Saturday 3 December 2005, 3:00pm at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Barclays Premier League
West Bromich Albion
West Bromwich Albion
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Fulham earned a point after being forced to play the entire second half with ten men after Luis Boa Morte was harshly dismissed after being twice booked. Fulham defended superbly in the second half and might have snatched a win through Sylvain Legwinski late on.

10' Yellow Card

Steve Watson Card was given for a foul

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Darren Carter
Off:Diomansy Kamara

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Geoff Horsfield
Off:Kanu

17' Yellow Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

45' 2nd Yellow Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

51' Yellow Card

Brian McBride Card was given for a foul

82' Yellow Card

Papa Bouba Diop Card was given for a foul

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Heidar Helguson
Off:Brian McBride

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sylvain Legwinski
Off:Collins John

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Zat Knight
Off:Moritz Volz

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Fulham made no changes from the starting line up that had beaten Bolton at Craven Cottage whilst Albion named former Fulham midfielder Junichi Inamoto in their line up.

After a scrappy opening five minutes a strong run by Kamara saw him halted at the expense of a free kick following a foul by Moritz Volz. Nathan Ellington swung the free kick around the wall but Mark Crossley dived to push the ball to safety. In Fulham’s first attack Brian Mc Bride then saw his looping header saved easily by Kuszczak before Steve Watson went into the referee’s book for a strong challenge on Collins John.

Referee Steve Bennett produced a second yellow card after 17 minutes when Luis Boa Morte fouled Junichi Inamoto. Albion were enjoying more possession at this stage of the game but failing to trouble the Fulham defensive line. In the 25th minute however it was Fulham who almost created a scoring chance when Collins John went on a run which was halted only by a well executed challenge by Neil Clement on the edge of his own box.

Albion had the ball in the net after 27 minutes. Neil Clement floated a free kick high into the box, Kamara got up to head on and former Arsenal striker Kanu forced the ball into the net but the effort was disallowed for offside.

Fulham almost went in front after forty two minutes when Curtis Davies dived to intercept an excellent Radzinski cross which looked certain to reach McBride at the near post. There was a dramatic ending to the first half when Luis Boa Morte was sent off after receiving a second yellow card following a foul on Steve Watson. The decision appeared to be an extremely harsh one.

Referee Bennett started in the same vein after the break with a booking for Brian McBride presumably for dissent. In the early exchanges Mark Crossley was forced to push out a dangerous centre from Greening whilst at the other end Papa Bouba Diop saw a long range shot flash wide.

Moritz Volz was injured following a clash of heads and soon replaced by Zat Knight. At the same time Collins John was substituted in favour of Sylvain Legwinski. Albion were also forced to make a change with former Fulham striker Geoff Horsfield replacing the injured Kanu.

Shortly before the changes Fulham had come close following a strong run by Tomasz Radzinski which produced a corner. McBride rose highest but saw his header deflected for another corner which was cleared to Steed Malbranque who volleyed over the bar.

With nine minutes remaining Albion introduced Welsh international Robert Earnshaw to liven up their attacking options, at the same time Fulham replaced Brian McBride with Heider Helguson. Fulham continued to defend resolutely and almost snatched a goal when another long range effort flashed wide of goal.

Having reached the ninety minutes Referee Bennett deemed there to be five minutes added time. Legwinski produced a fine shot from the edge of the box after Malbranque set up the chance, Fulham then had a worrying moment when Ellington crashed in a fierce shot but Crossley held firm.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 3 December 2005
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Attendance: 23,144

Referee: Steve Bennett

West Bromwich Albion

Line-up: Kuszczak; Watson, Davies, Clement, Robinson; Wallwork, Greening, Inamoto, Kamara (Carter 67'); Kanu (Horsfield 72'), Ellington

Unused substitutes: Hoult, Albrechtsen, Nicholson

Fulham

Line-up: Crossley; Volz (Knight 83'), Goma, Bocanegra, Rosenior; Malbranque, Diop, Boa Morte, Radzinski; McBride (Helguson 70'), John (Legwinski 71')

Unused substitutes: Warner, Pearce

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 15 40
2 Liverpool 14 28
3 Manchester United 13 27
4 Tottenham Hotspur 15 27
5 Arsenal 14 26
6 Bolton Wanderers 14 26
7 Wigan Athletic 14 25
8 Manchester City 14 21
9 West Ham United 13 19
10 Middlesbrough 15 19
11 Charlton Athletic 13 19
12 Newcastle United 15 19
13 Blackburn Rovers 15 18
14 Fulham 15 16
15 Aston Villa 15 16
16 Everton 14 16
17 West Bromwich Albion 15 13
18 Portsmouth 14 10
19 Birmingham City 13 9
20 Sunderland 16 5
West Bromwich Albion (4-4-2)
  • 29Tomasz Kuszczak
  • 2Steve Watson
  • 6Curtis Davies
  • 6Neil Clement
  • 3Paul Robinson
  • 24Ronnie Wallwork
  • 8Jonathan Greening
  • Junichi Inamoto
  • 15Diomansy Kamara
  • 25Kanu
  • 9Nathan Ellington
Substitutes
  • 25Russell Hoult
  • 14Martin Albrechtsen
  • 17Darren Carter
  • 9Geoff Horsfield
  • 22Stuart Nicholson
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Crossley
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 3Carlos Bocanegra
  • 17Liam Rosenior
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 13Tomasz Radzinski
  • 20Brian McBride
  • 15Collins John
Substitutes
  • 12Tony Warner
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 35Ian Pearce
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 10Heidar Helguson