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Hammers' Green shoots developing

Clint Dempsey against Robert Green. Perhaps Green could have been forgiven for entertaining negative thoughts as he faced the American for the first time since his World Cup nightmare.

In the end, honour was satisfied on both sides. Dempsey scored again, but Green was blameless, and gave a fine account of himself as he helped to extend his side's unbeaten run to four games -- though Everton's win over Birmingham leaves West Ham bottom.

"He was a good goalkeeper before the World Cup, and he's still a good goalkeeper," said his manager Avram Grant.

Fulham also remain unbeaten after yet another draw. Hughes's quickness on the draw brought about his dismissal from Manchester City, and while Fulham will give him a little more credit, he is fast developing a reputation for conservativeness. "In some games we haven't deserved draws, and in others we've deserved wins. So it's not as if I'm setting up my team to drag out draws," said Hughes. "We're trying to win every game we play."

Fulham had their fair share of the chances and scored an impressive goal, Dempsey stealing goal-side of Danny Gabbidon and dinking a left-foot volley past Green on 33 minutes.

West Ham levelled just after the break, Brede Hangeland's clearance going straight to Luis Boa Morte, who found Victor Obinna on the right. Obinna picked out Frederic Piquionne for the simplest of headers.

In the closing stages, Green proved his manager's point with important saves from Dickson Etuhu and Simon Davies to secure the draw.

Sunday Independent