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Fulham 1-2 Swansea Prem 12 1314 Daily Star

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Fulham (0) 1 Swansea (0) 2

EVEN the appointment of a second Dutch master could not prevent Fulham being brushed aside by Swansea.

The Cottagers brought in head coach Rene Meulensteen to help under-fire compatriot Martin Jol turn things around.

But substitute Jonjo Shelvey's late winner condemned them to a fourth straight defeat - and left Jol once again feeling the heat from his own fans.

Fulham had battled back from an own goal by Aaron Hughes to equalise with a fluke strike by Scott Parker, his first for the club.

But Shelvey launched a missile with 11 minutes to go which fired Swansea to their first win in four matches.

Asked about the fans calling for his head, Jol said: "I don't enjoy that. It's not the nicest period in my life. Can I win them over? I'm not sure but it's not about me, it's about the team.

"Rene phoned and said he would like to come. That was good. It's a different mouth on the training ground. But you can't change the world in two weeks."

Before kick-off, Jol admitted Fulham had a point to prove after their 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool last time out when they were awful.

And the Cottagers were well on top in the first half as Derek Boateng crunched into tackles after being recalled, Parker led by example after taking the captain's armband and Darren Bent chased every ball.

But Bent was guilty of a bad miss when he headed a cross from Parker wide before going agonisingly close when Chico Flores could only help a long ball into his path and he smashed a volley against the post.

Swansea threatened when Boateng was robbed by Alejandro Pozuelo but Maarten Stekelenburg stuck out a leg to deny Nathan Dyer.

Dyer was thwarted again by a tackle from Kieran Richardson at the start of the second half as the Swans grew in confidence.

The longer the match went on, the more Swansea's possession game began to dominate.

And when Pozuela fizzed in a cross from the right-hand side in the 56th minute, Hughes got a fatal touch, turning it into his own net.

Fulham grabbed a lifeline when star man Parker's mishit cross sneaked in at the far corner on 64 minutes.

But the boos rang out once again when Shelvey smashed in a late strike and he could even have had a second in stoppage time.

Swans boss Michael Laudrup said: "I feel sorry for Martin Jol. A lot of the time you are pointing just at the manager."

FULHAM: Stekelenburg 7; Zverotic 6, Hughes 5, Amorebieta 7, Richardson 6; Parker 8 (Taarabt 86th), Boateng 6 (Sidwell (61st) 6); Ruiz 5 (Kacaniklic 77th), Berbatov 6, Kasami 6; Bent 6

SWANSEA: Vorm 6; Rangel 6, Flores 6, Williams 6, Davies 6; De Guzman 6, Canas 6, Lamah 5 (Tiendalli 86th); Dyer 6 (Shelvey (60th) 6), Bony 6, Pozuelo 7 (Vazquez 90th)

STAR MAN: Scott Parker

Ref: A Marriner

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