Rickie Lambert's late penalty secured Southampton a hard-earned point in west London as Fulham's poor recent run continued with a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.
The Boxing Day encounter at Craven Cottage was of grave importance to both sides given their position near the relegation zone. Fulham came into the match with just one win in 10 matches but got off to the best possible start, taking the lead inside eight minutes.
Kelvin Davis could only fumble a Sascha Riether cross into the path of Dimitar Berbatov, who duly slotted home off balance at the far post. The Bulgarian celebrated by revealing a shirt saying 'Keep Calm and Pass Me the Ball', although he failed to stay true to his word by somehow heading wide shortly afterwards.
The miss allowed Southampton back into the game and, after a number of missed opportunities, the strugglers grabbed a late leveler.
Saints academy graduate Chris Baird was adjudged to have handled a Gaston Ramirez corner, allowing Lambert to continue his ...