A game we never looked likely scoring in, let alone winning, gives Mark Hughes some serious issues to confront. Toothless Fulham's early season promise is fading as fast as the summer.
Five draws and just one win from six leaves us still unbeaten and in the top half, but this was a game Everton dominated throughout and should have won comfortably. In stoppage time Yakubu sidefooted tamely within Schwarzer's reach from 12 yards range with the goal gaping. At the other end Tim Howard was never troubled apart from one block to a Dempsey effort. Nobody took the suspect Distin on, or pressured debutant Coleman.
Like it or not the Whites have to make do without their England striker Zamora throughout the coming winter. It's going to be a long haul unless we find someone up top to hold the ball up. Clint simply cannot play that role. Eddie Johnson bafflingly replaced Gera (hero of the Europa League run) early into the 2nd half, only to remind us how he struggles at this level. Kamara came on for Davies to add to a system that wasn't working. Etuhu disappointed again, Duff's season is yet to get going.
Mark made important saves as Everton poured forward, thank goodness they arrived low on confidence and missing big players of their own. Pienaar looked lively throughout, giving a lesson in wing play. Everton remember arrived in the bottom three, without a win to date, and with Moyes holding a crisis meeting midweek to demand more fight from the players. Incredible that the table tonight has the Toffees bottom after the Hammers win, while Fulham sit 6th.
Fulham fans were relieved at the final whistle to have a point, the Yakubu of old would have buried us today with a hat-trick (as he's done in the past). It's really hard to pick any positives from this game, and West Ham next up just as they look like turning the corner.
On this form I can't even work up enthusiasm for the impending return of AJ, he's going to end up chasing shadows around the pitch like the rest. Mark, it's time for a major rethink. The situation is far from desperate, what matters now is the reaction to two feeble back-to-back performances.