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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Fulham | BBC 17 Jan 16:18

Chelsea's Piazon extends Fulham loan

Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon extends his loan spell at Championship side Fulham until the end of the season.

ESPN FC - Fulham News 17 Jan 15:25

Lucas Piazon's loan at Fulham from Chelsea extended

Lucas Piazon has had several loan spells away from Chelsea. Chelsea's Lucas Piazon has had his loan deal at Fulham extended until the end of the current season. Piazon, 22, joined Fulham in the summer and has since made 15 Championship appearances, scoring three goals. The Club is delighted to confirm that @LucasPiazon's loan deal has been extended until the end of the season > https://t.co/GO5DVPAb3x pic.twitter.com/PCACHJPpYZ - Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) January 17, 2017 The Brazilian forward joined Chelsea from Sao Paulo in 2012 and he has since...

Fulham F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 16 Jan 11:34

Chelsea transfer news: Lucas Piazon extends Fulham loan to the end of the season

Chelsea and the player believe his development will be better served remaining at Fulham, where he has netted four goals in 17 appearances in all competitions.

ESPN FC - Fulham News 14 Jan 20:44

Fulham end Barnsley's recent impressive run with Sky Bet Championship success

Fulham Barnsley 2 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Fulham ended the recent good run of form by Barnsley, running out comfortable 2-0 winners in the Sky Bet Championship match at Craven Cottage.Chris Martin opened the scoring from the penalty spot just before half-time, before Scott Malone doubled the lead 10 minutes into the second half, as the Tykes - who had won five of their previous seven league matches - left south-west London empty-handed.Fulham started off at a furious pace, and Tom Cairney aimed his fourth minute effort straight at goalkeeper...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Fulham | BBC 14 Jan 18:18

Fulham 2-0 Barnsley

Fulham's unsettled striker Chris Martin scores one goal and sets up another on his return to help beat Barnsley.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Fulham | BBC 13 Jan 19:24

Accrington sign Fulham keeper Rodak

Accrington Stanley sign goalkeeper Marek Rodak on loan from Championship side Fulham until the end of the season.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Fulham | BBC 13 Jan 12:09

Fulham's Jozabed makes Celta loan move

Fulham midfielder Jozabed joins Spanish La Liga side Celta Vigo on loan until the end of the season.

Fulham – teamtalk.com 9 Jan 21:24

Teams learn their opponents after FA Cup fourth round draw

FA Cup holders Manchester United will play 2013 winners Wigan, while Chelsea face a London derby, following the fourth round draw of the competition.

Non-league sides Sutton United and Lincoln will both have home advantage in the FA Cup fourth round provided they win their third-round replays against Wimbledon and Ipswich respectively.

Sutton will welcome Cambridge or Leeds to Gander Green Lane if they see off the Dons at the second attempt, while Lincoln’s reward would be a home clash with Championship promotion chasers Brighton.

Chelsea will face Brentford in a west-London derby at Stamford Bridge, Manchester United welcome Wigan to Old Trafford and Manchester City travel to face either Crystal Palace or Bolton.

The winners of the replay between Plymouth and Liverpool will face Wolves, who pulled off one of the biggest shocks in round three with their win at Stoke.

Tottenham v Wycombe

Derby v Leicester

Oxford v Birmingham/Newcastle

Sutton/AFC Wimbledon v Cambridge or Leeds

Liverpool/Plymouth v Wolves

Souhampton/Norwich v Arsenal

Ipswich/Lincoln v Brighton

Chelsea v Brentford

Manchester United v Wigan

Millwall v Watford

Rochdale v Huddersfield

Sunderland/Burnley v Bristol City/Fleetwood

Blackburn v Barnsley/Blackpool

Fulham v Hull

Middlesbrough v Accrington Stanley

Bolton/Crystal Palace v Manchester City

Matches to be played January 27-30

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Fulham – teamtalk.com 9 Jan 15:35

Monday Verdict: Why is Rooney so dimly viewed despite United record?

Why Wayne Rooney’s record-equalling heroics could now mean goodbye at Man Utd, while Mark Hughes, Leeds on TV and Jurgen Klopp’s selections are also discussed.

Rooney’s achievements special – yet why is he subject to disdain?

Love him, loathe him or simply think his better days are long behind him, football supporters around the world should stop to applaud the achievements of Wayne Rooney for equaling Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record for Manchester United.

Why? Well aside from the obvious, there’s plenty of contributing factors that make Rooney’s record extra special.

But before you simply discard the player as ‘way past his best‘ just stop and think about what the player has achieved in his career….

The break down of how Rooney’s goals were scored, and who they came against can be seen herebut in the meantime, ponder these facts.

  • In the last 12 seasons, Rooney has scored more than double figures in each and ever season
  • His lowest tally in that time was the 14 he scored in 2014/15; the highest was the 34 in 2009/10 and 2011/12
  • Rooney is Manchester United’s top goalscorer in European competitions with 39
  • Rooney’s 249 goals came in 543 games – a strike rate of a goal every 2.18 games
  • (Sir Bobby’s 249 goals came in 758 games – a strike rate of a goal every 3.04 games)
  • Of Rooney’s 249 goals, only 26 have come from the penalty spot

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In addition, witnessing a player breaking or equaling his club’s record goals tally is not something that comes around every day. Charlton’s record stood for 44 years, before Rooney matched it on Saturday.

Looking at the record goalscorers of some of the UK’s other biggest clubs, tells you all you need to know about these records and how rarely these feats are broken.

  • Arsenal’s top scorer: Thierry Henry, 228 goals
  • Aston Villa’s top scorer: Billy Walker, 244 goals
  • Celtic’s top scorer: Jimmy McGrory, 522 goals
  • Chelsea’s top scorer: Frank Lampard,211 goals
  • Everton’s top scorer: Dixie Dean, 383 goals
  • Leeds’ top scorer: Peter Lorimer, 238 goals
  • Liverpool’s top scorer: Ian Rush, 346 goals
  • Man City’s top scorer: Eric Brook, 177 goals
  • Newcastle’s top scorer: Alan Shearer, 206 goals
  • Nottingham Forest’s top scorer: Grenville Morris, 217 goals
  • Rangers’ top scorer: Ally McCoist, 355 goals
  • Tottenham’s top scorer: Jimmy Greaves, 266 goals
  • West Ham’s top scorer: Vic Watson, 326 goals


Be honest: would you have known all these? Had you even heard of all these?

So no matter what your thoughts are about Rooney, his efforts stand the test of time. Depressing as it sounds, it’s also quite possible you may never see a goalscorer of his ilk at Manchester United again in your lifetime.

And yet, remarkably, there are plenty in the game – Manchester United supporters aside – who see fit to criticise the player or even make light of his achievements. The tabloid press don’t help his cause – you only have to remember the recent England drinking scandal – to see why the player has, more than most, had to win over the doubters.

And yes, while his better days are behind him – the very notion he’s no longer considered first choice these days proves that – you cannot take away what is a remarkable achievement. You can see Martin Samuel and the other Sunday Supplement panelists praise the player here.

Yes, he might have attracted negative publicity over the years, and yes, some of his lifestyle choices have been questioned. However, Rooney’s record stands the test of time and for that he deserves applauding. If nothing else, the longevity of the man – to play for so long at a club of Manchester United’s standing – deserves a tip of the cap.

As a final thought, I’d suggested before that Rooney might seek one last challenge in his career once he broke Manchester United’s all-time top scoring record. He’s been a brilliant player for Manchester United for so long now – but the time is now coming to say his farewells – and he can do so with his head held high. It’d be best not to risk that by dwindling even further past his best….

While I can’t see him leaving the club this window, a move this summer surely now cannot be ruled out. The Chinese Super League obviously cannot be ruled such are the vast sums he could earn. But family man Rooney seems unlikely to move his family across the other side of the world just for the sake of a little extra coin….

Wayne Rooney: The day he scored that goal against Arsenal

To me, there’s only one place the player can finish his career – and that’s right back where it all started, as that fresh-faced, freckled and slightly chubby kid we once saw at boyhood club Everton back in 2002. Having been lured to Manchester United after just 77 appearances for the club, there’s a sense of feeling that Rooney has an unwritten chapter left in him and Goodison – and that’s the only place I can see him winding down the final stages of a tremendous career.

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Klopp selection should be applauded, not criticised

Liverpool: Frustrated at Anfield

Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with League Two Plymouth on Sunday was certainly one of the shocks of FA Cup third-round weekend and the plucky Pilgrims can take fantastic memories away from their trip to Anfield, regardless of how the replay at Home Park turns out next week.

Some Reds supporters have been quick to criticise Jurgen Klopp for not picking a side strong enough to get the job done at Anfield and ultimately leaving the club with an extra match they could a) do without and b) one where the travel alone will take plenty out of them.

But rather than chastise Klopp for selecting Liverpool’s youngest side in their history, fans should applaud the German for being bold enough to select a team containing five academy products and with an average age of 21 years, 296 days (who works these out by the way!?..)

And a similar selection had done the business against Leeds in the EFL Cup quarter-finals recently, so Klopp had every reason to expect the side he choose could have made progress.

That certainly bodes well for Liverpool’s future, not just with the kids being deemed good enough to break through, but also in that they’ve got a manager in charge prepared to give them that chance. It’s a tale all too unfamiliar at other clubs, who seem quite happy to stockpile up these youngsters before sending them out on numerous loans, with little, or no intention to ever blood them. And for that, Liverpool should be applauded.

Let’s make the domination count in the second half, Reds!#LIVPLY pic.twitter.com/xhIeb1zCNe

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 8, 2017

One word of caution for Liverpool and Klopp, however, to contend with. This is the third time this season where the club have completely dominated possession and failed to win the match (the others being at Burnley and the recent 2-2 draw at Sunderland).

Something for the boss to be concerned with? You’d have to say probably not, and it’s unlikely the German will abandon his philosophies for a more direct approach any time soon.

Klopp is likely to pick a similar side for the replay – and while there are those who fear they could come croppers at a tricky away venue against a fired-up opponent, I’d back Liverpool and their kids all the way to progress.


Has Hughes taken Stoke as far as he can?

Mark Hughes: Fuming at Stoke's recent defending

Stoke are never going to win the league, they’re also unlikely to get relegated any time soon, which means runs in the domestic cup competitions are probably about as much excitement as the club can probably expect. This is by no means a dig; Stoke should be applauded for the way the club is run and for the way in which they’ve solidified their place in the Premier League. There’s a number of clubs who’d give their right arm to swap places with the Potters, that’s for sure.

? Wolves take the lead at Stoke! Paul Lambert just checking if Mark Hughes is OK. #Wolves pic.twitter.com/C2wgirmYse

— TEAMtalk (@TEAMtalk) January 7, 2017

However, Saturday’s third-round exit at home to Championship Wolves just simply wasn’t acceptable. It was their second third-round cup exit this season, with the defeat to Paul Lambert’s side effectively ending their season before mid-January.

So what is there to break the monotony now of another mid-table finish? OK, so the challenge is there to try and better their three successive ninth-placed finishes, but does that really whet the appetite for their fans?

@ChiefDelilah We’ll win games and may still get top 10 (league is crap), but I don’t foresee anything to get excited about before May.

— Mark Holmes (@Homzy) January 8, 2017

Several of them questioned Mark Hughes’ selection after Saturday’s defeat and while the Welshman is unlikely to lose his job any time soon, might a change be needed in the summer to give their fans a little excitement and the club, a change of direction?

Stoke sit 11th in the Premier League table, but they have beaten just six teams this season. The league positions of that sextet are: 12th, 14th, 18th, 19th and 20th. Oh, and 15th. In League Two. Hughes might well have taken the club as far as he can.


TV companies the biggest winner of possible Leeds promotion

Be totally honest with yourself: how many of you would want to see Leeds United back in the Premier League? True, the Yorkshiremen are among the most hated of clubs among rival fans – but having the Whites back among the elite would be great for the Premier League. The feistiness of some of the games just by having the presence back among the elite would be tremendously refreshing alone.

It’d also give the TV companies lots of scope too. Leeds are right up there when it comes to their matches being screened live too.

They kick-off the week live on TV with their FA Cup clash at Cambridge live on BT Sports; they end the working week with their Championship clash with Derby live on Sky Sports.

In fact, the Whites have been on TV nine times already this season; that total being 11 by the end of the week. That’s almost a third of all their matches being broadcast live. Only Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd and Tottenham have been shown more often.

In addition, by the time Friday rolls around, 8 of their last 12 games will have been selected for live TV broadcast.

So as Garry Monk’s side make their best fist at returning to the top flight in 11 years, it isn’t just their fans, or even rival fans (secretly) hoping they can return, it’s the TV companies who stand to benefit the most.


Young Fulham talent worthy of all the praise

Fulham came from behind to beat Cardiff early on Sunday and it was Ryan Sessegnon who struck the winner, becoming one of the tournament’s youngest-ever goalscorers at 16 years and 235 days old.

Sessegnon has impressed for the Cottagers and manager Slavisa Jokanovic has urged the club to tie the defender down on a long-term deal.

The England Under-17 international will only gain more interest after starring once more, having also struck against the Bluebirds in the league meeting between the pair earlier in the season.

Sessegnon was just two days old when Chelsea lifted the FA Cup by beating Aston Villa 1-0 at Wembley in the 2000 final but has already achieved his own moment of history in the competition.


James Marshment

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Fulham – teamtalk.com 9 Jan 12:54

Ref Review: The debatable decisions from FA Cup 3rd rd weekend

Our panel discuss Divock Origi’s disallowed goal for Liverpool, John Terry’s red card and a number of other controversies in the FA Cup third round.

Refereeing decisions are regularly the source of debate among fans, pundits, players and managers so this season a five-strong TEAMtalk panel will be passing judgement on every red card (or avoidance of one), every penalty and any other major incident every matchday.

We’ll also decide on a weekly basis which side can consider themselves most fortunate and which was the easiest decision for a match official to make.


Manchester City penalty v West Ham

In the end Pep Guardiola’s men put on a footballing clinic as they dissected West Ham and ran out easy winners at the London Stadium.

However their opening goal was plenty contentious. Pablo Zabaleta went over in the area but seemed to fall over Angelo Ogbonna’s standing leg. It was a little clumsy from Ogbonna but cynics would suggest Zabaleta was always looking for a foul. On reflection the penalty looked uber harsh as Ogbonna doesn’t actually commit and make a challenge.

Sofiane Feghouli’s miss to immediately right this wrong just seconds later however is also surely an early candidate for the 2017 Barn d’Or!

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Joey Barton yellow card v Sunderland

The controversial midfielder/author/social media philosopher was making a second debut for Burnley on a chillingly cold day on Wearside. He could not inspire the Clarets to victory over the Black Cats on Wearside but he could get his name taken late on for a cynical challenge on Adnan Januzaj. And he can have few complaints.

Verdict: Correct decision


Sunderland penalty appeal v Burnley

Jermain Defoe: In demand

A replay in East Lancashire is probably the last thing either boss would have wanted given the depth of their respective squads and it was almost averted as Jermain Defoe showed the Clarets defence a clean pair of heels before being bundled over literally centimetres inside the box.

Referee Stuart Atwell had a long hard look, before awarding Burnley a free-kick. Defoe looked astonished, but truth be told his appeal never looked that convincing.

Verdict: Correct decision

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Norwich City penalty v Southampton

When teenage Saints goalkeeper Harry Lewis eventually winds down his career it’s debatable whether his senior debut will linger long on the old highlights reel DVD.

That’s because he conceded a sloppy penalty at Carrow Road when taking a heavy touch from a straightforward back pass from Virgil van Dijk and allowing Cameron Jerome to nip in. Lewis then clattered into Jerome in the area and referee Chris Kavanagh had little choice but to point to the spot.

Verdict: Correct decision


Liverpool disallowed goal v Plymouth

The Reds, fielding their youngster starting XI in their illustrious history, dominated possession against the Pilgrims but could not find a way through despite huffing and puffing at Anfield.

They thought they had when Divock Origi slammed home from eight yards out after 21 minutes. However he was all over Gary Miller like a rash and was rightly called for using his arms to get above the defender.

Verdict: Correct decision


READ MORE: Klopp should get credit for bold Liverpool selection


John Terry red card v Peterborough

The Blues were 3-0 up and cruising at Stamford Bridge when Lee Angol went through for the Posh with just John Terry  for company.

The former England defender, showing all of his 36 years, waded in with a challenge that was more Dog & Duck than FA Cup.

The Chelsea skipper was making his 50th FA Cup appearance but there was no room for sentiment from the referee. Terry was the last man and he simply had to go.


Verdict: Correct decision


Ryan Sessegnon goal v Cardiff City

To anyone over the age of 30 it seems crazy to think that a boy born in the year 2000 would be casually scoring the winner in an FA Cup third round tie. That’s exactly what happened on Sunday though as 16-year-old prodigy Sessegnon tapped home for the Cottagers.

I think it was Mark Twain who said ‘Never let the truth get in the way of a good story’ and referee Andy Woolmer and his assistants must have had this in mind after failing to spot that the youngster was marginally offside before he brushed the winner home.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


READ MORE: Sessegnon gives FA Cup a fairytale twist


Daniel Ayala red card v Sheffield Wednesday

Middlesbrough’s fans had only just stopped celebrating their opening goal against the Owls when Ayala was shown a controversial straight red card for bringing down Fernando Forestieri.

The Spaniard was making his first start since a 0-0 draw with Arsenal on October 22 and can count himself very unlucky. He definitely checked Forestieri and brought him down rather unceremoniously but he was at least 25 yards from goal and not even the last man so it’s difficult to see how whistler David Coote arrived at such a decision.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Team most likely to feel brassed off award

Cardiff City

Boss Neil Warnock claimed afterwards that he “struggled to get out of bed” for this FA Cup tie and with comments like that it’s debatable whether he will be losing any sleep over their 2-1 home defeat to Fulham.

The bottom line is though Fulham’s winner looked marginally offside so the home fans in a low crowd of 5,199 will perhaps have a right to feel aggrieved that their FA Cup dreams are over for another season.

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Stonewall decision of the week

John Terry red card

Antonio Conte: John Terry red card 'undeserved'

The former England defender pleaded for clemency to ref Kevin Friend before seeing red but the decision was fairly straightforward.

It was Terry’s first game for over two months and while his manager has hinted at a possible appeal, the veteran defender offered few complaints as he left the field with Chelsea already out of sight against Peterborough.

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Fulham F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 9 Jan 12:22

Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn and Everton's Tom Davies among young players who started in the FA Cup

Some of the attendances were low and only a few matches caught the eye, but the third round of the FA Cup did see a host of young players given opportunities to impress managers and fans alike.

Fulham F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 8 Jan 23:42

This is how many turn up when the BBC switch your game to 11.30am on a Sunday... Cardiff's Neil Warnock blasts early kick-off time

RALPH ELLIS AT CARDIFF CITY STADIUM: When it comes to killing the magic of the FA Cup, BBC Wales is like Lord Voldemort to Harry Potter. And they really didn't help matters on Sunday.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Fulham | BBC 8 Jan 17:54

Warnock 'not excited' by Cardiff cup tie

With just 5,199 fans at Cardiff's defeat by Fulham, boss Neil Warnock says he "struggled to get out of bed" for the tie.

ESPN FC - Fulham News 8 Jan 14:40

Ryan Sessegnon, 16, delivers FA Cup win for Fulham at Cardiff

Cardiff City Fulham 1 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Ryan Sessegnon became one of the youngest goalscorers in FA Cup history with the winner in Fulham's 2-1 victory at Cardiff. The 16-year-old tapped home from close range as Fulham came from behind to win, with Stefan Johansen having cancelled out Anthony Pilkington's deflected free-kick. It was the second time Cardiff had witnessed the promise of the England Under-17 international -- who was born in May 2000 -- as Sessegnon scored his first senior goal against them in August. On that occasion Sessegnon...

Fulham F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 8 Jan 14:26

Cardiff City 1-2 Fulham: Teenager Ryan Sessegnon hits winner on his FA Cup debut as visitors seal comeback

RALPH ELLIS AT THE CARDIFF CITY STADIUM: The 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon scored on his FA Cup debut to complete the comeback for Fulham at Cardiff City and book their place in round four.

Fulham F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 7 Jan 23:31

FA Cup third round digest: Premier League clubs suffer whilst supporters stay away

It's that magic time of year where the Premier League big guns join the minnows of English football in the FA Cup third round and Saturday's fixtures were rife with action.

Fulham – teamtalk.com 2 Jan 18:32

Brighton reclaim top spot after recovering to beat Fulham

Brighton extended their unbeaten run to 18 games after Lewis Dunk capped a dramatic comeback to seal a 2-1 victory at Fulham and sent them back to the top of the Championship.

The visitors were trailing to Lucas Piazon’s 55th-minute opening goal after Brighton keeper David Stockdale had earlier denied his former club by saving a first-half penalty from Stefan Johansen.

But Fulham – who were again without Chris Martin after the striker had made himself unavailable for Friday’s meeting with Reading – were unable to hold on to their lead and were undone when Brighton struck two goals in two minutes with Tomer Hemed levelling from the penalty spot before Dunk headed the 75th-minute winner.

Chris Hughton’s side had been second best for much of the game but Fulham paid the price for failing to make more of their early dominance.

Brighton, meanwhile, made the most of Newcastle’s failure to beat Blackburn to reclaim top spot.

Martin – who is keen to return to parent club Derby despite having joined Fulham on a season-long loan – was replaced by Matt Smith at the head of the home side’s attack.

And Smith quickly made his physical presence felt, unsettling the Brighton defence and playing a role in the move that led to Albion right-back Bruno conceding the 14th-minute penalty.

Smith’s height caused confusion among the visiting backline who failed to clear Kevin McDonald’s cross, with Bruno handling the loose ball under pressure from Scott Malone.

Referee Stuart Attwell awarded the penalty but Stockdale prevented his side from falling behind when he dived to his right to save against his former club.

Fulham continued to dominate and finally found a way past Stockdale 10 minutes after the restart when Tom Cairney’s pass picked out Piazon on the edge of the Brighton box.

The on-loan Chelsea midfielder moved the ball onto his right foot before curling a low shot inside the far post for his fourth Fulham goal.

Piazon could have added a second when he directed a header straight at Stockdale before Brighton finally threatened through Sam Baldock whose attempted chip was well saved by David Button.

Baldock made way for Hemed and the arrival of the substitute triggered Brighton’s comeback.

The Israel international was on hand to pick up a loose ball after Anthony Knockaert’s 73rd-minute forward run was halted but was then brought down by Ragnar Sigurdsson and converted from the spot when the referee awarded his second penalty of the game.

Then two minutes later Brighton were ahead when Button could only parry Knockaert’s shot and Dunk – who had started the move with a run from deep – followed up to head home.

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ESPN FC - Fulham News 2 Jan 18:07

Fulham 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Fulham Brighton & Hove Albion 1 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Lewis Dunk capped a dramatic Brighton comeback to seal a 2-1 victory at Fulham that extended their unbeaten run to 18 games and moved them back to the head of the Championship table.The visitors were trailing to Lucas Piazon's 55th-minute opening goal after Brighton keeper David Stockdale had earlier denied his former club by saving a first-half penalty from Stefan Johansen.But Fulham - who were again without Chris Martin after the striker had made himself unavailable for Friday's meeting with Reading...

ESPN FC - Fulham News 30 Dec 22:30

Reading 0-0 Fulham

Reading Fulham 0 0 Aban Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Reading's Championship match with Fulham was abandoned at half-time, with the score at 0-0, due to fog.Referee James Linington had twice consulted with Reading and Fulham officials during the first half when conditions began to get worse.Ironically, much of the fog had cleared during the interval and the second half looked set to take place.However, an announcement said that conditions outside the stadium had deteriorated and that the game had been abandoned.It was Fulham who made the better start...

Fulham – teamtalk.com 17 Dec 18:23

Derby denied eighth straight victory by battling Fulham

Derby missed out on an eighth straight victory, and another clean sheet, as they were held to a 2-2 Sky Bet Championship draw at Fulham.

It was their second trip to West London in a week, and manager Steve McClaren made three changes from their win over QPR – the most notable being Craig Bryson given his first start since September.

However, it was the home side who started the game on the front foot. Tom Cairney curled an effort over the bar after 12 minutes, while a Kevin McDonald volley just before the half-hour mark from a tight angle was well held by Scott Carson.

There was an early blow for Fulham, when Tomas Kalas was substituted soon afterwards. This led to the first attack for Derby, who were able to stun their hosts with the opener.

Ragnar Sigurdsson sliced a clearance from a Johnny Russell through-ball, to allow Tom Ince to net his second goal in a week with a low drive past David Button.

Fulham reapplied the pressure after their major setback, and with two minutes of the first half remaining Lucas Piazon put his effort across the face of goal – but he was not able to find a home player to connect.

Their reward came in the first minute of stoppage time, when Floyd Ayite followed up his strike against Rotherham in the week with a tap-in thanks to good work by Ryan Fredericks.

The goal was the first scored against the Derby defence in six games, although it was little more than the home side deserved.

Fulham started the second half with a notable increase in confidence, although they were let down too often by a poor final ball.

The lead was taken just after the hour mark for the hosts, when Stefan Johansen pounced on a poor clearance to fire home.

Derby almost equalised immediately when Button was forced to parry a Russell effort.

The game-tying goal came on 75 minutes, when Alex Pearce buried home a free header from a corner delivered by Ince.

Fulham again put on the pressure after conceding, and Piazon found his 84th-minute free-kick ricocheting off the crossbar.

Both sides looked to try for a late winner, to cap off a lively contest, but the final scoreline was a fair reflection of the game.

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