Robbie Fowler made his debut for Leeds United AFC on Sunday but failed to inspire his new team-mates to victory in a goalless FA Premiership draw against Fulham FC at Craven Cottage stadium.
Fowler, who joined Leeds for more than €17.5m from Liverpool FC this week, battled gamely to make an impression alongside Australian international Mark Viduka but enjoyed few clear chances in a tight game. The England international stung the fingers of Fulham goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar with a 25-metre shot midway through the second half as Leeds looked for the breakthrough that would have kept the pressure on league leaders Liverpool.
Fowler then came closest to getting on the scoresheet four minutes from time, as he hooked the ball goalwards from five metres out. But Van der Sar, who was impressive all afternoon, managed to block the ball with his legs. The home side were worthy of a draw at least. Luís Boa Morte saw his first-half effort cleared off the line by Gary Kelly and defender Andy Melville's header cannoned back off visiting goalkeeper Nigel Martyn's crossbar after 68 minutes.
Manager David O'Leary was disappointed with his side's display. "I was delighted with a point - that was all we deserved because it was the worst performance for a long time," he said. "We didn't pass the ball, we had no hunger or determination and that's not what my teams are about."
The point shared leaves Leeds third in the table, four points behind Liverpool. Fulham, who have taken 12 points from the last seven games, move into eleventh spot. Everton FC are a point and three places better off than the Londoners after beating Southampton FC 2-0 at home in Sunday's other game.
After being jeered off at half-time, Everton took the lead through Tomasz Radzinksi in the 50th minute following good work by makeshift striker Steve Watson. Thomas Gravesen wasted two decent chances to put the result beyond doubt, before clearing an Anders Svensson header off the line and racing upfield to supply the cross for Mark Pembridge's clinching goal three minutes from time.
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