Derby 0 Fulham 1

Last updated : 02 January 2002 By Frosty the Snowman

The Rams where literally left out in the cold at a sub zero Pride Park as yet another unimpressive home performance ends with them pointless.

Horacio Carbonari hailed the hero on his return last week against Blackburn, was the unfortunate Rams player this time.

Carbonari after his OG
Carbonari is comforted by Poom after his own goal

His ill advised lunge at a right wing cross from Fulham's Sean Davis in the 71st minute sent the ball past Mart Poom in the Derby goal.

Derby had never looked like opening a Fulham defence and neither keeper had a shot of any meaning to save in the opening 45 minutes.

Long balls up to Fabrizio Ravanelli and the ever-willing running of Benito Carbone seemed to be the Rams only hope.

With a referee giving the away side free kicks for the slightest touch by a Derby player on his opponent, the game had little chance of flowing.

Carbonari booked for this foul
Horacio Carbonari is booked for this foul on Barry Hales

Maybe the poor display could be blamed on the bitter cold at Pride Park stadium.

I certainly couldn't feel my feet by the end but it looked as though several of the Rams players couldn't feel theirs either as poor passing and the lack of support for the front men made it very unlikely that the Rams would get anything out of this game.

They can only blame themselves for yet another performance that is likely to see them slide into division one if things do not rapidly improve in the coming weeks.

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