Scott Parker fired a superb late winner as relegation-threatened Fulham secured a rare away win against Norwich.

A vibrant first half saw Gary Hooper open the scoring with a 30-yard strike that deflected off Aaron Hughes.

Norwich 1-2 Fulham: Rene Meulensteen hails 'fantastic' Scott Parker

Parker had an equaliser correctly ruled out for handball, before Pajtim Kasami struck a low free-kick to level.

After the interval, Leroy Fer's header was cleared off the line for the hosts but Fulham claimed a vital win thanks to Parker's 25-yard drive.

Fulham looked on course to escape the bottom three, only for Dwight Gayle's injury-time effort for Crystal Palace away at Aston Villa to see them remain in there on goal difference.

Watched on at Carrow Road by newly appointed first-team technical director Alan Curbishley, Fulham came into the match on a run of one win in their previous nine games and with the unenviable record of conceding a Premier League-high 34 goals.

Away-day joy

Scott Parker's 87th-minute winner saw Fulham gain three points on the road for the first time since beating Crystal Palace 4-1 on 21 October

This poor record seem to be at risk of being extended as Hooper picked up the ball and fired in an effort that nicked off Hughes. It looped over goalkeeper David Stockdale, who had been drafted in to replace Maarten Stekelenburg, as the Netherlands international had picked up an ankle injury in training on Christmas Day. 

Hooper became the first Norwich player since the creation of the Premier League to score in four consecutive home fixtures.

Fulham have looked a more expansive outfit under new head coach Rene Meulensteen and they presented a consistent threat, despite going behind.

Damien Duff poked a cross wide from the excellent Kasami, then Parker had a goal ruled out for handball after charging down a John Ruddy clearance.

Undeterred, Fulham drew level as Switzerland international Kasami's set-piece squirmed through a weak Norwich wall from the edge of the area.

The Cottagers ended the first half in the ascendancy, but faced resurgent opponents who had won two of their previous three home fixtures.

Visiting defender Sascha Riether had to be alert to head a Fer header away, with a scrambling Stockdale beaten.

Norwich did not take chances - Hughton

Adel Taarabt had excelled in the lone-striker role in the Cottagers' enthralling 4-2 defeat by Manchester City last weekend, and came close to beating Ruddy when he latched onto a long punt forward.

Neither side previously possessed a scoring ratio better than one goal-a-game in the league this season, and this lack of incision was on show as both sides bombed forward in an entertaining contest without forcing a breakthrough.

The Premier League's goal decision system was tested as Fulham substitute Hugo Rodallega appealed when he incorrectly believed he had scrambled in at the back post after beating Wes Hoolahan to a header that was blocked by Ruddy.

The Cottagers were not to be denied for long, as Parker dribbled into space on the edge of the area and lashed in an unstoppable shot which saw his side win on their travels for the first time since the 4-1 triumph at Crystal Palace on 21 October.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton:

"We didn't make the most of our opportunities. I am really disappointed not to come away with a result.

"It is a concern when you do not get the result you feel you deserved.

"We would have liked to go into the Manchester United game on the back of a good result today."

Fulham head coach Rene Meulensteen:

"We have been working so hard since I took over. It was so important we got something today.

"I have worked with the players for a month, so I have a good idea of what they are capable of. Scott Parker's first touch was excellent, and he struck it so quickly. He typifies the character of the team.

"Alan Curbishley's appointment had been discussed even before I came here. We travel up to Hull in good confidence."

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Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 03 Whittaker
  • 23 Olsson
  • 10 Fer Booked
  • 06 Turner Booked
  • 05 Bassong Nguena
  • 07 Snodgrass (Hoolahan - 72' )
  • 04 Johnson
  • 11 Hooper
  • 16 Elmander (van Wolfswinkel - 63' )
  • 22 Redmond Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Martin
  • 09 van Wolfswinkel
  • 13 Bunn
  • 14 Hoolahan
  • 19 Becchio
  • 24 R Bennett
  • 31 Murphy

Fulham

  • 13 Stockdale
  • 27 Riether
  • 15 Richardson
  • 07 Sidwell
  • 18 Hughes
  • 35 Amorebieta
  • 16 Duff (Rodallega - 58' )
  • 28 Parker
  • 19 Taarabt (Dejagah - 72' )
  • 08 Kasami
  • 11 Kacaniklic (Riise - 92' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Riise
  • 10 Ruiz
  • 20 Rodallega
  • 23 Boateng
  • 24 Dejagah
  • 39 Bent
  • 40 Bettinelli
Ref: Jonathan Moss
Att: 26,811

Match Stats

Shots

13 15

On target

4 7

Corners

5 4

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Norwich City 1, Fulham 2.

90:00 +4:55 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Norwich City 1, Fulham 2.

90:00 +4:19

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:19

Foul by Leroy Fer (Norwich City).

90:00 +3:55

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

90:00 +3:49

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +2:46

Delay in match Scott Parker (Fulham) because of an injury.

90:00 +2:39

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

90:00 +2:39

Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:49

Attempt missed. Leroy Fer (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Bradley Johnson with a cross following a set piece situation.

90:00 +1:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. John Arne Riise replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.

90:00 +1:09

Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).

90:00 +1:09

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:58

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Sascha Riether.

86:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 1, Fulham 2. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

84:56

Attempt missed. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

82:47

Attempt blocked. Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bradley Johnson with a headed pass.

81:36 Booking

Booking Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

81:27

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:27

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

79:47

Offside, Fulham. Kieran Richardson tries a through ball, but Hugo Rodallega is caught offside.

77:42

Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:42

Foul by Gary Hooper (Norwich City).

77:17

Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

77:16

Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah with a headed pass.

76:47

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.

75:28

Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

75:01

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sébastien Bassong.

74:57

Attempt blocked. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.

71:54

Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:54

Foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City).

71:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Ashkan Dejagah replaces Adel Taarabt.

71:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Wes Hoolahan replaces Robert Snodgrass.

65:36

Attempt saved. Adel Taarabt (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernando Amorebieta.

64:38

Attempt saved. Leroy Fer (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

64:14

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Adel Taarabt.

64:12

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

63:28

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

63:28

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

62:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Ricky van Wolfswinkel replaces Johan Elmander.

61:46

Foul by Adel Taarabt (Fulham).

61:46

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:15

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Ruddy.

59:35

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sébastien Bassong.

58:06

Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

57:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega replaces Damien Duff.

57:17 Booking

Booking Leroy Fer (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

57:02

Adel Taarabt (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:02

Foul by Leroy Fer (Norwich City).

55:06

Attempt saved. Adel Taarabt (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fernando Amorebieta.

52:43

Offside, Fulham. Pajtim Kasami tries a through ball, but Damien Duff is caught offside.

52:09

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:09

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

52:01

Attempt blocked. Leroy Fer (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

51:19

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.

51:15

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

49:49

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:49

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

48:59 Booking

Booking Michael Turner (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

46:12

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:12

Foul by Sascha Riether (Fulham).

45:00

Second Half begins Norwich City 1, Fulham 1.

45:00 +1:27 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Norwich City 1, Fulham 1.

44:17

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

44:17

Leroy Fer (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:34

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

41:46

Delay in match Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) because of an injury.

40:45

Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

36:20

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

34:54

Offside, Norwich City. Steven Whittaker tries a through ball, but Johan Elmander is caught offside.

34:32

Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).

34:32

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:48

Offside, Norwich City. John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Johan Elmander is caught offside.

32:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 1, Fulham 1. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

31:58

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:58

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

31:02

Hand ball by Scott Parker (Fulham).

28:50

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Whittaker.

27:54

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:54

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

27:43

Hand ball by Gary Hooper (Norwich City).

26:59

Attempt missed. Damien Duff (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pajtim Kasami with a cross.

26:08

Attempt missed. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

25:08

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:08

Foul by Leroy Fer (Norwich City).

24:13

Attempt missed. Gary Hooper (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

21:33

Attempt missed. Adel Taarabt (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pajtim Kasami.

19:08

Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

16:46

Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:46

Foul by Johan Elmander (Norwich City).

15:21

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:21

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

14:20

Aaron Hughes (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:20

Foul by Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City).

13:34

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

13:34

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 1, Fulham 0. Gary Hooper (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Johan Elmander.

11:08

Foul by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).

11:08

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:39

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sébastien Bassong.

6:15

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sébastien Bassong.

3:51

Attempt saved. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Parker.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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