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West Brom   2 - 1   Fulham

Marc-Antoine Fortune hits the winner
Fulham felt Mulumbu was offside in the build-up to the winner

By Jamie Lillywhite

West Brom moved into fourth spot in the Premier League after preserving their unbeaten home record by beating Fulham.

The Baggies conceded in unfortunate fashion when former West Brom player Zoltan Gera's fine shot came back off a post, hit Scott Carson and trickled in.

But Youssuf Mulumbu levelled with his first goal of the season as a low shot beat Mark Schwarzer at his near post.

And shortly before the break Marc-Antoine Fortune slotted in after a neat cut-back from Jerome Thomas.

Fulham remain without an away victory since the opening day of last season, though this was their first league defeat on the road this term.

Di Matteo cool on top four spot

However, Fulham were unhappy with both West Brom goals and their manager Mark Hughes waited for referee Kevin Friend at the final whistle to air his grievances.

For Roberto Di Matteo's Baggies it is the best start to a Premier League campaign and a third victory in five matches at the Hawthorns, though the home side had an inauspicious start.

As the pre-match sunshine gave way to a sudden torrential downpour, the mood amongst the home contingent dampened too when Zera let fly from 25 yards after nine minutes.

The shot was brilliantly tipped on to the post by Carson, but cruelly the ball cannoned back off the upright and bounced in off the England international.

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The visitors should have doubled their advantage shortly afterwards when an horrific back pass from Gonzalo Jara went straight to another former Baggies player Diomansy Kamara, but his low shot only clipped the outside edge of the post.

Fulham continued to look dangerous on the counter-attack but the Baggies restored parity when Chris Brunt took possession in the middle of the park and his neat reverse ball found Mulumbu, who beat Schwarzer with a low shot.

Following the equaliser the match fell somewhat flat for a period with no distinct pattern but the Baggies finished the first half strongly and Stephen Kelly headed a looping header from Jonas Olsson out from the underneath the bar.

Then came West Brom's controversial winner.

Fortune was initially in an offside position when Brunt collected a loose ball and played it out to Thomas.

The influential winger cut the ball back to Fortune and he calmly side-footed in from the edge of the six-yard box.

Hughes rues 'offside' goals

Fulham introduced Andrew Johnson on the hour for his first competitive action since January following shoulder, knee and hip injuries and the striker was inches away from converting a slick move.

The home side had chances to make the game safe, with another teasing Brunt cross finding James Morrison at the back post but he slipped at the crucial moment, while Paul Scharner's shot was smartly tipped away by Schwarzer.

Thomas felt he should have had a penalty when he fell under a challenge from Kelly but it did not prove to be significant as the home fans celebrated another notable win at the Hawthorns.

West Brom's unbeaten home run in the league now stretches to 15 matches at what is rapidly becoming their fortress.

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Saturday, 23 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Brom 2-1 Fulham FT
(HT 2-1)
  • Mulumbu 17
  • Fortune 40
  • Carson (og) 9

West Brom

Substitutes

Fulham

Substitutes

Ref: FriendAtt: 25,625
WEST BROM
FULHAM

Possession

  • West Brom 54%
  • Fulham 46%

Attempts on target

  • West Brom 7
  • Fulham 4

Attempts off target

  • West Brom 7
  • Fulham 6

Corners

  • West Brom 7
  • Fulham 5

Fouls

  • West Brom 4
  • Fulham 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:08 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+2:32 Youssouf Mulumbu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele. Aaron Hughes takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+1:26 Short corner taken by Bjorn Helge Riise.
  • 90:00+1:16 The ball is delivered by Zoltan Gera, clearance made by Somen Tchoyi.
  • 90:00+0:30 A cross is delivered by Somen Tchoyi, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 88:44 The ball is delivered by Brede Hangeland, Scott Carson makes a save.
  • 88:15 The ball is sent over by Carlos Salcido, clearance by Nicky Shorey.
  • 87:15 Carlos Salcido takes a shot. Ibanez Pablo gets a block in.
  • 86:25 Bjorn Helge Riise takes the outswinging corner, Paul Scharner manages to make a clearance.
  • 86:25 Substitution Somen Tchoyi replaces Jerome Thomas.
  • 86:07 The ball is delivered by Stephen Kelly, clearance by Gabriel Tamas.
  • 83:30 Andrew Johnson is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Gabriel Tamas.
  • 81:57 Bjorn Helge Riise takes the outswinging corner, Paul Scharner makes a clearance.
  • 81:29 Carlos Salcido crosses the ball, clearance by Nicky Shorey.
  • 80:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Carson by Clinton Dempsey. Scott Carson takes the direct free kick.
  • 79:56 The ball is swung over by Stephen Kelly.
  • 78:55 Roman Bednar is caught offside. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 75:35 Effort from inside the area by James Morrison misses to the right of the goal.
  • 74:42 Youssouf Mulumbu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera. Jonathan Greening delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Nicky Shorey.
  • 73:26 Youssouf Mulumbu fouled by Andrew Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 72:27 Substitution Bjorn Helge Riise is brought on as a substitute for Chris Baird.
  • 72:02 Gonzalo Jara gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele. Carlos Salcido takes the direct free kick.
  • 71:45 The ball is delivered by Paul Scharner, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.
  • 69:33 Moussa Dembele is penalised for a handball. Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 67:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Jonathan Greening. Paul Scharner has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 66:43 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by James Morrison, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 65:59 James Morrison takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jonathan Greening.
  • 65:28 Paul Scharner takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
  • 64:28 Chris Brunt produces a cross.
  • 64:03 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Brunt, clearance by Zoltan Gera.
  • 62:30 Centre by Stephen Kelly, clearance made by James Morrison.
  • 60:52 Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Gabriel Tamas gets a block in.
  • 59:38 Moussa Dembele produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
  • 59:03 The ball is swung over by Carlos Salcido, Gabriel Tamas makes a clearance.
  • 58:26 The official flags Roman Bednar offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 57:43 Substitution Andrew Johnson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Diomansy Kamara.
  • 56:08 Jerome Thomas crosses the ball, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 55:18 The official flags Diomansy Kamara offside. Free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • Correction - 53:57 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line.
  • Correction - 53:57 Substitution Ibanez Pablo comes on in place of Jonas Olsson.
  • Correction - 53:57 Substitution Marc-Antoine Fortune goes off and Roman Bednar comes on.
  • 53:57 Corner taken by Chris Brunt.
  • 53:57 Substitution Jonas Olsson goes off and Ibanez Pablo comes on.
  • 53:57 Substitution Marc-Antoine Fortune goes off and Roman Bednar comes on.
  • 53:14 The ball is crossed by Jerome Thomas.
  • 51:45 Jonathan Greening takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
  • 50:20 Jonathan Greening takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Paul Scharner makes a clearance.
  • 49:16 The ball is crossed by Stephen Kelly.
  • 48:07 Stephen Kelly challenges Jerome Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
  • 47:31 The ball is swung over by Carlos Salcido, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
  • 46:10 Effort on goal by James Morrison from a long way out goes over the bar.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:23 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+2:04 Jerome Thomas has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 45:00+1:37 The ball is swung over by James Morrison.
  • 45:00+0:57 Jonathan Greening crosses the ball, Diomansy Kamara has an effort at goal. Gabriel Tamas gets a block in.
  • 45:00+0:40 The referee blows for offside against Marc-Antoine Fortune. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
  • 44:58 The ball is swung over by Chris Brunt, Jonas Olsson produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 44:29 Short corner worked by Chris Brunt.
  • 43:32 Moussa Dembele has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
  • 42:56 Shot from outside the box by James Morrison misses to the left of the goal.
  • 42:29 The ball is sent over by Zoltan Gera.
  • 39:48 Assist by Jerome Thomas.
  • 39:48 GOAL - Marc-Antoine FortuneWest Brom 2 - 1 Fulham Marc-Antoine Fortune gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Brom 2-1 Fulham.
  • 36:24 Inswinging corner taken by James Morrison, Jonas Olsson takes a shot. Stephen Kelly manages to make a clearance.
  • 33:39 Chris Brunt produces a cross.
  • 33:18 The ball is crossed by Gonzalo Jara, Carlos Salcido gets a block in.
  • 32:17 Jerome Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Kelly. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 31:37 Zoltan Gera sends in a cross.
  • 31:37 The ball is crossed by Clinton Dempsey.
  • 30:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Moussa Dembele on Jerome Thomas. Youssouf Mulumbu restarts play with the free kick.
  • 26:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Stephen Kelly. Free kick taken by Youssouf Mulumbu.
  • 23:08 Carlos Salcido is adjudged to have handled the ball. Scott Carson takes the direct free kick.
  • 23:01 The ball is delivered by Stephen Kelly, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:26 Clinton Dempsey produces a cross, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 19:56 A cross is delivered by Youssouf Mulumbu, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
  • 19:24 Gonzalo Jara crosses the ball, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 18:47 The ball is swung over by Jerome Thomas, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
  • 16:47 Assist by Chris Brunt.
  • 16:47 GOAL - Youssouf MulumbuWest Brom 1 - 1 Fulham A goal is scored by Youssouf Mulumbu from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Brom 1-1 Fulham.
  • 15:35 Shot by Zoltan Gera from outside the box goes over the target.
  • 14:25 Shot by Chris Brunt. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 11:00 Diomansy Kamara has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 10:26 The offside flag is raised against Marc-Antoine Fortune. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 9:26 The referee blows for offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
  • Correction - 8:08 Zoltan Gera produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Assist by Zoltan Gera. Save by Scott Carson.
  • Correction - 8:08 GOAL - Scott CarsonWest Brom 0 - 1 Fulham Scott Carson puts the ball into his own net. West Brom 0-1 Fulham.
  • 8:08 Shot from outside the area by Zoltan Gera hits the post. Assist on the goal came from Zoltan Gera.
  • 8:08 GOAL - Scott CarsonWest Brom 0 - 1 Fulham Scott Carson concedes an own goal. West Brom 0-1 Fulham.
  • 7:13 Foul by Moussa Dembele on Jerome Thomas, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt from left channel, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 5:25 Effort from outside the penalty area by Clinton Dempsey goes wide left of the target.
  • 4:36 Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, Header on goal by Jonas Olsson from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 4:10 The ball is sent over by Chris Brunt.
  • Correction - 1:34 Youssouf Mulumbu fouled by Zoltan Gera, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Chris Brunt, save made by Scott Carson.
  • 1:34 Zoltan Gera gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu. Chris Brunt restarts play with the free kick, Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
  • 1:11 Shot by Paul Scharner. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 23 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 9 23 22
2 Man City 8 7 17
3 Tottenham 9 3 15
4 West Brom 9 -2 15
5 Arsenal 8 8 14
6 Man Utd 8 7 14
7 Sunderland 9 1 12
8 Bolton 9 0 12
9 Newcastle 9 1 11
10 Aston Villa 9 -4 11
11 Everton 9 1 10
12 Birmingham 9 -2 10
13 Stoke 8 -2 10
14 Blackpool 9 -7 10
15 Wigan 9 -9 10
16 Fulham 9 -1 9
17 Blackburn 8 -1 9
18 Liverpool 8 -6 6
19 Wolves 9 -7 6
20 West Ham 9 -10 6

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