Positive signs from Craven Cottage, with Amorebieta and Cairney playing starring roles. Here is how the Whites rated:
Lonergan - 8 - A typically solid and dependable display. He was in no-mans land when a Derby cross was headed on to the bar, but this owed more to the quality of the delivery than any indecision by Lonergan. Two vital saves in the last five minutes saved Fulham from what would have been an undeserved defeat
Richards - 5 - A disappointing display from Richards who is capable of much more. He was caught out at the back a few times and misjudged a long ball over his head which nearly lost the game for Fulham. He was tidy for the most part, but is better than he played today.
Burn - 7 - A good display from Burn, who won his tackles and headers. He looked comfortable and although his lack of pace showed on occasion and his distribution remains questionable, it was an assured performance in difficult conditions.
Amorebieta - 8 - A nasty and aggressive performance from Amorebieta, who will have left Martin with nightmares. Derby's target man rarely had a look, as he was made to fight for every moment. It was an excellent return to the side from Amorebieta, who was also very good on the ball in the second half with positive one-touch passes forward. He was a little rash at times, giving away two unnecessary fouls in dangerous positions.
Garbutt - 6 - Full of running, but low in content for the most part, this was a decent display from Garbutt. He was lucky to avoid being sent off in the second half after another rash lunge when he was on a booking. Whilst he is not as dangerous going forward as Husband was, his energy was constant. An overlapping run and decent cross led to the goal.
Christensen - 5 - Another relatively anonymous display from Christensen. He was involved in the goal, laying on for an overlapping Garbutt, but he had no material impact on the rest of the game. He has a good touch, keeps possession and does try to get forward, but he never caused problems to Derby. Good players should be assessed on whether the opposition is scared of marking them, but this is not the case for Christensen. He will be lucky to keep his place in the side next week.
O'Hara - 5 - An out of sorts performance from O'Hara. He seemed to struggle from his first bad touch in the game. He was poor in the tackle and gave the ball away on a regular and uncharacteristic basis. He worked hard to try and compensate for this, but O'Hara is an all or nothing kind of player. Either he dictates the game and is the best player on the pitch, or it passes him by. Fulham did not play through him today. A rare off day, but still our player of the season so far.
Ince - 6 - Although substituted at half time, Ince made an ok debut for Fulham. His physical presence is exactly what Fulham need and he was strong in the tackle. His distribution was poor at times and he sat far deeper than was necessary. However, he had not been with the team long and this can be foregone. On this initial showing, Ince could be a very good addition.
Cairney - 8 - Cairney had a quiet first half, when he was on the right wing. However, at half-time Jokanovic moved him into the middle and he put in an exceptional showing in the second half. He became the heartbeat of the team, picking up the ball all over the pitch, bringing it down and dictating the tempo. He was involved in all of Fulham's attacking moves and was unlucky not to score the winner in the final moments. On this showing, Jokanović will be seriously considering moving Cairney into the middle, where he clearly prefers to play.
Dembélé - 6 - An industrious first half from Dembélé, who showed no signs of disappointment that his move to Spurs didn't complete. Whilst his strength and pace did cause some problems for Derby, he never really looked like scoring. He had a free header in the second half which was meekly put wide, before he was replaced by Smith.
McCormack - 7 - Like Dembele, there were no signs of disappointment in McCormack's performance, quite the opposite. His work rate was more than usual and he had a spring in his step. He was unlucky not to manage a shot on target, with some clever touches and blocked shots. He was very wasteful in the final minutes not to convert when out through by Parker. On another day, McCormack would have been the hero here, with some lovely touches as he took charge of Fulham's efforts in the final third.
Smith - 6 - Smith had a positive impact on the game in the final 15 minutes. He won a couple of strong headers to link up with McCormack and had one ambitious attempt at a scissor kick. A little too ambitious for a big guy. With Dembélé destined to leave at the end of the season and therefore no need to keep him happy, Smith has a good shout for being given more game time. He would be well suited to the slightly more direct style that Jokanović opts for at times.
Parker - 6 - Despite being on the field less than ten minutes, Parker had a few touches of pure class. He had one marauding run forward, followed by a magnificent through ball putting McCormack in on goal. This should have been the moment, but unfortunately it was put into the side netting,
Kačaniklić - 7 - After coming on down the right at half time, Kača put in an excellent performance. His first touch was always forward and he ran at the Derby defence, creating chances and causing problems. He managed a tame shot, but also was able to put in a couple of good crosses.