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Saturday 26 April 2014 | Craven Cottage | Referee: Lee Mason | Attendance 25,700

Fulham
  • Ashkan Dejagah (55)
  • Fernando Amorebieta (58)
Fulham
2 - 2
Hull
  • Nikica Jelavic (75)
  • Shane Long (87)
Hull

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Fulham threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Hull City on Saturday as their Barclays Premier League survival bid suffered a serious setback.

Shane Long stooped low to nod home with just three minutes of normal time remaining, after Nikica Jelavic had given the visitors hope of a point at Craven Cottage.

Ashkan Dejagah showed his quality to put Fulham ahead when he produced a wonderful shimmy and strike 10 minutes into the second half, and just three minutes later, Fulham looked home and dry when Amorebieta headed home his first goal for the club.

But Felix Magath could only look on in horror as Sascha Riether crashed a clearance against his own crossbar, allowing Jelavic to head home with 14 minutes to play.

And Hull showed commendable spirit to claw level as Long scored to all-but secure their top-flight status and provide a confidence boost ahead of next month's FA Cup final.

After John Arne Riise and Hugo Rodallega went close for Fulham early on, Jelavic had Hull's first sight of goal – David Stockdale comfortably saving the Croat's close-range header –though the opening half-hour boasted few clear-cut chances.

Riise and Lewis Holtby had been replaced by Dejagah and Kieran Richardson at the break, with Magath forced to make his third change just eight minutes into the second half.

Darren Bent replaced the injured Steve Sidwell in an attempt to offer Fulham some attacking impetus but it was Dejagah who opened the scoring with a curled effort that left Steve Harper with no chance.

The Iranian cut inside David Meyler before whipping in his fifth Barclays Premier League goal of the season and the hosts doubled their lead soon after through Amorebieta.

While the Venezuelan may have been fortunate to be on the pitch, Hull could have no complaints with the quality of the goal – the former Athletic Bilbao man expertly guiding a precise Richardson cross past Harper.

However, it all went wrong for the home side from then on in as Riether's unfortunate attempted clearance was tipped onto his own crossbar by Stockdale before Jelavic tidied up the rebound.

As Hull piled on the pressure Sone Aluko and Ahmed Elmohamady both hit the woodwork and the visitors' late surge eventually proved too much for Fulham to repel when Long headed in the equaliser.

A point makes life a little easier for Hull who are edging closer to mathematical safety, though Magath's men remained third from bottom, a point from safety, with two matches remaining.

Fulham head coach Felix Magath: “We are very disappointed because we have played very well and were leading 2-0. Then unfortunately we made a goal for them and we got pressured. It was only a point. Today we had to get three points and we only got one, so we are disappointed. At the moment, we lost two points and that is bad. We have to go on and we have a chance to take six points from the next two games.”

Hull City manager Steve Bruce: “Fulham were bit nervous and a bit edgy and you could feel it all round the place and we needed to keep hold of the ball which I thought we did terrifically well first half. In the second half they have gone for it, gone four up top and all of sudden we are 2-0 down. As usual with the team where we are and what we have done though this year they've responded again, we've responded in the right way.

It's not often you come from two goals down, but if any team is going to do it then these have got a chance to do it. It has been a fantastic season to get this far, to be 13th in the division with three games to go and we have got a cup final to look forward which is never easy when you are trying to focus on the Premier League, but again they have shown resilience to get something out of the game."

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Fulham

Manager: Felix Magath

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Hull

Manager: Steve Bruce

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Manager: Steve Bruce

Line-up All Fans BFR
13. David Stockdale 9.5 4.09
5. Brede Hangeland 6.0 4.48
35. Fernando Amorebieta 3.0 3.53
4. Johnny Heitinga 4.0 4.38
27. Sascha Riether 9.0 4.79
7. Steve Sidwell 9.0 4.97
3. John Arne Riise 8.0 4.66
28. Scott Parker 7.0 4.71
9. Mahamadou Diarra 8.0 5.0
20. Hugo Rodallega 10.0 4.46
10. Lewis Holtby 7.0 4.36
Substitutes All Fans BFR
24. Ashkan Dejagah - 4.79
1. Maarten Stekelenburg - 5.59
26. Patrick Roberts - 3.67
15. Kieran Richardson - 4.26
25. Cauley Woodrow - 4.0
39. Darren Bent - 5.57
8. Pajtim Kasami - 5.15
Line-up All Fans BFR
22. Steve Harper 7.0 4.59
4. Alex Bruce 5.0 4.29
5. James Chester 7.0 4.72
6. Curtis Davies 9.0 5.07
8. Tom Huddlestone 6.0 5.85
2. Liam Rosenior 8.0 5.11
7. David Meyler 7.0 5.08
14. Jake Livermore 9.0 6.03
27. Ahmed Elmohamady 7.0 5.45
21. Shane Long 7.0 5.88
18. Nikica Jelavic 9.5 5.24
Substitutes All Fans BFR
17. George Boyd - 4.49
10. Robert Koren - 4.98
12. Matty Fryatt - 3.27
16. Eldin Jakupovic - 4.6
24. Sone Aluko - 5.79
29. Stephen Quinn - 4.18
20. Yannick Sagbo - 5.26

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