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Irate Rene hits out at Fulham's strike duo


Rene Meulensteen. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Rene Meulensteen. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Rene Meulensteen. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

DIMITAR Berbatov and Adel Taarabt must deliver far-greater final-third firepower to keep Fulham above the Premier League relegation zone, according to head coach Rene Meulensteen.

Fulham's Dutch boss was furious with his chief attacking protagonists for wasting three gilt-edged chances in Saturday's 4-1 Craven Cottage thrashing at the hands of Sunderland.

Berbatov had scored in his previous three league outings for Fulham, either side of a groin strain, but the big Bulgaria striker was off the pace against the Black Cats.

Frustrated Meulensteen admitted Fulham can ill afford the profligacy that saw Berbatov spurn two clear chances in the first 10 minutes, and Taarabt another in the first half.

"We have kept reminding ourselves 'don't think you've turned the corner' just because of a couple of positive results," he said.

Sunderland weathered Fulham's early storm before claiming a 2-0 advantage at the break, thanks to goals from Adam Johnson and Ki Sung-yueng.

Steve Sidwell struck back for Fulham after the break, before Johnson fired in twice more to complete an impressive hat-trick.



West Ham United's Ivory Coast international Guy Demel was released from hospital yesterday after suffering a head injury during his side's 2-0 Premier League win at Cardiff City, the club announced.

The 32-year-old defender was carried away on a stretcher, having fallen heavily following a collision with Hammers teammate Roger Johnson on Saturday.

He suffered concussion and a damaged shoulder and was unconscious for several minutes before spending the night in hospital in Cardiff.

The victory took West Ham out of the relegation zone into 17th position, one place above Cardiff.