In a game where a win would have been a massive boost for the Baggies, both sides had to settle for a point in the end.

The result marks the fourth consecutive draw between Albion and Fulham — a testament to just how alike the two sides are in their playing style.

It was Fulham who had the upper-hand in the first half, creating chances and working their way into the Baggies’ penalty area four times but ultimately nothing came of it.

Albion, meanwhile, did not seem to get started until the second-half commenced, whereupon they mounted pressure on the Cottagers and carried out some exciting attacking moves.

They failed to make the most of this burst of energy, however, and what followed for the remainder of the match was virtually a deadlock: neither side had any real clear-cut chances to speak of up until the final whistle.

Whilst both sets of fans will be disappointed to have dropped two points, some could sensibly suggest that it was a fair result, given how tight the match was throughout.


Player Ratings:

Sam Johnstone – 6

Another clean sheet to add to the season’s ever-growing tally. Johnstone had very few saves to make, as Fulham only registered two shots on target. One big let down for him was when Cavaleiro chipped it over him from the byline, forcing Hegazi to clear it off the line.

Dara O’Shea – 7

Given just how well O’Shea has played in recent games, this match could be considered a run-of-the-mill performance for him. Made some crucial tackles and did well to deal with Ivan Cavaleiro in the first half.

Ahmed Hegazi – 8

An absolute rock at the back! He showed just what the Albion had been missing during his suspension, and even cleared the ball off the line to keep the scores level. Dealt superbly with Mitrovic, too.

Semi Ajayi – 7

Worked well alongside Hegazi — the pair seem to have a strong chemistry together — but nothing extraordinary from him this evening.

Conor Townsend – 6

Yet again, had great link-up play with the wingers in front of him (Grosicki first, Robinson later) and displayed an impressive work-rate out on that left flank. However, whilst he provided some strength going forward, defensively he struggled a bit with the likes of Knockeart and Kebano.

Jake Livermore – 5

Seemed to be constantly chasing after the ball, always one step away from where it was being played. Also put in some late challenges which appeared to be mainly a result of frustration. A tricky evening for him.

Romaine Sawyers – 7

Had far more control over the centre of the pitch than his midfield partner and made some much-needed tackles. His passes found teammates well in simple situations, but his passing ability under pressure was questionable.

Grady Diangana – 6

Ran his socks off for the Baggies this evening but ultimately had nothing to show for his impressive work-rate, and was subbed off for Robinson towards the end of the game.

Matheus Pereira – 6

A rather disappointing performance considering how superb he can be in most games. Went to ground far too easily and seemed more concerned with getting free-kicks awarded than playing on and making something of the situation.

Kamil Grosicki – 5

Today’s performance was a world away from the one we saw him put in against Hull City. Grosicki was simply ineffective throughout the game and added little to team going forward.

Charlie Austin – 5

No goals for Austin once again. Same can be said as usual: he makes a nuisance of himself, chasing the ball down and putting the backline under pressure; but he still isn’t finding the back of the net which is slightly worrying.

Subs:

Matt Phillips – 5

Was brought on for Grosicki at half-time but was largely anonymous.

Hal Robson-Kanu – 5

Replaced Charlie Austin but both were off the mark today.

Callum Robinson – N/A

Filip Krovinovic – N/A


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