A 90th minute Jose Fonte goal rescued a point for Southampton who went behind just two minutes earlier thanks to Kieran Richardson’s first Fulham goal.
It was both sides’ first draw of the season and was a fair result in the end, with neither side able to claim they dominated or created enough chances to comfortably win the game.
Fonte had put the Saints in front after just four minutes when he headed home an Adam Lallana corner, but chances were rare from then on and Fulham drew level as John Arne Riise’s shot was deflected into his own net by Jos Hooiveld.
Fulham had the better possession in key areas but also failed to create many clear cut chances despite going in front through Richardson’s late strike before the last gasp Fonte equaliser.
Rickie Lambert was unusually quiet for Southampton and he was substituted when the Saints led 1-0, a decision that Nigel Adkins may have regretted. The lack of quality on the pitch was noticeable at times with big summer signings Dimitar Berbatov and Gaston Ramirez injured and not involved.
Both teams will be reasonably satisfied with the point but the late goals will grab all of the headlines as Southampton’s defensive errors once again appear to have cost them dearly.
Fulham remain 9th and have enjoyed a good start to the season whereas Southampton have struggled since promotion last season but sit in 17th just one point and place outside of the drop zone.