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2 goals, 5 dribbles, is the Ross McCormack of old back in business?

Ross McCormack scoring for Leeds United

The former Leeds striker finally produced the goods for Fulham against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

Not much is going right for Fulham at the moment.

After seven Championship games, the Cottagers find themselves rock bottom, with no wins and just one point to their name.

Already, they are four points adrift of safety and have an even worse goal difference than Blackpool - a side that started the season with a squad big enough to only field four substitutes.

As far as manager Felix Magath is concerned, meanwhile, last night's 5-3 defeat at Nottingham Forest could be the final straw. Reports suggested the clash at the City Ground was his last chance to save his job and the club's patience may well be running out with the German.

But, at long last, one positive did finally emerge from that high-scoring loss to table-toppers Forest: Ross McCormack scored his first Championship goal for Fulham. And not just one - but a brace to get himself well and truly off the mark.

  MatchGoalsDribbles WonTouchesSuccessful Final-Third PassesMins Played
Ross McCormack Nottingham Forest v Fulham 2 5 69



And, as Opta stats show, the 27-year-old produced a lively performance indeed against Stuart Pearce's men.

With five dribbles won and eight successful final-third passes, McCormack showed a touch of class in areas other than simply putting the ball away - as hard as that part can be, of course.

Having taken 69 touches of the ball, the former Leeds United man also proved he wasn't afraid to take the ball on, rather than waiting for service and playing the role of a patient poacher.

So, is the old McCormack back? Fulham fans will certainly hope so.

By this time last year, the Scot had scored three times for Leeds but, after a slow start at Craven Cottage, McCormack is only one behind with a tally of two - despite not scoring until last night.

At the moment, it looks as though simply staying up is the priority for the west London side - and the onus will be on the 27-year-old to fire his side to a safe position within the Championship.

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