PREMIER LEAGUE: Fulham fight it out for victory over Norwich

Fulham have scored a 2-1 home win over Norwich City to replace today’s opponents in 11th place on the Premier League table.

The Cottagers took a very early lead when Clint Dempsey grabbed his 12th goal of the season when he bundled home after Bryan Ruiz’s shot had been kept out by John Ruddy to help send the home side on their way.

Just over ten minutes later, Fulham had their advantage doubled when Damien Duff got on the end of a Dempsey through ball to curl home from just inside the area.

Fulham had some solid chances after their second despite the Canaries enjoying much more possession and eventually that turned into a glimmer of hope for the visitors when substitute Aaron Wilbraham scored his first goal in England’s top flight.

The 32-year old struck on target in the 77th minute with the effort taking a deflection off Aaron Hughes to beat Mark Schwarzer and give Paul Lambert’s side impetus to push forward late.

But Martin Jol’s charges held out for a hard-fought victory to inflict a fourth defeat on Norwich in their past six outings.

TRIBAL ASKS: Despite a lapse in recent times, can Norwich’s first season back in the top flight still be classified as a success? On the other hand, are Fulham capable of pushing into the top 10?

Fulham: 2 (Clint Dempsey 2’, Damien Duff 13’)
Norwich City: 1 (Aaron Wilbraham 77’)

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Yellow cards: FUL - Dickson Etuhu 88’
NOR - Elliott Ward 26’, David Fox 54’

 

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