Derby's march towards the Premier League stuttered as they fell to a shock 2-0 defeat at Fulham.
The Sky Bet Championship leaders arrived at Craven Cottage unbeaten in seven matches, but were undone by a Fulham side previously without a win in six thanks to goals from Nikolay Bodurov and Cauley Woodrow.
Hull City boss Steve Bruce has denied claims he is set to take the Fulham job.
Following the weekend's away draw at Manchester City, Bruce was quick to ridicule reports that he was set to replace Kit Symons at Craven Cottage.
"I was getting the sack the day before, and then Fulham want me.
"Unfortunately with the media today I can't do anything about it. The biggest problem I've got with the whole thing is they've got a manager in situ at Fulham and I've got huge respect for Kit who is new to the job.
"I can't comment on it because if I comment on it it just fuels it even more, and as far as I'm concerned it's rubbish journalism."
Substitute Hugo Rodallega was denied an FA Cup giant-killing act by a post as Sky Bet Championship Fulham very nearly shocked 10-man Premier League outfit Sunderland.
The Colombia international blasted against the woodwork as time ran down with the Black Cats, who played the final 24 minutes without £10million midfielder Jack Rodwell after he was dismissed for a second bookable offence, teetering on the brink.
Ross McCormack smashed a first-half hat-trick as Fulham sank Nottingham Forest 3-2 at Craven Cottage.
The Scottish striker took his goal tally for the season to 10 with three long-range strikes to crank the pressure back up on Forest boss Stuart Pearce.
The visitors threatened a comeback when Henri Lansbury scored either side of half-time, and would have dragged themselves level but for a glaring miss by top scorer Britt Assombalonga.
But Fulham held out for a victory which was a far cry from when the teams met at the City Ground in mid-September, with Forest top of the table and Fulham rock bottom.
Following a late win at rivals Derby at the weekend, Nottingham Forest have hit the ground with a bump, conceding three first-half goals at Fulham.
A Ross McCormack hat-trick has seen Fulham race into a three-goal lead at Craven Cottage.
The Michael Jackson statue outside Fulham's Craven Cottage stadium is set to be removed and returned to former owner Mohamed Al Fayed, according to The Daily Mail.
Al Fayed told fans shortly after the monument was erected in 2011 that they could "go to hell" if they did not like it.
He also joked that Fulham's new owner Shahid Khan would be in "big trouble" if the sculpture was removed.
However, it now appears that Al Fayed will take the statue to another one of his properties.
A Fulham spokesperson told the newspaper: "The statue is not part of the Riverside development of the stadium and will be returned to the former chairman in due course."
The Michael Jackson tribute statue will stay outside Fulham's ground, Craven Cottage, despite the club having a new owner.
Shahid Khan, who also runs an American Football team, is the new owner of the West London club - and promised to keep it.
Previous owner, Mohamed Al-Fayed, jokingly told ITV London, that if Khan takes it away he'll be very angry and be forced to rip off Khan's moustache.
The Associated Press reporter Rob Harris has a statement from Fulham's new owner, NFL Jackson Jaguars owner Shad Kahn, after he bought the club from Mohamed al Fayed:
Fulham Football Club has confirmed that Mohamed Al Fayed has sold the side to Shahid Khan, the owner of NFL team Jacksonville Jaguars.
It says a formal announcement is scheduled at Craven Cottage tomorrow at 1pm.
Mr Khan said: “Fulham is the perfect club at the perfect time for me. I want to be clear, I do not view myself so much as the owner of Fulham, but a custodian of the club on behalf of its fans."
The Associated Press reporter Rob Harris has a statement from Mohamed Al Fayed on why he has sold the club to NFL Jackson Jaguars owner Shad Kahn: