Fulham win at West Brom

by Setanta Sports , 01 January 2013

Fulham won on their travels for only the second time this season, beating West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at the Hawthorns at Saturday lunchtime.

Man-of-the-match Dimitar Berbatov opened the scoring for Fulham in the first half, but Romelu Lukaku levelled for the Baggies early in the second half.

However, Alex Kacaniklic hit the winner in the 58th minute to give Martin Jol's side a first ever Premier League win over West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Fulham opened the scoring six minutes before the break when Berbatov lobbed the ball down the right channel for Ashkan Dejagah, and Berbatov ambled from midfield into the right place to stroke the ball past Baggies’ goalkeeper Ben Foster.

The home levelled four minutes into the second half, when Marc-Antoine Fortune found Billy Jones down the right, and the full-back crossed for an unmarked, but possibly offside, Lukaku to score from close range.

West Brom had three great chances in a minute to take the lead in the 55th minute, when Lukaku forced Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale into a good save before James Morrison hit the post, then Stockdale again had to save from Chris Brunt.

But it was Fulham who got the crucial third goal, when Bryan Ruiz found Kacaniklic with a ball over the top, and the Swedish winger turned Gareth McAuley before shooting past Foster.

Jones almost scored a late equaliser in stoppage-time but Aaron Hughes was able to block on the line.

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