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If Chris Hughton can be sacked after five games without a win, what chance Mark Hughes suffering a similar fate? After a seventh failed attempt to take three points and, with it, moving a step closer to the relegation zone, mutterings of discontent are beginning to reverberate around Craven Cottage.

Fulham had the better of the few chances created in a dour game, but were thwarted by two goal-line clearances and are now suffering their worst run for almost three years.

Sunderland could have gone fifth with a victory, but after winning 3-0 at Stamford Bridgein their previous visit to the capital, they had to settle fora point.

Hughes has won just twice since replacing Roy Hodgson and next weekend he takes his side to face their former manager at Anfield.

Hughes, the ex-Blackburn and Manchester City manager, said: “We are lacking that bit of luck; when we got shots in, they got bodies behind the ball. If one had gone in, I believe we would have won comfortably.”

Of Fulham’s plight, Hughes added: “There are a lot of teams down there and they are all looking for one win. We are scrambling to get the win to settle ourselves down.”

Sunderland, who lost Anton Ferdinand in the 11th minute, posed the greater scoring threat in the opening half, with Darren Bent heading wide when he could, and should, have done better.

Fulham forced the next chance, early in the second half, David Bardsley clearing off the line from Dickson Etuhu’s header.

Fulham threatened again when Clint Dempsey’s shot struck John Mensah, seemingly on the hand, but referee Neil Swarbrick, making his debut in the Premier League, played on.

The Sunderland fans resorted to singing about Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley, claiming “Ashley’s one of us”, following his surprise sacking of Hughton, who was in the crowd.

The game began to come to life midway through the second half when Fulham launched an attack, but the move finished with Lee Cattermole clearing off the line from Zoltan Gera.

From the corner, though, Sunderland charged up field

with four men in red and white shirts against one Fulham defender. But Bent’s final ball, to Asamoah Gyan, was poor and Fulham survived.

Another effort from Fulham, a Dempsey shot, was saved again by Simon Mignolet.

Bent will be relieved he was given offside in the closing minutes – though replays suggest the call was marginal – when he rolled the ball wide when he should have scored.

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