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2020-21 English Premier League

Dominant Fulham frustrated in goalless draw at Palace

Fulham lacked the cutting edge in front of goal in their 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday and settled for a point at Selhurst Park in their quest to climb out of the Premier League's relegation zone.

The result meant that Scott Parker's 18th-placed side are unbeaten in five league matches and have 23 points from 26 games, which leaves them three points behind Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion, but they were left to rue their missed opportunities.

Fulham dominated possession in the first half but failed to create chances before springing to life after the restart. Josh Maja produced a bullet header from substitute Ivan Cavaleiro's cross in the 68th minute but was denied by Vicente Guaita.

Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek went close twice while skipper Joachim Andersen also proved to be a threat up front but Fulham ultimately were short of the firepower needed to hand Palace a defeat on manager Roy Hodgson's 150th game in charge.

"Of course we wanted three points, but got one. I was very pleased defensively," Parker said postmatch.

"We saw that last game against Brighton that Palace are always in games. We nullified that very well. The missing part was the goal."

Hodgson said he was satisfied with a point in a tough game where his players were under pressure.

"We're realists. I still think we can do more with the ball sometimes but that's dependent on the opposition as well," Hodgson added. "They don't give you a lot of time on the ball but the way we dug in is very commendable.

"I can't praise the players enough for the work-rate. We have got a lot of players to come back into the team. These players need a rest too."

Palace, who are 13th with 33 points, welcome Manchester United on Wednesday while Fulham face Tottenham Hotspur the following day.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 15 +23 35
2 Liverpool 15 +32 34
3 Chelsea 15 +26 33
4 West Ham United 15 +9 27
5 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
6 Manchester United 15 +1 24
7 Arsenal 15 -4 23
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 -1 21
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -2 20
10 Aston Villa 15 -3 19
11 Leicester City 15 -4 19
12 Everton 15 -6 18
13 Brentford 15 -2 17
14 Crystal Palace 15 -2 16
15 Leeds United 15 -7 16
16 Southampton 15 -7 16
17 Watford 15 -9 13
18 Burnley 14 -7 10
19 Newcastle United 15 -13 10
20 Norwich City 15 -23 10