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The Hawthorns (ATT 23,835) 24th September 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Attwell

West Brom West Bromwich Albion vs Fulham Fulham

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Last Updated at 5:12 pm, September 24th 2011

  1. Thanks for joining me for today's coverage - sorry I couldn't print all of your views. Do stick with skysports.com though for all the post-match reaction coming right up.

  2. A poor game between two sides clearly low on confidence. Fulham will perhaps be the happier of the two sides given they are away from home and were without three of their key attackers.

  3. 90+4

    Full time: West Brom 0 Fulham 0

  4. 90+4

    Four minutes were to be added on by the way. We are past that now....

  5. 90+3

    That was a chance you know - Orlando Sa is played in down the left side of the area but gets over-excited upon seeing the goal and balloons his shot well over.

  6. 90+1

    I spoke too soon! The Fulham defence back off and allow Brunt time and space to shoot from 25 yards. His low effort cannons off Schwarzer's right hand post and away.

  7. 90

    Game drfiting towards a draw now, both sides seem to have accepted a point.

  8. 88

    Substitution for Fulham: Danny Murphy isn't happy as he is replaced by Dickson Etuhu.

  9. 87

    West Brom building up pressure now. Morrison sees his shot well blocked before Mulumbu has a cross from the right cleared for a throw.

  10. 86

    Scrap that, Schwarzer wants to carry on, Etheridge sits down again!

  11. 84

    Bad news for Fulham, it looks like the injury Mark Schwarzer suffered a few minutes ago has not eased enough for him to continue. Sub goalkeeper Neil Etheridge is readying himself on the touchline.

  12. 83

    Substitution for West Brom: Jerome Thomas comes off, Somen Tchoyi comes on.

  13. 81

    Peter Odemwingie has had a poor game for me. He does well initially to twist and turn in the box, but he then blazes his shot well, well over. Looks low on confidence.

  14. 79

    Substitution for West Brom: Graham Dorrans is replaced by James Morrison.

  15. 78

    What a chance! Riise's stinging free-kick is saved by Foster, Ruiz pounces on the rebound but he stabs it wide via the outside of the post. Replays show that Foster may have got the slightest of touches as he dived at Ruiz's feet. Goal kick is given though.

  16. 77

    This could be a chance for Fulham. Just as Dempsey is about to shoot on the edge of the box he is tripped from behind by Dembele, free-kick. Riise is standing over it.........

  17. 76

    Substitution for Fulham: Pajtim Kasami is replaced by Bryan Ruiz

  18. 71

    Mark Schwarzer does well to punch away Chris Brunt's free-kick. The Australian stays down but it looks like he will be ok after some treatment. Meanwhile, we have some activity on both benches......

  19. 69

    Jerome Thomas has to great chances to put a cross in. The first is blocked and the second is cleared at the far post. West Brom still on top.

  20. 67

    Yellow card: Chris Baird is booked for a foul on Peter Odemwingie

  21. 65

    What a chance for West Brom! A great ball from Mulumbu puts Odemwingie clean through. He has so much time and space but his low shot is well saved by Mark Schwarzer, who showed all of his experience to spread himself and block the effort.

  22. 63

    Is that a penalty?! The fans think so, Shane Long thinks so, but the referee doesn't. Replays suggest that was the correct decision, Long appeared to make the most of Chris Baird's challenge, he was well placed for a shot too.

  23. 62

    Yellow card: Zdenek Grygera is booked for a late challenge on Jerome Thomas. Free-kick to West Brom in a dangerous area - chance for Brunt to whip the ball in.

  24. 61

    Peter Odemwingie thought for a moment that he had evaded Hangeland in the area, but the big defender managed to get in yet another crucial interception.

  25. 59

    A much improved second half display by West Brom, how will Fulham respond? Will Jol consider making a change? There is a £10million man on the bench remember.....

  26. 55

    More decent play from West Brom, with Chris Brunt's delivery causing Fulham problems in the penalty area. Youssouf Mulumbu then has one shot blocked and sees the other go over.

  27. 53

    That's more like it from the West Brom fans, who finally make their presence felt by getting behind the players - is the game slowly coming to life???

  28. 50

    The Ball is in the Fulham net but the flag quite rightly kills of Baggies celebrations.Peter Odemwingie strayed beyond the last man and the goal is rightly ruled out.

  29. 49

    Yellow Card: Brede Hangeland is booked for taking out Shane Long on the half-way line.

  30. 47

    Off the post!! Riise's cross from the left is hit on the volley by Dempsey, the shot takes a deflection of Olsson and loops onto the left-hand post. Dembele then fires a follow-up shot over. Fulham carrying on as they did in the first half.

  31. Fancy a bet? Here is the latest from the Sky Bet guys: "Kasami's disallowed goal was the main point of contention in a fairly even opening period. A draw is 5/4, but Fulham are 11/4 to find a win and the Baggies are 6/4 to grab the victory."

  32. 46

    Ready for some more? West Brom get us underway in the second half

  33. Can't argue with that @stypulkoski, it was a marginal decision but Fulham can have no complaints. Will they get the goal to reflect their dominance though?

  34. @richardksmith says on Twitter: : "I feel sorry for you, going to the Hawthorns these days is a bore."

  35. Hope springs eternal Richard, hopefully a half-time rocket from Roy will liven things up in the second half.

  36. 45+1

    There is the half-time whislte. Not a lot to write home about. Fulham will be the happier of the two sides, the Baggies were very, very poor. Hodgson has some work to do during the break.

  37. 45

    One minute will be added on.

  38. 45

    West Brom have a free kick in the centre circle but somehow manage to give it straight to a Fulham player. I think that sums their half up.

  39. 43

    Would I surprise you if I said these two teams have only managed seven goals between them so far this season? Didn't think so......

  40. 40

    And he is, we're off again....

  41. 40

    We have a brief break in play as Dembele gets treatment following a late challenge by Brunt. There wasn't really anything in it mind and the striker looks like he will be ok.

  42. 38

    More decent build-up play by Fulham. Dempsey sees his shot blocked but reacts quickly to play the ball to Riise, whose cross is headed away at the far post by Olsson with Sa lurking.

  43. 37

    Brede Hangeland is having a great game so far. True, he hasn't that had much to do, but every time West Brom look to build an attack he snuffs it out with a well timed interception, block or tackle.

  44. 35

    Roy Hodgson doesn't look a happy man and I can understand why. Meanwhile a number of fans have given up on the half and gone for their half time pint or cuppa already.

  45. 34

    Baggies fans, Fulham supporters, keep me awake, please - let me know your thoughts on the game so far - contact me via email tom.mallows@bskyb.com or via Twitter @Tom_Mallows.

  46. 32

    Dembele again finds himself in space in that gap between midfield and defence - his shot though goes well over. West Brom can't afford to keep giving Fulham players that much space on the edge of their own area.

  47. 30

    The pace of the game has slowed right down,Fulham still the better of the two sides, but they perhaps should have created a few more chances to reflect their dominance so far.

  48. 27

    A mistake by Chris Baird allows Long to break into the area, but with no support he has to try an ambitious shot from the angle and it goes well over the bar.

  49. 26

    The Albion fans awake from their slumber to cheer their team on, it hasn't had the required response as yet though because Fulham are still dominating possession.

  50. 25

    Shane Long is cutting an isolated and frustrated figure at present. Brede Hangeland is definitely winning that battle at present - some support for the Ireland international is needed.

  51. 25

    The Hawthorns currently resembles a library at present, the fans are unusually quiet, and to be fair much of that is down to Fulham, who are playing some lovely football. Danny Murphy in particular is having an excellent game.

  52. 22

    Martin Jol will be very happy with his side's display so far, stroking the ball about with confidence. Meanwhile you can sense the nerves from West Brom - both the players and fans.

  53. 19

    A rare spell of possession for West Brom as Brunt finds Steven Reid out wide, but the full-back gets his cross all wrong at it drifts out for a goal-kick.

  54. 17

    The home crowd are getting frustrated now as Fulham pass the ball about infront of the Baggies penalty area. Steve Sidwell is the next man to have a shot at goal, but the former Villa man puts it well over.

  55. 16

    Moussa Dembele finds himself in some space and runs towards the home defence, he can't quite get hold of his shot though and Foster easily saves.

  56. 16

    The home crowd seem be still contemplating that offside decision as they are very quiet. They need their side to get them going.

  57. 13

    Goal is it? No! Offside!! Clint Dempsey fires in a shot from the edge of the box that Foster fumbles and Kasami is on hand to tuck home the rebound. The referee's assistant waves her flag though, ruling out the goal. Replays suggest Sian Massey got the decision right - but it was very, very tight.

  58. 10

    Chance for West Brom this time as Youssouf Mulumbu wins the ball in midfield and fires in a low shot from long range that Schwarzer saves low to his right.

  59. 8

    Chance for Fulham as Sa collects Danny Murphy's chipped pass and goes for goal, but Gareth McAuley does brilliantly to block the shot out for a corner.

  60. 7

    Shane Long looks to dart into the area and get to the byline, but Riise does well just to shephard the Irishman out wide and eventually out for a goal kick.

  61. 6

    It is a confident start by the Baggies, who are hogging much of the early possession.

  62. 4

    Fulham try and build an attack down the left through John Arne Riise who gets to the byline, but the Norwegian can't get his foot round the ball and it goes out for a goal kick.

  63. 2

    Bright start by West Brom. with Chris Brunt starting and finishing a move that see him plant a header straight at Mark Schwarzer.

  64. 1

    We are now underway at the Hawthorns.

  65. Both sets of players and fan impeccably observe a minutes applause for Baggies youngster Blake Melbourne, who died wo weeks ago. The players are now back in their positions ready for kick-off.

  66. It will be interesting to see how Fulham's forward line copes today, any team missing players of the qulaity of Zamora, Duff and Johnson will struggle - can the back-up boys do the business?

  67. Here come to the teams to a noisy reception from the two sets of supporters.

  68. The players are lining up in the tunnel, not long to go now.....

  69. The fans are being treated to some cheerleading ahead of kick-off, though the bit they found most amusing was when the sprinklers were turned on mid-dance and gave them all a good soaking. They carried on going though - true pros this lot.

  70. The Hawthorns is filling up nicely as we edge closer to kick-off. The stats and recent history suggest a home win, what do you think? Contact me via email tom.mallows@bskyb.com or via Twitter @Tom_Mallows

  71. Any more predictions for today's game? Need some help deciding? Here are some stats:

  72. Fulham haven't scored the opening goal in a game this season - the only team in the Premier League not to do so.

  73. West Brom have kept just one clean sheet in their last 20 Premier League matches at the Hawthorns.

  74. Fulham have scored only two goals in five Premier League visits to the Hawthorns and one of those was an own goal.

  75. None of the 10 Premier League meetings between West Brom and Fulham have ended as an away win, with eight victories for the home team and two draws (both at the Hawthorns).

  76. The referee this afternoon will be Stuart Attwell from Warwickshire.

  77. Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Grygera, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Kasami, Sidwell, Murphy, Dempsey, Dembele, Orlando Sa

  78. West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Shorey, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Brunt, Odemwingie, Long, Thomas

  79. I understand that both Bobby Zamora and Damien Duff miss out this afternoon - more to follow on that asap.

  80. Fancy a bet on the game? Here is what the guys over at Sky Bet think of the match: "West Brom have suffered a poor start to the season, but have a good record against Fulham and are available at 5/4 to secure the win. The Cottagers are 11/5 to get an away win and a draw is 23/10. Baggies striker Peter Odemwingie is 11/2 to bag the opening goal"

  81. There is sure to be handshakes all round at the Hawthorns when former Fulham manager Roy Hodgson comes up against former West Brom player Martin Jol. Don't expect the pleasantries to last for long though with both sides desperate for win in order to climb out of the relegation zone.

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