Belfast Telegraph

Baggies held by Fulham

West Brom keeper Ben Foster made up for his blunder in the last home game with a superb double save to earn a goalless draw against fellow Barclays Premier League strugglers Fulham at the Hawthorns.

Foster had gifted Stoke's Ryan Shotton a last-gasp winner the last time out at the Hawthorns, but atoned with superb stops in quick succession to keep out John Arne Riise and substitute Bryan Ruiz.

The visitors, still without a league win this season, dominated the first period with skipper Danny Murphy dictating play but Albion posed more of a threat in the second period.

West Brom captain Chris Brunt saw an early powerful header saved by Mark Schwarzer, who then denied Youssouf Mulumbu.

Fulham had two decent chances, with Orlando Sa being blocked off by Gareth McAuley before Foster spilled a low shot from Clint Dempsey and the rebound was converted by Pajtim Kasami, who was correctly flagged offside.

Sa and Dempsey threatened again before the break, but West Brom improved in the second half, with Perer Odemwingie moving forward from a midfield station to partner Shane Long.

Fulham had plenty of chances though, and went close when defender Jonas Olsson deflected a volley by Dempsey against his own bar.

Odemwingie had a great chance to score after 64 minutes when he met a through-ball from Mulumbu but shot straight at Schwarzer.

Foster was the hero at the other end though, blocking a fierce free-kick from Riise and then getting up quickly to turn the close-range follow-up effort from Ruiz against a post.

Brunt hit the post with a cross-shot for Albion late on.


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