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Murphy sweats over knee injury

Danny Murphy
Murphy was pulling the strings before his second-half substitution

Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy will discover on Tuesday the extent of a knee injury after he picked up a knock in their 2-0 win over Hull.

Murphy limped off after an hour as his side rose to 12th in the Premier League with goals from Bobby Zamora and Diomansy Kamara.

Boss Roy Hogdson said: "We hope it's not too serious. We will have to wait and see how it settles down overnight.

"As he back-heeled the ball he got a kick and it's jarred the knee."

Having scored four goals already this season - two in the league and two in the Uefa Cup - Murphy's injury concern is another blow for Hodgson's squad, with striker Andy Johnson also on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.

We allowed Bobby Zamora to talk to Hull but at the same time I made it clear to him that we felt we could still get a lot from him

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson

It was a comfortable win for the London side against a team who, before last week's win over Wigan, had lost their four previous games, conceding 15 goals in the process.

Phil Brown's players rarely threatened and a Zamora header before the break and a second-half strike from Kamara was enough to brush them aside in a game which saw Hull's Jimmy Bullard return for his first game in nine months.

Fulham's 62-year-old boss was satisfied after the match, despite his growing injury list.

"We thought we could get better in the second half so the first goal changed nothing from a tactical point of view, although the mood did," said Hodgson.

"I wasn't unhappy with the team and would have expected them to keep playing the same way."


One player to receive particular praise from his manager was Zamora, who rejected a summer move to Hull, opting to fight for his place at Craven Cottage.

"It was nice to see Bobby score. His all-round play was good as usual and he made yet another goal," said Hodgson.

"We allowed Bobby to talk to Hull but at the same time I made it clear to him that we felt we could still get a lot from him.

"His partnership with Andy Johnson was very important in us finishing seventh last year. More goals is what Bobby wants, but I want results. I'd take it if we were to win every game 1-0 without Zamora scoring once."

Meanwhile Brown admitted his side were simply not good enough, with their defeat leaving them in the relegation zone.

"The lads defended well, like we asked them to, but we ask them to play some football when we get the ball and they didn't do that at all," said the Hull boss.

"We played a bit better in the second half, but that opened up some gaps and that's when they scored the second.

"We just didn't get any good possession into the strikers at all."

On the return to first-team action of midfielder Bullard, who signed from Fulham for £5m in January, Brown added: "We want him as fit as we can but I'm not hanging my hat on one player.

"He did OK when he came on in the face of adversity - there was a little bit of extra pressure but he's a big boy who can handle the ball and we want players around him who can do that."

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Premier League results

19 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 2-0 Hull R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 19 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 9 12 22
2 Chelsea 9 11 21
3 Tottenham 9 8 19
4 Arsenal 8 16 18
5 Man City 8 7 17
6 Aston Villa 8 5 16
7 Sunderland 9 4 16
8 Liverpool 9 9 15
9 Stoke 9 -3 12
10 Burnley 9 -10 12
11 Everton 8 -2 11
12 Fulham 8 -2 10
13 Blackburn 8 -6 10
14 Wigan 9 -7 10
15 Bolton 8 -2 8
16 Wolverhampton 9 -7 8
17 Birmingham 9 -5 7
18 Hull 9 -14 7
19 West Ham 8 -4 5
20 Portsmouth 9 -10 3

see also
Fulham 2-0 Hull City
19 Oct 09 |  Premier League
Monday football as it happened
19 Oct 09 |  Football
Hull's Bullard eyes Fulham return
16 Oct 09 |  Hull
Monday's football photos
19 Oct 09 |  Football

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