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LONDON, England -- Danny Murphy converted a late penalty as Liverpool earned a 2-1 English Premier League win at Fulham.

The England midfielder scored the winner after Liverpool's French substitute Florent Sinama-Pongolle was tripped by Zat Knight with just two minutes left.

Seconds after the re-start, Fulham's Portuguese defender Luis Boa Morte was sent off for another foul on Sinama-Pongolle.

Emile Heskey had given Liverpool the lead on 17 minutes, volleying home a cross from ex-Fulham player Steve Finnan.

But French striker Louis Saha got the home side's equalizer just before the break, pouncing from five meters out when Steed Malbranque's pass was deflected by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard for his sixth goal of the season.

Fulham's second straight defeat at home cost them the chance to move into the top four. They stay in sixth on 18 points, one place and one point ahead of Liverpool, who claimed their third straight win.

"I like taking penalties," said Murphy. "I enjoy it. But more importantly, it was a great win for us because we've had a sticky patch recently. To win three games in a row is a good confidence booster."

Gerard Houllier's side have now scored two or more goals in six of their last eight league games.

"In the three years before this, we've been known for our defensive strength and our solidity," Houllier said. "We want to go back to that but we don't want to compromise what we have going forward."

In Sunday's other game, Leicester City beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 to end their run of five straight defeats and climb off the bottom of the table. Marcus Bent and Steve Howie scored the goals as Leicester climbed to 18th, one place ahead of Blackburn who have now lost their last five league games.

On Saturday, Premier League leaders Arsenal beat Leeds 4-1, while chasing Chelsea and Manchester United also won.

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