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Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu on Moussa Dembele, free kick awarded. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken short by Bjorn Helge Riise.
Zoltan Gera sends in a cross, clearance by Somen Tchoyi.
Somen Tchoyi sends in a cross, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Brede Hangeland delivers the ball, Scott Carson makes a save.
Carlos Salcido delivers the ball, Nicky Shorey makes a clearance.
Carlos Salcido takes a shot. Ibanez Pablo gets a block in.
Jerome Thomas goes off and Somen Tchoyi comes on. Corner taken right-footed by Bjorn Helge Riise to the near post, Paul Scharner manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Stephen Kelly, clearance made by Gabriel Tamas.
Handball decision goes against Andrew Johnson. Gabriel Tamas takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Bjorn Helge Riise played to the near post, clearance made by Paul Scharner.
A cross is delivered by Carlos Salcido, Nicky Shorey manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Clinton Dempsey on Scott Carson. Direct free kick taken by Scott Carson.
Stephen Kelly produces a cross.
The referee blows for offside against Roman Bednar. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by James Morrison from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Youssouf Mulumbu concedes a free kick for a foul on Zoltan Gera. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jonathan Greening from right channel, Nicky Shorey makes a clearance.
Foul by Andrew Johnson on Youssouf Mulumbu, free kick awarded. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
Bjorn Helge Riise comes on in place of Chris Baird.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Gonzalo Jara. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Salcido.
The ball is crossed by Paul Scharner, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
Handball by Moussa Dembele. Direct free kick taken by Scott Carson.
Jerome Thomas fouled by Jonathan Greening, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Paul Scharner from the free kick.
James Morrison takes the inswinging corner, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Morrison from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Jonathan Greening.
Paul Scharner takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
The ball is crossed by Chris Brunt.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Brunt, Zoltan Gera manages to make a clearance.
Stephen Kelly delivers the ball, clearance made by James Morrison.
Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Gabriel Tamas gets a block in.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Moussa Dembele goes wide left of the target.
The ball is sent over by Carlos Salcido, clearance by Gabriel Tamas.
Roman Bednar is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
Andrew Johnson comes on in place of Diomansy Kamara.
The ball is swung over by Jerome Thomas, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
Diomansy Kamara is ruled offside. Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.
Marc-Antoine Fortune leaves the field to be replaced by Roman Bednar. (West Brom) makes a substitution, with Ibanez Pablo coming on for Jonas Olsson. Corner taken by Chris Brunt.
Marc-Antoine Fortune leaves the field to be replaced by Roman Bednar. (West Brom) makes a substitution, with Ibanez Pablo coming on for Jonas Olsson. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Brunt.
A cross is delivered by Jerome Thomas.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening played to the near post.
Jonathan Greening takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Paul Scharner makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Kelly.
Stephen Kelly concedes a free kick for a foul on Jerome Thomas. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
Carlos Salcido crosses the ball, clearance by Jonas Olsson.
Shot from just outside the area by Jerome Thomas misses to the right of the target.
The ball is sent over by James Morrison.
James Morrison takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.
Jonathan Greening delivers the ball, Shot by Diomansy Kamara from 12 yards. Blocked by Gabriel Tamas.
The offside flag is raised against Marc-Antoine Fortune. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
The ball is swung over by Chris Brunt, Jonas Olsson has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Chris Brunt decides to take the corner short.
Moussa Dembele has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
James Morrison has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
The ball is swung over by Zoltan Gera.
Goal scored by Marc-Antoine Fortune from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Brom 2-1 Fulham.Assist by Jerome Thomas.
Inswinging corner taken by James Morrison from the left by-line, Jonas Olsson takes a shot. Clearance by Stephen Kelly.
Chris Brunt produces a cross.
The ball is swung over by Gonzalo Jara, Carlos Salcido gets a block in.
Jerome Thomas concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Kelly. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Zoltan Gera.
The ball is sent over by Clinton Dempsey.
Moussa Dembele concedes a free kick for a foul on Jerome Thomas. Youssouf Mulumbu restarts play with the free kick.
Stephen Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas. Youssouf Mulumbu restarts play with the free kick.
Carlos Salcido handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Carson.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Kelly, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
Centre by Clinton Dempsey, clearance by Jonas Olsson.
The ball is delivered by Youssouf Mulumbu, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
Gonzalo Jara delivers the ball, save by Mark Schwarzer.
The ball is delivered by Jerome Thomas, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
Goal scored by Youssouf Mulumbu from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Brom 1-1 Fulham.The assist for the goal came from Chris Brunt.
Shot by Zoltan Gera from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
Chris Brunt takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Diomansy Kamara goes wide of the left-hand post.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
The official flags Marc-Antoine Fortune offside. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
Scott Carson puts the ball into his own goal from 6 yards. West Brom 0-1 Fulham.Zoltan Gera takes a shot from 25 yards. Assist by Zoltan Gera. Save made by Scott Carson.
An own goal is scored by Scott Carson. West Brom 0-1 Fulham.Effort from outside the penalty area by Zoltan Gera strikes the post. Assist on the goal came from Zoltan Gera.
Unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Moussa Dembele results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt, save by Mark Schwarzer.
Clinton Dempsey has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Brunt, Jonas Olsson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Zoltan Gera gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu. Free kick taken by Chris Brunt, Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
Foul by Zoltan Gera on Youssouf Mulumbu, free kick awarded. Chris Brunt fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Scott Carson.
Paul Scharner has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Di Matteo determined to exploit hot streak
Roberto Di Matteo wants West Brom to make hay while the sun shines by making the most of their current impressive form ahead of the home clash with Fulham.
Albion have been the surprise team in the Barclays Premier League so far this season after gaining promotion and are occupying sixth spot.
Their results include a 3-2 win at Arsenal and recovering from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend.
Di Matteo knows Albion could still face a struggle for survival but likens their current form to a family visit to a farm he made this week.
Di Matteo said: "It's like when you're a farmer. You want to bring as much hay into your store as soon as possible.
"It's going to be a long, harsh winter.
"It is freezing cold at the moment. We're happy we've got some hay in there already. But we definitely don't have enough.
"After eight games there are still 90 points to play for, so we have nowhere near enough.
"My family went to visit a farm so the analogy is in my mind at the moment!"
Di Matteo admits he expects Albion to come under more scrutiny from opponents after collecting 12 points from their opening eight games.
He said: "We've had a decent return of points and it doesn't matter to me whether the opposition is Tottenham, Manchester United, Wigan, Wolves or Blackburn. It's about the points.
"But I think the more difficult part will come now. There wasn't much expected off us at Old Trafford or the Emirates or when we played Spurs so now I think it is going to be more difficult.
"We're a newly-promoted team and we were expected to go down with the other promoted teams. I think the opposition will look at us a bit closer now."
Albion winger Jerome Thomas is fit after fully overcoming a calf problem.
But four-goal leading scorer Peter Odemwingie remains a major doubt with the knee problem suffered against Bolton three weeks ago.
Mark Hughes likens the return of Andy Johnson to completing a new signing as the Fulham striker prepares to make his comeback.
Johnson will play some part at The Hawthorns after recovering from a combination of shoulder, knee and hip problems.
The 29-year-old participated in a development match against Southampton in midweek and Hughes insists he is ready to resume a career that has been heavily interrupted by injury.
"Andy should be OK. He came through 90 minutes and we're pleased with that," said Hughes.
"It was the good challenge that he needed to clear his mind. He's available for selection.
"We'll look at the option of starting Andy but it would be more advisable to introduce him slowly and see how he goes.
"He's looked very sharp and we're pleased that he's back.
"He's a significant player for us and it's like making a new signing.
"Hopefully he'll stay free of injury now and he can concentrate on making a real impact."
Fulham are hoping to register their first away win since the opening day of last season, a sequence spanning 22 games.
They have drawn all four matches on the road this term and Hughes believes that elusive victory will arrive soon.
"We've set about trying to improve our away record and we're reasonably pleased with our form in that respect," he said.
"We've picked up points which is important. Ideally we want to get three points, that's important from a confidence point of view.
"At times we show a few of the scars from the fact we haven't won on the road for so long. We must overcome that and stay positive.
"The win will come because we're playing well enough."
West Brom lie sixth in the table, are unbeaten at home and have won away at Arsenal and held Manchester United to a draw at Old Trafford.
"If you look at the games and opposition they've played, they've done exceptionally well," said Hughes.
"They've acquitted themselves very well against some of the better teams in the league.
"It's a big test for us because they're an accomplished side who are confident after the results they've had."
Baggies bounce back to win
West Brom moved up to fourth in the Barclays Premier League after coming from behind to defeat Fulham 2-1 at the Hawthorns.
The Cottagers went in front early on when Scott Carson pushed Zoltan Gera's shot on to the post, only for it to bounce back against the goalkeeper and over the line.
But the Baggies were soon level through Youssouf Mulumbu before Marc-Antoine Fortune's goal turned things around in the 40th minute.
The result means the Baggies have now gone seven games unbeaten in all competitions as their impressive start to the season continues.
Fulham, meanwhile, are still looking for an away league win, having not taken three points from a fixture on the road since the opening day of last season.
West Brom made the more positive start, with Chris Brunt drilling a low free-kick that Mark Schwarzer was equal to.
Moments later Fortune chested down Brunt's cross in the box, turned and hit a shot that deflected behind for a corner. It was met by Jonas Olsson, who was unable to find any accuracy with his header.
Clint Dempsey hit back at the other end with a speculative effort that went wide and in the ninth minute, the visitors were ahead thanks to a slice of good luck.
Gera collected a pass from Moussa Dembele and unleashed a strike which Carson did well to tip against the post.
Unfortunately for Carson, the ball bounced back off the woodwork, against him and in, and although Gera made a point of not celebrating against his old club, it will go down as an own-goal.
Another former Baggies player, Diomansy Kamara, could have made it 2-0 soon after but saw his effort go just the wrong side of the post, and Gera then shot over the bar.
Just after the quarter-hour mark the hosts were level, though, as Brunt's through-ball evaded Fortune but was controlled by Mulumbu, who slotted it past Schwarzer.
Brede Hangeland then gave the ball away in a dangerous area but was swift to reclaim it from Jerome Thomas, and Olsson was on the end of another corner with a looping header that Stephen Kelly cleared off the line.
The home side were back in the ascendancy and with five minutes of the first half remaining, they took the lead.
Thomas picked out Fortune from the by-line and the Frenchman passed the ball beyond Schwarzer and into the net.
It could have got even better for Roberto Di Matteo's men before the interval but James Morrison shot well off-target and Paul Scharner's header went into the side-netting.
West Brom emerged for the second period looking eager to extend their advantage and Morrison tried his luck again, with a similar outcome.
Fortune then attempted to take advantage of another mistake by Hangeland, but over-ran the ball as he advanced towards Schwarzer.
Di Matteo made a double substitution, withdrawing Fortune and Olsson for Roman Bednar and Pablo Ibanez, and Gabriel Tamas connected with a corner but could do little to send it in the right direction.
Andy Johnson came on for Fulham in place of Kamara to make his first appearance since January, but it remained one-way traffic, with Bednar hoisting the ball over Schwarzer and in only to be flagged offside.
Morrison then received the ball by the far post but lost his footing as he tried to poke it past Schwarzer, and Scharner's shot drew a good save out of the Australian goalkeeper as the hosts continued to pile on the pressure.
Baggies fans cried out for a penalty when Thomas appeared to have his shirt pulled by Kelly, but referee Kevin Friend waved play on.
West Brom then sprung an attack direct from Carson's long kick, with Morrison racing on to it and prodding the ball across Schwarzer but wide.
Fulham had a glimpse of a chance when Carson flapped at a cross, but the ball was cleared away.
Moments later Johnson narrowly failed to get a touch on a delivery that flew across the box.
The former Everton frontman was then unable to get a shot in while tracked by Ibanez and the hosts remained solid up to the final whistle to claim the victory.
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