Bobby Zamora scored the first goal and set up the second as Fulham beat Hull 2-0 on Monday to climb four places to 12th in the Premier League.
Zamora headed home in the 43rd minute after Hull goalkeeper Boaz Myhill had blocked a shot from Damien Duff. Diomansy Kamara added the second in the 64th minute when he turned home Zamora’s cross after a Fulham breakaway.
Clint Dempsey, who missed the United States’ two World Cup qualifiers because of a shoulder injury, shot and headed wide of the target as Fulham threatened more goals.
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The result meant that Hull remained in the relegation zone in 18th place with only seven points.
The only positive for Hull was the return to action of imaginative midfielder Jimmy Bullard, a former Fulham star who had been out of action for nine months after knee surgery.