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Saturday, 7 April, 2001, 13:41 GMT 14:41 UK
Fulham 0-0 West Brom
Lee Clark
Clark's roving runs were kept to a minimum
Runaway leaders Fulham were thwarted by a gutsy performance from West Bromwich Albion at Craven Cottage.

Gary Megson's men could even have snatched all three points but had to make do with a point that keeps them well-placed for a play-off place.

The Baggies attacked from the start and so unsettled the Londoners, they barely managed a shot in the first half.

Albion hustled and forced Fulham into errors and created many of the best chances themselves.

In the 11th minute Bob Taylor's header after a corner had to be tipped over the bar by Fulham goalkeeper Maik Taylor.

Ten minutes later Jordao had a good opportunity with a free kick just outside the box but blasted it wide.

Then a good movement ended with another header from Taylor, again saved by his namesake in goal.

Taylor hit the post just before the interval having been put through by Lee Hughes.

Fulham improved after the break but good defensive work by Albion limited their opportunities.

Top-scorer Louis Saha, whose main contributions in the first half were two defensive clearances, came close with a header in the 49th minute.

Then Albion goalkeeper Russell Hoult was tested for the first time by a well-hit effort from Lee Clark.

Saha then jiggled his way past three defenders but screwed his shot just wide of the goal.

A slip by Andy Melville put Hughes away but Hughes in turn tumbled and the chance went begging.

Substitute Karl-Heinz Riedle went close on two occasions but the visitors held on for the draw they fully deserved.


Fulham: Taylor, Finnan, Brevett, Melville, Symons, Clark, John Collins, Hayles, Saha, Davis, Stolcers. Subs: Hahnemann, Moller, Riedle, Neilson, Goldbaek.

West Brom: Hoult, Lyttle, Clement, Butler, Gilchrist, Sneekes, Jordao, Appleton, Taylor, Van Blerk, Hughes. Subs: Jensen, Roberts, Sigurdsson, Adam Chambers, Quinn.

Referee: M Messias (York)

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