Crystal Palace 0-0 Fulham: Wasteful Cottagers frustrated at Selhurst Park

Jack Rosser
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Fulham missed a chance to move within one point of Newcastle and Brighton after wasted chances again cost them in a goalless draw at Crystal Palace.

Newcastle’s draw with Wolves on Saturday had handed the Cottagers an opportunity to ramp up the pressure on on the teams above them but, ahead of a daunting run, they were found left wanting in front of goal.

With Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City coming next, Fulham arrived knowing this was a good chance to boost their survival push.

Their nerves showed a little on the pitch in the opening half an hour, which was cagey with little free-flowing football on show.

Joachim Andersen almost hooked an Andros Townsend cross into his own net before heading high and wide from Ademola Lookman’s corner and then again from a free-kick moments later.

The two men perhaps most capable of grasping control of this contest, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Eberechi Eze, were well shackled by their midfield counterparts and neither side managed a shot on target before the break. Vicente Guaita held the first from either side with ease when Tosin Adarabioyo could only manage a tame header from Lookman’s free-kick.

Fulham had more zip early in the second half however, Loftus-Cheek finally coming to life has he was able to slip free of the Palace midfield for the first time before being hacked down by Luka Milivojevic. Andersen fizzed the resulting free-kick just wide of Guaita’s goal, but the visitors were lifted.

Loftus-Cheek and Harrison Reed were ensuring the tempo was high and the Chelsea loanee forced another save with a low left-footed effort before teeing up January signing Josh Maja, who turned and bent a strike wide of the far post.

Maja has brought a goal threat to Parker’s side and has revived their survival hopes, the former Sunderland man was desperately unlucky not to add to his two Fulham goals when Guaita tipped his close range header away.

It was another chance missed but they kept coming. Gary Cahill flung himself in front of Andersen’s effort following a corner and Loftus-Cheek again had Guaita concerned but his 25-yard volley flew wide.

In control but knowing one point was not enough, Parker sent on Aleksandar Mitrovic for midfielder Frank Zambo Anguissa but to little avail. Mitrovic had little service but Lookman should have buried a winner with only minutes to go when he skewed Reed’s cross wide of the far post.

It is another point on the board for Fulham but with each game that passes a draw becomes less valuable.

Parker will take positives from the second half showing of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and another commanding display from Andersen, but positives alone do not keep you in the Premier League.

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