Berbatov celebrates birthday with goal as Fulham leapfrog freefalling Hammers


FULHAM eased their worries with only a third win in 16 games as West Ham’s season disintegrated further at Craven Cottage last night.

Forward Dimitar Berbatov headed his eighth Premier League goal of the season, amid suspicions of offside, to give the home side the lead after just 10 minutes.

Hammers captain Kevin Nolan equalised from a tight angle after a quick free-kick early in the second half, but Hugo Rodallega hit back instantly from close range.

Substitute Mladen Petric crowned victory in injury time when his shot hit the post in went in via West Ham’s Joey O’Brien.

Berbatov, on his 32nd birthday, went close to scoring his second, as three points lifted Fulham into 12th place, one ahead of Sam Allardyce’s visitors, who have now lost seven of their last 11 in all competitions.