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Friday 24 March 2017

Dempsey salvages point

FULHAM 1 BIRMINGHAM 1

Adrian Curtis

A second-half equaliser from Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey robbed Birmingham of their first away win of the season as both sides remained perilously close to the relegation zone in the Premier League.

City had enjoyed an interval lead thanks to a 19th-minute strike from Sebastian Larsson but Fulham earned a point through Dempsey's 53rd-minute header.

Fulham are still one place above the relegation zone and they are now without a win in their last five league games.

The Cottagers should have taken the lead in the fourth minute but a goal-bound shot by Aaron Hughes was cleared off the line by Keith Fahey. But Birmingham took the lead minutes later against the run of play with their first real attack of the game. A superb burst by Alexander Hleb saw him surge into the box and cross for Larsson to control the ball and fire home.

Fulham started brightly in the second half and their pressure paid off in the 53rd minute when the visitors failed to clear a corner and Dempsey climbed highest at the far post to equalise with a simple header. Fulham escaped another defeat in the 74th minute when a Roger Johnson header hit the bar.

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