Tuesday 4 April 2017, 7:45pm at Pride Park, Derby
Sky Bet Championship
Derby County
4
Nugent 8', 42', 59'; Russell 67'
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Floyd Ayité 35', 79'

8' Goal

David Nugent
Assist by Markus Olsson

42' Goal

David Nugent
Assist by Alex Pearce

59' Goal

David Nugent

67' Goal

Johnny Russell
Assist by Craig Bryson

90'+4 Yellow Card

Johnny Russell Card was given for a foul

41' Missed Penalty

David Nugent

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jacob Butterfield
Off:Matej Vydra

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ikechi Anya
Off:David Nugent

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Will Hughes
Off:Craig Bryson

35' Goal

Floyd Ayité

79' Goal

Floyd Ayité
Assist by Sone Aluko

45'+2 Yellow Card

Lucas Piazon

87' Yellow Card

Kevin McDonald Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Sone Aluko Card was given for a foul

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Neeskens Kebano
Off:Lucas Piazon

83' Substitution

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

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Sessegnon
Off:Scott Malone

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Tuesday night proved to be an evening of huge frustration for Fulham, who slipped to a 4-2 loss at Derby County.

Tuesday night proved to be an evening of huge frustration for Fulham, who slipped to a 4-2 loss at Derby County.

An eventful first half saw David Nugent lob the Rams into an early lead, but Floyd Ayité rattled home a deserved equaliser for his side, who were completely in the ascendancy at that point.

Nugent then saw a penalty brilliantly saved by David Button, but he still ensured the hosts went into half-time in front when he turned home his second of the evening from the subsequent corner.

Despite the deficit, the Whites – for whom Sone Aluko hit the woodwork at the end of the first half – would have remained confident of taking something from the game having dominated proceedings, but things quickly unravelled after the restart.

Two errors at the back allowed Nugent and Johnny Russell to add goals three and four, meaning Ayité’s neat finish that followed would prove to be no more than a consolation.

Slaviša Jokanović made three changes to the side that won at Rotherham United three days earlier. Chris Martin’s ineligibility against his parent club meant a recall for Ayité, Tim Ream came in for Michael Madl, and there was a welcome return to action for Lucas Piazon, who took the place of Neeskens Kebano.

Derby needed just eight minutes to break the deadlock, and it came out of nothing. Nugent latched on to a long ball forward from left-back Marcus Olsson and coolly lofted it over the onrushing Button.

Some neat footwork on the edge of the Rams box saw the ball worked to Cairney three minutes later. He dropped a shoulder to make a yard of space, but placed his rising effort too close to Scott Carson who claimed comfortably.

Johnny Russell was then presented with a good chance at the other end, but he lashed his volley over the bar under pressure from Ryan Fredericks.

An eye of the needle Cairney pass set Scott Malone free in the area in the 17th minute but his shot was palmed away by Carson, when a square ball to the lurking Aluko may have been a wiser option.

Fulham were all over their opponents and deservedly drew level 10 minutes before the break. Fredericks’ cross was cleared only as far as Ayité who got his head over the ball and drilled in a low left footed strike that was too powerful for Carson, who did get fingertips to it at the near post.

The home fans were on their team’s back and it almost got worse for them moments later when they frantically failed to clear the ball following a melee in their box, although eventually someone was able to poke it out for a throw-in.

Fulham shot themselves in the foot five minutes before half-time. After a misplaced Aluko pass gave Matej Vydra the ball in the box, the Czech Republic international was bundled over by his compatriot Tomas Kalas.

Button produced a wonderful penalty save to keep the scores level when he dived at full stretch to his left to parry Nugent’s spot-kick, but the County forward ended up turning in the loose ball from the resulting corner.

It was quite remarkable that Fulham were losing, but Aluko almost equalised in first half stoppage time when his thunderbolt came back off the crossbar.

Referee Jeremy Simpson decided to book Piazon for simulation just before the break, despite it seeming quite clear that the Brazilian had just lost his balance.

Aware his side were under the cosh, Derby manager Gary Rowett withdrew striker Vydra at half-time, and replaced him with central midfielder Jacob Butterfield in an attempt to shore things up.

There was a hairy moment early on after the restart when Nugent felt as though he’d been tugged back by Ream when in on goal, but Mr Simpson decided there was no foul.

Fredericks had wreaked havoc in the first period and his direct running caused problems again in the 50th minute, but his fizzed ball across the face was poked behind before Malone could convert at the far post.

A minute later Tom Ince cut in from the right and delivered a vicious shot which Button watched all the way and saved comfortably.

Just before the hour mark Nugent took advantage of a catalogue of errors to secure his hat-trick. Button rushed out to clear a loose ball but could only smack it into Nugent who managed to keep it under control before tucking it in from a yard out.

Things got worse not long after when Button misplaced a ball out from the back, gifting Russell the chance to make it 4-1, which he did with a well placed finish inside the far post.

With the game done, Derby were able to rest Nugent with 20 minutes to play, bringing on Ikechi Anya in his place. Shortly after, Piazon made way for Kebano.

Russell thought he’d grabbed his second of the night in the 79th minute but he was denied by a wonderful reaction stop by Button, with Fulham then going straight down the other end to reduce the deficit.

Aluko drew the entire defence to him on the left before squaring to Ayité who coolly placed his shot between the oncoming Carson and the near post.

With eight minutes to go, both sides made their final changes. Will Hughes replaced Craig Bryson for the hosts, while Jokanović brought on Ryan Sessegnon and Cyriac for Malone and Stefan Johansen.

In the closing stages some excellent attacking play by Sessegnon saw him beat his man down the left and find Ayité with a perfect cross, but the forward was unable to make a proper connection and the ball spun away.

Elsewhere, Sheffield Wednesday won at Rotherham United, meaning the Whites dropped out of the Play-Off spots, for now at least.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Tuesday 4 April 2017
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Pride Park, Derby
Attendance: 27,221

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

Derby County

Line-up: Carson; Baird, Keogh, Pearce, Markus Olsson; Ince, Johnson, Bryson (Hughes 82'), Russell; Vydra (Butterfield 45'); Nugent (Anya 70')

Unused substitutes: Mitchell, Christie, Bent, Abdoul Camara

Manager: Gary Rowett

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Malone (Ryan Sessegnon 83'); McDonald, Johansen (Cyriac 83'); Lucas Piazon (Kebano 74'), Cairney, Floyd Ayité; Sone Aluko

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Madl, Sigurdsson, Petsos

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Brighton and Hove Albion 40 83
2 Newcastle United 39 81
3 Huddersfield Town 38 71
4 Reading 39 70
5 Leeds United 40 69
6 Sheffield Wednesday 40 66
7 Fulham 40 64
8 Preston North End 40 61
9 Derby County 40 59
10 Norwich City 39 57
11 Aston Villa 40 57
12 Brentford 40 56
13 Barnsley 40 53
14 Cardiff City 40 52
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 51
16 Queens Park Rangers 40 50
17 Ipswich Town 40 49
18 Birmingham City 40 46
19 Burton Albion 39 44
20 Nottingham Forest 40 42
21 Bristol City 40 41
22 Blackburn Rovers 39 40
23 Wigan Athletic 40 34
24 Rotherham United 40 17
Goals
4
2
Total Shots
11
12
Shots On Target
10
3
Passing Accuracy
70%
89%
Fouls
10
9
Corners
2
2
Offsides
5
1
Bookings
1
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Derby County (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Scott Carson
  • 12Chris Baird
  • 6Richard Keogh
  • 16Alex Pearce
  • 29Markus Olsson
  • 10Tom Ince
  • 15Bradley Johnson
  • 4Craig Bryson
  • 7Johnny Russell
  • 23Matej Vydra
  • 28David Nugent
Substitutes
  • 35Jonathan Mitchell
  • 2Cyrus Christie
  • 8Ikechi Anya
  • 18Jacob Butterfield
  • 19Will Hughes
  • 11Darren Bent
  • 20Abdoul Camara
Manager
  • Gary Rowett
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 27David Button
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 3Scott Malone
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 14Stefan Johansen
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 24Sone Aluko
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 17Ragnar Sigurdsson
  • 30Ryan Sessegnon
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 33Thanos Petsos
  • 9Cyriac
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
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, Derby County 4, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Derby County 4, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+4' Johnny Russell (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+4' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).
  • 90'+2' Cyriac (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).
  • 90'+2' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).
  • 90' Sone Aluko (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90' Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).
  • 90' Ikechi Anya (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 89' Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 87' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 87' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 87' Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 86' Offside, Derby County. Scott Carson tries a through ball, but Johnny Russell is caught offside.
  • 85' Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 84' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 84' Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).
  • 83' Substitution, Fulham. Cyriac replaces Stefan Johansen.
  • 83' Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon replaces Scott Malone.
  • 83' Substitution, Derby County. Will Hughes replaces Craig Bryson.
  • 81' Foul by Neeskens Kebano (Fulham).
  • 81' Markus Olsson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 79' Goal! Derby County 4, Fulham 2. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko following a fast break.
  • 78' Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield with a through ball.
  • 78' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 74' Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Lucas Piazon.
  • 74' Offside, Derby County. Johnny Russell tries a through ball, but Tom Ince is caught offside.
  • 73' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Scott Malone is caught offside.
  • 72' Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 72' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 72' Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 70' Substitution, Derby County. Ikechi Anya replaces David Nugent.
  • 70' Scott Malone (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).
  • 69' Corner, Derby County. Conceded by David Button.
  • 69' Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bradley Johnson with a through ball.
  • 67' Goal! Derby County 4, Fulham 1. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Bryson.
  • 67' Attempt saved. David Nugent (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Johnny Russell with a cross.
  • 65' Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 65' Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 62' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Markus Olsson.
  • 61' Attempt missed. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
  • 59' Goal! Derby County 3, Fulham 1. David Nugent (Derby County) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.
  • 58' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 58' Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).
  • 56' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 56' Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Derby County).
  • 51' Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Johnny Russell.
  • 50' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Baird.
  • 46' Offside, Derby County. Bradley Johnson tries a through ball, but Tom Ince is caught offside.
  • Second Half begins Derby County 2, Fulham 1.
  • 45' Substitution, Derby County. Jacob Butterfield replaces Matej Vydra.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Derby County 2, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+2' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 45'+2' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) has gone down, but that's a dive.
  • 45'+1' Sone Aluko (Fulham) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 45' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 44' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 44' Foul by Chris Baird (Derby County).
  • 42' Goal! Derby County 2, Fulham 1. David Nugent (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Pearce with a headed pass following a corner.
  • 41' Corner, Derby County. Conceded by David Button.
  • 41' Penalty saved! David Nugent (Derby County) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 40' Penalty conceded by Tomas Kalas (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 40' Penalty Derby County. Matej Vydra draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 38' Attempt missed. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 37' Attempt missed. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sone Aluko.
  • 35' Goal! Derby County 1, Fulham 1. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
  • 31' Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).
  • 31' Chris Baird (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 28' Hand ball by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 24' Offside, Derby County. Matej Vydra tries a through ball, but Johnny Russell is caught offside.
  • 16' Offside, Derby County. David Nugent tries a through ball, but Johnny Russell is caught offside.
  • 11' Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Ince.
  • 11' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 8' Goal! Derby County 1, Fulham 0. David Nugent (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Markus Olsson with a through ball.
  • 8' Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 6' Hand ball by Alex Pearce (Derby County).
  • 4' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 4' Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.