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September 15, 2012 3:00 PM BST
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
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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 at Craven Cottage

EPL, Fulham v West Bromwich Albion, Dimitar Berbatov
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Fulham picked up their first points since their opening day victory against Norwich as to two Dimitar Berbatov goals and a late third from Steve Sidwell gave the west London side a comprehensive 3-0 win over 10-man West Brom.

The Bulgarian striker netted twice in the first half, the first a wonderful effort into the top corner before a second was added on the stroke of half-time, with Baggies attacker Peter Odemwingie seeing red for a senseless kick out five minutes previously.

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

Martin Jol named an attacking line-up, with Berbatov making his home debut for the club, but looked a little short in the centre of midfield as Chris Baird deputised alongside Sidwell.

Steve Clarke only had one change to make to the side who beat Everton 2-0, with Billy Jones coming into the team for Steven Reid at right-back.

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 the striker getting a telling touch.

The first real effort of the game came when James Morrison fired in an effort from the edge of the area, with Mark Schwarzer tipping over well. Billy Jones then put in a dangerous ball across the six-yard box, but no-one was on hand for a tap in.

Fulham were 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 space time and time again to run at Jones, and on this occasion he found Berbatov, who had time to take a touch and curl home a great effort into the top corner around approaching defenders and Ben Foster in goal.

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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 half-time.

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’s dominance again grew, with attack after attack being launched on the Baggies' goal, and only Ben Foster really impressing for the visitors.

Sidwell then wrapped up the game as he crashed in a rebound after Rodallega's header hit the bar following good work from substitue Pajtim Kasami.


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
 - 
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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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