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Saturday, 21 April, 2001, 16:42 GMT 17:42 UK
Portsmouth 1-1 Fulham
Louis Saha
Louis Saha: Scored Fulham's late equaliser
First Division champions Fulham were saved by a controversial penalty 13 minutes form the end at Fratton Park.

Fulham had played exhibition football but were struggling to equalise an early Portsmouth goal from Lee Bradbury.

With time running out, it appeared that Luis Boa-Morte was impeded by the combination of full-back Jamie Vincent and goalkeeper Andy Petterson.

Leading scorer Louis Saha, who had endured a quiet afternoon, stepped up to smash home the spot-kick and extend Fulham's unbeaten run to 10 matches.

Relegation-threatened Portsmouth were content to soak up plenty of Fulham pressure and play on the break.

The tactic paid off after only 10 minutes.

Goma goes off

Lee Mills had a fierce shot blocked by goalkeeper Maik Taylor and the rebound fell in the path of Bradbury, who scored his ninth of the season.

Robert Wolleaston should have added another in the 13th minute but his tame header from 12 yards went straight at Taylor.

Only then did Fulham begin to show championship class and it needed an outstanding save from Petterson to prevent Boa-Morte equalising in the 18th minute.

In a rare moment of incisive Fulham play, Lee Clark got down the right and Petterson sprawled across his line to prevent Boa-Morte scoring.

Fulham's only other chance of a first half they dominated fell to Sean Davis, who spotted Petterson on the wrong side of his goal at a free-kick and struck just wide with the keeper a bystander.

Fulham then lost expensive newcomer Alain Goma, who fell heavily into a moat surrounding the pitch just before half-time under a challenge by Bradbury.

Riedle galvanises Fulham

Former Portsmouth defender Kit Symons replaced him and the second half continued like the first, with Fulham in control but being denied by a five-man Portsmouth defence.

Rufus Brevett spared Fulham's blushes in the 57th minute when he cleared off the line from Bradbury.

But Fulham only stepped up the pace when veteran German striker Karlheinz Riedle came on as a substitute.

Riedle brought much needed urgency and was involved in the incident leading up to Fulham's penalty.

Portsmouth defender Carl Tiler was booked for dissent as the protests mounted but the referee did not change his mind and Saha scored his 30th goal of the season.

There was almost a late winner for Fulham when Welsh defender Andy Melville had a shot blocked on the line by Petterson.


Portsmouth: Petterson, Vincent, Primus, Hiley, Waterman, O'Neil, Sharpe, Tiler, Mills, Bradbury, Wolleaston. Subs: Tardif, White, Harper, Quashie, Vine.

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

Referee: P Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent).

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