Belfast Telegraph

Three-sy going for Fulham

West Brom goalkeeper Scott Carson made another high-profile mistake to set Fulham on course for a 3-0 victory that lifted them out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

Carson, whose blunder against Croatia contributed to England failing to qualify for Euro 2008, got both hands to Simon Davies' 30-yard drive on the brink of half-time but could only deflect the ball into his own net.

West Brom's new-look defence was then exposed after the break as Fulham cruised to a first home win in six attempts with headed goals from Clint Dempsey and Brede Hangeland.

While Fulham climbed above West Brom into 13th place to relieve some of the pressure on manager Mark Hughes, the Baggies' slump continued.

A fifth consecutive defeat represented their worst run in six years and having been eighth before Christmas they now hover just two points above the relegation zone.

Davies volleyed wide and Damien Duff's deflected shot forced Carson to scramble after another poor West Brom clearance and from the subsequent corner in the 40th minute Fulham should have taken the lead.

Hangeland climbed above Carson and the West Brom defence to meet Davies' corner but he planted his powerful head just wide. However, Davies' swerving shot put Fulham ahead in first-half stoppage time.

Youssouf Mulumbu was controversially robbed of possession by Dickson Etuhu, who teed up Davies for a 30-yard drive which Carson deflected into his own net.

Fulham made it 2-0 in the 56th minute when Dempsey planted his header from a Davies corner past Carson.

Nine minutes later Hangeland launched himself at another Davies corner to extended the Cottagers` lead. No-one picked up Hangeland's late run and he sailed through the air to meet Davies' corner to beat Carson with a powerful header from six yards.

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