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Fulham 3-0 Derby County: Aleksandar Mitrovic nets 13th Championship goal of season

Bobby Decordova-Reid scores against Derby
Bobby Decordova-Reid's opener against Derby was his first goal for Fulham since joining on loan from Cardiff in August

Aleksandar Mitrovic's 13th league goal of the season helped send Fulham third in the Championship as they condemned outclassed Derby to a fourth straight away defeat.

Mitrovic, the division's leading scorer, headed home Ivan Cavaleiro's corner just before half-time to add to Bobby Decordova-Reid's early opener and reward Fulham's first-half dominance.

Decordova-Reid got in front of the Derby defence to poke home Aboubakar Kamara's inviting cross after just seven minutes to put the Cottagers on the way to a third successive win.

Serbia striker Mitrovic should have added to his tally in the second half but headed a good chance over before turning provider late on, setting up Tom Cairney to slot home Fulham's third.

Rams keeper Kelle Roos was hesitant to come off his line for both of Fulham's close-range goals but made fine stops from Kamara, Cavaleiro and Mitrovic to prevent Derby's margin of defeat being greater.

While Mitrovic, back from a one-game ban, again found the net, Kamara - keeping his place after scoring twice as a stand-in against QPR - equally caught the eye for the dominant hosts.

The French striker, continuing his return from exile after being arrested following a training-ground clash in January, was at the heart of Fulham's best moves before limping off in the second half.

Derby boss Phillip Cocu, meanwhile, will hope the impending introduction of Wayne Rooney into the coaching set-up can help provide a cure to their travel sickness.

The Rams have won their past five games at Pride Park, including the past four without conceding, but have suffered four straight away defeats, drawing a blank each time, and have not won on the road in the league since the opening day.

They could have remedied that before Decordova-Reid's opener but Tom Lawrence scuffed wide when well placed and the Rams failed to register a single shot on target, with Lawrence and Martyn Waghorn both wayward with late efforts.

Fulham manager Scott Parker told BBC Radio London:

"Today was tough, we played in a short space of time this week and it was always going to be tough physically for us.

"I thought we executed everything we spoke about in the last few days, I don't think they had any shots on target and we really executed in the final third.

"I'm really pleased with the team and really pleased with the lads, it's a good result."

Derby boss Phillip Cocu told BBC Radio Derby:

"It's not good enough, because if we can avoid conceding from set-pieces, we'd have many more points than we have at the moment.

"After six minutes, the set-piece, I have to see it back, but I think it's a mistake. Then they had what they wanted. They were leading so they didn't really need to [attack].

"They tried to get us out and then they play in that strength with Mitrovic, so they can play the short game, get some midfielders out of position, then play direct. They're difficult to stop."

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Rodák
  • 4Odoi
  • 5Mawson
  • 13Ream
  • 23Bryan
  • 8Johansen
  • 10Cairney
  • 47KamaraSubstituted forKnockaertat 54'minutes
  • 14De Cordova-ReidSubstituted forOnomahat 60'minutes
  • 19CavaleiroBooked at 34minsSubstituted forChristieat 80'minutes
  • 9Mitrovic

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 6McDonald
  • 7Kebano
  • 22Christie
  • 24Knockaert
  • 25Onomah
  • 33O'Riley

Derby

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21Roos
  • 37Bogle
  • 33Davies
  • 3ForsythBooked at 45mins
  • 25Lowe
  • 17EvansSubstituted forDowellat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5Bielik
  • 9Waghorn
  • 23HolmesSubstituted forMarriottat 77'minutes
  • 10Lawrence
  • 19MartinSubstituted forWhittakerat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Paterson
  • 8Dowell
  • 12Hamer
  • 14Marriott
  • 41Bird
  • 46Malone
  • 49Whittaker
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
16,856

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 3, Derby County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 3, Derby County 0.

  3. Post update

    Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Derby County).

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Marriott (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Max Lowe with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Morgan Whittaker (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Booking

    Kieran Dowell (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Dowell (Derby County).

  10. Post update

    Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lawrence (Derby County).

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Fulham 3, Derby County 0. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kieran Dowell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Lawrence.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kieran Dowell.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Cyrus Christie replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

  17. Post update

    Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Dowell (Derby County).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Fulham. Marek Rodák tries a through ball, but Ivan Cavaleiro is caught offside.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds18114324101437
2West Brom17106131181336
3Fulham1895429181132
4Preston1794431181331
5Swansea188642318530
6Nottm Forest168532013729
7Bristol City177822521429
8Brentford178362213927
9Sheff Wed177462216625
10Cardiff186752625125
11Millwall186752224-225
12QPR177372732-524
13Derby186661924-524
14Charlton186572523223
15Hull176562523223
16Birmingham177281722-523
17Blackburn176382326-321
18Reading175391922-318
19Huddersfield184682026-618
20Luton1852112533-817
21Wigan1844101628-1216
22Middlesbrough172871523-814
23Stoke1842121931-1214
24Barnsley1716101836-189
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