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BBC Sport's Jonny Saunders
"Fulham were well worth the equaliser"
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Monday, 16 April, 2001, 17:57 GMT 18:57 UK
Fulham land title with late goal
Boa Morte tangles with Walker
Fulham's Boa Morte (l) challenges Walker
Fulham 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

An injury-time goal from Sean Davis gave Fulham the point they needed to win the First Division championship.

In a flowing move it was fitting that Davis, who had had a fine game, volleyed the ball into the roof of the net.

Before that it had looked like Gerald Sibon had spoiled the party with a 43rd-minute goal for Wednesday.

The Dutchman scored with a corner kick that sailed straight into the net.

Fulham had at least three-quarters of the possession, but they could not force a way through a Wednesday defence marshalled by veterans Des Walker and Carlton Palmer.

The Wednesday goal was particularly cruel on Fulham's American goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann.

The man signed from Colorado Rapids had patiently sat on the bench all season before making his league debut at Craven Cottage.

In the first-half he had little to do before Gilles De Bilde made a rare excursion into the Fulham half and won a corner.

Sibon's shot appeared to go straight in but it was possible that Hahnemann punched it onto the post and into the net.

Fulham had their chances and Wednesday keeper Kevin Pressman did well with saves from Louis Saha, Luis Boa Morte and Lee Clark, but for much of the game he was well protected by his defence.

Fulham stepped up the tempo in the second-half but still could not get the equaliser.

They brought on strikers Barry Hayles and Karlheinz Riedle, but were still unable to find the net.

Indeed, Sibon had a chance to make it 2-0 in the 60th minute when sloppiness in the home defence gave him a chance, but he blazed high and wide.

A furious finale nearly saw Saha score with a header before Davis snatched it at the end, only to be booked for his celebrations.


Fulham: Hahnemann, Finnan, Brevett, Melville, Symons, Clark, John Collins, Goldbaek, Davis, Saha, Boa Morte. Subs: Taylor, Riedle, Hayles, Goma, Stolcers.

Sheff Wed: Pressman, Bromby, Palmer, Harkness, Walker, Ripley, Lescott, Soltvedt, Sibon, De Bilde, Ekoku. Subs: Haslam, Di Piedi, Donnelly, Stringer, Geary.

Referee: E Wolstenholme (Blackburn).

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