Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri was denied victory over former club Leicester as James Maddison scored for the second successive match to secure a point for the Foxes.

Until Maddison swept in the equaliser from Shinji Okazaki’s cross from the right, the hosts had looked on course to climb off the bottom of the Premier League and out of the relegation zone thanks to Aboubakar Kamara’s goal.

The French forward, who had not scored in a league match since 2 January, chased on to Aleksandar Mitrovic’s flick, exploiting a mistake from Caglar Soyuncu, to drive a shot through Kasper Schmeichel’s legs.

But the visitors, who had started brightly and passed up more than enough chances to win, deserved their point.

It ensured the Cottagers equalled their top-flight record of 19 matches in a row without a clean sheet, dating back to 1950. Only Barnsley, in 1997-98, have conceded more goals at this stage of a Premier League season.

The result leaves Fulham bottom of the table, while Leicester remain ninth.

When Ranieri masterminded Leicester’s stunning Premier League title-winning campaign two years ago, he did so at odds of 5,000-1.

His latest job – leading Fulham to safety – is certainly a more modest challenge, but it is an altogether different proposition at the wrong end of the table.

Ranieri arrested a sequence of seven consecutive defeats with victory over Southampton, but he is yet to plug the top-flight’s leakiest defence.

Fulham have not won consecutive home matches in the Premier League since April 2013 – and with trips to Manchester United, Newcastle and Arsenal in the next month, they may regard this as an opportunity missed.

Despite posing an attacking threat with 25 shots on goal, only seven of those were on target, and they looked decidedly shaky at the back.

Goalkeeper Sergio Rico made several excellent stops, particularly to deny Kelechi Iheanacho in the opening two minutes, while Wes Morgan and Maddison both failed to hit the target from close range when unmarked.




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