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Jordan Rhodes bagged the winner as Fulham's slump continued against Blackburn on Saturday.

Caretaker boss Kit Symons was dealt a massive setback on the stroke of half-time when the Cottagers were reduced to 10 men after Shaun Hutchinson's sickening tackle on Lee Williamson.

Rovers took advantage just before the hour mark when the ball fell kindly to Rhodes in the box to steer his shot past Marcus Bettinelli.

Fulham rallied and Ross McCormack was denied an equaliser when debutant Jason Steele stuck out a leg as the visitors held on for the points.

Hutchinson apologised to Williamson and his Fulham team-mates afterwards as his reckless challenge forced the struggling Cottagers to play for more than 45 minutes a man short.

Skipper Scott Parker says the Whites must stand up and be counted following a disastrous start to the campaign that has seen them take just a point from their opening eight games.