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Murphy admits he owed Fulham pals

After falling behind twice Blackburn eventually snatched a 2-2 draw at Fulham thanks to a late strike from Stephen Warnock.

A poor first half improved after the break with three goals in 12 minutes.

Fulham opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Ryan Nelsen had tripped Diomansy Kamara, and Danny Murphy converted from 12 yards.

Rovers quickly equalised through Brett Emerton on his 150th Premier League appearance only for Fulham to regain the lead through Kamara at the far post.

But Blackburn showed why they have only been defeated once on their travels this campaign when the impressive Warnock fired home ten minutes from time to earn Rovers a share of the spoils.

The former Liverpool player admitted he felt he owed the team something after accepting blame for Fulham's second.

"It was my mistake for the second goal so I was just trying to make up for that," he said.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game but we knew it would open up in the second half. We are very disappointed not to come away with all the points."

The only disappointment for Rovers boss Mark Hughes was the early departure through injury of top scorer Benni McCarthy following a heavy challenge by Dejan Stefanovic.

"I didn't anticipate I'd lose Benni within minutes of the kick-off and it was difficult from that point on," Hughes said.

"But Jason Roberts came on and was a handful so for him to put in a performance like that was exceptional.

"We dominated the game and should have won it comfortably but came away with the point. Overall, we're not too disappointed.

"The second goal - when the initial ball was passed forward - the lad who scored was in an offside position," Hughes added.

"In days gone by, when I played, that was stonewall offside, but these days, with different phases and interference it becomes a lottery and that is the worry. It is not easy for officials, in fairness, and it has hurt us today.

"We thought it was a game we should have won and I think we totally dominated. In general play we were the most progressive team. On another day we would have won the game."

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