Fulham vs W Brom
Sky Bet Ch’ship
12:30pm Saturday 14th September
The late header of semi Ajayi made West Brom a point as they drew 1-1 against Fulham.
Marcus Bettinelli’s error allowed Ajayi to go home after Anthony Knockaert had brightly put his side before four minutes after the break.
It supposed the spoils were shared between two of the pre-season promotion favourites, although they remain a little off the group leaders’ pace.
Fulham dominated the first half and also had a couple decent chances. It had been Tom Cairney who discovered his own way through however he rattled the bar with his campaign, while later in the half Sam Johnstone was called on to deny Knockaert and Bobby Reid in succession.
West Brom were pleased to sit but did occasionally carve a chance out. Charlie Austin particularly had two half chances to score, the first on 28 minutes that he acrobatically smashed over the pub as he led Matt Phillips’ free-kick directly into Bettinelli’s arms.
It took a bit of magic shortly to break the deadlock. Whether he intended it or not is another thing entirely, but the winger was able to locate the corner from the edge of the box that left Johnstone without a chance with a attempt.
West Brom did not really threaten until he gifted them their equaliser with 10 minutes to move Bettinelli, who was in excellent shape all afternoon. His effort to have a corner apparent saw him palm the ball straight.
Reed is onto his third party loan stint at the Sky Bet Championship, seems to be getting a quality midfielder at the level, also with spent preceding attempts at Norwich and Blackburn. He helped restrain the match for large swathes of the activity at Craven Cottage with his passing. He’s maintaining Kevin McDonald and stalwarts Stefan Johansen on the bench as it stands.
Fulham visit Sheffield Wednesday at 3pm following Saturday. West Brom have been in action at home to Huddersfield on Sunday 22 at 12pm, live on Sky Sports Football.
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