Fulham 1-1 Rotherham Utd
Fulham fans didn’t know whether to boo or cheer as their team as took another step closer Championship safety.
Just when it looked as if there would be whole-scale cat calling at points during the relegation tussle, hoots turned into encouragement for a team looking rudderless for long periods.
Ross McCormack’s 16th of the season cancelled out Matt Derbyshire’s early lead, but it was the second time in four days Whites boss Kit Symons was under the cosh, and his side could have been out of it by half time.
Derbyshire’s opener had been coming since the off.
The striker nearly converted from at the near post, and after a timely tackle from Dan Burn at the second attack in as many minutes, a mad scramble saw him smuggle the ball in at the near post straight after.
Burn hooked goalwards from Fulham’s first corner and only a goalline clearance from Jack Hunt saved the Millers.
Rotherham could have been two up on 15 minutes. Kirk Broadfoot connected point-blank from a header, and it was more chance than skill Marcus Bettinelli stopped the second header aimed straight at him.
Seconds after Bryan Ruiz appeared to be fouled on the halfway line, Bettinelli was called on again to block Derbyshire charging through.
Lee Frecklington missed the easiest chance yet when he side-footed wide inside the six-yard box after a terrific run from Ben Pringle down the left.
Bettinelli had more to do at his near post to stop a rising Broadfoot drive.
Home efforts were thin on the ground.
Burn hooked goalwards from Fulham’s first corner with only a goalline clearance from Jack Hunt saving the Millers.
Just before the break, Ruiz got a rare sight of goal and tried to nutmeg Damian Martinez as he sped for goal. The keeper got a vital block, but it was clear to booing home fans which team had the better half.
It took 15 minutes of the second half, but Whites, or rather McCormack, was a sliding toe end from converting a mishit shot at the back post.
His goal when it came, was typical of a hitman ready to seize the half chance.
Matt Smith, as ever, headed on, Scott Parker dinked forward, and the Scot swivelled and all but pea-rolled his effort just inside the post with the keeper stranded.
He then chased an almost lost cause to the byline before hooking back across goal. All sub Tim Hoogland had to do was keep his header down for the lead, but instead he ballooned high and anything but handsome over.
It summed up Fulham’s form and the frustration of their fans.
Whites, 4-1-2-2-1: Bettinelli, Richards, Turner, Burn, Husband; Guthrie; Tunnicliffe (Hoogland 54), Parker; Ruiz; McCormack; Smith; subs not used: Kiraly, Stafylidis, Hutchinson, Kavanagh Rodallega, Woodrow
Referee: Andy Davies