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Played
September 15, 2012 10:00 AM EDT
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ R. East‎
Attendance:‬ 25691‎
 
 
45+1′ (PG) Dimitar Berbatov
 
 
Top of the Match
Damien Duff
Damien Duff
Fulham
Dimitar Berbatov
Dimitar Berbatov
Fulham
Flop of the Match
Peter Odemwingie
Peter Odemwingie
West Bromwich Albion
Peter Odemwingie
Peter Odemwingie
West Bromwich Albion

Fulham 3-0 West Brom: Brilliant Berbatov bags double on home debut as Odemwingie sees red

The Bulgarian forward was in fine form as he netted a wonderful strike from inside the box before converting a penalty, with Steve Sidwell adding a late third for the hosts

By Joe Doyle

EPL, Fulham v West Bromwich Albion, Dimitar Berbatov
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Fulham picked up its first points since an opening-day victory against Norwich thanks to two Dimitar Berbatov goals and a late third from Steve Sidwell, which earned a comprehensive 3-0 win over 10-man West Brom.

The Bulgarian striker netted twice in the first half, with the first coming after half an hour with a wonderful effort into the top corner, and another coming from the spot on the stroke of halftime, with Baggies attacker Peter Odemwingie seeing red for a stupid kick five minutes before.

Sidwell wrapped up a deserved victory moments from the end, crashing a half-volley into an unguarded net.

Fulham started brightly, and almost took the lead when Berbatov tried to get on the end of Sascha Riether's cross, but Jonas Olsson was there to prevent him getting a touch.

Fulham was pressing more and more as the first half wore on, and eventually found an opener just after the half-hour mark. Alex Kacaniklic had been finding lots of opportunities to run at Jones, and this time he found Berbatov, who had time to take a touch and curl home a great effort into the top corner.

A little over five minutes later, Fulham's task was made a whole lot easier as Odemwingie inexplicably kicked out at Riether after losing the ball. It was a terrible decision from the striker, right in front of the home dugout, and he was swiftly shown the red card by referee Roger East.

And as the first half entered stoppage time, it looked to be all over as Kacaniklic rampaged down the left again, being brought down by Jones in the area for a clear penalty. Berbatov stepped up and made it look simple, sending Ben Foster the wrong way to double the lead at halftime.

The second half started with a double swap for the visitors as Marc-Antoine Fortune and Shane Long were replaced by Romelu Lukaku and Chris Brunt, and for a while the game lacked any real sort of tempo.

However, as the half progressed, Fulham got more and more dominant. Lukaku forced a decent stop from Schwarzer after a deflection, but it was Foster who really began to impress in goal.

The former Manchester United man made three fantastic stops in the space of a couple of minutes, with the third an outstanding reflex move to push the ball over the bar from Damien Duff's wickedly deflected shot.

The home side's dominance was pretty clear, with attack after attack being launched on the Baggies' goal, and only Ben Foster really impressing for the visitors.

Fulham's dominance was realized in the dying moments, when Sidwell crashed in a rebound after Rodallega's header hit the bar following good work from substitute Pajtim Kasami.
 
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Fulham

23
Mark Schwarzer
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
John Arne Riise
Defender
3.00
5
Brede Hangeland
Defender
3.00
6
Chris Baird
Defender
3.50
18
Aaron Hughes
Defender
3.00
27
Sascha Riether
Defender
2.50
7
Steve Sidwell
Midfielder
89′
3.50
16
Damien Duff
Midfielder
91′
4.00
11
4.00
9
3.50
20
3.00

West Bromwich Albion

4.00
1
Ben Foster
Goalkeeper
2.50
3
2.50
6
2.50
23
2.00
28
Billy Jones
Midfielder
2.00
5
Claudio Yacob
Midfielder
76′
2.50
7
James Morrison
Midfielder
2.00
21
2.00
21
Shane Long
Striker
46′
0.50
9
1.50
28

Substitutes

13
 - 
2
 - 
17
 - 
-
Alex Smith
Defender
91′
 - 
8
Pajtim Kasami
Midfielder
84′
3.00
14
 - 
42
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
13
B. Myhill
Goalkeeper
 - 
25
2.50
11
Chris Brunt
Midfielder
46′
 - 
17
Graham Dorrans
Midfielder
 - 
22
Zoltán Gera
Midfielder
 - 
9
3.00
17

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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