West Brom hang in against Fulham

West Brom keeper Ben Foster made up for his costly mistake against Stoke with a fine double save to earn the Baggies a point against a dominant Fulham.

John Arne Riise’s stinging free-kick was parried by Foster before he recovered in time to keep out Bryan Ruiz’s follow up.

Fulham boss summed up their display after the match saying “it looked like an away game for West Brom” as Danny Murphy and Clint dempsey were in fine form throughout and only the woodwork and some last gasp defending kept the home side in the game.

In the opening half Dempsey had a volley deflected onto the post by Jonas Olsson before Murphy found Orlando Sa in space inside the box only for Gareth McAuley to block the shot.

The home fans grew increasingly frustrated thoughout the afternoon as Roy HOdgson’s side continually stood off in midfield and allowed Murphy time and space to dictate the play.

Shane Long was isolated up front for much of the first half and only when Peter Odemwingie was allowed to join him in attack did the Baggies get close to going in front with the Nigerian international spurning his side’s best chance, shooting straight at Mark Schwarzer when through on goal.

Chris Brunt nearly robbed all three points in the closing stages when a misplaced cross hit the inside of the post and in the end it was Fulham who may be thankful for the draw.


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