Hull City staged a remarkable fightback from two goals down to deal Fulham's survival hopes a major blow.

Fulham led through a curling shot from Ashkan Dejagah and Fernando Amorebieta's headed first goal for the club early in the second half.

At that point they were heading out of the relegation places with Hull still in danger.

But Hull hit back as Nikica Jelavic nodded in and Shane Long then headed a dramatic late equaliser.

It was a superb comeback from the FA Cup finalists, who had barely been seen as an attacking force until going two behind.

Fulham looked certain to go on and claim a vital third win in four home games after manager Felix Magath's half-time substitutions paid off.

But a stroke of luck for Jelavic's goal turned the tide as Hull exposed Fulham nerves to edge nearer to Premier League safety.

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Fulham's players looked very dejected at the end. But it's not over for them. They can still win their last two games."

Kevin Keen BBC Radio 5Live

Despite their perilous position, Fulham had lacked the necessary urgency to take control in a first half virtually bereft of chances.

The sole opportunity fell for Hugo Rodallega. The Colombian had scored the decisive goal in each of Fulham's last two wins but this time he was unable to get enough of a touch on Amorebieta's teasing left-wing cross.

Hull, who put six past Fulham at the KC Stadium just after Christmas, never over-committed going forward but could have had a penalty when Long burst into the box where he was bundled to the ground by Amorebieta.

Magath's response to a tepid opening 45 minutes was to make two changes at the start of the second half with Dejagah and Kieran Richardson replacing Lewis Holtby and John Arne Riise.

Shane Long

Hull's January signings Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic have now scored eight goals between them

And it was Dejagah who broke the deadlock with his sixth goal of the season.

A tackle by Alex Bruce on Rodallega saw the ball break for Dejagah, who moved into the penalty area and worked the ball onto his left foot to curl a superb shot across a motionless Steve Harper into the top corner.

Craven Cottage responded accordingly and just three minutes later the home supporters were celebrating again when Amorebieta doubled Fulham's lead by heading in a Richardson cross.

It was difficult to see Hull getting back into the game but when an attempted clearance from Fulham defender Sascha Riether hit his own crossbar via a touch from goalkeeper David Stockdale, Jelavic stooped to head in the rebound.

Sone Aluko hit the bar from long range and Ahmed Elmohamady shot against a post as Hull looked to expose the worst defence in the division.

And their persistence paid off three minutes from time when Aluko crossed for Long to head home his fourth goal since his January signing.

Magath was left with his head in his hands and Fulham's fate will be settled by a trip to Stoke and a final home game against Crystal Palace.

Fulham manager Felix Magath:

"It's not the result we wanted so we are disappointed. We were leading 2-0 so it seems we would get the three points but unfortunately we scored what was almost an own goal.

"After getting a goal they had some pressure and we took only one point.

"Besides the two goals we scored, we had two or three great chances to score again but we didn't manage it.

"We have lost two points we so have to win the next two games. We can do it."

Hull manager Steve Bruce :

"In the second half they went for it with four up top and suddenly we were 2-0 down.

"But as usual we responded in the right way. It's not often you come back from 2-0 down but if anyone will it's this lot. We showed great resilience to get something out of it.

"We might be safe tomorrow when we look at those games.

"But it's been a fantastic season, to be 13th in the division with three games to go and have a cup final to look forward to."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Fulham

  • 13 Stockdale
  • 27 Riether
  • 03 Riise (Richardson - 45' )
  • 35 Amorebieta
  • 05 Hangeland
  • 04 Heitinga
  • 28 Parker
  • 07 Sidwell (Bent - 53' )
  • 20 Rodallega
  • 10 Holtby (Dejagah - 45' )
  • 09 Diarra Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Stekelenburg
  • 08 Kasami
  • 15 Richardson
  • 24 Dejagah
  • 25 Woodrow
  • 26 Roberts
  • 39 Bent

Hull City

  • 22 Harper
  • 27 Elmohamady Booked
  • 02 Rosenior (Boyd - 82' )
  • 06 Davies
  • 04 Bruce (Aluko - 67' )
  • 05 Chester
  • 14 Livermore Booked
  • 07 Meyler (Sagbo - 82' )
  • 18 Jelavic Booked
  • 21 Long
  • 08 Huddlestone

Substitutes

  • 10 Koren
  • 12 Fryatt
  • 16 Jakupovic
  • 17 Boyd
  • 20 Sagbo
  • 24 Aluko
  • 29 Quinn
Ref: Lee Mason
Att: 25,700

Match Stats

Shots

10 8

On target

3 4

Corners

7 2

Fouls

8 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Fulham 2, Hull City 2.

90:00 +4:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Hull City 2.

90:00 +3:33

Sone Aluko (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +3:33

Foul by Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham).

90:00 +1:50

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:50

Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).

89:24

Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Scott Parker.

86:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fulham 2, Hull City 2. Shane Long (Hull City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross.

85:15

Attempt saved. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

83:05

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

81:44

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Huddlestone.

81:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Yannick Sagbo replaces David Meyler.

81:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. George Boyd replaces Liam Rosenior.

80:40

Attempt missed. Darren Bent (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

80:36

Attempt saved. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega with a cross.

77:26

Sone Aluko (Hull City) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

77:22

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

74:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fulham 2, Hull City 1. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

74:15

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

74:15

Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

71:35

Delay in match Johnny Heitinga (Fulham) because of an injury.

66:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Sone Aluko replaces Alex Bruce.

64:44 Booking

Booking Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:08

Foul by Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham).

64:08

Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:38

Attempt missed. Johnny Heitinga (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Richardson with a cross following a corner.

63:01

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

61:46

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.

60:01

Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).

60:01

Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:50

Offside, Hull City. Liam Rosenior tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

57:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fulham 2, Hull City 0. Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kieran Richardson with a cross following a corner.

55:55

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Alex Bruce.

55:36

Hand ball by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

54:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fulham 1, Hull City 0. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.

52:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Darren Bent replaces Steve Sidwell.

51:38

Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:38

Foul by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).

50:14

Attempt missed. Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

49:54

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

48:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

47:53

Delay in match David Meyler (Hull City) because of an injury.

45:47

Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah with a cross following a corner.

45:21

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ahmed Elmohamady.

45:00

Second Half begins Fulham 0, Hull City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Ashkan Dejagah replaces Lewis Holtby.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Kieran Richardson replaces John Arne Riise.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Fulham 0, Hull City 0.

44:03 Booking

Booking Jake Livermore (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:55

Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:55

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

42:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

41:10

Delay in match Steve Sidwell (Fulham) because of an injury.

41:10

Delay in match Jake Livermore (Hull City) because of an injury.

33:57

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by James Chester.

32:50

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

30:46

Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:46

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

26:53

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

26:51

Attempt blocked. Liam Rosenior (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

20:05 Booking

Booking Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

20:03

Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:03

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

15:11 Booking

Booking Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

14:57

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) has gone down, but that's a dive.

14:44

Shane Long (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:44

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

14:19

Attempt saved. Shane Long (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

6:59

Dangerous play by Lewis Holtby (Fulham).

6:59

James Chester (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:07

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

6:07

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

4:28

Attempt missed. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.

2:29

Attempt blocked. David Meyler (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Harper.

1:57

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:57

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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