Saturday 18 September 2004, 3:00pm at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Barclays Premier League
West Bromich Albion
West Bromwich Albion
Kanu 88'
Fulham FC
Cole 72'

88' Goal


27' Yellow Card

Darren Purse Card was given for a foul

79' Yellow Card

Neil Clement Card was given for a foul

84' 2nd Yellow Card

Neil Clement Card was given for a foul

30' Missed Penalty

Robert Earnshaw

25' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Martin Albrechtsen
Off:Paul Robinson

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lloyd Dyer
Off:Andy Johnson

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Zoltán Gera
Off:Martin Albrechtsen

72' Goal

Andrew Cole

29' Yellow Card

Collins John Card was given for a foul

30' Yellow Card

Edwin Van der Sar Card was given for a foul

43' Yellow Card

Adam Green Card was given for a foul

61' Red Card

Papa Bouba Diop Card was given for violent conduct

62' Yellow Card

Zat Knight Card was given for a foul

63' Yellow Card

Sylvain Legwinski Card was given for dissent

85' Red Card

Andrew Cole Card was given for violent conduct

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tomasz Radzinski
Off:Collins John

In a hugely entertaining and equally bad tempered affair, Fulham were reduced to nine men after Papa Bouba Diop and Andy Cole were shown red cards and were hugely unlucky not to take all three points. West Brom had Neil Clement sent off also, and only equalised against the run of play with four minutes to spare.

Andy Cole had given the visitors a 71st-minute lead shortly after Papa Bouba Diop was sent off for striking Thomas Gaardsoe. Then seven minutes from time goalscorer Cole for dismissed for his reaction to Neil Clement's rash challenge on Luis Boa Morte.

Clement was immediately dismissed by referee Mike Dean which provoked a fracas involving almost every player on the pitch. The late drama overshadowed Robert Earnshaw's debut penalty miss in the first half. But it proved a fitting ending to a week of chaos in the Black Country which has left boss Gary Megson's future hanging by a thread.

Megson has become engaged in a much publicised spat with his chairman Jeremy Peace and was desperate for a first three-point haul of the season to quell rising discontent.

His day started badly when he was forced to hand Polish keeper Tomasz Kuszczak an unexpected debut after regular number one Russell Hoult reported ill.

And Kuszczak's nerves looked the most likely source of a Fulham opener in a first half the home side largely controlled. Chris Coleman's men had lost three games in a row travelling to The Hawthorns and offered little threat up front in the early stages.

Kuszczak tried his best to help them by fumbling Papa Bouba Diop's first-minute header then letting a weak effort from Collins John slip through his hands and into the back of the net.

Mercifully for the keeper, referee Mike Dean had already blown for an infringement by the visiting striker. Energetic Earnshaw made a good early impression alongside Kanu but was well shackled by full-back Volz.

He resorted to a long-range effort in the 10th minute which flew way over van der Sar's bar. The dangerous Diop was left unmarked in the Albion box in the 11th minute but after Kuszczak failed to intercept the danger was hacked clear by Thomas Gaardsoe.


Albion stepped up the pace and Kanu failed with two golden chances in the 14th minute. First van der Sar blocked Earnshaw's close-range effort and the Nigerian's rebound was deflected over the bar.

And from the resulting corner Kanu's free header was superbly tipped away one-handed by the stretching keeper. The visitors did begin to have some luck getting around the back of the Baggies defence.

Cole cut in from the left flank in the 20th minute but his angled shot was deflected out by Riccardo Scimeca. Then the former Blackburn man just failed to get a touch to Boa Morte's well-placed cross across the face of goal.

Volz's handball in the box just before the half hour prompted referee Dean to point to the spot despite extensive Fulham protests. John was booked for protesting and van der Sar for straying from his line before the under-pressure Earnshaw blew his big chance.

And Kanu missed another chance two minutes later when his diving header nearly caught out van der Sar and looped over his head to clatter the crossbar.

A dull start to the second period was notable only for Kuszczak's brave dive at the feet of John in the box.

Coleman's first change almost worked wonders when Tomasz Radzinski replaced John and moments later just failed to steer home Sylvain Legwinski's header at the far post.

Fulham's challenge might have faltered when Diop received his red card for unnecessarily striking out at Gaardsoe as the pair waited for delivery of a Fulham corner.

But instead the visitors responded by surging forward and were rewarded with Cole's simple goal in the 71st minute which silenced The Hawthorns. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 18 September 2004
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Attendance: 24,128

Referee: Mike Dean

West Bromwich Albion

Line-up: Kuszczak; Scimeca, Clement, Purse, Robinson (Albrechtsen 25' (Gera 72')); Gaardsoe, Greening, Koumas, Johnson (Dyer 66'); Kanu, Earnshaw

Unused substitutes: Murphy, Horsfield


Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz, Pearce, Knight, Green; Legwinski, Diop, Pembridge, Boa Morte; John (Radzinski 57'), Cole

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Goma, Malbranque, McBride

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 6 16
2 Chelsea 5 13
3 Bolton Wanderers 6 11
4 Middlesbrough 5 10
5 Everton 5 10
6 Tottenham Hotspur 5 9
7 Aston Villa 6 9
8 Charlton Athletic 6 8
9 Liverpool 4 7
10 Manchester City 6 7
11 Portsmouth 5 7
12 Manchester United 5 6
13 Newcastle United 5 5
14 Birmingham City 6 5
15 Fulham 6 5
16 Blackburn Rovers 6 5
17 Southampton 5 4
18 Norwich City 6 4
19 West Bromwich Albion 6 4
20 Crystal Palace 6 1
West Bromwich Albion (4-4-2)
  • 29Tomasz Kuszczak
  • Riccardo Scimeca
  • 6Neil Clement
  • 5Darren Purse
  • 3Paul Robinson
  • 18Thomas Gaardsoe
  • 8Jonathan Greening
  • 19Jason Koumas
  • 10Andy Johnson
  • 25Kanu
  • 10Robert Earnshaw
  • 1Joe Murphy
  • 14Martin Albrechtsen
  • 11Zoltán Gera
  • 18Lloyd Dyer
  • 9Geoff Horsfield
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 35Ian Pearce
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 26Adam Green
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 17Collins John
  • 8Andrew Cole
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski