English Premiership

Fulham bag maximum points

2013-12-26 20:27
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Norwich - Fulham's battle to stave off relegation has received a Boxing Day boost with a battling come from behind 2-1 win at Norwich on Thursday.

Gary Hooper put Norwich into the early lead before Pajtim Kasami levelled with former Tottenham central midfielder Scott Parker grabbing a stylish late winner.

The result, only Fulham's second win in the last 10 matches, moved Fulham up a place to third from bottom, on 16 points, with Norwich hovering above the drop zone on 19 points.

In a bid to boost their prospects of staying in the top-flight the relegation-threatened Fulham appointed former Charlton and West Ham manager Alan Curbishley as technical director on Tuesday, to work alongside new coach Rene Meulensteen.

And on the pitch former player Clint Dempsey signed a midweek two month loan deal from MLS side the Seattle Sounders.

Fulham made five changes to the side that went down 4-2 to Manchester City, including David Stockdale replacing injured Maarten Stekelenburg in goal.

Dimitar Berbatov -- who has been linked with a move away during the transfer window in January -- was again an absentee as he recovers from a groin strain.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton fielded the same XI that drew 0-0 with Sunderland.

Norwich raced into an early lead, Hooper securing his fourth consecutive goal in a home match, his shot deflecting off Aaron Hughes to glide over Fulham keeper David Stockdale.

This was the ninth goal in the last three matches that Fulham had conceded.

Kasami went close to levelling for Fulham with a low shot and on 34 minutes the Switzerland midfielder hit the target with a 20 yard freekick, the ball going under the jumping wall and bumping its way into the Norwich goal.

Just before Kasami's goal Fulham thought they'd got a second but Parker's effort was disallowed after the ball hit his hands.

After the restart Norwich went close when Leroy Fer was presented with a clear header but Sascha Riether is in place to head the ball off the line.

Fulham, producing a lively attacking performance, bagged the points when Parker broke the deadlock with three minutes left on the clock with a forceful right footed drive past John Ruddy into the top left corner.

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