Fulham vs. West Bromwich Albion  1 - 1

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Hodgson ´touched´ by Fulham homecoming

2 February 2012 07:46

West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson was "touched" by his reception at Craven Cottage on Wednesday.

Before the match against Fulham, which ended 1-1, Hodgson was given a standing ovation by the fans of the club he left in July 2010.

Hodgson - who led Fulham to the 2009 Europa League final - was well received by the Fulham faithful in a match the hosts looked likely to win until Somen Tchoyi's late equaliser.

"In terms of a homecoming, if that's the right word, it was really good to come back to Craven Cottage," Hodgson said.

"I was quite touched really by the reception from the fans and everybody here. It's nice that sometimes the past is remembered and work you have done is still appreciated."

"Of course you move on and certainly the club has moved on and gets stronger by the day."

Hodgson's side squandered a set of first-half chances and the West Brom boss was disappointed to go behind, only to be pleased by his side's resilience in response.

"When we went a goal down I felt we had played quite well in the game and it was a bit harsh to go a goal down, but it was great to equalise," he said.

Fulham boss Martin Jol had no complaints with the result and praised West Brom's efforts throughout the 90 minutes.

"To concede a goal in the last eight minutes was disappointing, but I was happy," Jol said.

"You always have to make a difference against teams like this, they played very well, were well organised and you need patience and still play in a good tempo."

"And I think in the second half we did that. In the first half we didn't. So the extra quality came from Bryan Ruiz and of Clint Dempsey, you know that he's a goal scorer."

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Premier League: Fulham 1 West Brom 1

2 February 2012 00:08

West Bromwich Albion's impressive away form continued as they drew 1-1 with Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday.

Despite sitting 15th on the English Premier League table, Roy Hodgson's side have lost just two of their last nine away matches, with Cameroon international Somen Tchoyi scoring an 82nd minute equaliser for West Brom.

That cancelled out Clint Dempsey's goal with 21 minutes to play as both sides were forced to share the spoils.

After Bobby Zamora's deadline day departure to QPR, Fulham looked light-on up front with new signing Pavel Pogrebnyak ineligible after joining from Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart.

Fulham did have the ball in the back of the net in the early stages though, only for Clint Dempsey's effort to be ruled out for offside.

Peter Odemwingie wasted a good chance for West Brom shortly after while Marc-Antoine Fortune tested Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale with his deflected strike.

In a good spell for West Brom, Fortune blasted over as both sides went to the break goalless.

Fortune was in the thick of things again, only to be denied by a smart Stockdale save, before Bryan Ruiz could only poke a tame effort at West Brom shot-stopper Ben Foster after creating space for himself.

A goalless draw would have surprised no-one at that stage, but Dempsey's strike brought the game to life as he thumped an effort into the bottom corner after a clever assist from Ruiz.

West Brom kept pushing for a goal though and they were finally rewarded with just eight minutes to play when Tchoyi ran onto Morrison's flick-on and calmly slotted the ball past Stockdale.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +64 89
2 38 +56 89
3 38 +25 70
4 38 +25 69
5 38 +5 65
6 38 +19 64
7 38 +10 56
8 38 +7 52
9 38 -3 52
10 38 -7 47
11 38 -7 47
12 38 -14 47
13 38 -1 45
14 38 -17 45
15 38 -20 43
16 38 -16 38
17 38 -23 37
18 38 -31 36
19 38 -30 31
20 38 -42 25