Matej Vydra's 86th-minute equaliser denied Felix Magath a winning start as Fulham manager as fellow strugglers West Brom fought back to earn a deserved late point.

Ashkan Dejagah's first-half goal had looked set to lift the Cottagers off the bottom of the Premier League table with victory in a game Magath had described as "the most important in the club's history".

But instead the Baggies rescued a draw when Maarten Stekelenburg let Vydra's shot slip through his grasp, goal-line technology confirming that the ball had crossed the line before the Fulham goalkeeper could retrieve it.

West Brom 1-1 Fulham: Felix Magath 'satisfied' with draw on debut

It was the fourth consecutive home league game that West Brom have salvaged a point after being behind at the break, and they almost went on to claim victory.

It took a fine save from Stekelenburg to deny Chris Brunt in the dying seconds, meaning Baggies boss Pepe Mel is still waiting for his first win after six games in charge.

While Mel needs his side to make a better start to matches, Magath appeared to have quickly got his message over to his players since his Valentine's Day appointment.

The German, well-known for his love of discipline and his work ethic, watched his new side play with more and more belief than their hosts early on, and it was the Cottagers who were creating the chances too.

With Lewis Holtby and Dejagah providing a regular supply of crosses, the Baggies were relieved to see Johnny Heitinga head over and Steve Sidwell scoop another bouncing ball over with the goal gaping.

Match stats

  • West Brom had 16 shots compared to Fulham's seven.
  • The Baggies had 63.9% of possession.
  • The hosts made a total of 496 passes, while Fulham made 282.

In contrast, the Baggies were struggling with their final pass when they attacked and their only chance of the first half saw Thievy Bifouma drill his low shot straight at Stekelenburg after escaping on the break.

West Brom's lack of invention meant Fulham always looked the most likely side to break the deadlock and it was Dejagah who deservedly did just that after 28 minutes.

Holtby made a rare error, taking an air-shot at Kieran Richardson's cross, but the ball ran into the path of the Iranian, who took a touch and coolly steered home a low shot from the right-hand side of the area.

It took a fine save from Ben Foster to stop Hugo Rodallega from making it 2-0 before half-time and the home side were booed off at the break.

There was no way the Baggies fans could fault their side's efforts after half-time, however, and in truth it appeared only a matter of time before an equaliser arrived.

The introduction of Zoltan Gera and, in particular, Victor Anichebe brought them to life and they pressed hard for a leveller.

Brunt saw a fierce strike tipped to safety by Stekelenburg and Anichebe had a goalbound effort blocked. Somehow, the Fulham goal survived.

West Brom 1-1 Fulham: Pepe Mel concerned with West Brom draws

James Morrison had a deflected shot saved and Anichebe fired narrowly wide before, finally, Fulham's resistance was broken.

Anichebe, the late hero in West Brom's last two salvage operations, turned provider this time and, agonisingly, Stekelenburg could not keep out Vydra's shot.

West Brom manager Pepe Mel:

"One point is one point but I think we were too open in the first half and the second half was good. We needed two points more.

"We need to win for our mentality. The players need to win.

"I believe in the next match against Manchester United we can win. There is a nervousness in the changing room.

"It is February and we have got three months ahead of us to work. We need to work on the pitch for 90 minutes. I don't know how many wins we will need to stay up but of course we need to win a game to keep the players smiling and for the fans too."

Fulham boss Felix Magath:

"We were so near to a victory, we are disappointed but in the whole game, 1-1 was correct. It was a fair result.

"We have had only a few days together. You cannot change many things.

"I crossed the fingers but that is not enough. We have to play 90 minutes and try to make no faults. We made too many faults in the second half.

"We lost the ball too early and came under pressure. If you get under pressure, one mistake will cost you a goal.

"We were away and I think it was not very good but a point is good."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

West Bromwich Albion

  • 01 Foster
  • 28 Jones (Anichebe - 44' )
  • 06 Ridgewell
  • 07 Morrison
  • 23 McAuley Booked
  • 03 Olsson Booked
  • 18 Amalfitano
  • 21 Mulumbu
  • 50 Bifouma Koulossa (Gera - 45' )
  • 38 Berahino (Vydra - 75' )
  • 11 Brunt Booked

Substitutes

  • 10 Sinclair
  • 13 Myhill
  • 16 Anichebe
  • 17 Dorrans
  • 20 Vydra
  • 22 Gera
  • 25 Dawson

Fulham

  • 01 Stekelenburg
  • 27 Riether Booked
  • 35 Amorebieta (Riise - 52' )
  • 07 Sidwell
  • 04 Heitinga Booked
  • 05 Hangeland
  • 24 Dejagah
  • 28 Parker Booked
  • 20 Rodallega (Mitroglou - 61' )
  • 10 Holtby
  • 15 Richardson (Burn - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Riise
  • 06 Kvist
  • 08 Kasami
  • 13 Stockdale
  • 18 Mitroglou
  • 33 Burn
  • 43 Tankovic
Ref: Mike Dean
Att: 25,782

Match Stats

Shots

16 7

On target

5 3

Corners

8 2

Fouls

13 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Fulham 1.

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Fulham 1.

90:00 +3:32

Foul by Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion).

90:00 +3:32

Johnny Heitinga (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:08

Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:08

Foul by Kostas Mitroglou (Fulham).

90:00 +1:35

Attempt missed. Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the right following a corner.

90:00 +1:31

Attempt saved. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Victor Anichebe.

90:00 +1:05

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by John Arne Riise.

90:00 +0:22 Booking

Booking Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

86:25

Offside, Fulham. Scott Parker tries a through ball, but Kostas Mitroglou is caught offside.

85:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Fulham 1. Matej Vydra (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Victor Anichebe.

85:12 Booking

Booking Scott Parker (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:09

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:09

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

82:43

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.

82:42

Attempt blocked. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Anichebe.

81:42

Foul by Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion).

81:42

Lewis Holtby (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:38

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

80:38

Lewis Holtby (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:27

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Dan Burn.

75:51

Attempt blocked. Matej Vydra (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Anichebe with a headed pass.

75:07

Foul by Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion).

75:07

Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matej Vydra replaces Saido Berahino.

74:24 Booking

Booking Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:18

Foul by Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion).

74:18

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

71:33 Booking

Booking Sascha Riether (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

71:05

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:05

Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).

70:17

Attempt missed. Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross following a corner.

69:54

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Dan Burn.

69:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Dan Burn replaces Kieran Richardson.

68:46

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:46

Foul by Johnny Heitinga (Fulham).

67:46

Attempt blocked. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Anichebe.

66:28

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Victor Anichebe.

66:08

Hand ball by Kostas Mitroglou (Fulham).

63:44

Attempt saved. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Brunt.

60:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Kostas Mitroglou replaces Hugo Rodallega.

59:29

Attempt blocked. Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Zoltán Gera with a cross.

58:49

Attempt saved. Lewis Holtby (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sascha Riether.

54:04

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Maarten Stekelenburg.

54:01

Attempt saved. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

52:57

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.

52:06

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:06

Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).

51:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. John Arne Riise replaces Fernando Amorebieta.

51:19

Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

51:19

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).

49:34

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Ashkan Dejagah.

49:06

Attempt blocked. Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Morrison.

47:47

Offside, Fulham. Fernando Amorebieta tries a through ball, but Kieran Richardson is caught offside.

45:24

Attempt missed. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah.

45:00

Second Half begins West Bromwich Albion 0, Fulham 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Zoltán Gera replaces Thievy.

45:00 +2:30 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Fulham 1.

45:00 +2:02 Booking

Booking Johnny Heitinga (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +1:43

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:43

Foul by Johnny Heitinga (Fulham).

45:00 +0:47 Booking

Booking Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +0:39

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

45:00 +0:39

Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:02

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

45:00 +0:02

Lewis Holtby (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:57

Attempt blocked. Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross.

44:18

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:18

Foul by Sascha Riether (Fulham).

43:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Victor Anichebe replaces Billy Jones.

43:22

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

42:22

Delay in match Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

40:40

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Foster.

40:38

Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Johnny Heitinga.

39:02

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

39:02

Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:53

Attempt blocked. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Youssuf Mulumbu.

31:01

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:01

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

29:32

Foul by Thievy (West Bromwich Albion).

29:32

Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:50

Offside, Fulham. Lewis Holtby tries a through ball, but Kieran Richardson is caught offside.

27:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Fulham 1. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Richardson with a cross.

24:23

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

23:14

Delay in match Johnny Heitinga (Fulham) because of an injury.

22:42

Attempt saved. Thievy (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Morgan Amalfitano.

21:23

Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah with a cross.

20:46

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt tries a through ball, but Thievy is caught offside.

19:38

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:38

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

19:00

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.

17:44

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

17:44

Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:47

Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:47

Foul by Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion).

13:59

Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).

13:59

Thievy (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:26

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

11:02

Foul by Johnny Heitinga (Fulham).

11:02

Thievy (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:44

Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:44

Foul by Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion).

6:15

Attempt missed. Lewis Holtby (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.

5:07

Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:07

Foul by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).

2:40

Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).

2:40

Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:40

Attempt missed. Johnny Heitinga (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis Holtby with a cross following a corner.

1:05

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

0:21

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:21

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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