Huddersfield Town’s run of home Championship wins ended, but at least they claimed a point against a team who looked a lot better than their league position of 19th would suggest.
A horribly misplaced pass by Jonathan Hogg, who has been so solid of late, fell to the very player Town would least have wanted it to, Ross McCormack.
The former Leeds United man duly took advantage, calmly slotting the ball past Jed Steer to register his 17th goal of the season and fifth in four outings against Town.
It’s never good to gift a goal at any stage of a game, but allowing Fulham to take so early a lead was particularly concerning.
The Londoners have now scored first in 10 league matches this season, and not lost any of them.
At least Town did what only four other teams had previously managed after going behind to Fulham, and claimed a second 1-1 draw with the Cottagers this campaign courtesy of defender Mark Hudson, who claimed a 20th-minute equaliser against his former club.
It was a second goal in as many games for the skipper, who produced an excellent performance, and after doing so twice in the 5-0 drubbing of Charlton, it was good to see Town again strike from a set play, with Hudson steering home Emyr Huws’ nicely-delivered free-kick.
Jamie Paterson, another home player to catch the eye, had already fired a shot against a post, and Town had other chances.
But so did Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham, who played their hosts at their own reaction-pressure game and earned a first point at the third attempt under their recently-appointed head coach.
According to one statistics source, Fulham had 55% of the possession, and 13 shots to Town’s nine, with the same number (three) on target.
The visitors completed 331 passes to Town’s 256, scored their 43rd league goal of the season (only Hull City, with 44 after their 6-0 thrashing of Charlton, have more) and made their previous goal concession tally of 46 in 26 games hard to understand.
Perhaps Town could have tested Shaun Hutchinson and Dan Burn more, but this was an afternoon on which centre-backs had the upper hand against forwards.
After five goals in as many games, Nahki Wells looked a touch jaded, but Wagner has little in the way of alternatives to the frontman.
The boss seemed unusually reluctant to use his bench, with the first change, Duane Holmes for Joe Lolley, not coming until the 79th minute, later than in any of his other 11 matches at the helm, and the last, Flo Bojaj for Wells, being made in stoppage time.
In between, central defender Joel Lynch, replaced Harry Bunn, perhaps an indication that the boss wanted to make sure he got a point rather than go all out for all three and risk conceding a second.
That said, Town finished the stronger, perhaps an indication of improving fitness levels of a team who have now gone six games without defeat in all competitions.
That unbeaten run will now be put to the test as Wagner and his players head for a Reading in the FA Cup and Brighton in the league.