Wednesday 21 March 2018

Foster saves day

John Curtis

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster made up for his blunder in the last home game with a superb double save to rescue a point against Fulham at The Hawthorns.

Foster had gifted Stoke substitute Ryan Shotton a last-gasp winner, but atoned with superb stops in quick succession to keep out Cottagers defender John Arne Riise and substitute Bryan Ruiz.

The former Manchester United stopper blocked a fiercely driven free-kick by Riise and Foster was up quickly to turn the follow-up effort from Ruiz onto a post from just two yards out.

The visitors dominated the first period with skipper Danny Murphy dictating play but Albion posed more of a threat in the second period.

Ireland striker Shane Long was too isolated up front for West Brom in the first half, but he was joined in attack by Peter Odemwingie after the interval to better effect.

Fulham were unlucky not to take the lead in the second half when defender Jonas Olsson inadvertently deflected a volley by Clint Dempsey against his own bar.

And while the Baggies rallied late on, Fulham held firm with centre-back Brede Hangeland marshalling his defence well.

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