Sky Bet Championship: Fulham held Rotherham to a thrilling 3-3 draw at the New York Stadium
Last Updated: 22/10/14 11:06am
Fulham continued their resurgence under Kit Symons as they fought from behind three times to earn a point in an entertaining 3-3 draw at Rotherham in the Sky Bet Championship.
The Cottagers, who arrived at New York Stadium with three wins from their previous four matches, were up against it as they trailed on three occasions to Millers strikes from Alex Revell, Jonson Clarke-Harris and an Nikolay Bodurov own goal just four minutes from time.
But they responded in a positive manner every time, eradicating their first deficit within five minutes through Ross McCormack, their second within three thanks to Cauley Woodrow's strike and their third within four through Dan Burn to ensure it ended all-square.
The Fulham of the early season would have probably wilted under some strong home pressure, but Symons' men are a different breed and the caretaker boss must now be in pole position for the job on a permanent basis.
Rotherham will be left to rue their failure to win a match they led on three occasions but a points haul of eight from games with Blackburn, Norwich, Leeds and the Cottagers has to be considered a good return.
Indeed, in light of their recent form the Millers came into the game with plenty of confidence and took control of the early stages, though, despite plenty of balls into the box, could not fashion out any chances.
After much huffing and puffing they finally took the lead their play deserved in the 28th minute with a goal that was credited to Revell.
The hosts broke at pace and Lee Frecklington fed the ball to Paul Taylor, who cut inside on to his left foot and curled in a shot that was deemed to have clipped the legs of team-mate Revell, with the striker wheeling away claiming the goal.
But the lead was short-lived as Fulham were level within five minutes as McCormack expertly converted from the penalty spot after Frecklington had fouled George Williams.
Rotherham were not deterred by being pegged back and continued to look the more dangerous, with Revell hooking another effort just over and Frecklington being denied by a decent save by Marcus Bettinelli.
The interval came at the wrong time for the Millers as Fulham began the second period strongly and Lasse Christensen and Konstantinos Stafylidis both forced Adam Collin into saves.
But the hosts regained their lead in the 55th minute with a fine goal. A long throw was cleared back out to Ben Pringle and the midfielder whipped in a superb cross for Clarke-Harris to athletically flick the ball home.
It was his second goal in two appearances as he continues to pay back the club-record #400,000 that the Millers paid for him in August.
But again Steve Evans' men could not hold their lead for long and this time the visitors needed only three minutes to level.
The hosts were far too loose at the back and after the ball was played out to Woodrow on the left, the striker cut in and curled superbly into the top corner.
Kari Arnason missed two chances to restore the Millers lead and Matt Derbyshire squandered an opportunity from just two yards with the goal gaping, but it looked like it was going to be a home win when Bodurov turned into his own net from Pringle's shot.
But Fulham refused to lie down and levelled in the 90th minute when Burn headed in a corner to ensure a thrilling game ended even.