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West Ham 3-0 Fulham Prem 13 1314 Mirror

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West Ham 3-0 Fulham Prem 13 1314 Mirror Somebody needs to tell Fulham's American owner Shahid Khan about relegation.

It might not matter too much that Khan's ­Jacksonville Jaguars lose game after game in the NFL - nothing happens when they finish bottom of the standings.

So far this year, the Jaguars have won just two of their 11 contests.

The Cottagers have secured a paltry one more victory than that.

The key difference, of course, is that Fulham are going down, as things stand, and will consequently lose a fortune.

Maybe Khan will start to twig, when somebody talks him through the numbers.

His attempt to stick with manager Martin Jol has, in many ways, been ­admirable.

But enough is enough.

Quite simply, Fulham are dreadful and Jol has to carry the can.

It is now five Premier League defeats in ­succession and 16 losses in the last 24 games.

That record may well get worse before it gets any better.

The way in which Fulham conceded the opening goal summed up exactly where Jol has gone wrong.

Scott Parker played a terrible pass to Steve Sidwell and he was robbed by Mohamed Diame, who scored with a deflected shot.

Parker and Sidwell are too old and too slow to play together in the centre of midfield.

They lose possession too easily and they offer nothing going forwards.

There was no energy or drive in Jol's Dad's Army team at Upton Park and Dimitar Berbatov was missing, with a mystery illness.

Berbatov had the captain's armband taken off him last week and may not have started in any case against West Ham.

But, of course, that had nothing to do with his absence.

When Jol made changes in the second half, he sent on Bryan Ruiz and ­36-year-old Giorgos ­Karagounis.

The Dutchman has really done himself no favours, whatsoever.

It wasn't until the Hammers' substitute Carlton Cole had put the scoreline beyond doubt that striker Moussa Dembele was thrown on - far too late to make any impact.

And it got even worse for Jol when another substitute Joe Cole fired in the third goal.

The Dutchman simply sat on the bench with his head in his hands, in the knowledge that his players are simply not fighting for him.

West Ham could easily have scored five, as Modibo Maiga headed against the post and Stewart Downing hit the crossbar.

Fulham could be summed up by their two efforts on goal.

An Elsad Zverotic ­free-kick sailed miles over the bar and a Kieran ­Richardson set-piece also troubled fans in the top tier.

Jol's men did not manage a single shot on target, let alone force Hammers keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to make a save of note.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce had also been under pressure going into a game dubbed by some as 'El Sackico'.

Credit should go to Allardyce for inspiring a vastly improved second-half display that secured a ­valuable three points for his men.

Maiga's ninth-minute header against the post had been as good as it got in the first period, but the Hammers came steaming out of the blocks after the break.

Just two minutes into the second period, Diame made the most of poor play from Parker and Sidwell to send a shot past Maarten ­Stekelenburg, via a ­deflection off Fernando Amorebieta.

Downing then curled a shot against the bar, as West Ham dominated their hapless opponents.

But it was the late ­substitutions that did the trick for Allardyce, as Carlton Cole found the back of the net 55 seconds after stepping off the bench.

The goal was simple - Downing crossed and the striker slid the ball into the back of the net.

Joe Cole then got in on the act just a minute before the final whistle.

Khan already knows what it feels like to lose.

If he's not careful, he'll be far more familiar with exactly what relegation means.

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