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  • Date:24 Sep 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:The Hawthorns
  • Attendance:23,835
Goal!

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93mins

Shot from deep inside the area by Carlos Orlando Sa clears the bar.

91mins

Shot from just outside the box by Chris Brunt hits the post.

90mins

Bryan Ruiz concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Shorey. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

89mins

The official flags Shane Long offside. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Baird.

87mins

The referee blows for offside against Shane Long. Danny Murphy goes off and Dickson Etuhu comes on. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.

87mins

The ball is sent over by Youssouf Mulumbu, clearance made by Chris Baird.

87mins

James Morrison has a drilled shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.

82mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.

81mins

Shot from just outside the area by Clint Dempsey misses to the right of the target. Somen Tchoyi is brought on as a substitute for Jerome Thomas.

80mins

Steven Reid fouled by Clint Dempsey, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

79mins

Effort on goal by Peter Odemwingie from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

78mins

James Morrison on for Graham Dorrans.

76mins

Unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Youssouf Mulumbu results in a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick. Effort on goal by John Arne Riise from 18 yards. Save by Ben Foster. Effort from inside the box by Bryan Ruiz hits the post.

75mins

Jerome Thomas produces a cross, clearance by Brede Hangeland.

75mins

Peter Odemwingie delivers the ball.

74mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by Danny Murphy. Bryan Ruiz joins the action as a substitute, replacing Pajtim Kasami. Nicky Shorey takes the direct free kick.

72mins

The ball is crossed by Youssouf Mulumbu, save made by Mark Schwarzer.

69mins

Peter Odemwingie fouled by John Arne Riise, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Brunt.

68mins

Jerome Thomas sends in a cross, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.

67mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Odemwingie. Brede Hangeland takes the indirect free kick.

65mins

Peter Odemwingie fouled by Chris Baird, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Baird is booked. Graham Dorrans takes the free kick.

65mins

The ball is sent over by John Arne Riise, clearance by Chris Brunt.

64mins

Effort from 18 yards by Peter Odemwingie. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

63mins

Shot from 18 yards by Pajtim Kasami. Jonas Olsson gets a block in.

60mins

Zdenek Grygera gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas. The referee cautions Zdenek Grygera for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Graham Dorrans, Clint Dempsey makes a clearance.

59mins

Unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Jonas Olsson results in a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

58mins

The ball is delivered by Chris Brunt, save by Mark Schwarzer.

55mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Youssouf Mulumbu. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.

54mins

Steve Sidwell challenges Peter Odemwingie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graham Dorrans restarts play with the free kick.

53mins

Youssouf Mulumbu takes a shot. Blocked by Clint Dempsey.

53mins

Foul by Brede Hangeland on Peter Odemwingie, free kick awarded. Chris Brunt crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right by-line.

50mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Brede Hangeland on Shane Long. Brede Hangeland booked. Chris Brunt restarts play with the free kick.

49mins

Foul by Chris Brunt on Clint Dempsey, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

48mins

Effort on goal by Moussa Dembele from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

48mins

A cross is delivered by John Arne Riise, Clint Dempsey takes a shot from 18 yards.

47mins

Unfair challenge on Chris Baird by Peter Odemwingie results in a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

45mins

Unfair challenge on Graham Dorrans by Steve Sidwell results in a free kick. Youssouf Mulumbu takes the direct free kick.

44mins

The ball is sent over by Zdenek Grygera, Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

44mins

Moussa Dembele sends in a cross, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.

41mins

Clint Dempsey delivers the ball, save made by Ben Foster.

38mins

The ball is crossed by John Arne Riise, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.

36mins

Unfair challenge on John Arne Riise by Youssouf Mulumbu results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Arne Riise.

36mins

Effort from 18 yards by Carlos Orlando Sa. Blocked by Gareth McAuley.

33mins

The ball is sent over by Zdenek Grygera, Carlos Orlando Sa takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

32mins

Long range effort from Moussa Dembele misses to the left of the goal.

31mins

John Arne Riise delivers the ball, Steven Reid gets a block in.

27mins

Effort on goal by Shane Long from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

27mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Carlos Orlando Sa. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.

25mins

Danny Murphy sends in a cross, save made by Ben Foster.

25mins

The ball is delivered by Zdenek Grygera, clearance made by Steven Reid.

24mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Youssouf Mulumbu on Steve Sidwell. Steve Sidwell takes the direct free kick.

24mins

Nicky Shorey produces a cross.

21mins

The ball is swung over by Zdenek Grygera, clearance by Jonas Olsson.

17mins

Shot by Clint Dempsey. Blocked by Chris Brunt.

16mins

Effort on goal by Moussa Dembele from 25 yards. Save by Ben Foster.

16mins

Steven Reid sends in a cross, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.

13mins

Moussa Dembele gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu. Chris Brunt restarts play with the free kick.

13mins

Danny Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas. Direct free kick taken by Graham Dorrans.

12mins

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Pajtim Kasami is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.

11mins

Youssouf Mulumbu takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

9mins

Pajtim Kasami produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

9mins

The ball is delivered by Danny Murphy, clearance by Jonas Olsson.

8mins

Carlos Orlando Sa has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Blocked by Gareth McAuley. Corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.

6mins

Steve Sidwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Graham Dorrans takes the free kick.

3mins

The ball is delivered by John Arne Riise.

2mins

The ball is sent over by Nicky Shorey, Chris Brunt takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.

1mins

Foul by Moussa Dembele on Jonas Olsson, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Results needed fast, warns Brunt West Brom captain Chris Brunt has told his team-mates it is time to start turning performances into results. The Baggies head into the match with Fulham bottom of the Barclays Premier League table having claimed three points from their five games. Those came courtesy of a win at Norwich, but they are yet to claim even a draw at home. Saturday`s opponents sit two places above them in the table, despite being the only team in the league yet to win, so Brunt knows it will be an important outing for his side. "I don't think it's a `need to win' game but we need to get some points," he told www.wba.co.uk. "Getting our first win at Norwich and then having such a sloppy performance at Swansea dented the confidence a bit. "It's important to get back on track." It was a familiar story on Wednesday when the Baggies - albeit with a much-changed side - went to Everton in the Carling Cup. Despite playing well in patches and leading for much of the second half, they conceded a late equaliser and lost to Phil Neville's extra-time wonder goal. "We put in a good performance on Wednesday and got knocked out of the cup which is disappointing, but it's up to us to get the ball rolling," said Brunt. "We're confident at home we can give anyone a game and in the two home games this season we've shown that. "But we've got nothing from them so it's important we get the ball rolling, especially at home." Defender Gabriel Tamas remains suspended following his red card against Norwich, but Shane Long could return having missed the Everton game because of an illness. Meanwhile, Fulham manager Martin Jol insists Bryan Ruiz will come good in time. The 26-year-old #10million deadline-day signing from FC Twente has yet to find the net for the Cottagers. And although he impressed in the Carling Cup tie at Chelsea in midweek, it was his spot-kick which hit the bar as Fulham exited the competition on a penalty shoot-out. Despite the setback, which came shortly after he was hauled off at half-time on his debut at home to Blackburn, Ruiz claimed he "felt really good" after the game at Stamford Bridge. Jol insists there is no point in trying to rush things with any player new to the hustle and bustle of the Barclays Premier League. "When he signed I said 'give him three weeks' which was of course a joke. I feel 50% of the foreigners will not do well, it is very difficult when you come to this country. There is a group of players who need a couple of months, or even a year," Jol said. "Bryan Ruiz is a quality player - don't forget Moussa Dembele needed seven or eight months to be the player he is now." Jol added: "Of course I have to be patient with him and so do the fans - you have to have the same attitude with all the foreigners. "We have got four good offensive players and Bryan can get all the time in the world if everybody is fine [fit]. "It is not about Ruiz, it is about the team. "If you look at all the good teams, they have six or eight offensive players. "In a year's time, it is important for me that you can look at his statistics, his productivity and then you will see Bryan Ruiz will be up there with our best players." Fulham could have defender Aaron Hughes back from a knee injury for the trip. Forward Andrew Johnson (ankle) is also close to being in contention, but midfielder Dickson Etuhu (thigh) and defender Bjorn Helge Riise (groin) remain sidelined. Brede Hangeland, Damien Duff, Clint Dempsey and captain Danny Murphy are all set to feature after being rested for the midweek Carling Cup penalty shoot-out defeat at Chelsea.

Formation:433Manager: Roy Hodgson

West Brom

Formation: 4411Manager: Martin Jol

Fulham

  • Ben Foster
  • Steven Reid
  • Gareth McAuley
  • Jonas Olsson
  • Nicky Shorey
  • Graham Dorrans
  • Youssouf Mulumbu
  • Chris Brunt
  • Peter Odemwingie
  • Shane Long
  • Jerome Thomas
  • SUBS
  • Marton Fulop
  • Somen Tchoyi
  • James Morrison
  • Craig Dawson
  • Billy Jones
  • Simon Cox
  • Paul Scharner

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Match Report

Baggies grateful for Foster West Brom keeper Ben Foster made up for his blunder in the last home game with a superb double save to rescue a goalless draw against fellow strugglers Fulham at The Hawthorns. Foster had gifted Stoke substitute Ryan Shotton a last-gasp winner but atoned with superb stops in quick succession to keep out Cottagers defender John Arne Riise and substitute Bryan Ruiz. The visitors, still without a league win this season, dominated the first period with skipper Danny Murphy dictating play but Albion posed more of a threat in the second period. Peter Odemwingie posed more of a threat for the Baggies when pushed upfront for the second 45 minutes but Fulham held firm with centre-back Brede Hangeland marshalling his defence well. West Brom were the first to threaten with skipper Chris Brunt getting on the end of a Nicky Shorey cross but his powerful header was directed straight at Mark Schwarzer. Then Youssouf Mulumbu dispossessed Pajtim Kasami 20 yards out and his low drive forced a sprawling save by Schwarzer to his right. But it was two rare moments of danger for Fulham who dominated the remainder of the first half. Murphy found Orlando Sa in space inside the box but a fine block tackle by Gareth McAuley deflected his shot for a corner. Albion had a let-off after 12 minutes when Foster spilled a low shot from Clint Dempsey and the rebound was converted by Kasami - but replays showed he was offside. The Albion fans were becoming frustrated at the amount of possession being enjoyed by the visitors who were not being closed down quickly enough. Striker Shane Long was too isolated upfront for West Brom in a 4-5-1 formation and lack of support meant him attempting a shot from a narrow angle which flew harmlessly over the bar. Jol's side were increasingly looking the more likely to break the deadlock with McAuley blocking a Sa attempt on the edge of the box and Foster clinging onto a Dempsey header. Albion reverted to a 4-4-2 formation for the second period with Odemwingie pushing upfront alongside Long. But initially Fulham still looked the more dangerous and twice went close to going ahead. The woodwork came to West Brom's rescue when defender Jonas Olsson inadvertently deflected a volley by Dempsey against his own bar. Then Dembele found himself unmarked 15 yards out but could not keep his shot down. Hangeland became the first player to be booked after bringing down Long and then Grygera was yellow carded for fouling Thomas. Albion appealed in vain for a penalty after a challenge on Long by Chris Baird. Odemwingie had a great chance to put Albion in front after 64 minutes when he ran on to a through ball from Mulumbu but he shot straight at Schwarzer. Baird became the third Fulham player to be booked for hauling down Odemwingie. Only a superb double save by Foster prevented Ruiz from making an immediate impact. The former Manchester United keeper blocked a fiercely driven free-kick by Riise with Foster then up quickly to turn the follow-up effort from Ruiz onto a post from two yards out. Brunt nearly earned Albion victory in injury-time when his low cross-shot hit the post and Sa fired over at the other end.

Form Guide

    LLLW
  • West Brom
  • VS
  • Fulham
  • DLLD

Last Meetings

  • Fulham
  • 3 - 0
  • West Brom
  • 04/01/2011
  • West Brom
  • 2 - 1
  • Fulham
  • 23/10/2010
  • Fulham
  • 2 - 0
  • West Brom
  • 22/02/2009
  • West Brom
  • 1 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 04/10/2008
  • Fulham
  • 6 - 1
  • West Brom
  • 11/02/2006
  • West Brom
  • 0 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 03/12/2005

Top Scorers

West Brom

  • S Long 2
  • PO Odemwingie 1

Fulham

  • B Zamora 1
  • CD Dempsey 1

Goals

West Brom

    • Total goals 8
    • Goals per game 3
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Fulham

    • Total goals 7
    • Goals per game 2
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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