Belfast Telegraph

Everton hit bottom with Fulham draw

Everton dropped to the foot of the table after a goalless draw at Fulham to complete a miserable week for manager David Moyes.

They find themselves propping up the rest after fellow strugglers West Ham beat Tottenham.

Having crashed out of the Carling Cup with a midweek defeat at Brentford, Everton must wait at least another week to claim their first league win of the season. The visitors controlled long spells of a match that showed few signs of life until the final half hour, and Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer had to produce a fine save from Ayegbeni Yakubu in the 78th minute.

But the afternoon reflected poorly on teams who were both suffering from a lack of firepower having lost key strikers to injury.

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar saw an early effort saved by Schwarzer who then had to react smartly to gather a dangerous cross from Phil Neville.

Fulham's problems grew when Stephen Kelly limped off, to be replaced by Chris Baird However the home side had a decent chance shortly before the interval when Carlos Salcido crossed expertly from the left and Dickson Etuhu headed powerfully but straight at Tim Howard who made a routine save.

For Everton, Mikel Arteta sent a long-range shot narrowly wide of the right post.

Fulham went close to edging in front just before the hour mark when Clint Dempsey forced a desperate save from Howard before Damien Duff's follow-up was deflected to safety.

Dempsey went close again before Schwarzer made a brilliant fingertip save to keep out Yakubu's low piledriver.

Schwarzer thwarted Yakubu once more before the Nigerian striker blew another couple of chances late on. His first effort bobbled agonisingly wide of the right post before he missed a sitter at the death.


From Belfast Telegraph