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Premier League

  • April 26, 2014
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 25700

Fulham 2-2 Hull: Long rescues point for Tigers

Fulham 2-2 Hull: Long rescues point for Tigers

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The Irish striker netted late on as Steve Bruce's men battled back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Craven Cottage, with Nikica Jelavic having kick-started the comeback

A late strike from Shane Long capped a remarkable Hull comeback against Fulham as they drew 2-2 at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Long stooped low to nod home with just three minutes of normal time remaining, after Nikica Jelavic had given the visitors hope of a point at Craven Cottage.

By Liam Twomey
What an opportunity missed for Fulham. They remain in the Premier League's bottom three having let a two-goal lead slip at Craven Cottage, and time is running out. After a scrappy first half, Felix Magath's substitutions broke this game open in favour of the home side, with Ashkan Dejagah and Kieran Richardson both instrumental in the goals which gave Hull City what seemed a mountain to climb.

But climb it they did, and Steve Bruce deserves credit for the introductions of George Boyd and Sone Aluko which gave his team greater attacking threat. Six points clear of the relegation zone with two matches to play, the Tigers appear all but safe and can now turn their attentions more fully to their FA Cup final date with Arsenal next month.

Fulham, however, have no such luxury. There are just two matches left with which to preserve their 13-year stay in the Premier League, starting with a rather daunting trip to the Britannia Stadium to take on Stoke City, They will need greater resolve there.
Ashkan Dejagah showed his quality to put Fulham ahead when he produced a wonderful shimmy and strike 10 minutes into the second half.

Just three minutes later, Fulham looked home and dry when Amorebieta headed home his first goal for the club.

But Felix Magath could only look on in horror as Sascha Riether crashed a clearance against his own crossbar, allowing Jelavic to head home with 14 minutes to play.

And Hull showed commendable spirit to claw level as Long scored to all-but secure their top-flight status and provide a confidence boost ahead of next month's FA Cup final.

After John Arne Riise and Hugo Rodallega went close for Fulham early on, Jelavic had Hull's first sight of goal - David Stockdale comfortably saving the Croat's close-range header - though the opening half-hour boasted few clear-cut chances.

Indeed, the main talking point of the half came five minutes before the break when Long went down in the area under pressure from the tracking Amorebieta.

However, Lee Mason waved away Hull appeals, before the second-half began with an explosive Rodallega volley he was unable to direct on target.

Riise and Lewis Holtby had been replaced by Dejagah and Kieran Richardson at the break, with Magath forced to make his third change just eight minutes into the second half.

Darren Bent replaced the injured Steve Sidwell in an attempt to offer Fulham some attacking impetus but it was Dejagah who opened the scoring with a curled effort that left Steve Harper with no chance.

The Iranian cut inside David Meyler before whipping in his fifth league goal of the season and the hosts doubled their lead soon after through Amorebieta.

While the Venezuelan may have been fortunate to be on the pitch, Hull could have no complaints with the quality of the goal - the former Athletic Bilbao man expertly guiding a precise Richardson cross past Harper.

However, it all went wrong for the home side from then on in as Riether's unfortunate attempted clearance was tipped onto his own crossbar by Stockdale before Jelavic gobbled up the rebound.

With Hull piling on the pressure - Sone Aluko and Ahmed Elmohamady both hitting the woodwork - the visitors' late surge eventually proved too much for Fulham to hold back when Long headed home the equaliser.

A point makes life a little easier for Hull, who are edging closer to mathematical safety, though Magath's men remain mired in the relegation zone after a stunning collapse.