Time is running out fast for Fulham Scott Parker’s team took nothing less than a win to revive their hopes for survival She missed a number of opportunities that only added to her manager’s sense of frustration

Against a side hoping for a club record of four consecutive Premier League away wins, the former midfielder, who was crowned Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year in 2011 despite relegation from West Ham, saw his squad dominate big Share without ever finding the fatal blow

Instead, it was David Moyes who left West London and, despite a controversial late red card for Tomas Soucek, felt a little happier as his side continued their impressive start to the new year, three points short of sixth placed Chelsea

“It was an embarrassing decision,” Moyes said of Mike Dean’s call to send the Czech midfielder off after his elbow appeared to have accidentally hit Aleksandar Mitrovic in the face. “I’m amazed Mike decided to do something with me don’t think anyone in football management is convinced of the system we currently have ”

Fulham’s chances of avoiding relegation for the second time in three seasons are decreasing from week to week as they extended their winless run to 12 games. Eight of them were draws but after Newcastle’s win over Southampton and draws from Burnley versus Brighton the day before, Parker’s side are now eight points behind the last safe spot with only 16 games left

The visitors had scored on their last 16 visits to the course and with Fulham conceding a goal in each of their last 28 London derbies, Moyes must have imagined his chances of another win aside from a chance for Jarrod Bowen in the 12th In the 30th minute, when he just couldn’t connect with Aaron Cresswell’s superb cross, the attacking West Ham players struggled to find their rhythm, but Jesse Lingard ensured a rare moment of quality just before half an hour when his cross picked Soucek, but the Czech’s header was far from the goal

A flowing Fulham counterattack with a brilliant run-infield from Ivan Cavaleiro ended with a shot by Ademola Lookman from outside the box, which just missed Lukasz Fabianski

The former Everton striker seemed the most likely source of a goal and it was his clever rear wheel that allowed Antonee Robinson to pick Cavaleiro at halftime even though his header was right at Fabianski

All Fulham fans hoping for a change in luck in the second half were disappointed. Bobby Decordova-Reid could have delivered a more brilliant pass from his captain Joachim Andersen, but aimed his volley just over the bar, however, was even more culpable Ruben Loftus-Cheek, whose sunken finish was missed a lot after a defensive-splitting pass from Lookman when it seemed easier to score

At the other end, Vladimir Coufal’s header, crossing the bar after a deep cross from Declan Rice, was the next breakthrough for West Ham as he broke the game when Tosin Adarabioyo also missed a big chance with his head as Fulham pushed forward before Cavaleiro hopelessly over the bar again shortly thereafter, even the introduction of Mitrovic and Josh Maja – the ex-Sunderland striker on loan from Bordeaux – couldn’t provide the moment that Parker looked after Longed so much that Loftus-Cheek’s shot was just inches away from the well-deserved point seal in the last few minutes

“We were excellent from start to finish,” said Parker. “I don’t think we could have dominated the game any more than we did“We have taken some big steps, but the next is the most important”

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/feb/06/fulham-west-ham-premier-league-match-report