Match ends, Norwich City 1, Fulham 2.
Norwich City 1-2 Fulham
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.
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.
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.
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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- 10FerBooked at 58mins
- 6TurnerBooked at 49mins
- 5Bassong Nguena
- 7SnodgrassSubstituted forHoolahanat 72'minutes
- 16ElmanderSubstituted forvan Wolfswinkelat 63'minutes
- 22RedmondBooked at 82mins
- 9van Wolfswinkel
- 31Jo Murphy
- 16DuffSubstituted forRodallegaat 58'minutes
- 19TaarabtSubstituted forDejagahat 72'minutes
- 11KacaniklicSubstituted forRiiseat 90+2'minutes
- Jonathan Moss
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Norwich City 1, Fulham 2.
Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Leroy Fer (Norwich City).
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Scott Parker (Fulham) because of an injury.
Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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.
Substitution, Fulham. John Arne Riise replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.
Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).
Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Sascha Riether.
Goal! Norwich City 1, Fulham 2. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.
Attempt missed. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Leroy Fer.
Attempt blocked. Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bradley Johnson with a headed pass.
Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.
Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).
Offside, Fulham. Kieran Richardson tries a through ball, but Hugo Rodallega is caught offside.
Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gary Hooper (Norwich City).
Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.
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.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.
Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sébastien Bassong.
Attempt blocked. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.
Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City).
Substitution, Fulham. Ashkan Dejagah replaces Adel Taarabt.
Substitution, Norwich City. Wes Hoolahan replaces Robert Snodgrass.
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.
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.
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Adel Taarabt.
Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.
Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Norwich City. Ricky van Wolfswinkel replaces Johan Elmander.