Gareth McAuley scored West Brom's first Premier League goal of the season as his injury-time equaliser secured a point against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

The visitors rarely threatened, despite £6m striker Victor Anichebe being handed a debut by manager Steve Clarke.

Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell opened the scoring with a fine half-volley from a corner in the first half.

But West Brom salvaged a point late on when McAuley climbed highest to head home from a Chris Brunt corner.

Steve Clarke grateful for 'big goal'

Clarke - who also gave a debut to Marseille loanee Morgan Amalfitano - will probably feel fortunate to escape with a point from a game dominated by the home side.

Fulham monopolised possession in the early stages but were unable to find a way through with West Brom packing men behind the ball.

Predictably, the opening goal came from a set-piece as Sidwell, on his 400th career appearance, capitalised from Fulham's first corner of the game.

Alex Kacaniklic's high delivery was contested by McAuley and Philippe Senderos - but the ball dropped to Sidwell and though West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill got a hand to his sweetly struck half-volley, he could not prevent it crossing the line.

Fulham had the ball in the net again on the half-hour mark when Dimitar Berbatov tapped in from close range, but the assistant referee had already flagged for offside.

Moments later, home keeper David Stockdale breathed a sigh of relief as Brunt's audacious curling free-kick from way out found the side-netting.

Analysis

"Finally West Brom manager Steve Clarke has seen his side score a goal although Gareth McAuley was perhaps an unlikely source for it. This result will feel like a victory for the Baggies, it probably should have been for Fulham."

In the second half, Anichebe was denied by Stockdale after showing good strength to hold off Brede Hangeland.

Bulgaria forward Berbatov looked Fulham's most likely source of a second goal and went close with a spectacular volley which went just over the crossbar on the hour.

Nicolas Anelka had a rare sight of goal when he shot first time from Anchiebe's lay-off, but a diving Stockdale was in the way again.

Bryan Ruiz struck the bar late on and Hugo Rodallega was offside when he blasted the rebound into the net.

But West Brom were back on level terms in stoppage time through Northern Ireland's McAuley, who is in good goalscoring form after netting against Luxembourg and Portugal during the international break.

Brunt floated in a corner and McAuley leapt above the Fulham defence to direct a powerful header beyond Stockdale.

Fulham manager Martin Jol:

"It was a frustrating result for us. The only thing you can do with a 1-0 scoreline late on is to defend. To concede a goal from a corner kick is disappointing and we lost two points because of that.

Jol frustrated with draw

"We had our opportunities. We didn't play fantastic but I thought we did enough to win the game. We had the ball in the net a few times which were offside which is unfortunate.

"I thought we looked a bit tired with this game coming after the international break but if you get a second goal then you don't feel it. As long as it stays 1-0 you give the opposition a chance."

West Brom manager Steve Clarke:

"The players know that to win matches we have to score goals.

"The belief of the players to keep chasing the game and get the goal in injury time shows the character that we have in the group.

"Three or four players have only just come in and we have only just started to work with them. There is more to come from us and I felt there were signs we're going in the right direction."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Fulham

  • 13 Stockdale
  • 04 Senderos
  • 05 Hangeland
  • 15 Richardson (Amorebieta - 67' )
  • 27 Riether
  • 07 Sidwell
  • 10 Ruiz (Duff - 90' )
  • 11 Kacaniklic
  • 28 Parker
  • 08 Kasami
  • 09 Berbatov (Rodallega - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 38 Etheridge
  • 22 Zverotic
  • 35 Amorebieta
  • 14 Karagounis
  • 16 Duff
  • 19 Taarabt
  • 20 Rodallega

West Brom

  • 13 Myhill
  • 03 Olsson
  • 06 Ridgewell
  • 23 McAuley
  • 28 Jones Booked
  • 05 Yacob (Morrison - 63' )
  • 11 Brunt
  • 18 Amalfitano (Sinclair - 63' )
  • 21 Mulumbu
  • 16 Anichebe (Berahino - 78' )
  • 39 Anelka

Substitutes

  • 19 Daniels
  • 04 Popov
  • 25 Dawson
  • 07 Morrison
  • 10 Sinclair
  • 08 Rosenberg
  • 38 Berahino
Ref: Probert
Att: 25,560

Match Stats

Shots

12 12

On target

2 4

Corners

4 5

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:44 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +5:15

Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.

90:00 +3:05

Clearance made by Jonas Olsson.

90:00 +1:48

Assist by James Morrison.

90:00 +1:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Gareth McAuley - Fulham 1 - 1 West Brom Gareth McAuley scores a headed goal. Fulham 1-1 West Brom.

90:00 +1:47

Corner taken by James Morrison from the left by-line.

90:00 +1:24

Liam Ridgewell produces a cross.

90:00 +1:02

Clearance made by Philippe Senderos.

90:00 +1:00

Clearance made by Philippe Senderos.

90:00 +0:43

Clearance by Alex Kacaniklic.

90:00 +0:40

Clearance made by Brede Hangeland.

90:00 +0:38

Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:29 Substitution

Substitution Damien Duff on for Bryan Ruiz.

87:57

Foul by Bryan Ruiz on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded.

87:21

Scott Sinclair takes a shot and goes over the bar.

86:35

Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.

86:33

Sascha Riether takes the free kick.

85:59

Scott Parker fouled by Saido Berahino, the ref awards a free kick.

85:47

Clearance made by Philippe Senderos.

85:42

Saido Berahino sends in a cross.

84:52

Steve Sidwell takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.

84:21

Nicolas Anelka concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Parker.

84:14

Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

83:59

The offside flag is raised against Steve Sidwell.

83:30

Bryan Ruiz takes a shot and bounced off the bar.

82:44

Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.

82:04

Chris Brunt produces a cross.

80:04

Clearance made by Liam Ridgewell.

80:02

The ball is sent over by Sascha Riether.

79:49

Bryan Ruiz takes the free kick.

78:58

Chris Brunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Kacaniklic.

78:50

Clearance by Sascha Riether.

78:36

Clearance by Steve Sidwell.

78:29

Corner taken by James Morrison.

78:07

Fernando Amorebieta manages to make a clearance.

78:04

Corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line.

77:42

Clearance by Fernando Amorebieta.

77:41

Saido Berahino produces a cross.

77:03 Substitution

Substitution Victor Anichebe leaves the field to be replaced by Saido Berahino.

76:48 Substitution

Substitution Hugo Rodallega joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dimitar Berbatov.

76:17

Bryan Ruiz takes a shot and cleared the net.

75:24

The ball is swung over by Chris Brunt.

75:11

Youssouf Mulumbu produces a cross.

75:11

Clearance by Philippe Senderos.

74:34

Header by Scott Sinclair misses to the right of the target.

74:31

James Morrison produces a cross.

74:01

Sascha Riether crosses the ball.

73:25

Shot by Nicolas Anelka. David Stockdale blocks the ball.

72:35

Philippe Senderos restarts play with the free kick.

72:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicolas Anelka on Brede Hangeland.

72:01

Clearance made by Gareth McAuley.

71:14

The ball is swung over by Scott Parker.

71:12

Clearance made by James Morrison.

71:08

Corner taken by Alex Kacaniklic.

70:37

Shot by Pajtim Kasami. Blocked by Jonas Olsson.

70:02

Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.

70:00

Fernando Amorebieta takes the free kick.

69:21

Billy Jones goes into the book.

69:21 Booking

Booking

69:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fernando Amorebieta by Billy Jones.

67:56

Clearance made by Philippe Senderos.

67:13

Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.

66:48 Substitution

Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Fernando Amorebieta coming on for Kieran Richardson.

65:25

Shot by Dimitar Berbatov cleared the bar.

64:33

Clearance by Dimitar Berbatov.

64:29

Corner taken by Chris Brunt.

64:04

Clearance made by Steve Sidwell.

64:03

Centre by Chris Brunt.

63:45

Philippe Senderos makes a clearance.

63:44

Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.

63:10

Chris Brunt takes a shot and goes harmlessly over the bar.

63:05

Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

62:37 Substitution

Substitution Claudio Yacob goes off and James Morrison comes on.

62:21 Substitution

Substitution Scott Sinclair replaces Morgan Amalfitano.

61:53

Nicolas Anelka fouled by Sascha Riether, the ref awards a free kick.

61:49

Victor Anichebe manages to make a clearance.

61:47

Corner taken by Bryan Ruiz.

61:18

Clearance made by Jonas Olsson.

61:14

Centre by Sascha Riether.

61:11

Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.

59:50

The ball is sent over by Alex Kacaniklic.

59:05

Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Blocked by Youssouf Mulumbu.

57:27

Pajtim Kasami takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

57:09

Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.

57:06

Dimitar Berbatov has an effort at goal. Parried by Boaz Myhill back into danger.

56:40

Clearance made by Brede Hangeland.

56:18

Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.

56:17

Clearance made by Jonas Olsson.

56:14

Chris Brunt makes a clearance.

56:09

Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.

55:11

Nicolas Anelka is ruled offside.

54:18

Liam Ridgewell produces a cross.

54:11

Youssouf Mulumbu takes the free kick.

54:06

Morgan Amalfitano fouled by Scott Parker, the ref awards a free kick.

53:41

The ball is delivered by Sascha Riether.

53:07

Victor Anichebe has an effort at goal. David Stockdale parries the effort to safety.

52:30

The ball is sent over by Nicolas Anelka.

52:29

Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.

52:25

Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

51:54

Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.

51:15

Sascha Riether manages to make a clearance.

50:54

Clearance made by Liam Ridgewell.

50:52

Pajtim Kasami crosses the ball.

50:16

Steve Sidwell restarts play with the free kick.

50:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Sidwell by Youssouf Mulumbu.

49:56

Free kick taken by David Stockdale.

49:27

Nicolas Anelka is caught offside.

49:11

Morgan Amalfitano crosses the ball.

47:27

Clearance made by Claudio Yacob.

47:24

Free kick taken by Philippe Senderos.

46:48

The referee blows for offside against Victor Anichebe.

46:36

Billy Jones restarts play with the free kick.

46:25

Unfair challenge on Morgan Amalfitano by Steve Sidwell results in a free kick.

46:01

Free kick taken by Steve Sidwell.

45:50

Foul by Billy Jones on Pajtim Kasami, free kick awarded.

45:33

Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.

45:17

Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

44:57

Clearance by Brede Hangeland.

44:50

Clearance made by Billy Jones.

44:49

The ball is crossed by Alex Kacaniklic.

43:56

Scott Parker takes the free kick.

43:34

Bryan Ruiz fouled by Chris Brunt, the ref awards a free kick.

43:26

Steve Sidwell manages to make a clearance.

43:24

The ball is crossed by Chris Brunt.

43:18

Billy Jones has a headed effort at goal. Blocked by Sascha Riether.

43:15

Centre by Morgan Amalfitano.

41:39

Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.

40:26

Youssouf Mulumbu manages to make a clearance.

40:23

Corner from the right by-line taken by Bryan Ruiz.

39:53

Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.

39:50

The ball is swung over by Sascha Riether.

39:41

Claudio Yacob makes a clearance.

39:39

The ball is delivered by Steve Sidwell.

39:17

Clearance made by Dimitar Berbatov.

39:13

Corner taken by Chris Brunt.

38:45

Alex Kacaniklic manages to make a clearance.

38:43

The ball is crossed by Morgan Amalfitano.

38:32

Clearance by Pajtim Kasami.

38:29

Sascha Riether manages to make a clearance.

38:25

Free kick taken by Chris Brunt.

38:00

Foul by Scott Parker on Youssouf Mulumbu, free kick awarded.

36:14

Clearance by Liam Ridgewell.

35:45

Strike on goal comes in from Chris Brunt from the free kick and goes left of the post.

35:19

Foul by Pajtim Kasami on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded.

34:33

Shot by Bryan Ruiz missed to the left of goal.

33:12

Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.

32:30

Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

31:58

The offside flag is raised against Dimitar Berbatov.

30:26

Free kick taken by Alex Kacaniklic.

30:16

Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu on Dimitar Berbatov, free kick awarded.

30:06

Steve Sidwell takes the free kick.

29:53

Jonas Olsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bryan Ruiz.

29:47

Pajtim Kasami makes a clearance.

29:42

Steve Sidwell manages to make a clearance.

29:40

The ball is delivered by Morgan Amalfitano.

29:37

Clearance made by Brede Hangeland.

29:33

Free kick taken by Chris Brunt.

29:00

Philippe Senderos challenges Victor Anichebe unfairly and gives away a free kick.

28:54

Clearance by Jonas Olsson.

28:14

Header at goal by Chris Brunt. David Stockdale safely holds on.

28:12

The ball is swung over by Morgan Amalfitano.

27:34

The ball is swung over by Bryan Ruiz.

27:01

Philippe Senderos restarts play with the free kick.

26:30

Unfair challenge on Bryan Ruiz by Claudio Yacob results in a free kick.

26:26

Kieran Richardson makes a clearance.

26:23

The ball is crossed by Chris Brunt.

26:15

Nicolas Anelka crosses the ball.

25:52

Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

25:32

Dimitar Berbatov is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

25:30

Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.

25:27

Kieran Richardson sends in a cross.

24:39

Centre by Morgan Amalfitano.

24:34

Header by Victor Anichebe misses to the right of the target.

24:31

The ball is swung over by Morgan Amalfitano.

24:25

The ball is crossed by Liam Ridgewell.

23:09

Header at goal by Dimitar Berbatov goes right of the post.

23:06

The ball is delivered by Alex Kacaniklic.

22:58

Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.

22:57

The ball is delivered by Alex Kacaniklic.

21:40

Assist by Philippe Senderos.

21:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Steve Sidwell - Fulham 1 - 0 West Brom Steve Sidwell scores with their right foot. Fulham 1-0 West Brom.

21:33

Corner taken by Alex Kacaniklic.

21:12

Clearance by Billy Jones.

21:11

Kieran Richardson delivers the ball.

20:46

Clearance made by Chris Brunt.

20:44

A cross is delivered by Sascha Riether.

18:55

Chris Brunt takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.

18:36

Clearance by Jonas Olsson.

17:41

Clearance made by Gareth McAuley.

17:39

The ball is crossed by Alex Kacaniklic.

17:21

Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.

16:15

Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.

15:32

The ball is swung over by Sascha Riether.

14:53

Youssouf Mulumbu restarts play with the free kick.

14:48

Steve Sidwell challenges Youssouf Mulumbu unfairly and gives away a free kick.

14:33

Clearance by Jonas Olsson.

14:03

Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

13:37

The referee penalises Alex Kacaniklic for handball.

12:40

Morgan Amalfitano restarts play with the free kick.

12:37

Steve Sidwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Morgan Amalfitano.

12:31

Philippe Senderos makes a clearance.

11:35

Centre by Pajtim Kasami.

10:38

Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.

10:35

Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.

9:09

Kieran Richardson manages to make a clearance.

8:12

Clearance by Youssouf Mulumbu.

7:28

Steve Sidwell takes the free kick.

7:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pajtim Kasami by Claudio Yacob.

7:10

Clearance made by Philippe Senderos.

6:04

Victor Anichebe takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.

4:28

A cross is delivered by Alex Kacaniklic.

3:08

Free kick taken by Philippe Senderos.

2:45

The assistant referee flags for offside against Victor Anichebe.

2:23

Clearance made by Philippe Senderos.

1:48

Bryan Ruiz takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

1:46

Clearance by Gareth McAuley.

1:44

The ball is crossed by Pajtim Kasami.

1:09

Sascha Riether manages to make a clearance.

1:06

Philippe Senderos manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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