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January 1, 2013 12:45 PM GMT
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 25436‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: West Brom 1-2 Fulham

Romelu Lukaku and Dimitar Berbatov impressed as Fulham overcame the Baggies despite a poor performance from Cottagers' defender Matthew Briggs

By Nicholas McGee

  • Ben Foster
    2
    5
    1.50

    Ben Foster

    Had little to do, but will have been disappointed that he allowed two shots to squirm past him after an otherwise faultless display.

  • Liam Ridgewell
    2
    0
    1.50

    Liam Ridgewell

    At fault for the opening goal, as he allowed Dejagah to sneak past him and provide the delivery for Berbatov. However, the full back was a threat down the left and put in a good cross for Mulumbu minutes later.

  • Gareth McAuley
    1
    0
    2.00

    Gareth McAuley

    Albion's best defender, McAuley dealt with pretty much everything in the air, but was powerless to prevent either of Fulham's goals.

  • Billy Jones
    4
    0
    2.50

    Billy Jones

    Always appeared a danger when he got forward and duly delivered on that potential by providing the cross for Lukaku to net the Baggies' equaliser.

  • Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş
    2
    0
    1.50

    Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş

    Gave the ball away on a number of occasions in a sloppy display. However Tamas was a clear threat from set pieces and was unlucky to head wide from a Brunt corner midway through the opening period.

  • James Morrison
    2
    2
    2.00

    James Morrison

    Anonymous for the majority of the game but almost found a second equaliser for his side after storming into the box from Shane Long's lay-off.

  • Chris Brunt
    2
    0
    2.00

    Chris Brunt

    Gave the Baggies an outlet with his good deliveries from set-pieces, however the midfielder showcased some naivety in defence when failing to clear a ball forward in the first half which led to a Fulham chance.

  • Youssouf Mulumbu
    1
    1
    2.50

    Youssouf Mulumbu

    Improved greatly on a poor first half performance and pulled the strings in the second half as West Brom began to control proceedings. Played an excellent ball to Lukaku soon after the equaliser.

  • Zoltán Gera
    1
    0
    2.00

    Zoltán Gera

    Unlucky not to have given his side the lead when he hit the post from close range. However that was the highlight of an otherwise ineffectual display.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    46
    9
    4.00

    Romelu Lukaku Top of the Match

    His physical presence presented Fulham with no end of problems, and he was rewarded for his efforts with an easy goal early in the second half. The Belgian could have added to his tally, hitting the post minutes later.

  • Marc-Antoine Fortune
    1
    0
    2.50

    Marc-Antoine Fortune

    Played a huge role in the West Brom leveller, muscling his way past two Fulham midfielders before delivering a superb pass into the eventual provider Jones.

Substitutions

  • George Thorne
    2
    0
    2.00

    George Thorne

    Thorne was able to restore some control to the West Brom midfield, but by that point Fulham were already cruising towards victory.

  • Shane Long
    1
    3
    2.00

    Shane Long

    Almost created a goal instantly after coming on when he played in Morrison, but his cameo proved to be an ultimately ineffectual one.

  • Peter Odemwingie
    2
    0
    2.00

    Peter Odemwingie

    Tried his best to pull West Brom back into the game but found himself stymied by the Fulham defence.

  • David Stockdale
    10
    4
    2.50

    David Stockdale

    Produced a fine save from Lukaku to prevent the Belgian from giving the home side the advantage in the second half and improved greatly on his disastrous display against Swansea.

  • Brede Hangeland
    8
    7
    2.50

    Brede Hangeland

    Defended stoutly throughout and enabled his side to get back on the attack quickly when clearing the danger. A fine display from the Norwegian.

  • Matthew Briggs
    7
    13
    1.00

    Matthew Briggs Flop of the Match

    Briggs' poor defending enabled Lukaku to find the equaliser, and the left-back also lost possession on a number of occasions in what was a shaky outing.

  • Aaron Hughes
    7
    4
    2.50

    Aaron Hughes

    Showed great presence of mind to head Brunt's effort off the line with the score at 1-1. Another fine performance from the veteran defender.

  • Sascha Riether
    5
    5
    2.00

    Sascha Riether

    The German was not as impressive as he has been for much of the season going forward, and struggled to deal with the threat of Lukaku when the striker moved out wide.

  • Steve Sidwell
    7
    7
    3.00

    Steve Sidwell

    Sidwell produced a composed display in the middle of the park, winning and retaining possession excellent. The ex-Chelsea man was overrun briefly when West Brom were on top, but performed well for the most part.

  • Giorgos Karagounis
    22
    5
    2.50

    Giorgos Karagounis

    Karagounis controlled the game in midfield and ensured that his side always looked the more dangerous going forward in the first half, but faded in the second before being substituted.

  • Ashkan Dejagah
    48
    7
    2.50

    Ashkan Dejagah

    The Iranian was a constant nuisance down the right flank and provided the assist for Berbatov's opener. His effect was nullified in the second half as West Brom grew into the game.

  • Alexander Kacaniklic
    21
    3
    3.00

    Alexander Kacaniklic

    The Swede put in a lively display and it was he who provided the sucker punch with an excellent finish to put the visitors back in front after a period of dominance from the home side.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    68
    6
    3.50

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Was always Fulham's biggest threat and got the goal has play certainly deserved when he powered home Dejagah's pull back to give the Cottagers the lead.

  • Bryan Ruiz
    21
    7
    3.00

    Bryan Ruiz

    A quiet afternoon from the Costa Rican until midway through the second half, when his excellent ball allowed Kacaniklic to sneak in and restore Fulham's advantage.

Substitutions

  • Philippe Senderos
    1
    3
    2.00

    Philippe Senderos

    An injury-time substitute who did not have much of a job to do in his short spell on the pitch.

  • Hugo Rodallega
    4
    6
    2.00

    Hugo Rodallega

    A willing runner after coming on for Karagounis, but the Colombian was unable to create anything of real note.

Results
 
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