 4Scott Parker
  • 8Tayo Edun
  • 7Dean O'Halloran
  • 10George Williams
  • 11Mattias Kait
  • 9Josh Walker
  • 12Andrew Dawber
  • 14Jordan Evans
  • 15Shane Elworthy
  • 16Luca de la Torre
  • 72' McDonald
  • 65' Pearce
  • 17' Calero