Monday 13 March 2017, 7:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Jenz 18'
West Bromich Albion
West Bromwich Albion
1
Meridith 83'

18' Goal

Moritz Jenz

40' Yellow Card

Joshua Smile Card was given for a foul

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steven Sessegnon
Off:Matthew O'Riley

83' Goal

Dan Meridith

57' Yellow Card

Alex Bradley Card was given for a foul

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jack Chambers
Off:Brad Sweeney

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Callum Morton
Off:Adam Francis

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dan Meridith
Off:Robbie McCourt

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Fulham took an early lead at Motspur Park on Monday night with a goal from Moritz Jenz before the Baggies battled back in the second half to earn themselves a point.

Fulham drew against West Bromwich Albion in the PL2 on Monday night 1-1. Moritz Jenz scored early from a corner to give the Whites the lead, before the Baggies equalised with seven minutes to go in the match.

Fulham had been in good form, with only one loss in their last eleven matches. West Brom’s own form however had been a stark contrast to that, with only one win in their previous eleven outings.  

The first big opportunity in the match fell to the Whites. Matthew O’Riley stole the ball in midfield before passing to Luca de la Torre down the right of the pitch. He tried to cross the ball in before it was blocked for a corner.

The corner was swung in and Elijah Adebayo headed a shot on target and appeared to be going in before a West Brom defender cleared the ball off the line.

de la Torre looked full of confidence beating men through the middle using his electric pace and looked to get the ball forward at every opportunity to Adebayo, who got a couple more early shots away which were blocked.

Fulham had the lions share of the possession in the first half and coupled that with attacking intent. Their pressure on West Broms goal came good 18 minutes into the match.

The play started with Williams squeezing a ball through to Adebayo in the box, but there was a little too much fizz on the ball. Adebayo wrestled the ball back and played in the Welshman and the tackle came in to clear the ball for a corner.

The corner was swung in and knocked downwards to the feet of Jenz, who calmly swept the ball into the back of the net to give the Whites the advantage they deserved.

The Baggies had their first real opportunity of the match 25 minutes in. They were awarded a free kick 20 yards out near the middle of the D. Alex Bradley’s effort hit the wall, but Brad Sweeney followed up from the rebound and missed the top right by a matter of inches as a warning to the Whites.

Just before the break Fulham had another promising attack, Sheckleford put de la Torre in down the right of the goal once more and this time his cross was blocked by the defenders arm. The referee decided that the contact was unavoidable and waved play on.

Smile wanted to get in on the action with a couple of shots, one absolute stinger from outside the area, and the Baggies keeper somehow kept it out of his net.

The half ended with Fulham a goal to the good. The match however changed with the half time break. West Brom came back onto the field and worked had to break down Fulham’s possession, getting onto the ball more themselves and venturing forward.

It didn’t take long before West Brom had a good chance, nicking possession in midfield before Rakeem Harper send a wildly swerving shot, which was blocked by Jesse Joronen and bounced out the box.

Bradley had the next chance from long range, testing Joronen once more, this time he gathered the ball without problem.

Chances were being created at both ends and the next goal could have come from either team.

Williams sprinted left of the box and cut the ball back, the ball made its way to Smile, who curled his shot this time and the keeper scampered across his line to knock his effort past the post the keep the deficit to one goal.

70 minutes in and WBA were pressing hard. Joronen was called into action again, this time saving a shot at close range. Sheckleford was on had to slide in and block following shot.

The game was end to end in the final 15. Fossey won the ball in his half and sprinted up the pitch with Thorsteinsson to his left. Fossey drew his attacker in and played Thorsteinsson through down the right.

The Icelandic winger sprayed a ball across the box, and it was the closest chance the Whites had come by this point after the goal. Any touch could have doubled their lead.

Fulham were having a good period, controlling play once more until the 83rd minute, when a ball fell to West Brom’s substitute Meridith on the edge of the box. Meridith got a clean strike on the ball, and the shot creeped under Joronen as he tried to get down. the ball went under him and into the back of the net to give West Brom their equaliser.

Fulham nearly stole the match at the death as substitute Sessgenon bullied his way into the box, the ball was cleared as far as Smile who cannoned an effort once more, this time into the left post. The ball rebounded to Thorsteinsson who’s effort curled just over. The Whites were very close to taking all three points.

The ball was kicked back into play and the ref immediately blew his whistle to end a thoroughly contested game, ending 1-1. 

Match Information

Competition: PL2, Division 2

Date: Monday 13 March 2017
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham

Line-up: Joronen; Sheckleford, Davies, Jenz, Fossey; O'Riley (Sessegnon 76'), Smile; de la Torre, Williams, Thorsteinsson; Adebayo

Unused substitutes: Ashby-Hammond, Nabay, Walker

West Bromwich Albion

Line-up: Rose; Jones, Fitzwater, O'Shea, Melbourne; Harper, Sweeney (Chambers 46'); Bradley, Edwards, McCourt (Meridith 75'); Francis (Morton 59')

Unused substitutes: Pierce, Keranovic

Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Jesse Joronen
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Aron Davies
  • 6Moritz Jenz
  • 3Marlon Fossey
  • 8Matthew O'Riley
  • 4Joshua Smile
  • 7Luca de la Torre
  • 10George Williams
  • 11Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
  • 9Elijah Adebayo
Substitutes
  • 12Taye Ashby-Hammond
  • 14Steven Sessegnon
  • 15Foday Nabay
  • 16Joshua Walker
West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Jack Rose
  • 2Callum Jones
  • 5Jack Fitzwater
  • 6Dara O'Shea
  • 3Max Melbourne
  • 8Rakeem Harper
  • 4Brad Sweeney
  • 7Alex Bradley
  • 10Kyle Edwards
  • 11Robbie McCourt
  • 9Adam Francis
Substitutes
  • 12Evan Pierce
  • 13Jasmin Keranovic
  • 14Callum Morton
  • 15Dan Meridith
  • 16Jack Chambers