Ross McCormack continued his scoring run against Huddersfield and helped claim a first point for new Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic in a 1-1 draw.
McCormack took less than two minutes to score his fifth goal in four appearances against Huddersfield. The Scottish striker, linked with a move to promotion chasing Derby again last week, took less than two minutes to open the scoring capitalising on a dreadful error by Jonathan Hogg to shoot clinically past a stranded Jed Steer. Town captain Mark Hudson equalised scoring a second goal in four days but Fulham fully merited a share of the spoils.
The hosts had began brightly before Hogg’s blunder and nearly levelled matters when Jamie Patterson struck the far post after surging in from the left flank and Joe Lolley blazed over from the follow-up. Alex Kacaniklic was denied a second goal for Fulham when McCormack was flagged offside as the Swedish winger pulled the trigger and referee Christopher Sarginson turned down penalty appeals after the former Leeds man had gone down under Hudson’s challenge in the area.
Hudson, who began his career at Craven Cottage, brought his current employers level on 20 minutes when he crashed home Emyr Huws’ free-kick to punish more slack Fulham marking. The centre back was then in the right place to prevent McCormack from converting Jamie O’Hara’s free-kick before Huddersfield missed two good chances to go in front before the break. Huws whistled a drive just wide and only a terrific Dan Burn tackle prevented Nakhi Wells from notching as the striker bore down on Andy Lonergan.
Lonergan excelled himself early in the second period when he made a brilliant double save to deny Wells and Harry Bunn as Huddersfield immediately put the visitors under pressure. Fulham gradually got a foothold in the contest and their patient passing eventually started to opening up the home defence. O’Hara’s deflected shot was simply saved by Steer but substitute Moussa Dembele should have done better than head wide from Lasse Vigen Christensen’s teasing cross.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (4-2-3-1): Steer; Smith, Hudson, Cranie, Husband; Hogg, Huws; Bunn (Lynch 89), Paterson, Lolley (Holmes 79); Wells (Bojaj 90). Subs (not used): Murphy, Davidson, Billing, Miller.
BOOKED: Hudson, Bunn.
GOAL: Hudson (19).
FULHAM (4-3-3): Lonergan; J. Richards, Hutchinson, Burn, Garbutt; Christensen, Hyndman (Parker 45), O’Hara (Mattila 81); Cairney, Kacaniklic (Dembele 61) McCormack. Subs (not used): Lewis, Ream, Stearman, Fredericks.
GOAL: McCormack (2).
REFEREE: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire).