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Brett Emerton on for Michel Salgado.
Steven Nzonzi challenges Chris Baird unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Gael Kakuta from the free kick.
Steven Nzonzi challenges Damien Duff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by Jermaine Jones. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
The referee books Jermaine Jones for dissent.
Grant Hanley goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the right by-line, Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Hughes by Grant Hanley. Placed penalty scored by Bobby Zamora. Fulham 3-2 Blackburn.Aaron Hughes provided the assist for the goal.
The ball is swung over by Gael Kakuta.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on Chris Baird. Chris Baird delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
Jason Roberts takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
Damien Duff takes a shot. Martin Olsson gets a block in. Corner taken by Damien Duff.
Jason Roberts shown a yellow card. Ruben Rochina joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Hoilett. Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Foul by Jason Roberts on Mark Schwarzer, free kick awarded. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
Jason Roberts sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Steven Nzonzi goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Gael Kakuta on for Moussa Dembele.
Jermaine Jones has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Morten Gamst Pedersen on for Gael Givet.
Damien Duff crosses the ball, blocked by Christopher Samba. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, Gael Givet makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Damien Duff, Michel Salgado manages to make a clearance.
Bobby Zamora replaces Danny Murphy. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Gael Givet. Bobby Zamora fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Martin Olsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff. Direct free kick taken by Chris Baird.
David Hoilett fires in a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Fulham 2-2 Blackburn.Jason Roberts provided the assist for the goal.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrew Johnson. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Olsson from the right by-line to the near post.
Mame Diouf takes a shot. Clearance by Chris Baird.
Booking for Chris Baird for unsporting behaviour. Chris Baird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Olsson. Direct free kick taken by Michel Salgado.
Foul by Carlos Salcido on Mame Diouf, free kick awarded. David Hoilett crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Dickson Etuhu.
Damien Duff scores a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 2-1 Blackburn.Assist on the goal came from Moussa Dembele.
Mark Schwarzer fouled by Gael Givet, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
Foul by Chris Baird on Martin Olsson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Hoilett, save by Mark Schwarzer.
The ball is crossed by Jermaine Jones, Chris Baird manages to make a clearance.
Carlos Salcido takes a shot. Grant Hanley gets a block in. Carlos Salcido takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Olsson. Corner from the left by-line taken by Danny Murphy, Paul Robinson makes a save. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Damien Duff.
Damien Duff fouled by Martin Olsson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
David Hoilett takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
Corner from right by-line taken by Damien Duff.
Aaron Hughes produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Damien Duff produces a cross, Christopher Samba makes a clearance. Danny Murphy takes a inswinging corner.
Grant Hanley gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Fulham 1-1 Blackburn.
Centre by David Hoilett.
Martin Olsson takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Clint Dempsey.
David Hoilett takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Hughes.
Unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Danny Murphy results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jason Roberts. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Damien Duff.
Grant Hanley concedes a free kick for a foul on Clint Dempsey. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Mame Diouf is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
Damien Duff grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 1-0 Blackburn.Dickson Etuhu provided the assist for the goal.
Jermaine Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Clint Dempsey on Michel Salgado, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Carlos Salcido.
Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Andrew Johnson. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Dickson Etuhu takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Roberts on Moussa Dembele. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Brede Hangeland on Jason Roberts, free kick awarded. Steven Nzonzi takes the free kick.
Andrew Johnson crosses the ball.
Corner taken by Martin Olsson, Grant Hanley takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Mame Diouf takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Michel Salgado. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Damien Duff from the right by-line, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Damien Duff, clearance made by Grant Hanley.
Foul by Moussa Dembele on Martin Olsson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Martin Olsson from right wing, save by Mark Schwarzer.
Martin Olsson takes a shot. Blocked by Dickson Etuhu. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Olsson from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Andrew Johnson.
Unfair challenge on Jermaine Jones by Moussa Dembele results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Michel Salgado, Jason Roberts produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
The ball is crossed by Carlos Salcido.
Centre by Damien Duff, Andrew Johnson produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Foul by Chris Baird on David Hoilett, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Roberts on Chris Baird. Free kick crossed left-footed by Damien Duff from right wing, David Hoilett makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Christopher Samba on Clint Dempsey. Danny Murphy takes the free kick. Chris Baird takes a shot. Effort on goal by Damien Duff from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
The referee shows Dickson Etuhu a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Dickson Etuhu challenges Martin Olsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Hoilett, save by Mark Schwarzer.
Inswinging corner taken by David Hoilett from the left by-line.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christopher Samba by Andrew Johnson. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.
Hughes believes Fulham on the up
Manager Mark Hughes believes the only way is up for Fulham and has backed his players to secure a top-half finish in the Barclays Premier League.
The Cottagers' relegation worries have been quelled in recent times by an impressive run of form that has seen them beaten only once since New Year's Day, moving up to 13th place in the process.
However, Hughes' side still lie just four points above the relegation zone heading into Saturday's clash with his former club Blackburn and know they could yet be sucked into the relegation mire.
While Fulham have lost just eight of their 28 Premier League matches this season, the Londoners have drawn half of their games with the latest point coming last weekend at another of Hughes' former charges, Manchester City.
The Welshman believes such inability to eke out a victory has cost his side dearly since taking over from Roy Hodgson in the summer, yet he believes his players have the attitude and aptitude to push up the table.
"I think we are doing well, we've moved on," said Hughes.
"The team has added qualities that maybe it didn't have before we came, certainly the way we approach away games and the way we take the game to the opposition away from home is something that is a positive for us.
"In terms of points accumulated, we would say we feel we are probably better than the points we have.
"We have had a hell of a lot of draws that even if we had converted a very small number of those draws then we would be very comfortably in the top 10, which is where I feel we should be.
"But we are quite calm and reasonably pleased with where we are and certainly next year we feel we can kick on."
He added: "We have been playing well for a long time. I would be more concerned if we were showing inconsistent form, struggling in games and conceding poor goals.
"That's not the case in our view and we're playing good stuff, creating chances against top quality opposition.
"I'm very pleased with what we're doing at the moment and that's why I look at the teams above us rather than the ones below us."
Fulham are boosted by the return of Bobby Zamora for the game.
The England international missed last weekend's match at Manchester City after going over on his ankle in training just days after making his long-awaited comeback from a broken leg.
Midfielder Steven Sidwell continues to miss out with knee ligament trouble, while long-term absentee Philippe Senderos needs more work after feeling tightness in his hamstrings.
Meanwhile, Steve Kean ordered his Blackburn players in for extra shifts this week in the hope they can enjoy a reversal of fortune.
The Scottish boss felt the need for a strong reaction as he was disappointed by the manner of the 4-1 away defeat to Aston Villa last weekend.
That was Blackburn's third loss in four league games and suddenly they are looking over their shoulders at the bottom group.
Kean is refusing to panic, though, and believes they can reap the benefits at his old stamping ground Fulham.
He said: "We've had a long week. Normally we train very hard on a Tuesday and give the players Wednesday off.
"But they have been in all week and put in a lot of hard work on the training ground. Hopefully we will get the rewards of that.
"We had a good meeting with the players on Tuesday afternoon. We watched certain aspects of the game against Villa. The mood has been good.
"Now we need to try and dictate the play against Fulham. We haven't given enough good service to the front men in recent weeks and that has been a little bit disappointing."
Former Barcelona B striker Ruben Rochina is named in the squad for the first time.
Rochina's arrival in the group is a timely boost for Kean as Roque Santa Cruz is doubtful because of a back problem.
Kean said: "Ruben has trained well. He is showing signs of being up to pace with the intensity of our training, so he will be involved.
"Hopefully Roque's back injury can clear up and he can get a good run in the last 10 games. He is so enthusiastic about giving something back to the fans. He has been as frustrated as they have been."
David Dunn is sidelined with a hip injury but expected to return for the match against Blackpool next week.
Spot-on Bobby sinks resilient Rovers
Fulham striker Bobby Zamora fired a 90th minute penalty to continue Blackburn's freefall down the Barclays Premier League as the Londoners won 3-2 at Craven Cottage.
Zamora, who missed last weekend's draw with Manchester City because of an ankle injury, stepped off the bench to drill home the winner after Grant Hanley had held back Aaron Hughes.
It was the England striker's first Premier League appearance since recovering from a broken leg sustained in September.
Twice Damien Duff gave Fulham the lead with two sweetly-struck goals, lifting his tally for the season to five, but twice Blackburn struck back.
Hanley fired the first equaliser in first-half injury time with a shot that took a heavy deflection off the head of Brede Hangeland.
Then it was Junior Hoilett's turn to reel in Fulham, capitalising on confusion in the home defence, before a late flurry from the home side saw the lead change hands for a final time.
Blackburn manager Steve Kean made six changes to the team thrashed 4-1 by Aston Villa and will be pleased by a spirited display.
But Rovers have now lost four of their last five league games and are hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone.
Fulham will argue that they should have been awarded a penalty shortly after Duff's opener when Christopher Samba hacked down Andy Johnson, but referee Mark Clattenburg was unmoved.
It was a poor decision by Clattenburg, who drew heavy criticism for failing to show Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney a red card against Wigan last weekend.
Jason Roberts drew an early save from Mark Schwarzer but the acute angle meant the Australian keeper was hardly troubled.
Blackburn conceded a free-kick just outside the area when Samba shoved Clint Dempsey in the back, but Chris Baird blasted the set piece into the wall with Duff then blazing high.
Johnson almost reached a lovely ball from Dempsey and then tucked a Duff cross just outside the post as Fulham continued to press.
The Cottagers were more incisive in attack and their reward came in the 37th minute through Duff.
Dickson Etuhu slid the ball to Duff who raced into the area, thought about rounding Martin Olsson before slotting the ball between the winger's legs.
Paul Robinson, his sight partially blocked by Olsson, dipped his hands to his right but the ball had already passed into the net.
Fulham were unlucky not to win a penalty moments later when Samba tripped Johnson without touching the ball, but Clattenburg was unconvinced.
The Cottagers' good work was undone in first-half injury time, however, when Etuhu lost the ball to Hanley on the edge of his area.
Hanley took the ball forward and pulled the trigger with his shot deflecting off Hangeland, inside Schwarzer and into the net.
Samba almost turned the ball into his own net as the second half got under way before Baird was forced to scramble a cross to safety.
A series of hair-raising moments in the Blackburn area saw Fulham subdued by some desperate defending, the pick of which resulted in Dempsey being denied from close range.
A second Fulham goal seemed inevitable and it arrived in the 59th minute when Duff struck once again.
Moussa Dembele and Johnson exchanged passes before the ball was slipped to Duff who powered his shot between the legs of Samba from the edge of the area.
But once more their lead was shortlived as poor defending in the 66th minute that saw the ball bounce around the left post allowed an unmarked Hoilett to power home.
Blackburn were now on top and it was Fulham who were having to scramble to clear their lines.
Jermaine Jones was gifted time to shoot by the home defence but his effort still sailed wide.
But the last 10 minutes belonged to Fulham with a poor first touch from Duff squandering good work from Zamora.
Robinson made a fine save from Johnson before the Cottagers' pressure told with a minute to go.
Hanley held back Hughes at a corner and Clattenburg pointed to the spot where Zamora rifled home the winner.
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