Two off as Blues held
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The visitors bagged an early lead through Louis Saha, but Mikael Forssell's two equalisers on his debut spared the home side's blushes after Luis Boa Morte had put Fulham ahead following Sylvain Legwinski's dismissal.
Blues were stunned moments into the game as Jerome Bonnissel's long ball found Saha, and he beat Maik Taylor before clipping the ball with the outside of his right foot into the empty net just 36 seconds in.
The goal was the second fastest of the Premiership campaign, behind Andy Cole's strike for Blackburn against Chelsea, and also the first the Midlands side had conceded all season.
With the visitors closing in on an excellent first 45 minutes of football, Blues' on loan ace Forssell was on hand to fire home from close range after a flick-on from Damien Johnson.
The Cottagers were desperately unlucky not to regain their lead minutes into the second half, however Legwinski's effort crashed off the bar following Steed Malbranque's clever near-post free-kick.
Fulham found themselves a man down 60 minutes in when Legwinski picked up his second yellow card for a challenge on David Dunn on the hour mark, after receiving his first in the opening period.
Despite switching to a containing formation, the visitors went ahead on 78 minutes when Boa Morte's challenge on Taylor went unpunished and he hooked the ball into the empty net.
Within moments the home side were level when Edwin van der Sar's superb save landed straight at Forssell's feet, and he made no mistake from virtually point-blank range.
However, in the aftermath, Boa Morte attempted to slow the re-start down by running back to the halfway line with the ball, a move that incensed Darren Purse who tackled him resulting in his red card.
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