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The BBC's Mike Sewell
Norwich deserved at least a point.
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Fulham's Chris Coleman
"They made it hard for us, we made mistakes"
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Monday, 28 August, 2000, 13:36 GMT 14:36 UK
Norwich 0-1 Fulham
Lee Clark
Lee Clark's team celebrate another fine win
Substitute Luis Boa Morte struck with just three minutes remaining to preserve Fulham's 100% record in Division One.

The match looked to be heading for a goalless draw, which would have been a fitting reward for a plucky Norwich side, before a touch of class from former Scottish international John Collins set up the goal that earned the Cottagers a fortunate three-point haul.

Collins, who had done precious little all afternoon, found the on-rushing Sean Davis with a delightful flick and the midfielder's precision pass left Boa Morte with the simple task of beating Andy Marshall from close range.

The goal must have come as a huge relief to Fulham boss Jean Tigana who had seen his multi-million pound side struggle for long periods in an often ill-tempered encounter that produced no fewer than nine yellow cards.

Fulham are a very talented side but we acquitted ourselves really well and will play a lot worse than that and win. Now we've got to roll our sleeves up, get smiles back on our faces and be ready for work again tomorrow
  Bryan Hamilton
The Canaries may have only had one point to show from their first three games but you would never have guessed it as they produced a spirited display, almost grabbing a deserved point in injury time when defender Craig Fleming headed just wide from a Raymond de Waard corner.

Bright start

The visitors started both halves brightly and should really have gone ahead in the opening five minutes of the second as Louis Saha and Barry Hayles both wasted clearcut opportunities.

But for much of the remainder of the game it was Norwich who were in charge and three times in a seven-minute spell midway through the first half they came close to breaking the deadlock themselves.

The crowd were on the edge of their seats as first Darel Russell curled a shot just over and then Chris Llewellyn screwed a shot disappointingly wide before Gaetano Giallanza also failed to hit the target after keeper Maik Taylor had spilled a cross.

There were precious few clear cut chances after that but Norwich turned in a fully committed display that should have earned a point. Instead they were left waiting for their opening home goal of the campaign.

Norwich did their homework on us today. They closed us down well and had they gone in at half-time 2-0 ahead we could not have complained. But at least we stuck together as a team and it's a good feeling to come away with win from a match like that
  Fulham captain Chris Coleman
The match was always keenly contested and boiled over late in the first half when an altercation between Russell and Hayles saw virtually every player on the pitch become involved in the mass melee.

When peace was finally restored referee Mike Fletcher booked the two protagonists as well as Fernando Derveld who committed the original foul while six other players followed them into the notebook as the tackles went flying in.

From Fulham's point of view the main thing will be the three points as the performance was not one that will live long in the memory.

Norwich: A. Marshall, Sutch, Derveld, L. Marshall, Fleming, Kenton, Whitley, Russell, Roberts, Giallanza, Llewellyn. Subs: Forbes, Green, McVeigh, De Waard, McGovern.

Fulham: Taylor, Finnan, Brevett, Melville, Coleman, Clark, J. Collins, Hayles, Goldbaek, Saha, Davis. Subs: Hahnemann, Symons, Lewis, Fernandes, Boa Morte.

Referee: M Fletcher (Warley)

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