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Fulham and West Bromwich Albion played out a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage and here we take a look at how the Baggies players fared in the Saturday lunchtime kick off:

SAM JOHNSTONE – 7

Made some important saves most notably from Knockaert and Cairney. Distribution was sometimes not as good as he would have liked but Fulham could have been 2-0 or 3-0 up had it not been for Johnstone in the first half.

DARNELL FURLONG – 7

Competition with Ferguson for the right back position will be fierce when Kieran Gibbs returns at left back. Furlong had to deal with presence of Cavaleiro and struggled at times early on but kept him much quieter after the interval. Almost won it with a header late on.

SEMI AJAYI – 8

Rotherham’s loss is West Brom’s gain. Ajayi was a colossus against Fulham and his partnership with Bartley is improving with each game. Mitrovic is one of the best striker in the second tier but he was kept very quiet. Also grabbed his first goal in Albion colours to the delight of the travelling fans.

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KYLE BARTLEY – 8

Won almost every header against the powerful Mitrovic. Made a number of important blocks and when Hegazi is ready to return, he may find it more difficult to get back into the starting 11 than he may have envisaged. Improving with each game.

NATHAN FERGUSON – 8

Played with all the maturity of someone well beyond his years. Knockaert did beat him on a couple of occasions but in the main it was Ferguson who won the duel. At just 18-years-old, what he could be capable of in a few years is frightening.

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JAKE LIVERMORE – 6

Wasn’t up to his usual standards in the middle of the park and sometimes got over ran but the energy of Fulham’s trio in the centre. Was substituted after around an hour and will be looking to get back his best next weekend.

ROMAINE SAWYERS – 6

Was virtually a spectator in the first half. Sawyers was unable to get a hold of the ball and impose himself as he usually does but part of that was down to Fulham’s good play. Albion improved after the break and so did Sawyers.

MATT PHILLIPS – 5

Nowhere near his best at Craven Cottage. Did play for Scotland in midweek which could be to blame for his showing here. Always effort from Phillips but he was very quiet before being replaced.

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MATHEUS PEREIRA – 6

It was a tall order for him to have been as influential as the previous game but he won and delivered the corner from which Ajayi scored. Always willing to try and pass forward.

GRADY DIANGANA – 6

The best threat West Brom had going forward in the first half but he struggled to really make an impact. Was replaced by Edwards on the hour mark who had more joy against Sessegnon.

CHARLIE AUSTIN – 5

Austin fired over after acrobatically meeting a cross from Darnell Furlong. He also sent a header from a Matt Phillips free-kick straight into the arms of Marcus Bettinelli but they were only half-chances. Still appears to lack match fitness and will be hoping to get on the scoresheet in the league sooner rather than later.


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