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Shot from deep inside the area by Carlos Orlando Sa clears the bar.
Shot from just outside the box by Chris Brunt hits the post.
Bryan Ruiz concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Shorey. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
The official flags Shane Long offside. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Baird.
The referee blows for offside against Shane Long. Danny Murphy goes off and Dickson Etuhu comes on. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
The ball is sent over by Youssouf Mulumbu, clearance made by Chris Baird.
James Morrison has a drilled shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
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.
Steven Reid fouled by Clint Dempsey, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Peter Odemwingie from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
James Morrison on for Graham Dorrans.
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.
Jerome Thomas produces a cross, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
Peter Odemwingie delivers the ball.
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.
The ball is crossed by Youssouf Mulumbu, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Peter Odemwingie fouled by John Arne Riise, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Brunt.
Jerome Thomas sends in a cross, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Odemwingie. Brede Hangeland takes the indirect free kick.
Peter Odemwingie fouled by Chris Baird, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Baird is booked. Graham Dorrans takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by John Arne Riise, clearance by Chris Brunt.
Effort from 18 yards by Peter Odemwingie. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Shot from 18 yards by Pajtim Kasami. Jonas Olsson gets a block in.
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.
Unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Jonas Olsson results in a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Chris Brunt, save by Mark Schwarzer.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Youssouf Mulumbu. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
Steve Sidwell challenges Peter Odemwingie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graham Dorrans restarts play with the free kick.
Youssouf Mulumbu takes a shot. Blocked by Clint Dempsey.
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.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Brede Hangeland on Shane Long. Brede Hangeland booked. Chris Brunt restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Chris Brunt on Clint Dempsey, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Moussa Dembele from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
A cross is delivered by John Arne Riise, Clint Dempsey takes a shot from 18 yards.
Unfair challenge on Chris Baird by Peter Odemwingie results in a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Graham Dorrans by Steve Sidwell results in a free kick. Youssouf Mulumbu takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Zdenek Grygera, Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Moussa Dembele sends in a cross, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
Clint Dempsey delivers the ball, save made by Ben Foster.
The ball is crossed by John Arne Riise, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
Unfair challenge on John Arne Riise by Youssouf Mulumbu results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Arne Riise.
Effort from 18 yards by Carlos Orlando Sa. Blocked by Gareth McAuley.
The ball is sent over by Zdenek Grygera, Carlos Orlando Sa takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Long range effort from Moussa Dembele misses to the left of the goal.
John Arne Riise delivers the ball, Steven Reid gets a block in.
Effort on goal by Shane Long from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Carlos Orlando Sa. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.
Danny Murphy sends in a cross, save made by Ben Foster.
The ball is delivered by Zdenek Grygera, clearance made by Steven Reid.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Youssouf Mulumbu on Steve Sidwell. Steve Sidwell takes the direct free kick.
Nicky Shorey produces a cross.
The ball is swung over by Zdenek Grygera, clearance by Jonas Olsson.
Shot by Clint Dempsey. Blocked by Chris Brunt.
Effort on goal by Moussa Dembele from 25 yards. Save by Ben Foster.
Steven Reid sends in a cross, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
Moussa Dembele gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu. Chris Brunt restarts play with the free kick.
Danny Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas. Direct free kick taken by Graham Dorrans.
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Pajtim Kasami is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Youssouf Mulumbu takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Pajtim Kasami produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
The ball is delivered by Danny Murphy, clearance by Jonas Olsson.
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.
Steve Sidwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Graham Dorrans takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by John Arne Riise.
The ball is sent over by Nicky Shorey, Chris Brunt takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
Foul by Moussa Dembele on Jonas Olsson, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
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.
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.
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