Fulham vs W Brom
Sky Bet Ch’boat
12:30pm Saturday 14th September
The late header of semi Ajayi got West Brom a point as they drew 1-1 against Fulham.
The mistake of marcus Bettinelli allowed Ajayi to head home after 80 minutes in the Sky Bet Championship clash on Saturday, after Anthony Knockaert had put his side in front four minutes after the break.
It intended that the pitches were shared between two of the promotion favourites, even though they stay a little off the speed of the league leaders.
Fulham dominated the first half and had a few chances. Following 16 minutes it was Tom Cairney who found his way through while in the half Sam Johnstone was called upon to deny Knockaert and Bobby Reid in quick succession however he rattled the bar with his campaign.
West Brom were happy to sit back but did occasionally carve out a chance. Charlie Austin had two half chances to score, even the initial on 28 minutes that he acrobatically smashed the seven minutes before the rest, over the pub as he led Matt Phillips’ into Bettinelli’s arms.
It required a piece of magic after half-time for Knockaert to break the deadlock. Whether he meant it or not is a different thing entirely, but the winger was able to locate the top corner with a attempt from the edge of the box which left no chance to Johnstone.
Bettinelli, who was in excellent form all day before he gifted them their equaliser with 10 minutes to proceed wasn’t really threatened by west Brom. His attempt saw him palm the ball into the path of both Ajayi, who had an empty net.
Reed is seems to be getting an excellent midfielder at this level, and having spent preceding campaigns at Blackburn and Norwich. He helped control the match for big swathes of this action at Craven Cottage with his metronomic passing. He’s maintaining Kevin McDonald and stalwarts Stefan Johansen on the bench as it stands.
Fulham head to Sheffield Wednesday at 3pm Saturday. West Brom are to Huddersfield on Sunday 22 at 12pm, live on Sky Sports Football.