West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Fulham: Premier League strugglers draw

West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Fulham: Premier League strugglers draw

West Bromwich Albion boss Sam Allardyce mentioned his aspect taking part in “an excessive amount of advanced soccer” was the explanation they have been so poor within the first half of the draw in opposition to fellow strugglers Fulham.

The Cottagers dominated the primary interval and regarded heading in the right direction for a primary top-flight win since 30 November because of Bobby Decordova-Reid’s early purpose.

Nonetheless, a change of system and the introduction of new mortgage striker Mbaye Diagne, whose physicality helped the Baggies engineer an entire turnaround after the break.

“Enjoying a extra easy sport of soccer with higher high quality made life extraordinarily tough for Fulham,” Allardyce mentioned.

“We have been taking part in an excessive amount of advanced soccer. We stored giving the ball again to Fulham as an alternative of to our gamers. We simply simplified our sport. We mentioned ‘we’ve got introduced a giant man from Galatasaray. I need you to play off him – off his ft or chest’.

“We’ve not had a goal man of his sort. I’m shocked he arrived right here from Galatasaray to take up the combat. It’s a nice credit score to the person that he has truly regarded on the desk and mentioned ‘sure I’ll come and combat with you’.

“I’ve struggled to search out anyone that has needed to try this in the entire of January.”

Kyle Bartley’s equaliser – the centre-back ending impressively from shut vary – two minutes after the break shifted the momentum in direction of the hosts earlier than Matheus Pereira flicked in a cross from Diagne.

Nonetheless, Ivan Cavaleiro headed in an inviting cross from fellow substitute Harrison Reed to earn the guests a degree.

The consequence leaves Fulham 18th within the desk, whereas West Brom – who gained their first level at dwelling since Allardyce took cost in December – are in nineteenth, two factors additional again.

Blended feelings for Allardyce

The result’s more likely to have blended feelings for Allardyce, who had pinpointed this sport in opposition to one other workforce within the relegation locations as one the Baggies wanted to win.

His aspect have been lucky to be just one purpose behind at half time however, having tweaked ways and personnel to take management after the break, he might be annoyed they might not maintain out for 3 factors.

The Baggies’ new boss can even absolutely be involved that the organisational and defensive rules for which he’s famend have but to be witnessed on the pitch.

In his eight matches on the helm West Brom have taken 5 factors from the 24 obtainable – and conceded 24 objectives at a median of three per sport.

After a demoralising 5-0 loss to Manchester Metropolis at dwelling on Tuesday, the style during which they fell behind after 10 minutes may have infuriated the previous England boss.

Conor Gallagher and Dara O’Shea failed to use any strain as Ademola Lookman drifted a move into Aleksandar Mitrovic and Kieran Gibbs switched off because the Serbia striker fed the ball inside him for Decordova-Reid to use a cool end.

Extra pleasing, although, was his workforce’s response after what was presumably a half-time rocket from Allardyce as they fought for each ball and squeezed errors out of Fulham.

That enthusiasm and work-rate led on to defender Bartley’s well-taken equaliser whereas Diagne made a promising debut, unsettling the visiting defenders when he was launched and teeing up Pereira to place West Brom in entrance.

Fulham rue missed probabilities

It will need to have been an equally bewildering afternoon for Fulham and their supervisor Scott Parker, who might be questioning what his aspect need to do to finish a winless run that now stands at 10 Premier League matches.

Decordova-Reid’s Tenth-minute purpose offered the proper platform to alter that statistic however they have been unable to construct on it on account of their profligacy in entrance of purpose.

Former Bristol Metropolis winger Decordova-Reid was unlucky to see an effort to double Fulham’s lead come again off the left put up after being performed by by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

However he, Lookman and Loftus-Cheek all had different probabilities to transform when well-placed to place the Cottagers out of sight by the interval.

As a substitute, they discovered themselves coping with a rejuvenated and extra abrasive dwelling aspect after Bartley equalised.

Defenders Joachim Andersen and Tosin Adarabioyo all of a sudden discovered themselves beneath rather more strain – with a mark of West Brom’s emphasis after striker Diagne got here on being the very fact Tosin was concerned in additional aerial duels (15) than every other participant.

Parker will take some consolation from their very own restoration, although – and each Mitrovic and Cavaleiro spurned late alternatives to attain a winner.

‘I need to construct on that’ – what they mentioned

West Brom supervisor Sam Allardyce talking to BBC Radio 5 Reside: “With our defensive frailties we wanted three objectives however we did not get them. We made an impressive effort to get the third [goal] however two ought to have been sufficient.

“We now have confirmed we are able to create extra probabilities than I’ve seen since I’ve been right here. I need to construct on that.”

Fulham supervisor Scott Parker: “The sport ought to have been out of sight at half time. We have been unbelievable within the first half and so they needed to make adjustments 20 minutes into the sport.

“We had some huge probabilities and it ought to have been carried out. We did not do nicely sufficient within the first quarter-hour of the second half however the substitutes got here on and did very nicely.

“We’re dissatisfied it is not three factors however we’ll preserve shifting. It is a helpful level however there have been huge probabilities to kill the sport off and we’re not on the best aspect of the large moments. We’re taking part in some good soccer however it’s worthwhile to put these moments away. It ought to have been 3-0 or 4-0 at half time.”

Pereira’s rising affect – the stats

  • Since Sam Allardyce took cost of West Brom, Matheus Pereira has had a direct hand in 5 of the Baggies’ seven objectives within the high flight, netting 4 occasions and aiding one other.
  • Fulham are actually with out a win of their final 10 Premier League video games (D7 L3) – solely as soon as earlier than within the competitors’s historical past have they endured an extended such run (12 between November 2007 and January 2008).
  • West Brom have taken 5 factors from Allardyce’s eight Premier League video games in cost (W1 D2 L5), with solely Fulham (4), Newcastle (4) and Wolves (3) selecting up fewer since his first match as Baggies boss.
  • No aspect has conceded extra dwelling objectives (19) beneath a particular supervisor within the Premier League this season than West Brom have beneath Allardyce, regardless of this being simply the Baggies’ fifth sport on the Hawthorns beneath him.
  • Solely in 2017-18 (21) has Bobby Decordova-Reid scored extra objectives in all competitions in a single marketing campaign than the seven he has netted this season for Fulham, together with his opener surpassing his whole for final season in 25 fewer appearances (six in 47).
  • Kyle Bartley’s equaliser for West Brom ended a run of 466 minutes and 22 objectives with out a Baggies reply on the Hawthorns since Conor Gallagher netted in opposition to Crystal Palace again in December.

What’s subsequent?

West Brom journey to play Sheffield United within the Premier League on Tuesday, 2 February (18:00 GMT). Fulham host Leicester Metropolis of their subsequent top-flight sport on Wednesday, 3 February (18:00 GMT).

Participant of the match

Matheus PereiraMatheus Pereira

West Bromwich Albion

  1. Squad quantity12Participant identifyMatheus Pereira

  2. Squad quantity17Participant identifyDiagne

  3. Squad quantity5Participant identifyBartley

  4. Squad quantity23Participant identifySnodgrass

  5. Squad quantity1Participant identifyJohnstone

  6. Squad quantity6Participant identifyAjayi

  7. Squad quantity7Participant identifyRobinson

  8. Squad quantity18Participant identifyGallagher

  9. Squad quantity8Participant identifyLivermore

  10. Squad quantity29Participant identifyGrant

  11. Squad quantity2Participant identifyFurlong

  12. Squad quantity10Participant identifyPhillips

  13. Squad quantity27Participant identifyO’Shea

  14. Squad quantity3Participant identifyGibbs


  1. Squad quantity21Participant identifyReed

  2. Squad quantity9Participant identifyMitrovic

  3. Squad quantity17Participant identifyCavaleiro

  4. Squad quantity15Participant identifyLoftus-Cheek

  5. Squad quantity14Participant identifyDe Cordova-Reid

  6. Squad quantity5Participant identifyAndersen

  7. Squad quantity1Participant identifyAreola

  8. Squad quantity19Participant identifyLookman

  9. Squad quantity29Participant identifyZambo Anguissa

  10. Squad quantity33Participant identifyRobinson

  11. Squad quantity16Participant identifyTosin

  12. Squad quantity2Participant identifyTete

  13. Squad quantity34Participant identifyAina

  14. Squad quantity18Participant identifyLemina


West Brom

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Johnstone
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5BartleyBooked at 75mins
  • 27O’SheaSubstituted forGrantat 24′minutes
  • 2Furlong
  • 8LivermoreSubstituted forPhillipsat 83′minutes
  • 18Gallagher
  • 3Gibbs
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 23Snodgrass
  • 7RobinsonSubstituted forDiagneat 45′minutes


  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 10Phillips
  • 14Townsend
  • 17Diagne
  • 19Sawyers
  • 20Ivanovic
  • 22Peltier
  • 25Button
  • 29Grant


Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Areola
  • 34AinaSubstituted forTeteat 81′minutes
  • 5Andersen
  • 16Tosin
  • 14De Cordova-ReidSubstituted forCavaleiroat 72′minutes
  • 18LeminaSubstituted forReedat 72′minutes
  • 29Zambo Anguissa
  • 33Robinson
  • 15Loftus-Cheek
  • 9Mitrovic
  • 19Lookman


  • 2Tete
  • 3Hector
  • 7Kebano
  • 12Rodák
  • 13Ream
  • 17Cavaleiro
  • 21Reed
  • 25Onomah
  • 47Kamara

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