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West Brom 1-1 Fulham Prem 27 1314 Mirror

last updated Sunday 23rd February 2014, 9:03 PM
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Fulham looked to be heading towards the three points but were undone by a late goal from the on-loan Udinese man

In Germany, they used to call Felix Magath 'Der ­Feuerwehrmann' - The Fireman.

It was a nickname created at the start of his management career when he won four ­relegation battles in four years with four different clubs.

Just one game into his new job at Fulham and the alarm bells are ringing again for the 60-year-old to come to the rescue.

And Matej Vydra's 86th-minute equaliser that robbed him of opening his Premier League career with a win was all the evidence required.

The Cottagers were one-up at half-time thanks to Ashkan Dejagah's superb finish and should have led by more.

But for all the encouraging aspects it still left them bottom of the table and four points from safety with the worst goal difference of all England's 92 clubs.

Magath has already identified what he needs to do to fight this particular fire and it is all down to fitness and confidence.

"In the second half we made too many mistakes," he admitted. "Until then it was what I wanted to see from my team, and I was very satisfied with it."

If the German didn't already know how tough it can be to win a game in the Premier League though, he does now.

His team dominated the first half but then hardly got a kick in the second as the Baggies, driven by substitute Victor Anichebe, ­transformed the game.

Magath couldn't be faulted for an attacking approach.

He gave Lewis Holtby a free role and there were less than two minutes gone when Johnny Heitinga headed over from the on-loan Spurs man's cross.

The goal, after 28 minutes, was well built with Hugo Rodallega sending Kieran Richardson into space.

Holtby's effort to turn in the centre that followed was an air shot, but the ball ran on to Dejagah who drilled it home.

It was a hammer blow for Albion boss Pepe Mel, who has now gone six games without a win since arriving from Spain.

But he got a bit of luck when full-back Billy Jones was injured before half-time and Mel was bold enough to replace him with burly Anichebe.

It was all one way with Scott Parker working overtime to break up play until - for the third game in a row - Fulham conceded late on.

Anichebe found some room on the right to strike an early cross, which Vydra met first time. Although Maarten Stekelenburg got in the way he couldn't stop the ball squirming across the line.

Ref Mike Dean and his assistant didn't give the goal at first - but technology came to the rescue and Albion had their equaliser.

"Before the game I had it in my head that we would win but in the end one point is one point," said Mel. "That point could be very ­important for us."

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