Premier League – Fulham shove Brum towards drop
Fulham climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 2-0 win at home to Birmingham City.
Birmingham slump to 19th, a point behind, and will surely be relegated if they perform as badly at home to Blackburn Rovers on the final day.
While Fulham competed for each ball with real ferocity, Birmingham – often accused of over-physical play – were horribly timid.
Fulham goalkeeper Kasey Keller‘s pristine kit may not even trouble the laundry man this week after he watched the game without having to make so much as a save.
The Welshman shot low towards the right corner but Maik Taylor denied him with a sensational reflex save.
Otherwise it was slim pickings for neutrals, of which there were mercifully few at Craven Cottage.
The decisive moment came seven minutes into the second half when Bullard curled in a free-kick from the left side.
McBride is such an accomplished header of the ball that when he escaped his marker there could be only one outcome, and the ball duly settled in the bottom corner of the net.
Mauro Zarate and Cameron Jerome came off the bench for Birmingham but they were no better than the men they replaced – Kapo and Forssell – leaving centre-back Radhi Jaidi as the visitors’ most dangerous attacker.
The Tunisian headed wide from Birmingham’s best chance of the second half but Keller remained serene throughout.
The killer goal came three minutes from time when Franck Queudrue missed an easy defensive header amd Nevland raced through before slotting past Taylor.
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