W Brom 1 – 0 Fulham

Fulham’s blistering charge for the Sky Bet Championship title was checked as West Brom overcame them to win 1-0 at the Hawthorns.

Callum Robinson’s 63rd-minute goal was scant reward for a dominant performance from the Baggies, who won at home for the first time under new manager Steve Bruce.

Fulham’s defeat was just their second in 14 league games and ended a run of 10 league away games unbeaten since October 2, 2021 when they lost 4-1 at Coventry.

The Cottagers failed to score for the first time in 2022 – 14 league games – and the last time they failed to find the net in the Championship was on December 20.

West Brom dominated the first half so much that they walked off the pitch to a standing ovation from their supporters, and it was a similar story after the break.

The chances came quickly and easily. Conor Townsend’s deep cross was met by Taylor Gardner-Hickman and his header deflected by Antonee Robinson.

The Baggies continued to threaten and Karlan Grant fired a low, angled shot into the side netting after Robinson slotted it in behind the Fulham defence.

West Brom threatened to take a more direct route as Darnell Furlong’s throw-in threw Semi Ajayi into the arms of goalkeeper Marek Rodak.

The hosts had a penalty appeal overturned in the 28th minute when Harrison Reed made no contact with a bouncing ball but clipped Alex Mowatt as he tried to control it.

West Brom continued to control play and gained confidence, forcing successive saves from Rodak.

First, the Slovak keeper blocked Grant’s shot with his legs after a hook pass from Robinson, whose effort went in the same direction after cutting inside Tosin Adarabioyo.

The half ended with Rodak fending off a Townsend cross before cheers greeted the half-time whistle.

West Brom continued where they left off, starting the second half with a Grant header smothered by Rodak.

Fulham’s first threat of any kind didn’t come until the 56th minute when Fabio Carvalho cut inside from the left and sent a low, coiling effort that skidded just wide.

Harry Wilson curled up slightly just inside the penalty area as Fulham finally started to enter the game.

But any momentum they had gained faded as West Brom took a deserved lead.

Antonee Robinson carelessly fed the ball to Grant, who threaded Callum Robinson to pass Rodak from a tight angle.

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Nathaniel Chalobah both sent efforts wide for the visitors but it was not Fulham’s night.

Sky Sports

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