Ful­ham job is top post says Pete

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Char­lie Baker

CARE­TAKER boss Peter Grant in­sists who­ever takes the helm at Craven Cot­tage will be on to a win­ner de­spite Ful­ham go­ing four games with­out a win af­ter be­ing held by Pre­ston.

The hosts found them­selves be­hind af­ter just 11 min­utes as Joe Garner headed home, only for cap­tain Ross McCor­mack to res­cue a point with a su­perb free-kick with quar­ter of an hour left.

It was the striker’s fifth goal in his last six matches but it is wins that Ful­ham des­per­ately need as they dropped to 13th, and Grant is adamant the new per­ma­nent man­ager will have ev­ery­thing he needs at his dis­posal to help the Cot­tagers climb back up the ta­ble.

“I turn up ev­ery day,” he said. “If I am asked to take charge then that is no prob­lem what­so­ever.

“I have to give the boys great credit be­cause they are only hu­man beings but they have gone about their busi­ness fan­tas­ti­cally well.

“When the new man­ager comes in I will be telling him what I think, like the pros and cons, but when he looks at the group he will be de­lighted, be­cause I feel this group are more than ca­pa­ble of win­ning games.

“I have to give the play­ers great credit for the sec­ond half. I thought there was only one team who were go­ing to win it and that was our­selves.

“We needed a bit of magic from McCor­mack and I’m de­lighted with that. Hope­fully we can kick on now.”

Pre­ston made the brighter start as a long ball for­ward found striker Eoin Doyle on the edge of the box and his fierce half vol­ley forced Joe Lewis into a div­ing save.

Min­utes later Ful­ham es­caped again as a whipped cor­ner trav­elled through their box un­touched and nar­rowly bounced wide.

But the home side did find them­selves be­hind when a cross from Paul Gal­lagher was nod­ded in at the back post by an un­marked Garner.

The for­ward went close to adding a spec­tac­u­lar sec­ond when he shot inches wide from 30 yards, which sparked anger from the home fans at their side’s slow start.

That brought a re­ac­tion as Tom Cair­ney’s low drive al­most found the bot­tom cor­ner, be­fore Moussa Dem­bele al­most equalised with a curl­ing shot from the edge of the box which was tipped over the bar.

Ful­ham en­tered the sec­ond half with pur­pose, but they squan­dered a fine chance when Cair­ney chose not to shoot from close range, and pass to an off­side Dem­bele.

Min­utes later they had a ma­jor claim for a penalty when Ryan Fred­er­icks was hauled down in the box by Gal­lagher, but the ref­eree shook his head.

McCor­mack forced Jor­dan Pick­ford into a low save from long range, but he found the net min­utes later with a fine free-kick.

That brought Pre­ston out of their shell and Garner wasted a fine chance for a win­ner when he headed straight at Lewis.

“It was a good per­for­mance, I thought we were right on the front foot from the first whis­tle,” said Pre­ston boss Si­mon Grayson.

“We passed the ball well, de­fended well and were a real threat go­ing for­ward.We jus­ti­fi­ably got the goal early on and looked like a threat.

“We lim­ited them to very few op­por­tu­ni­ties over the course of the game.

“Af­ter their goal we didn’t buckle and we had a go.We had men fly­ing for­ward and un­for­tu­nately couldn’t quite get that win­ner that I think we prob­a­bly de­served.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

LATE LEV­ELLER: Ful­ham’s Ross McCor­mack, right, cel­e­brates scor­ing Ful­ham’s sec­ond-half equaliser

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