Everton ended the day at the bottom of the Premier League
By John Sinnott
Everton slumped to the bottom of table after this draw, but the visitors showed plenty of spirit and adventure.
The Toffees only just shaded the first half and Mikel Arteta's deftly struck shot was well saved by Mark Schwarzer.
The Cottagers, who protected their unbeaten league record, upped the ante after the break and Everton keeper Tim Howard was drawn more into the action.
Howard beat away a Clint Dempsey effort before Schwarzer rescued Fulham as he twice saved well from Nigerian Yakubu.
Everton have won on only one of their last 11 visits to Fulham and, given Schwarzer's goalkeeping masterclass, might reasonably argue that they deserved to enjoy a rare Craven Cottage victory.
Hughes buoyed by Fulham start
Instead, with West Ham securing their first win of the season, the Merseysiders find themselves at the bottom of the Premier League after six games.
What is undeniable is that the visitors did not look like a team without a league win, with Seamus Coleman and Steven Pienaar providing plenty of width.
It was Pienaar who produced the game's first meaningful shot after Tim Cahill chested the ball down for the South Africa international, but Schwarzer safely gathered low to his left.
Coleman, who normally plays at right-back, was full of purpose on the right of midfield and he quickly adjusted to the demands of his new position as he made his first full Premier League start.
Leighton Baines then took advantage of decoy runs to break into the box and unleash a shot, which Aaron Hughes did well to block.
Fulham had less of the ball than Everton boss David Moyes's team and it took well over half an hour before Zoltan Gera produced their first shot, when Dickson Etuhu marauded into the box only to place his header straight at Howard.
On the stroke of half-time, Schwarzer produced a wonderful one-handed save to tip away Arteta's shot that threatened to dip into the corner of the net as the Spaniard used his right boot to devastating effect.
The Cottagers came out for the second half to the sound of The Clash's London Calling and whether it was the sound of manager Mark Hughes's half-time team talk or Joe Strummer's rallying call, the home side looked a lot more lively.
Midfielder Danny Murphy started to move further forward and Gera and Carlos Salcido attempted shots, though both failed to trouble Howard.
But Howard was certainly troubled by a Dempsey shot that the Everton keeper had to beat away after the Fulham forward was teed up by Murphy's clever pass, with Damien Duff unable to convert the rebound.
Everton were now having less of the ball, though Coleman's teasing cross caused pandemonium in the the home side's area, with Yakubu coming agonisingly close to getting the decisive touch.
Fulham were soon back on the attack and Dempsey's deflected shot had Howard throwing himself to his left as the ball went past the post.
Moyes confident of Everton revival
Schwarzer then produced another superb save to push away Yakubu's diagonal shot and Chris Baird cleared the ball.
In the closing stages, Fulham striker Dempsey again went close with a shot wide of fellow American Howard after a foraging run.
But Yakubu almost won the game for Everton when he fired in a speculative shot that fizzed past the post, before the Nigerian worked himself some space but was unable to produce enough power to direct the ball past Schwarzer.
Fulham manager Mark Hughes: "Everton showed that they're in a false position and it's clear they're a very good side.
"They're at the wrong end of the table but I don't anticipate that lasting for long.
"In most of the games I've seen of them on video and TV they've played well and had impact. They've been unlucky not to get more points.
"They probably just need a win to get them going again. I'd imagine no one in the Everton camp is too concerned."
Everton manager David Moyes: "It's one way up now. Someone has to be bottom and it's us at this present time.
"I don't think we look like a bottom-of-the-league team but we are so we have to get out of it. It's up to us to put it right.
"We just have to keep doing what we're doing. We'll keep playing. There was no lack of confidence from us against Fulham. We tried to do the right things.
"The spirit's good. The players are all together and are all working for the cause to get a result. "My belief is that we have a really good team. That's never changed."
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