Saturday 14 September 2019, 12:30pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship - EFL
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Knockaert 49'
West Bromich Albion
West Bromwich Albion
1
Semi Ajayi 80'

49' Goal

Anthony Knockaert

41' Yellow Card

Steven Sessegnon Card was given for a foul

90'+4 Yellow Card

Denis Odoi Card was given for a foul

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Onomah
Off:Bobby De Cordova-Reid

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Denis Odoi
Off:Steven Sessegnon

80' Goal

Semi Ajayi

56' Yellow Card

Darnell Furlong Card was given for a foul

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Filip Krovinovic
Off:Jake Livermore

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kyle Edwards
Off:Matt Phillips

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hal Robson-Kanu
Off:Grady Diangana

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Fulham were forced to settle for a point after being pegged back by West Bromwich Albion in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.

Fulham were forced to settle for a point after being pegged back by West Bromwich Albion in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.

The Whites had the better of the game throughout and would have gone into the break in front had Sam Johnstone not tipped Tom Cairney’s shot onto the crossbar.

The intensity was maintained in the second period, though, and the breakthrough came from the mercurial left foot of Anthony Knockaert, who sent a stunning chip into the postage stamp of the Hammy End goal.

But the Baggies showed just why they’re unbeaten this season, digging in and nicking a point when Semi Ajayi headed in from close range.

Scott Parker was forced into one change due to Harry Arter’s suspension, and he went on the offensive by slotting the forward-thinking Bobby Decordova-Reid into midfield.

The best move in the opening stages arrived bang on nine minutes. Ivan Cavaleiro’s cute dink over the top fed Cairney who promptly returned the ball, but the Portuguese’s low drive was well blocked.

Great holdup play from Aleksandar Mitrović then almost allowed Decordova-Reid to break clear on goal, but a critical last ditch challenge from Nathan Ferguson robbed him of the opportunity.

The opener almost arrived on quarter of an hour when an exquisite Harrison Reed pass split the defence to put Cairney through. His shot was well struck and tipped onto the bar by Sam Johnstone, but the touch was so slight that the officials did not notice and a goal-kick was awarded.

Midway through the half Decordova-Reid spun and struck one from distance that Johnstone was unable to hold, although he did eventually manage to get it under control.

Knockaert was next to sting the palms of Johnstone, who got down well to his low strike. If that save was good, his next seconds later was world class as he tipped Decordova-Reid’s bouncing header over the bar.

West Brom’s first sniff of goal came on 28 minutes, but Charlie Austin’s acrobatic effort ended up in Row Z. The bleach-haired striker also had their next effort 10 minutes later, but his header was straight at Marcus Bettinelli.

A fine Fulham move five minutes before the break culminated in a sight of goal for Knockaert, but he didn’t connect properly with his shot on the spin and missed the target.

Steven Sessegnon was then the first to have his name taken for pulling back Grady Diangana.

Next, Cavaleiro smashed a shot over with such venom that he apparently punctured the ball in the process, as a new one needed to be introduced.

Within two minutes of the second half, the Whites were nearly in front. Joe Bryan bent in a teasing delivery which Ajayi got a toe to, diverting it an inch over the crossbar.

Mitrović then rose highest to Knockaert’s corner, but his downwards header was straight at Johnstone.

The opener was moments away, though, and boy was it worth the wait. Knockaert weighed up his options 18 yards out on the angle, and clipped an absolutely beautiful shot over Johnstone and inside the far top corner. (He later confessed that he was attempting a cross, making him a more honest man than me!)

Darnell Furlong became the second right-back to have his name taken when he went in high on Bryan in the 56th minute.

West Brom then made a double switch to try and get back in the game, with Kyle Edwards and Filip Krovinovic coming on for Matt Phillips and Jake Livermore.

Fulham were pushing for the two-goal cushion, though, and it needed a strong palm from Johnstone to turn over Decordova-Reid’s rising effort on the hour mark, before Bryan’s right footer from range deflected behind.

The travelling fans in the Putney End were celebrating midway through the second period when Furlong rifled in a dangerous shot. Thankfully, the net was rippling because the ball had flown wide rather than inside the post.

Their final change saw Diangana make way for Hal Robson-Kanu.

The equaliser arrived with 10 minutes to play. Bettinelli had to claw away a corner from underneath his crossbar, and Ajayi was on hand to head home the loose ball.

Fulham responded immediately with a Mitrović sighter which sailed over courtesy of a hefty deflection. Our number nine then met the subsequent corner, but couldn’t keep his header down.

Decordova-Reid departed on 84 minutes after an energetic display, to be replaced with Josh Onomah for his league debut.

West Brom were at their most dangerous from corners, and they almost snatched it in the 90th minute when Furlong glanced wide from Matheus Pereira’s delivery.

Denis Odoi then came on for Sessegnon, just before four minutes of added time were announced.

Neither side was content with a point, with both pushing forward in stoppage time, but a yellow card for Odoi was the only notable action, as the first meeting between Fulham and West Brom for more than five-and-a-half years ended in a stalemate.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 14 September 2019
Kick-off: 12:30pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 17,770

Referee: David Webb

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Steven Sessegnon (Odoi 90'), Mawson, Ream, Bryan; De Cordova-Reid (Onomah 85'), Reed, Cairney; Knockaert, Mitrovic, Cavaleiro

Unused substitutes: Rodák, Le Marchand, McDonald, Johansen, Kamara

Manager: Scott Parker

West Bromwich Albion

Line-up: Johnstone; Furlong, Semi Ajayi, Bartley, Ferguson; Livermore (Krovinovic 59'), Sawyers; Phillips (Edwards 59'), Matheus Pereira, Diangana (Robson-Kanu 69'); Austin

Unused substitutes: Bond, O'Shea, Brunt, Zohore

Manager: Slaven Bilic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Swansea City 6 16
2 Charlton Athletic 6 14
3 Leeds United 6 13
4 West Bromwich Albion 7 13
5 Fulham 7 11
6 Bristol City 6 11
7 Preston North End 6 10
8 Queens Park Rangers 6 10
9 Birmingham City 6 10
10 Nottingham Forest 6 9
11 Sheffield Wednesday 6 9
12 Cardiff City 7 9
13 Millwall 6 9
14 Brentford 6 7
15 Luton Town 6 7
16 Reading 6 7
17 Blackburn Rovers 6 7
18 Derby County 7 7
19 Middlesbrough 6 6
20 Hull City 6 5
21 Barnsley 6 5
22 Wigan Athletic 6 4
23 Huddersfield Town 6 1
24 Stoke City 6 1
Goals
1
1
Total Shots
17
9
Shots On Target
6
3
Passing Accuracy
89%
70%
Fouls
13
10
Corners
13
3
Offsides
1
0
Bookings
2
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 43Steven Sessegnon
  • 5Alfie Mawson
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 14Bobby De Cordova-Reid
  • 21Harrison Reed
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 24Anthony Knockaert
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 19Ivan Cavaleiro
Substitutes
  • 12Marek Rodák
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 20Maxime Le Marchand
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 25Josh Onomah
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Scott Parker
West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Sam Johnstone
  • 2Darnell Furlong
  • 6Semi Ajayi
  • 5Kyle Bartley
  • 36Nathan Ferguson
  • 8Jake Livermore
  • 19Romaine Sawyers
  • 10Matt Phillips
  • 12Matheus Pereira
  • 29Grady Diangana
  • 15Charlie Austin
Substitutes
  • 23Jonathan Bond
  • 27Dara O'Shea
  • 7Filip Krovinovic
  • 11Chris Brunt
  • 4Hal Robson-Kanu
  • 9Kenneth Zohore
  • 21Kyle Edwards
Manager
  • Slaven Bilic
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
  • Match ends, Fulham 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.
  • 90'+4' Denis Odoi (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 90'+3' Filip Krovinovic (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nathan Ferguson.
  • 90' Substitution, Fulham. Denis Odoi replaces Steven Sessegnon.
  • 90' Attempt missed. Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matheus Pereira with a cross following a corner.
  • 89' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 88' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 86' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 86' Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 85' Substitution, Fulham. Josh Onomah replaces Bobby De Cordova-Reid.
  • 84' Harrison Reed (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 84' Foul by Filip Krovinovic (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 83' Attempt blocked. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Austin.
  • 82' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a corner.
  • 82' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.
  • 82' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.
  • 80' Goal! Fulham 1, West Bromwich Albion 1. Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion) header from very close range to the bottom left corner following a corner.
  • 80' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 78' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 78' Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 71' Foul by Harrison Reed (Fulham).
  • 71' Nathan Ferguson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 71' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.
  • 69' Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Grady Diangana.
  • 68' Attempt missed. Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Grady Diangana.
  • 63' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nathan Ferguson.
  • 62' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
  • 61' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.
  • 60' Attempt saved. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 59' Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kyle Edwards replaces Matt Phillips.
  • 59' Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Filip Krovinovic replaces Jake Livermore.
  • 56' Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 55' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 55' Foul by Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 53' Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Fulham).
  • 53' Nathan Ferguson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 51' Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Fulham).
  • 51' Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 51' Foul by Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham).
  • 51' Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 49' Goal! Fulham 1, West Bromwich Albion 0. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 49' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.
  • 48' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Charlie Austin.
  • 47' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.
  • 46' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Romaine Sawyers.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.
  • 45'+1' Attempt saved. Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.
  • 44' Foul by Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham).
  • 44' Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 42' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
  • 41' Steven Sessegnon (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 41' Foul by Steven Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 41' Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 40' Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 39' Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Phillips.
  • 38' Foul by Steven Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 38' Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 38' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harrison Reed.
  • 37' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 37' Foul by Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 35' Attempt missed. Steven Sessegnon (Fulham) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.
  • 34' Harrison Reed (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 34' Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 33' Offside, Fulham. Tim Ream tries a through ball, but Anthony Knockaert is caught offside.
  • 32' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 32' Foul by Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 29' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 29' Foul by Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 28' Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Darnell Furlong with a cross.
  • 26' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.
  • 26' Attempt saved. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.
  • 26' Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 23' Attempt saved. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 22' Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 22' Foul by Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 20' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 20' Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 18' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 18' Foul by Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 16' Tom Cairney (Fulham) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Harrison Reed with a through ball.
  • 13' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 13' Attempt blocked. Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matheus Pereira.
  • 12' Attempt blocked. Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Johnstone.
  • 11' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).
  • 11' Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 10' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.
  • 9' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.
  • 9' Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 8' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.
  • 6' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.
  • 4' Foul by Alfie Mawson (Fulham).
  • 4' Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 3' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 3' Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 1' Foul by Steven Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 1' Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.