Fulham were embarrassed on and off the field by Bristol Rovers as the League One side not only earned a fully deserved FA Cup third round replay but brought enough fans to Craven Cottage to outnumber the home crowd.

Fulham confirmed that demand from the west country was so large that they issued extra tickets to the away side, bringing the Rovers travelling contingent to more than 7,000, while Fulham´s fans largely stayed away to leave the official attendance at just 13,634.

Yet new Fulham manager Roy Hodgson refused to be anything but positive about the 2-2 draw in only his second game in charge, saying: "A foundation has been laid, to an extent, that I can build upon. I know people will ask how I can be positive when my first two games have resulted in a defeat by Chelsea and a draw against a lower division team, but I don´t care about that."

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