Fulham were held to a home draw as Lynden Gooch almost scored a worldie for Sunderland.
Fulham 0 – 0 Derby County
Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson went the distance in a frustrating home draw against Wayne Rooney’s Derby County.
Derby is in turmoil after entering Administration earlier in the season, but the squad seems to be determined to fight back to stay in the Championship despite the point reduction. The Rams won over 2nd place Bournemouth over the weekend, and earned a point against Fulham.
Ream and Robinson were busy over the course of the game trying to contain the Rams attack, combining six tackles in the game. Fulham had the better chances, with Jean Michael Seri’s shot clattering off of the cross bar. Fabio Carvalho had a golden chance for Fulham that ricocheted off of the right post.
Fulham retained their top spot heading into the weekend where they take on Matthew Olosunde and Preston North End.
Shrewsbury Town 1 – 1 Sunderland
Lynden Gooch went 74 minutes for Sunderland in their away draw over 10 man Shrewsbury Town, and very nearly had a goal.
The opening goal fell to Sunderland after an incredible piece of individual brilliance by Alex Pritchard. The Black Cats took a short freekick to set Pritchard free, who went on a mazy run before curling in a beauty to the far post.
Gooch will feel robbed by Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Marko Marosi as his incredible curling left footed shot, which was destined for the upper 90 at the far post, was pushed wide by the keeper’s finger tips.
The game turned on its head in added time of the first half as David Denis was sent off for a high challenge on Nathan Broadhead. The second half goal from Shrewsbury’s Daniel Udoh came across the run of play after Sunderland failed to clear their lines. The ball fell to Udoh in a crowd who smashed it past blank.
Sunderland, now in sixth place, take on Cambridge United on Saturday in more Championship action.
Matthew Olosunde did not feature for Preston North Ends 2-1 away win to Middlesbrough.
Ethan Horvath was on the bench for 10 man Nottingham Forest 0-0 home draw against Luton Town.
Duane Holmes was out through an ankle injury in Huddersfield Town in their 1-0 loss at Queens Park Rangers.