Saturday 22 February 2014, 3:00pm at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Barclays Premier League
West Bromich Albion
West Bromwich Albion
1
Vydra 86'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Dejagah 28'
A heartbreaking late equaliser from Matej Vydra meant Fulham had to settle for a point at West Brom on Saturday.

86' Goal

Matej Vydra
Assist by Victor Anichebe

45'+1 Yellow Card

Chris Brunt

75' Yellow Card

Gareth McAuley Card was given for a foul

90'+1 Yellow Card

Jonas Olsson

44' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Victor Anichebe
Off:Billy Jones

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Zoltán Gera
Off:Thievy

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matej Vydra
Off:Saido Berahino

28' Goal

Ashkan Dejagah
Assist by Kieran Richardson

45'+3 Yellow Card

Johnny Heitinga Card was given for a foul

72' Yellow Card

Sascha Riether Card shown to player for time wasting

86' Yellow Card

Scott Parker Card was given for a foul

52' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:John Arne Riise
Off:Fernando Amorebieta

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kostas Mitroglou
Off:Hugo Rodallega

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dan Burn
Off:Kieran Richardson

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Not for the first time this season, Fulham were left to rue a late goal as they drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

In Felix Magath’s first game in charge, the visitors started strongly and took a deserved lead when Ashkan Dejagah rifled an effort into the corner of the net.

But Albion came out for the second half much improved and only a great defensive display stopped them finding an equaliser.

The Fulham backline couldn’t quite hold out, though, and Matej Vydra earned a point for his side in the 86th minute when his low shot squeezed under Maarten Stekelenburg and over the line.

Magath made five changes to the side that lost to Liverpool 10 days ago, with Brede Hangeland, Fernando Amorebieta, Scott Parker, Dejagah and Hugo Rodallega all handed recalls. Kostas Mitroglou took his place amongst the Fulham substitutes.

The visitors began the game extremely encouragingly and within two minutes had the first opportunity. Lewis Holtby’s corner was cleared back to the German and his second delivery was met by the head of John Heitinga who nodded a yard over the crossbar.

Great determination from Holtby five minutes later saw him win an aerial duel 30 yards from goal to find Rodallega ahead of him. The striker managed to get the ball back to Holtby but he skewed his shot wide from the edge of the box.

West Brom had their first attempt on goal after 13 minutes but it was a wild strike from Saido Berahino and was never finding the target as it flew over.

Fulham were going about the match in a positive fashion and caused the home side problems again in the 18th minute, this time when Dejagah dinked over a dangerous cross following good link-up play with Sascha Riether, but Gareth McAuley was well positioned to take the ball off Rodallega’s head as he went to meet it.

Dejagah was really troubling Liam Ridgewell down the flank and got beyond him again in the 22nd minute to whip in another dangerous cross. It was met by Steve Sidwell on the bounce but he couldn’t get his head over the ball and it sailed over.

Albion then squandered their best opportunity when they broke at pace and Thievy Bifouma’s low shot at the end of the move was excellently stopped by Stekelenburg.

The Baggies were enjoying their best spell of the game but were left stunned as Fulham took the lead shortly before the half-hour mark. Rodallega fed Kieran Richardson down the left and although the Colombian striker and Holtby got in each other’s way as they tried to connect with the delivery, the ball fell kindly to Dejagah who took a touch before lashing the ball through a host of bodies and into the far corner.

Rodallega was enjoying himself, getting involved wherever he could, and he sent in an absolute rocket of a shot on the volley in the 41st minute that Ben Foster had to beat away for a corner. Holtby took the set-piece but Foster was able to make a good claim under pressure.

The home side then made a significantly attacking alteration just before half-time as right-back Billy Jones was replaced by striker Victor Anichebe, while boss Pepe Mel made another change at the interval as Bifouma made way for former Fulham hero Zoltan Gera.

Richardson and Anichebe each missed half-chances for their sides in an even opening start to the second half but neither caused any concern to the respective goalkeepers. Magath then made his first substitution as Amorebieta was replaced at left-back by John Arne Riise.

A venomous effort on the volley from Chris Brunt on 55 minutes had the Fulham fans behind the goal worried but Stekelenburg watched it all the way and got his body behind the strike. Holtby then tried his luck at the other end after finding some space but his effort from 20 yards was straight at Foster.

An excellent Gera cross on the hour mark picked out Anichebe who showed impressive strength to hold the ball up before swivelling and getting a shot in, only for Heitinga to make a crucial block.

Fulham fans were then given a first glimpse of Mitroglou as he took the place of the hard-working Rodallega up top.

A deflected strike from James Morrison from outside the box looked as though it was set to bring Albion a fortunate equaliser in the 65th minute but Stekelenburg reacted brilliantly to get his arms up to block the effort.

The Baggies were beginning to turn the screw and Berahino lashed a shot wide shortly after following more decent hold-up play from Anichebe.

The Whites’ final substitution of the afternoon then saw Dan Burn enter the action in place of Richardson. The move meant Heitinga switched to right-back, with Riether slotting into a midfield position – a role he commonly occupied whilst playing under Magath for Wolfsburg.

McAuley then headed a Brunt corner wide, with Gera’s outstretched toe just unable to connect with the ball before it sailed out. Mel then made his final change as Vydra came on for Berahino.

It was nervy stuff now for the Whites and Morrison saw another shot deflect wide with seven minutes remaining, but Stekelenburg claimed the resultant set-piece to earn his side a moment’s respite.

Agonisingly, Fulham were unable to hold on and Vydra equalised for his side with four minutes remaining when his shot squeezed under Stekelenburg and over the line despite the Dutchman’s best efforts to claw the ball away. After causing problems for the Whites all game, it was once again Anichebe who made the chance.

With four minutes of stoppage time announced, Brunt drew another good stop from Stekelenburg at his near post, with Anichebe slicing the rebound wide. It proved to be the last opportunity of the game as the two sides shared the points.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 22 February 2014
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Attendance: 25,782

Referee: Mike Dean

West Bromwich Albion

Line-up: Foster; Jones (Anichebe 44'), McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Ridgewell; Amalfitano, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt; Berahino (Vydra 75'); Thievy (Gera 45')

Unused substitutes: Myhill, Dawson, Sinclair, Dorrans

Manager: Pepe Mel

Fulham

Line-up: Stekelenburg; Riether, Heitinga, Hangeland, Amorebieta (John Arne Riise 52'); Parker, Sidwell; Dejagah, Holtby, Richardson (Burn 70'); Rodallega (Mitroglou 61')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Kvist, Kasami, Tankovic

Manager: Felix Magath

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 27 60
2 Arsenal 27 59
3 Manchester City 26 57
4 Liverpool 26 53
5 Tottenham Hotspur 26 50
6 Everton 26 45
7 Manchester United 26 42
8 Southampton 27 39
9 Newcastle United 26 37
10 West Ham United 27 31
11 Hull City 27 30
12 Swansea City 26 28
13 Aston Villa 26 28
14 Stoke City 27 27
15 Crystal Palace 25 26
16 West Bromwich Albion 27 25
17 Norwich City 26 25
18 Sunderland 26 24
19 Cardiff City 27 22
20 Fulham 27 21
Goals
1
1
Total Shots
16
7
Shots On Target
5
3
Passing Accuracy
78%
65%
Fouls
13
15
Corners
8
2
Offsides
1
3
Bookings
3
3
Sending Offs
0
0
West Bromwich Albion (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Ben Foster
  • 28Billy Jones
  • 23Gareth McAuley
  • 3Jonas Olsson
  • 6Liam Ridgewell
  • 18Morgan Amalfitano
  • 7James Morrison
  • 21Youssuf Mulumbu
  • 11Chris Brunt
  • 38Saido Berahino
  • 50Thievy
Substitutes
  • 13Boaz Myhill
  • 25Craig Dawson
  • 10Scott Sinclair
  • 17Graham Dorrans
  • 22Zoltán Gera
  • 16Victor Anichebe
  • 20Matej Vydra
Manager
  • Pepe Mel
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 4Johnny Heitinga
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 35Fernando Amorebieta
  • 28Scott Parker
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 10Lewis Holtby
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Substitutes
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 6William Kvist
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 18Kostas Mitroglou
  • 43Muamer Tankovic
Manager
  • Felix Magath
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • 90 That's it at the Hawthorns where a late goal from Vydra secures a share of the points for the hosts. Gutting finish.
  • 86 Matej Vydra brings the hosts level with his first time strike slipping under Stekelenburg.
  • 67 It's Heitinga with the block again, this time rushing out to get his body in the way of Brunt's stinging strike.
  • 66 Anichebe lays the ball off to Berahino, the England Under-21 striker then shoots wide with a curling first-time effort.
  • 63 Heitinga does well again to block Anichebe, before Stekelenburg saves well from Morrison.
  • 60 Hugo Rodallega comes off, and Kostas Mitroglou comes on to make his Fulham debut.
  • 60 Brave block from Heitinga who denies Anichebe a good shooting chance.
  • 57 Gera drills in a cross, Riether boots the ball clear. Fulham are under pressure now.
  • 56 Dejagah lifts in a delivery from the right and Foster does well to take the claim.
  • 54 Brunt fires at the Fulham goal, Stekelenburg makes a decent save from the Northern Ireland international's powerful strike.
  • 53 Riise makes an important clearance from Morrison's back post cross.
  • 51 Fernando Amorebieta is replaced by John Arne Riise.
  • 48 Morgan Amalfitano curls in a cross from the right and Dejagah does well to see the ball to safety.
  • 46 And we're back underway at the Hawthorns. COYW!
  • 45 Half-time at The Hawthorns, where Dejagah's goal is the difference. Great half from the Whites!
  • 45 Heitinga is shown a yellow card now, the Dutchman was adjudged to have fouled Brunt.
  • 45 West Brom skipper Brunt goes into the book following a late tackle on Dejagah. Moments before the player had hauled down Holtby.
  • 43 Pepe Mel is forced to make his first change of the game following an injury to Jones. Victor Anichebe is his replacement.
  • 40 Great effort from Rodallega who takes the ball down on his chest before unleashing a brilliant effort at goal. Great save from Foster.
  • 39 Billy Jones attempts a run down the right flank, but Sidwell is on hand to thwart the full-back's attempt.
  • 38 Heavy challenge by James Morrison on Dejagah, Fulham free-kick.
  • 35 Youssouf Mulumbu powers forward and finds Thievy on the edge of the box. The Baggies' forward then sees his shot well blocked by Hangeland.
  • 32 String run from Holtby as he carries the ball away from danger. His diagonal pass can't find the run of Rodallega, though.
  • 28 Ashkan Dejagah applies a fine low strike that leaves Ben Foster well beaten. He then runs straight to the bench to celebrate!
  • 22 Chance for Thievy Bifouma but Maarten Stekelenburg makes a fine low save.
  • 21 Great chance for Fulham, but Sidwell fires over from close range following another teasing delivery from Dejagah.
  • 19 Brunt puts in an in-swinging corner from the right, Rodallega clears.
  • 17 Dejagah whips in another cross, Gareth McAuley does just enough to stop Rodallega from meeting the ball with his head.
  • 16 Hangeland plays in a fine long pass out to the right to find Dejagah. The ball is then worked to Sascha Riether but his cross is cleared by Jonas Olsson.
  • 13 Richardson floats in a diagonal delivery from the left, but it's too inviting for Liam Ridgewell who beats Dejagah to the header.
  • 11 At the other end Saido Berahino fires off target as the hosts create their first real chance.
  • 8 Another good move from Fulham creates half a chance, but a stretching Sidwell can't quite connect to Rodallega's pass.
  • 6 Good play from Parker and Kieran Richardson who break a West Brom attack. The ball falls to Holtby who fires wide from the edge of the box.
  • 3 Chris Brunt volleys in a dangerous ball across the Fulham box, Sidwell does well to clear with his head.
  • 2 Good early chance for the Whites with John Heitinga heading over from Holtby's cross from the left.
  • 1 Steve Sidwell and Lewis Holtby get the game started.
  • Brede Hangeland has walked the team out at The Hawthorns, kick-off is imminent. COYW!
  • Fulham and West Bromwich Albion met in September where they played out a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage. Last season the Whites claimed a valuable 2-1 win at The Hawthorns, though, with Alexander Kacaniklic and Dimitar Berbatov scoring.
  • Brede Hangeland, Fernando Amorebieta, Scott Parker, Ashkan Dejagah and Hugo Rodallega all return for the Whites.
  • Felix Magath takes charge of his first game as Fulham First Team Manager and makes five changes from the side that faced Liverpool last time out.