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Tuesday, 24 October, 2000, 21:06 GMT 22:06 UK
Fulham 0-1 Preston
Michael Appleton
Michael Appleton scored Preston's winner
Michael Appleton sent Fulham to their first defeat of the season with a bizarre 68th-minute winner.

Appleton scored direct from a corner as Fulham left the near post unguarded to dent the Cottagers' great start to the campaign.

After winning the first 11 games Fulham could only manage a draw at Wolves last weekend and have now tasted defeat.

In truth no-one could begrudge Preston their win as they harried and chased and attacked with vigour.

Although the goal was a trifle fortunate they came close on other occasions and with better finishing might have doubled the score.

The Londoners had more of the play but too often spoiled good moves with a final misplaced pass.

Even so they had their chances but Barry Hayles hit two shots tamely wide and Louis Saha put two over the bar.

David Lucas, in the Preston goal, made some good saves, notably from Saha and from his own defender Sean Gregan who came dangerously close to scoring an own goal.

It was all Fulham in the closing minutes but Preston held out for the three points.

Fulham: Taylor, Finnan, Brevett, Melville, Coleman, Clark, Davis, Fernandes, Goldbaek, Hayles, Saha. Subs: Hahnemann, Symons, Trollope, J. Collins, Boa Morte.
Preston: Lucas, Alexander, Edwards, Murdock, Cartwright, Appleton, Rankine, Meijer, Gregan, Macken, McKenna. Subs: Moilanen, Jackson, Robinson, Gunnlaugsson, Anderson.
Referee: P Danson (Leicester)

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