Fulham strike late to hold United

Fulham strike late to hold United

An injury-time goal from Fulham's Darren Bent inflicted more pain on struggling Manchester United as the bottom club rescued a 2-2 Premier League draw on Sunday while Tottenham Hotspur beat top-four rivals Everton 1-0.

Late goals from Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick helped United cancel out a Steve Sidwell opener to lead a resolute Fulham 2-1 before Bent headed in at the far post to nick a point in the 94th minute.

A stunning finish from revitalised striker Emmanuel Adebayor helped fifth-placed Tottenham sink Everton to move above their rivals. on the points table.

Tottenham were second best for most of the match as Everton confidently dominated possession but they were left to rue their lack of a cutting edge when Adebayor fired powerfully into the bottom corner midway through the second half.

It was the Togo striker's sixth goal in his last eight league matches.

Tottenham, who had won just two of their previous 13 league games against Everton, have 47 points, three adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool and two ahead of Everton in sixth.
Manchester United are seventh on 41 points while Fulham stay bottom with 20.

Unlike Saturday's meeting between Liverpool and Arsenal, the Everton-Tottenham game started cagily.

Spurs, who looked disorganised at the back and lacking bite in midfield, did come close to taking an undeserved lead midway through the half when Adebayor was inches away from connecting with a Danny Rose cross on the slide.

The striker, who has been entirely re-invigorated since Tim Sherwood took over as manager from Andre Villas-Boas in December, had looked isolated in attack as Tottenham laboured to create chances. It was typical, therefore, that his goal should come from a moment of individual brilliance.

He controlled a long free kick forward from Kyle Walker on his chest, used his upper-body strength to hold off two defenders before drilling a left-foot shot into the bottom corner.
It was Tottenham's first effort on target.

Everton continued to press but when Mark Clattenburg waved away a penalty appeal for an Etienne Capoue challenge on Seamus Coleman in stoppage time, they were condemned to their second defeat in their last three games.

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