Hugo Rodallega scored the only goal to give Fulham a precious win in their relegation duel with Norwich.

Rodallega swept home Lewis Holtby's first-half free-kick after it had been flicked on by Steve Sidwell.

It leaves third-bottom Fulham just two points behind Norwich, who have a treacherous final four matches.

New Canaries boss Neil Adams will wonder how his side failed to gain any reward from three excellent chances before Rodallega struck.

But it is now three wins in five games for the Cottagers, who have responded positively to Felix Magath's appointment as their third manager of the season.

Adams had made his presence felt as manager just six days after the dismissal of Chris Hughton, making six changes to the Norwich starting line-up, including restoring Michael Turner, who had recovered from a hamstring injury to make his first appearance since 1 January.

Norwich's run-in

  • 20 April: Liverpool (h)
  • 26 April: Man Utd (a)
  • 4 May: Chelsea (a)
  • 11 May: Arsenal (h)

Given the importance of the game, a cagey opening half-hour was not a surprise.

Norwich's Nathan Redmond had a shot saved by David Stockdale, while Rodallega failed to capitalise on a couple of half-chances.

But the game did not really come alive until Stockdale superbly turned away Ricky van Wolfswinkel's attempt to divert a low Martin Olsson cross into the net.

Leroy Fer forced Stockdale into another excellent save as he got his head to Redmond's near-post corner, before Bradley Johnson drilled a shot wide.

Norwich maintained the pressure and Robert Snodgrass had his head in his hands after his curling free-kick smacked against the crossbar.

The visitors had good cause to regret their profligacy before the break as Rodallega struck for the second successive game.

Holtby sent over a superb free-kick after Steven Whittaker fouled Kieran Richardson by the touchline, and Rodallega strode onto Steve Sidwell's near-post flick and swept home from four yards.

The Colombian almost had a second straight after the interval when he met Richardson's corner with a powerful header at the far post, only for Olsson to nudge it round a post.

Fulham's desperate need for points was shown in the way Brede Hangeland and Fernando Amorebieta closed in on Snodgrass as the Norwich man tried to reach Olsson's threatening pass deep inside the home penalty area.

Even Rodallega was helping out at the back and the striker was in just the right place to turn a goalbound Turner header over the bar.

Norwich remain outside the drop zone, but their run-in - Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal - leaves them in deep trouble as they try to preserve their top-flight status.

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Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Fulham

  • 13 Stockdale
  • 27 Riether
  • 35 Amorebieta
  • 07 Sidwell
  • 04 Heitinga
  • 05 Hangeland
  • 08 Kasami Booked (Dejagah - 57' )
  • 09 Diarra (Kvist - 85' )
  • 20 Rodallega
  • 10 Holtby (Parker - 69' )
  • 15 Richardson

Substitutes

  • 01 Stekelenburg
  • 03 Riise
  • 06 Kvist
  • 24 Dejagah
  • 26 Roberts
  • 28 Parker
  • 39 Bent

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 03 Whittaker Booked
  • 23 Olsson
  • 04 Johnson
  • 02 Martin
  • 06 Turner
  • 10 Fer Booked (Hoolahan - 68' )
  • 07 Snodgrass Booked
  • 22 Redmond
  • 09 van Wolfswinkel (Hooper - 60' )
  • 08 Howson (Murphy - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Hooper
  • 13 Bunn
  • 14 Hoolahan
  • 18 Garrido
  • 24 R Bennett
  • 27 Tettey
  • 31 Murphy
Ref: Mike Dean
Att: 25,028

Match Stats

Shots

14 14

On target

3 4

Corners

8 8

Fouls

10 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Fulham 1, Norwich City 0.

90:00 +3:25 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Norwich City 0.

90:00 +3:08

Attempt missed. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega following a fast break.

90:00 +0:46

Offside, Norwich City. Nathan Redmond tries a through ball, but Gary Hooper is caught offside.

90:00 +0:03 Booking

Booking Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:56

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

89:56

Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:22

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Scott Parker.

88:33

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:33

Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).

84:50

Foul by Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City).

84:50

Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. William Kvist replaces Mahamadou Diarra.

81:55

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

81:55

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:42

Attempt missed. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

78:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Josh Murphy replaces Jonny Howson.

77:56

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.

76:04

Attempt saved. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.

75:34

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

75:34

Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:03

Attempt blocked. Michael Turner (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

73:03

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Hugo Rodallega.

72:30

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

72:29

Attempt blocked. Gary Hooper (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

70:55

Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sascha Riether.

68:46

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Steven Whittaker.

68:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Scott Parker replaces Lewis Holtby.

67:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Wes Hoolahan replaces Leroy Fer.

61:27

Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah with a cross.

59:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Gary Hooper replaces Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

56:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Ashkan Dejagah replaces Pajtim Kasami.

56:00

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Martin Olsson.

54:06

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

54:04

Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Richardson with a cross.

53:39

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

53:17

Attempt blocked. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.

52:42

Attempt saved. Leroy Fer (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

51:09

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:09

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).

48:20

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:20

Foul by Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham).

46:32

Offside, Norwich City. Nathan Redmond tries a through ball, but Ricky van Wolfswinkel is caught offside.

46:06

Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sascha Riether with a cross following a corner.

45:27

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

45:00

Second Half begins Fulham 1, Norwich City 0.

45:00 +2:38 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Fulham 1, Norwich City 0.

45:00 +2:26

Foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City).

45:00 +2:26

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:02

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:00 +0:58

Delay in match Martin Olsson (Norwich City) because of an injury.

45:00 +0:30 Booking

Booking Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:11

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:11

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

44:55

Foul by Leroy Fer (Norwich City).

44:55

Lewis Holtby (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:25

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.

42:23

Attempt blocked. Leroy Fer (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

41:08

Jonny Howson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:08

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

39:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fulham 1, Norwich City 0. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Steve Sidwell with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

38:46 Booking

Booking Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38:38

Foul by Steven Whittaker (Norwich City).

38:38

Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:57

Attempt missed. Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis Holtby with a cross following a corner.

36:42

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

36:38

Attempt blocked. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Holtby.

35:55

Foul by Leroy Fer (Norwich City).

35:55

Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:44

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

33:25

Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

32:49

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:49

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

32:11

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

31:07 Booking

Booking Leroy Fer (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

30:30

Leroy Fer (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:30

Foul by Johnny Heitinga (Fulham).

28:14

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

28:12

Attempt saved. Leroy Fer (Norwich City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

27:44

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by David Stockdale.

27:42

Attempt saved. Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Martin Olsson with a cross.

27:21

Leroy Fer (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:21

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

23:13

Offside, Norwich City. Martin Olsson tries a through ball, but Nathan Redmond is caught offside.

23:02

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:02

Foul by Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham).

21:45

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Robert Snodgrass.

20:13

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.

20:11

Attempt blocked. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega with a headed pass.

16:57

Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kieran Richardson with a cross following a corner.

16:33

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Russell Martin.

12:58

Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pajtim Kasami with a headed pass.

12:26

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

12:26

Johnny Heitinga (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:29

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Johnny Heitinga.

10:28

Attempt missed. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Whittaker.

9:09

Foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City).

9:09

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:00

Lewis Holtby (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:00

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

5:21

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by David Stockdale.

4:38

Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.

3:47

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:47

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

0:10

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:10

Foul by Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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