Roy Hodgson admits Fulham were fortunate to escape with a point from the goalless draw with Sunderland, who hit the woodwork three times at Craven Cottage.

The Fulham manager admitted: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen the ball hit the woodwork three times from one shot before – but long may it continue if we are the side to benefit.

“People might say we were lucky today but I thought we played well, fought hard and deserved a draw at least.

Hodgson congratulated referee Stroud for disallowing Richardson’s free-kick in the second half.

He said: “He had warned Chimbonda already for pushing in the wall and obviously kept his eye on the situation. “Fair play to him because luckily for us he was able to focus on his job and make the right decision.

“We looked a bit jaded to start with but improved and the main thing was we ended a run of defeats, broke our duck with the point.”