Wade Elliott volleyed a glorious equaliser for Burnley to cancel out Bobby Zamora’s opener to earn a 1-1 draw with Fulham.

Both sides struggled at a freezing Turf Moor and a draw was the right result after a mostly turgid match.

Oddly enough the first ten minutes was excellent with Fulham particularly keen to force the issue as they looked for an early goal. In the very first minute Zamora freed Damien Duff but with Brian Jensen caught in no man’s land in his area Duff’s chip was tame and wide.

And then moments later, with Burnley still asleep, Erik Nevland forced a smart stop from Jensen at his near post.

At the other end Mark Schwarzer had to be alert to keep out Chris Eagles defelcted effort while Robbie Blake also had a firm volley blocked.

But after that early flurry of chances the game descended into farce with neither side able to string three passes together.

Confusion reigned in the Fulham defence just before the break as referee Mike Jones waved play on after Paul Konchesky’s clattering challenge on Tyrone Mears and Chris Eagles seemed to be offside. But play continued and Eagles found his way into the box, but with Blake screaming for the pass to set up a tap in at the back post and Steven Fletcher also lurking, Eagles wrongly chose to shoot and his weak effort was easily blocked by Schwarzer.

The second half thankfully started much the same as the first and Fulham were quickly ahead. Chris Baird was bright enough to take a quick free-kick over the top and the Clarets’ returning skipper Steven Caldwell let it bounce, getting the wrong side of Zamora. From then on Zamora was always favourite and he powered into the area before firing across Jensen into the bottom corner, giving the Dane no chance.

It was well deserved for a player who was head and shoulders above anyone else on the field and though calls for his inclusion in England’s World Cup squad are still well wide of the mark, many more performances like this will mean Fabio Capello will have to at least look at him.

Burnley boss Owen Coyle immediately threw on David Nugent for the ineffective Blake and changed the team’s shape to 4-4-2 and the equaliser came quickly. Stephen Jordan got forward from left-back to cross well into the area and the clearing header was weak and straight to Elliott who was lurking beyond the last man to delightfully cushion a volley back across Schwarzer into the top corner. The strike made amends for a bad miss from the midfielder earlier in the half as he screwed wide after being set up by Andre Bikey.

But as the Burnley fans awoke from their slumbers to roar their side on it seemed the hosts settled rather than going for the jugular. Neither side seemed keen to take the initiative and once Zamora had a one-on-one chance well smothered by Jensen both sides were playing out the final minutes.

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