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Win ends Fulham's losing streak
« on: February 05, 2007, 08:49:33 AM »
Fulham, the Premier League's rock-bottom club, had cause for celebration last night - though it is highly unlikely to help them avoid relegation. After losing their first 15 league and cup games of the season they managed a 1-0 victory against Sunderland that took them within seven points of the Black Cats, who occupy the lowest of the safety positions. However, with five of their remaining eight games against teams in the top five the chances of survival are still nearer nil than slim.

Fred Brockwell, the director of football and the man who led efforts to save the club from extinction after they were cast adrift by Fulham FC last summer, said: "We have to be realistic and the Southern Division is still staring us in the face.

"But the win will give the girls a big lift, and for the club to just be in existence is a success story, especially considering we lost the whole of our 15-player first-team squad as well as our funding between the end of last season and the start of this one. We've now got ourselves on an even keel, we've got two teams with excellent facilities for both and we've got some very good young players who in a couple of years time could make us an outstanding side."

While still searching for new players in the early weeks of the season, Fulham suffered a 14-0 defeat at the hands of the champions Arsenal. Yesterday the Gunners handed out similar punishment to Reading Royals, the Southern Division side going out of the women's FA Cup with a 14-1 hiding in a delayed fifth-round tie.

In other ties held back from last week due to England's involvement in the China Cup, Everton and Charlton Athletic both recorded 4-0 victories - against Langford and Nottingham Forest respectively - to set up a quarter-final meeting of the 2005 finalists.

Also through to the last eight following ties yesterday are Leeds United, runners-up to Arsenal last season, who won 2-1 at Cardiff City, and Bristol Academy who beat Tranmere Rovers 3-1.,,2005974,00.html