Sky Bet Championship leaders Fulham were unable to make up for the absence of 21-goal top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic as they were held to a 0-0 draw by bottom club Derby at Craven Cottage.
Marco Silva’s side were seeking an eighth successive win but they were denied by Wayne Rooney’s determined side, who followed up Sunday’s victory over Bournemouth with another impressive display.
The draw means they have taken four points from the Championship’s top two teams since they were hit by a further nine-point deduction that left them on minus-three points last week.
Fulham, meanwhile, were left frustrated at their failure to make more of a succession of good chances.
The Cottagers had moved top after victory over Barnsley on Saturday but their hopes of consolidating their position at the top of the table were not helped by the unexpected absence of Mitrovic, Tom Cairney and Marek Rodak who had all featured in the weekend victory over Barnsley.
The enforced changes appeared to have little impact on Fulham as they started the game on the front foot.
And it took them just two minutes to find a way through the Derby defence and create an opening for Fabio Carvalho, who placed his shot narrowly wide.