West Ham missed the chance to move into the top four with a 0-0 draw at Fulham which was marred by Tomas Soucek’s contentious late red card.
A sixth Premier League win in seven would have lifted David Moyes’ in-form side above Liverpool into the Champions League places, but the Hammers were uncharacteristically passive, registering just a single shot on target at Craven Cottage.
Things took a turn for the worse deep into stoppage-time when influential midfielder Soucek was sent off by referee Mike Dean after a lengthy VAR review for an unintentional elbow on Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Fulham’s commitment towards securing what would have been only their third Premier League win of the season could not be faulted, but it was familiar tale for Scott Parker’s goal-shy side as their winless run stretched to 12 games.
Fulham stay 18th in the table, eight points from safety, after their ninth draw of the season, while West Ham stay fifth, a point outside the top four.
More to follow.
Fulham travel to Everton in the Premier League next Sunday at 7pm. West Ham travel to Man Utd in the FA Cup fifth round on Tuesday at 7.30pm, before hosting Sheffield United in the Premier League on Monday at 6pm.