Time is quickly running out for Fulham. Needing nothing less than victory to revive their survival hopes, Scott Parker’s side passed up a series of opportunities that will only have increased their manager’s feeling of frustration. Up against a team that was hoping to match a club record fourth successive Premier League away win, the former midfielder who was crowned Football Writers’ player of the year in 2011 despite West Ham being relegated watched the hosts dominate for large parts without ever quite finding the killer blow. Instead it was his opposite number, David Moyes, who left west London feeling the happier of the two managers despite a controversial late red card for Tomas Soucek as his side kept up their impressive start to the new year and moved four points clear of sixth-placed Chelsea.
For different reasons, this rematch of the 1975 FA Cup final was crucial for both sides. Fulham’s chances of avoiding relegation for the second time in three seasons have not improved despite some encouraging performances since Ademola Lookman’s fluffed panenka penalty in injury time denied them a point against these opponents at the start of November.