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Fulham 2-2 Crystal Palace

By Graham ChaseBBC Sport
Dwight Gayle
Dwight Gayle

Chris David scored a fine goal in added time to earn Fulham a final-day draw against Crystal Palace.

Dwight Gayle turned Joel Ward's drive past David Stockdale from close range to put Tony Pulis's visitors ahead just before the half-hour.

Cauley Woodrow curled in from Hugo Rodallega's pass to pull the Cottagers level before Gayle scored a free-kick.

But David collected the ball near halfway and hit a looping shot in off the bar from 25 yards to secure a draw.

Fulham boss Felix Magath has promised to stay on following relegation to the Championship.

And, ahead of what is sure to be a summer of departures at Craven Cottage, the German will have been buoyed by the contributions of Woodrow, 19, and 21-year-old David.

Pulis, meanwhile, is set for talks with the Palace board about how to take the club forward, and 17 points from the last 24 available is a solid base to build from.

His side took control early on and deserved the advantage Gayle gave them after 27 minutes.

Magath 'proud' of Fulham youngsters

Yannick Bolasie, who had earlier had a decent effort turned wide by Stockdale, laid off for Ward.

The full-back's powerful shot was flying straight at the goalkeeper but Gayle, making his first league start since Pulis took over in November, beat the offside trap to divert the ball in.

They went close to adding a second when Thomas Ince floated over a free-kick from the left and Scott Dann's header was pushed away by Stockdale.

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, making his first start since joining from Wolves in January, also showed his quality when he palmed away Fernando Amorebieta's powerful header.

Fulham improved after the interval and, after a quick corner, debutant David's cross was headed back across goal by Amorebieta and Rodallega's header glanced the outside of the post.

They pulled level when Rodallega held off a crowd of defenders and laid off for Woodrow, who had a loan spell at Southend earlier this season, to curl home.

Palace restored their advantage when Gayle bent in a free-kick late on to add to the two goals he scored in the 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Monday.

Fulham 2-2 Crystal Palace: Tony Pulis calls season a great ride

The visitors could have added a third when Jason Puncheon broke and Glenn Whelan hit the bar before Gayle prodded the rebound wide.

But in the fourth minute of added time, Dutchman David's powerful effort from distance meant Magath's team avoided a 25th league defeat of the season.

Fulham manager Felix Magath:

"We never fought as a team that fights against relegation. If I look at the TV and saw Sunderland or Norwich playing, they had much more fight than us.

"I asked my team what was going on and one player told me 'we cannot fight'.

"Chris' goal makes it a little bit better for us and we're hopeful for the future. This was the start of the new season for me."

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis:

"When I first came to the club Dwight was the marquee signing. We'd spent a lot of money on him and it looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders in lots of respects.

"He wasn't really integrated into the group and he looked a bit on the fringes, so we spent a lot of time opening him up as a person and a player.

"He's become a lot closer to the group and his mates in the dressing room. He didn't need the pressure, we took that away from him and he's improved immensely."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 13Stockdale
  • 22ZveroticSubstituted forDejagahat 50'minutes
  • 35AmorebietaBooked at 58mins
  • 28ParkerBooked at 83mins
  • 4Heitinga
  • 5Hangeland
  • 11KacaniklicSubstituted forDavidat 23'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Sidwell
  • 20Rodallega
  • 25Woodrow
  • 15RichardsonSubstituted forTunnicliffeat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Kasami
  • 18Mitroglou
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 24Dejagah
  • 30David
  • 32Williams
  • 41Joronen

Crystal Palace

  • 26Hennessey
  • 3Mariappa
  • 2Ward
  • 15JedinakSubstituted forDikgacoiat 59'minutes
  • 6Dann
  • 27Delaney
  • 11InceSubstituted forPuncheonat 71'minutes
  • 28Ledley
  • 16Gayle
  • 29ChamakhBooked at 12minsSubstituted forMurrayat 74'minutes
  • 7Bolasie

Substitutes

  • 1Speroni
  • 8Dikgacoi
  • 12O'Keefe
  • 13Puncheon
  • 17Murray
  • 19Gabbidon
  • 30Jerome
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
24,447

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home15
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 2, Crystal Palace 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Crystal Palace 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Glenn Murray with a headed pass.

  4. Booking

    Chris David (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Fulham 2, Crystal Palace 2. Chris David (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Jason Puncheon following a fast break.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

  9. Post update

    Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace).

  13. Booking

    Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace).

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Fulham 1, Crystal Palace 2. Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  17. Booking

    Scott Parker (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

  19. Post update

    Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace).