Fulham were held to a goalless draw by Luton Town in a sunny stalemate at Craven Cottage this afternoon.

Home boss Micky Adams had described this fixture as ‘a yardstick’ of his side’s progress having been promoted from Division Three last season in the build-up and he would have been impressed by the way the Cottagers dictated most of the proceedings, even if they failed to find a winner. Last season’s top scorer Mike Conroy came closest with a flying header in the first half but was denied by a sprawling save from Hatters keeper Kelvin Davis.

The visitors had chances themselves as the game opened up in the second half. Fulham goalkeeper Mark Walton did well at his near post to keep out an effort from the lively Jonathan Douglas as both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.

FULHAM: Walton; Lawrence, Herrera, Cullip, Morgan; Smith, Carpenter (Cockerill 70), Hayward, Brooker; Conroy (Scott 70), Newhouse. Subs (not used): McAree.

BOOKED: Cullip, Conroy.

LUTON TOWN: Kelvin Davis; James, Alexander (McLaren 12), Johnson, Steve Davis, Thomas, Waddock; Oldfield, Davies (Harvey 81); Douglas (McGowan 60), Marshall.

BOOKED: Steve Davis, Thomas, Marshall.

REFEREE: Mick Pierce (Portsmouth)