9,8869,886viewing this pageGot a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreLive ReportingBy Owen PhillipsAll times stated are UK24 minsGREAT SAVE!Derby 0-0 FulhamBrilliant stuff from Matt Clarke who stretches a leg out like Mr Tickle and brings down Wayne Rooney’s…
Brilliant stuff from Matt Clarke who stretches a leg out like Mr Tickle and brings down Wayne Rooney’s overhit free-kick.
The defender then stretches to get a shot away but keeper Marek Rodak makes a vital stop as Martyn Waghorn would have had a simple task of tapping it into the net.
In the same way players seek special dispensation to wear masks or casts (see Gary Lineker 1986), I have asked if Bobby Dercordova-Reid can just be Bobby for the night. I am seeking a ruling from above on Aleksandar Mitrovic as Alex too.
Am sort of pretending they are both Brazilian.
Not sure I will get away with the latter. Maybe I will with Bobby.
Moments later and Craig Forsyth sends another decent ball into the six-yard box, after another good pass from Wayne Rooney, but it just eludes the lunging Martyn Waghorn.
Derby are having a good spell here.
That’s a wonderful cross by Craig Forsyth.
Inevitably Wayne Rooney is involved as he helps work the ball to the left-back, who then delivers a lovely cross that causes more than a few nervy moments in the Fulham box.
Joe Bryan manages to clear but Derby keep the pressure on…
Tom Lawrence has had the only chances of note so far. The Rams winger was laughably off target with the first, then unlucky with a deflected strike and unable to get a good contact with the best chance of the lot soon after.
Joe Bryan has seen a bit of the ball on the left but Fulham cannot work him free enough to ping in a cross. Derby have looked nice and solid so far. The visitors are probing without success.
It’s all a bit too predictable at the moment.
Tom Lawrence has another sight of goal for the Rams, but the Welshman cannot get a proper contact on Wayne Rooney’s delicious low, inswinging cross from the left and Marek Rodak fields it easily.
A really good chance that.
That’s better from Tom Lawrence
Bobby Dercordova-Reid loses possession on the edge of his own box ending with Lawrence smashing a shot just wide. It was deflected for a corner though….
Some decent approach play from Fulham with Bobby Dercordova-Reid and Aleksandar Mitrovic both involved as a shooting chance is fashioned for Stefan Johansen.
But it’s well blocked by Graeme Shinnie.
Fulham show for the first time, retaining possession for a spell but not really getting anywhere against a well-set Derby defence.
Tom Lawrence is lethal from the edge of the area. On this occasion, only to passing pedestrians outside Pride Park.
The Derby winger spanks the ball out of the ground after the ball is worked to him on the edge of the box from the set-piece.
Derby have an early corner….
Away we go. Fulham, in red, get us up and running.
Yes, we know all about the ‘Wayne Rooney’s Derby’ jibes that have come with the former England captain joining the Rams.
But it would be remiss of us not to pay homage to the man on his 500th appearance in English league football. That’s quite a landmark after all.
So tonight, delve into those memory banks and let us know your favourite Rooney moment for club or country. There are plenty to go at.
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Rights restrictions mean we’re unable to also bring you radio commentary of this evening’s game.
However, if you happen to be in or passing through the Derbyshire or London areas then you’re in luck.
Simply tune into BBC Radio Derby or BBC London’s DAB service and you can hear the action as it unfolds as well as following it right here.
Fulham head coach Scott Parker was bamboozled by his side’s 3-0 humbling at home to bottom-of-the-table Barnsley last time out.
He said: “We were beaten by the better side, a side that had more intensity about them. We didn’t deserve anything.
“This is a bump in the road; this is what the league brings. I am shocked and can only apologise. We need to learn from that.”
They hadn’t been beaten in six before that loss. Let’s see how they respond.
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Fulham boss Scott Parker keeps faith with Marek Rodak despite the keeper’s mistakes in the loss to Barnsley.
But there are four changes from that chastening defeat, with Bobby Dercordova-Reid and Harry Arter among those starting.
Fulham: Rodak, Ream, Hector, Odoi, Arter, Bryan, Cairney Johansen, Knockaert, Decordova-Reid, Mitrovic,
Subs: Bettinelli, Christie, McDonald, Sessegnon, Kebano, Cavalerio, Kamara.
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Derby have made three changes from the side held to a draw by Huddersfield in their last league match. Goalkeeper Ben Hamer and midfielders Graeme Shinnie and Jason Knight come in.
Kelle Roos, Chris Martin and the injured Duane Holmes are the men to miss out.
Derby: Hamer, Wisdom, Forsyth, Clarke, Davies, Knight, Bird, Shinnie, Rooney, Lawrence, Waghorn.
Subs: Roos, Bogle, Lowe, Sibley, Jozefzoon, Marriott, Martin.
Let’s a peek at the teams for tonight’s game at Pride Park…