Tuesday 1 January 2013, 12:45pm at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Barclays Premier League
West Bromich Albion
West Bromwich Albion
1
Lukaku 49'
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Berbatov 39'; Kacaniklic 58'
Dimitar Berbatov and Alexander Kacaniklic made sure Fulham started the New Year with a bang in a deserved 2-1 defeat of West Brom.

49' Goal

Romelu Lukaku
Assist by Billy Jones

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Shane Long
Off:Zoltán Gera

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Peter Odemwingie
Off:Marc-Antoine Fortuné

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:George Thorne
Off:Chris Brunt

39' Goal

Dimitar Berbatov
Assist by Ashkan Dejagah

58' Goal

Alexander Kacaniklic
Assist by Bryan Ruiz

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hugo Rodallega
Off:Giorgos Karagounis

90'+4 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Philippe Senderos
Off:Dimitar Berbatov

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Goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Alexander Kacaniklic made sure Fulham started the New Year with a bang in a deserved 2-1 defeat of West Bromwich Albion.  

Berbatov opened the scoring not long before half-time, sweeping in from Ashkan Dejagah’s pass across the Baggies’ box. Romelu Lukaku drew the home side level with an early second-half strike, but Kacaniklic edged his side back in front with a confident finish in the first Barclays Premier League fixture of 2013.

The hosts entered the game in seventh place, and looking to offset their weekend defeat at Manchester United as manager Steve Clarke made five changes to his starting line-up with Youssouf Mulumbu, Marc-Antoine Fortune, James Morrison, Romelu Lukaku and former Fulham favourite Zoltan Gera restored to the side.

Martin Jol, who spent time with West Brom as a player, made one change, with Alexander Kacaniklic replacing Kerim Frei on the left of the Fulham midfield.

Three days earlier, the Whites had slipped to a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City. But following a positive second-half showing at the Cottage our boys looked like starting this encounter how they finished the last, dominating the early stages and dictating the tempo.

With Giorgos Karagounis and Kacaniklic seeing a lot of the ball, Fulham looked threatening on the break with Gareth McAuley thwarting one such move by doing just enough to beat Bryan Ruiz to a low centre.

From the resulting corner, Karagounis bent in a fabulous in-swinging corner from the left with Aaron Hughes going close to a connection as the Greek’s delivery flashed across goal. In taking the game to the home side, Steve Sidwell fired high and wide when well-placed on the edge of the West Brom box following a clever lay-off from Ashkan Dejagah.

At the other end, the Baggies registered their first real effort on goal on 18 minutes when McAuley headed wide from Chris Brunt’s cross. Lukaku then outmuscled Hughes before running at the Fulham goal. Fortunately for the Whites, Sidwell was on hand to make a fine last-ditch tackle. From the following corner, Gabriel Tamas headed wide.

Having looked sharper and more composed than their hosts, Berbatov could well have opened the scoring for the Whites when latching on to Dejagah’s teasing through-ball, but the Bulgarian fired over with the goal in sight.

However, Fulham’s number nine made amends on 39 minutes, starting and finishing a fine break from the halfway line. Lifting a pass into the path of Dejagah, Berbatov glided forward to meet the Iran international’s return with a cool first-time finish to give Jol’s charges a deserved lead at the break.

West Brom’s response was swift, though, with Clarke’s men levelling after just four second-half minutes. Fortune ran from deep to find Billy Jones, the right-back then wrong-footed Matthew Briggs in the Fulham box before squaring for Lukaku to finish from close range.

The goal spurred the hosts into further action, with Lukaku striking the post with a stinging effort on the turn, while Brunt tried his luck from distance. Then came three chances in the space of less than 20 seconds for the homes side; with Lukaku first drawing David Stockdale into a fine low save before Gera rattled the woodwork from the rebound, Hughes then made a fantastic block to deny Brunt.

But it was Fulham that edged in front, when Kacaniklic rolled in a confident finish against the run of play on 57 minutes. The Sweden international controlled superbly from Ruiz’s clever pass before turning McAuley and Jones in one cool spin.

With the game nicely poised, both teams impressed on the break with Berbatov and Dejagah linking well for the Whites, while Lukaku continued to prove a handful for the Baggies.

Hugo Rodallega crashed an effort over the bar from one such move, following an intelligent combination between Briggs and Kacaniklic. Moments later, the Colombian striker almost got the end of Sascha Riether’s low cross from the right as Fulham searched for a third.

As the action entered the final 10 minutes, the game began to stretch as both sides looked to an all important breakthrough. But with the impetus on West Brom, Fulham’s composure shone through, with Brede Hangeland, Berbatov and Ruiz particularly cool in possession.

West Brom did go close with two late injury-time ventures, with Hughes making a vital intervention to beat the Baggies’ attack to Jones’ dangerous delivery and Stockdale making a brave stop to keep out Morrison.

However, Fulham held on to see the game through, recording their second away win of the season and a valuable first three points of 2013. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Tuesday 1 January 2013
Kick-off: 12:45pm

Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Attendance: 25,436

Referee: Mike Dean

West Bromwich Albion

Line-up: Foster; Jones, McAuley, Tamas, Ridgewell; Mulumbu, Brunt (Thorne 84'); Fortuné (Odemwingie 66'), Morrison, Gera (Long 65'); Lukaku

Unused substitutes: Myhill, Jara, Dawson, Rosenberg

Manager: Steve Clarke

Fulham

Line-up: Stockdale; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Briggs; Dejagah, Sidwell, Karagounis (Rodallega 76'), Kacaniklic; Ruiz; Berbatov (Senderos 90')

Unused substitutes: Somogyi, Baird, Kasami, Richardson, Frei

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 20 49
2 Manchester City 20 42
3 Chelsea 19 38
4 Tottenham Hotspur 20 36
5 Arsenal 19 33
6 Everton 20 33
7 West Bromwich Albion 21 33
8 Stoke City 20 29
9 Liverpool 20 28
10 Swansea City 20 28
11 Norwich City 20 25
12 Fulham 21 24
13 West Ham United 19 23
14 Sunderland 20 22
15 Newcastle United 20 20
16 Wigan Athletic 20 18
17 Aston Villa 20 18
18 Southampton 19 17
19 Reading 20 13
20 Queens Park Rangers 20 10
Goals
1
2
Total Shots
18
10
Shots On Target
4
3
Passing Accuracy
79%
83%
Fouls
14
9
Corners
10
5
Offsides
2
2
Bookings
0
0
Sending Offs
0
0
West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Ben Foster
  • 28Billy Jones
  • 23Gareth McAuley
  • 30Gabriel Tamas
  • 6Liam Ridgewell
  • 21Youssuf Mulumbu
  • 11Chris Brunt
  • 32Marc-Antoine Fortuné
  • 7James Morrison
  • 22Zoltán Gera
  • 20Romelu Lukaku
Substitutes
  • 13Boaz Myhill
  • 18Gonzalo Jara
  • 25Craig Dawson
  • 15George Thorne
  • 8Markus Rosenberg
  • 9Shane Long
  • 24Peter Odemwingie
Manager
  • Steve Clarke
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 17Matthew Briggs
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
Substitutes
  • 22Csaba Somogyi
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Manager
  • Martin Jol
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, West Bromwich Albion 1, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+4' Attempt blocked. Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Odemwingie.
  • 90'+4' Substitution, Fulham. Philippe Senderos replaces Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • 90'+3' Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+2' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Gabriel Tamas (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 90' Brede Hangeland (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90' Foul by Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 89' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 89' Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Attempt saved. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Odemwingie.
  • 88' Attempt saved. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 87' Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Morrison with a cross following a corner.
  • 87' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.
  • 84' Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. George Thorne replaces Chris Brunt.
  • 83' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.
  • 83' Attempt blocked. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 82' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Matthew Briggs.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 79' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gabriel Tamas.
  • 78' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Matthew Briggs.
  • 76' Substitution, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega replaces Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 75' Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Shane Long with a cross.
  • 74' Attempt saved. Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Morrison with a cross.
  • 72' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 72' Foul by Gabriel Tamas (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 72' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 72' Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 71' Hand ball by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 71' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 70' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 69' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 69' Offside, Fulham. Steve Sidwell tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 68' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 68' Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 66' Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Peter Odemwingie replaces Marc-Antoine Fortuné.
  • 65' Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Shane Long replaces Zoltán Gera.
  • 65' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 65' Marc-Antoine Fortuné (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 64' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 64' Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 63' Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Gabriel Tamas tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.
  • 58' Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Fulham 2. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 57' Offside, Fulham. Matthew Briggs tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 55' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 55' Attempt blocked. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 55' Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box.
  • 55' Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Youssuf Mulumbu.
  • 53' Attempt missed. Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marc-Antoine Fortuné with a cross.
  • 52' Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by James Morrison.
  • 51' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 51' Foul by Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 49' Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Fulham 1. Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Billy Jones.
  • 47' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 47' Delay in match Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • Second Half begins West Bromwich Albion 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45' Aaron Hughes (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45' Foul by Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 44' Attempt missed. Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Ridgewell with a cross.
  • 42' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 42' Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 39' Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Fulham 1. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah following a fast break.
  • 38' Foul by Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham).
  • 38' Marc-Antoine Fortuné (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 38' Brede Hangeland (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 38' Dangerous play by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 37' Attempt missed. Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 36' David Stockdale (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 36' Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 35' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 35' Attempt blocked. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Zoltán Gera.
  • 30' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a fast break.
  • 29' Attempt missed. Gabriel Tamas (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross following a corner.
  • 28' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.
  • 28' Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
  • 27' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 27' Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 26' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 25' Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 25' Attempt blocked. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Foster.
  • 25' Attempt blocked. Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 24' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 24' Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 20' Attempt blocked. Matthew Briggs (Fulham) left footed shot from long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Steve Sidwell.
  • 19' Attempt missed. Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 18' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 18' Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 15' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 15' Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 13' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Brunt.
  • 12' Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah.
  • 10' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Brunt.
  • 10' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.
  • 9' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 9' Foul by Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 7' Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Gabriel Tamas tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.
  • 5' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 5' Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (West Bromwich Albion).
  • 2' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 2' Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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