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September 14, 2013 3:00 PM BST
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
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Player Ratings: Fulham 1-1 West Brom

A serious injury to Bryan Ruiz overshadowed a lively encounter between two struggling sides, with Gareth McAuley's late header cancelling out Steve Sidwell's volley

By Liam Twomey at Craven Cottage

  • David Stockdale
    2
    0
    3.00

    David Stockdale

    Rarely tested as West Brom's new-look attack failed to fire, but made decent saves to deny Anichebe and Anelka.

  • Philippe Senderos
    5
    0
    3.00

    Philippe Senderos

    Troubled by Anichebe's physicality if not his skill, but the visitors' lack of attacking invention kept his workload manageable.

  • Brede Hangeland
    2
    1
    3.00

    Brede Hangeland

    Generally marshalled his defence well and looked to be progressive on the ball. Got turned too easily by Anichebe after the break, and was let off by the Nigerian's poor finish.

  • Sascha Riether
    2
    0
    3.50

    Sascha Riether

    With no orthodox winger to defend against he was free to bomb forward, and he did so with drive and discipline.

  • Steve Sidwell
    3
    0
    4.00

    Steve Sidwell Top of the Match

    Knitted everything together in the midfield, winning tackles and distributing sensibly. Took his goal well, too.

  • Pajtim Kasami
    2
    1
    2.50

    Pajtim Kasami

    Looked tidy enough on the ball but too often seemed to be on a different wavelength to Ruiz, Kacaniklic and Berbatov.

  • Alexander Kacaniklic
    3
    1
    3.50

    Alexander Kacaniklic

    Fulham's biggest threat in a sterile first half. Ran at his full-back with pace and conviction every time he got the chance, and linked up well in the opposition half, even if his final ball was wayward at times.

  • Kieran Richardson
    2
    1
    3.00

    Kieran Richardson

    Robbed too easily by Anichebe on one occasion, but otherwise performed his defensive duties diligently.

  • Scott Parker
    2
    2
    3.00

    Scott Parker

    Put in his usual shift, winning and recycling possession to ensure his team won the midfield battle.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    6
    1
    3.50

    Dimitar Berbatov

    It wasn't his day, but he never stopped trying. Twice he found the net to be denied - correctly - by the assistant referee's flag, as well as narrowly missing with a flying kick from a Ruiz cross that would have been one of the goals of the season. Not at his most inspired, but always a pleasure to watch.

  • Bryan Ruiz
    3
    1
    3.50

    Bryan Ruiz

    Drifted in and out of proceedings, but grew in influence in the second half as West Brom went for broke. The quality of his deliveries from the right twice nearly allowed Berbatov to get on the scoresheet. His day ended in agony when he was stretchered off in injury time.

Substitutions

  • Amorebieta
    3
    0
    2.50

    Amorebieta

    Replaced Richardson on 67 minutes, giving his team an extra aerial presence when defending.

  • Damien Duff
    1
    1

    Damien Duff

    Replaced Ruiz in the dying minutes.

  • Hugo Rodallega
    1
    0
    2.50

    Hugo Rodallega

    Came on for a tiring Berbatov with 13 minutes left, but offered nothing of note.

  • B. Myhill
    1
    1
    3.50

    B. Myhill

    Made a very good save to stop Berbatov making the game safe, and could do little about Sidwell's volley.

  • Jonas Olsson
    1
    0
    3.00

    Jonas Olsson

    Dealt with Fulham's attacking interplay relatively well in the first half, but had more problems when West Brom pushed up in search of an equaliser after the break.

  • Liam Ridgewell
    1
    0
    3.00

    Liam Ridgewell

    Didn't get close enough to prevent Ruiz swinging in some very dangerous crosses from the right, and his lack of pace was also a problem at times.

  • Gareth McAuley
    1
    0
    3.50

    Gareth McAuley

    Troubled by Berbatov's movement on occasion, but made no major mistakes and wasn't directly responsible for the goal. Popped up with a towering header in injury time to level things up.

  • Billy Jones
    0
    0
    2.50

    Billy Jones

    Unsurprisingly had little chemistry with Amalfitano going forward on the right flank, and Kacaniklic kept him more than occupied defensively.

  • Claudio Yacob
    1
    0
    3.00

    Claudio Yacob

    Provided an effective shield for the back four until he was withdrawn just after the hour.

  • Chris Brunt
    1
    0
    3.50

    Chris Brunt

    Was his side's only threat in the first half with speculative efforts from range, but couldn't find an equaliser. Played one good pass in behind which Anichebe wasted. His corner provided the late equaliser for McAuley.

  • Morgan Amalfitano
    1
    0
    3.00

    Morgan Amalfitano

    A mixed debut. Wayward passes were interspersed with dangerous crosses and always underpinned by a good work ethic until Sinclair replaced him in the second half.

  • Youssouf Mulumbu
    0
    1
    2.50

    Youssouf Mulumbu

    Assured on the ball, but sometimes gave away silly fouls which broke up the play and occasionally put his side in danger.

  • Victor Anichebe
    0
    1
    2.00

    Victor Anichebe Flop of the Match

    A 'handful', as they say. Troubled Hangeland and Senderos in the air despite having next to no service, and did well to generate a chance for himself after the break, but his finishing was poor.

  • Nicolas Anelka
    5
    0
    2.50

    Nicolas Anelka

    Showed no real flashes of his undoubted talent as he eases his way back into action. Defended diligently in the first half and linked up reasonably well without ever looking a threat.

Substitutions

  • James Morrison
    0
    0
    2.50

    James Morrison

    Replaced Yacob just after the hour, but didn't make a decisive impact.

  • Scott Sinclair
    0
    0
    2.50

    Scott Sinclair

    A genuine wing threat, he provided pace and trickery when he came on, but no end product.

  • Saido Berahino
    0
    1

    Saido Berahino

    A lively 12 minute cameo for the youngster, though he didn't test Stockdale himself.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2