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Derby County vs Fulham. Sky Bet Championship.

Pride Park StadiumAttendance23,773.

Derby County 2

  • L Plange (51st minute)
  • T Adarabioyo (73rd minute own goal)

Fulham 1

  • F Carvalho (20th minute)

Derby County 2-1 Fulham: Wayne Rooney's men delay Cottagers' Premier League return

Report and free match highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Derby County and Fulham at Pride Park as a Luke Plange strike and a Tosin Adarabioyo own goal cancel out Fabio Carvalho's opener to seal a memorable win for Wayne Rooney's battling Rams

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Watch highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Fulham.

Derby illustrated their unwavering determination once again by coming from behind to beat Fulham 2-1, delaying the confirmation of automatic promotion for the Cottagers and keeping their slim survival hopes alive.

Following Luton's win over Nottingham Forest earlier on Good Friday, Marco Silva's men would have secured a return to the Premier League after one season away with victory, which they looked set to do when Fabio Carvalho tucked in the opener after 20 minutes.

But Wayne Rooney's men were the better side after the break and, after teenage striker Luke Plange steered home an equaliser (51), a Tosin Adarabioyo own goal (73) sent the home fans wild and secured all three points for the Rams.

Defeat means Fulham have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, yet they still lead second-placed Bournemouth - who have a game in hand - by nine points. Derby climb up to 22nd, nine points from safety with four games to play.

How Derby put Fulham's champagne back on ice

With preferred bidder Chris Kirchner in attendance at a packed out Pride Park, Derby started with an encouraging spring in their step and prevented Fulham from getting into the rhythm that has made them so hard to stop at times this season

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A lovely goal from Fabio Carvalho gives Fulham an early lead against Derby.

It took 20 minutes for the Cottagers to register their first shot on target, but when they did, they scored as a slick move was rounded off by Carvalho after his neat exchange of passes with Bobby Decordova-Reid.

The Portuguese - who has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool - came close to a second shortly before the break, though Rams goalkeeper Ryan Allsop was equal to his low shot at the second time of asking.

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Fulham's promotion party has been put on hold as Luke Plange slots home an equaliser for Derby, who's chances of survival improve marginally!

But no sooner had the second half got under way, the Rams were right back in the game. They showed the desire they have done all season and equalised when Plange swept in a Lee Buchanan cross after a flowing counter that had started with Allsop.

Allsop was called into action to dive and keep out a header from a notably subdued Aleksandar Mitrovic and was then beaten by the Serbian, who tapped home after Carvalho's shot had hit the post, but the lineman's flag denied Mitrovic a 39th league goal of the season.

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Tosin Adarabioyo's own goal has spoiled Fulham's night and given Derby a glimmer of hope of surviving in the Sky Bet Championship!

With 16 minutes to play, Derby took the lead for the first time. An unorthodox flick from Nathan Byrne released Tom Lawrence, whose ball across the penalty area - intended for Plange - was inadvertently prodded over the line by the unfortunate Adarabioyo.

Fulham pressed to try and salvage something from the game late on, but some late heroics from Allsop, who denied three players in quick succession, ensured Fulham's wait continued.

Man of the match - Luke Plange

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Derby's Curtis Davies admits that 'it's never boring' with his side after their comeback against promotion chasing Fulham.

It has been almost four months since the teenage striker's last goal for Derby, but his latest one could not have been more significant for both his team and others in the division.

Plange, who is on loan from Crystal Palace after a January deal, showed great prowess to pounce in the box after sustained build-up from the hosts and played a big part in the second, with his presence putting Tosin Adarabioyo under pressure before he turned the ball into his own net.

What the managers said...

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Derby County manager Wayne Rooney reassured fans that his side 'will fight right until the end' of the Championship season to try and retain their status in the second tier.

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Fulham manager Marco Silva praised Derby, calling them a 'brave team' after his side missed out on the chance to get back to the Premier League with defeat at Pride Park.

What's next?

Derby are back in action at 3pm on Easter Monday, when they travel to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium to take on QPR, in a game live on Sky Sports Football Red Button. Fulham, meanwhile, return at 7.45pm the following evening, when they host Preston at Craven Cottage.

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