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Fulham 1-1 West Brom Prem04 1314 Daily Star

last updated Sunday 15th September 2013, 4:32 PM

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Fulham (1) 1 West Brom (0) 1

Gareth McAuley scored Albion's first goal of the season to earn them a shock point at Carven Cottage.

His headed goal three minutes into six of added time from Chris Brunt's corner meant the Baggies climbed off the bottom of the table.

But it was touch and go.

Fulham had the ball in the net three other times but had them ruled out for offside.

It meant they are still to win at home and the pressure on boss Jol is mounting.

Cottagers fans booed and spewed their anger after a game they should have won comfortably.

Jol said: "It is not nice to hear boos at the end, particularly after so few games - and we are in 12th place. It would be different if we were bottom.

"But for me it is not a big problem. We will overcome this.

"And we have players coming back next week, ready for our big game with Chelsea."

To be fair, Fulham had most of the play with Scott Parker again pressing his England claims and Dimitar Berbatov showing his old bones don't creak as much as Albion's equally ageing veteran striker Nicolas Anelka, who was a sad, lonely figure at times.

Bertbatov twice had the ball in the net only to be ruled offside, and then had another effort blocked by Boaz Myhill and sent a scissor-kick whistling just inches over.

Parker orchestrated most of the Fulham attacks, looking a decent player once more, although you always worry about how he copes with injuries.

But if he keeps playing at this standard, England boss Roy Hodgson has a bonus going into next month's vital World Cup qualifying matches.

Fulham had gone ahead thanks to Steve Sidwell's 21st-minute strike following a corner.

Alexander Kacaniklic swung over an in-swinger from the left and when the ball broke loose, Sidwell calmly drove it low into the net from 10 yards.

Albion are gutsy if nothing else and Anelka had David Stockdale diving full length to deny a long-range effort in the 74th minute.

But Fulham still looked the more likely scorers and they kept the linesman busy as they had a third effort ruled offside when Bryan Ruiz struck Albion's bar in the 85th minute and sub Hugo Rodallega put the rebound in the net - only to be ruled offside.

It was the last effort by Ruiz, who was then stretchered off after landing badly in a harmless-looking collision with two minutes remaining.

And the delay worked in Albion's favour when McAuley headed in the late equaliser.

Baggies boss Steve Clarke said: "For us it was a really important goal but I was always confident.

"The last few games have not gone well for us but in the second half here, we were good.

"On another day we could have won. Our belief was good and the character in the side is good.

"Hopefully Sessegnon will be available to play for us next week. Unfortunately we have to go through a permit process even though he has played in this country before."

Fulham: Stockdale 6; Riether 6, Senderos 6, Hangeland 6, Richardson 6 (Amorrebieta (67th) 5); Kasami 6; Ruiz 6, (Duff 89th), Parker 7; Sidwell 6; Kacaniklic 6; Berbatov 6 (Rodallega 77th)

West Brom: Myhill 6; Jones 6, Olsson 6, McCauley 6, Ridgewell 6; Amalfitano 5 (Sinclair (62nd) 5), Mulumbu 6, Yacob 5 (Morrison (62nd) 5), Brunt 5; Anelka 5; Anichebe 5 (Berahino 78th)

Star Man: Scott Parker

Ref: L Probert

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