FULHAM had to settle for a share of the spoils in their opening Europa League group stage game – but can take heart from a decent display in their first really awkward test in the competition so far.
Martin Jol may be no fan of Thursday night football, but his charges show no signs of any aversion and will feel they carved out enough openings to have claimed a win.
As it is, they are now undefeated in all 21 of their home matches in Europe since those first tentative Intertoto steps nine years ago.
The Fulham boss, up against a club he graced in his playing days, believes the disruption Europa League cause to his club's domestic needs could be damaging and longs for Wednesday night games. But his players seem invigorated by the adventure.
It helped their continuing confidence on this stage that FC Twente obligingly handed the Whites a head start at the Cottage.
A suicidal pass across the face of his own goal by left back Dwight Tiendalli – the sort of mistake drummed out of players at school – was pounced on by a grateful Andy Johnson in the 19 th minute.
The striker shrugged off a challenge from Twente skipper Peter Wisgerhof and calmly dinked over keeper Nikolay Mihaylov to net off the far post.
It was his fourth of the season. All of them have been in home European games.
The visitors, third in the Eredivisie League, were no pushovers though, and carried a threat before their 41 st minute equaliser – Luuk de Jong's header finding the net via a post and the back of a diving Mark Schwarzer, who has to get the unwanted goal credit.
De Jong had already forced Schwarzer to get down low to another header by then, while Willem Janssen had flashed a low shot from outside the area which also demanded full attention from the keeper.
Clint Dempsey epitomised Fulham's appetite for the competition. The American went close with a stooping header after the break before wriggling past two defenders to create an opening for Johnson that should have been put away – AJ's shot being blocked by an exposed Mihaylov.
As Fulham stepped up the pace, Dempsey had a drive saved and Steve Sidwell went close with a header as he raced onto a cross from the right by Pajtim Kasami.
But the attacks did fizzle out, even after Bobby Zamora had come on for Johnson and no-one could have many serious complaints about the final score.
Line-up: Schwarzer, Grygera, Baird, Hangeland, Briggs (Senderos 81); Kasami (Duff 74), Murphy, Sidwell, Dempsey; Johnson (Zamora 66), Dembele. Subs not used: Etheridge, Kelly, Sa, Gecov. Attendance: 14,110