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From BBC...

Fulham v West Brom

Craven Cottage
Saturday, 11 February
Kick-off: 1500 GMT
BBC Radio Five Live

Fulham defender Moritz Volz is set for his first appearance since puncturing a lung in early December as Liam Rosenior is suspended.

Sylvain Legwinski (ankle) could return, but Michael Brown and Simon Elliott (both hamstring) are doubts.

West Brom left-back Paul Robinson is banned after picking up five bookings.

Steve Watson is still struggling with a groin injury, so central defender Neil Clement is set to move to left-back, allowing Williams Martinez his debut.

Fulham (from): Niemi, Volz, Knight, Bocanegra, Bridge, Malbranque, Radzinski, Boa Morte, Helguson, John, McBride, Goma, Warner, N Jensen, Elliott, Brown, Legwinski, Crossley

West Brom (from): Kuszczak, Kirkland, Albrechtsen, Watson, Davies, Martinez, Carter, Wallwork, Quashie, Kozak, Inamoto, Greening, Ellington, Horsfield, Campbell, Nicholson, Johnson, Hodgkiss.

# Fulham assistant boss Steve Kean:
"West Brom are just three points behind us but they've only won one away game.

"Sometimes when you have clubs quite close, sometimes the physical element comes in.

"Both clubs would have looked at the fixture list and thought that we can get something from this game."

# West Brom manager Bryan Robson:
"We have got to get a run of games where we get both our home and away form right.

"I've been saying for a long time that we must put together back-to-back wins.

"The good thing is the players looked a lot brighter and sharper against Blackburn than in the previous games at home and we want to carry that on."


# FULHAM against West Bromwich Albion is a contest between two sides separated by two places and three points in the lower reaches of the Premiership table. Both are desperate to stay clear of trouble but still in danger being sucked into the end-of-season dogfight. The Londoners are in the healthier position, but have been alternating between victory and defeat for the last month and must win today to maintain that sequence.

# Defeat to Orient in the FA Cup is the Cottagers' only loss in eight League and Cup matches at Craven Cottage. They're challenging for a fourth successive home Premiership maximum, but are one of the least resilient clubs in the top flight. Chris Coleman's side have contrived to lose three matches and draw three from winning positions, and have also lost nine of the 10 matches in which the opposition has scored first.

# The Cottagers are defending a 100% home Premiership record against West Brom, winning two out of two without conceding. The Londoners won 3-0 in February 2003 and 1-0 in January last year, through a Papa Bouba Diop stoppage-time header.

# WEST BROMWICH ALBION will overtake Fulham if they can win by two clear goals. They beat Blackburn at home 2-0 last time out, but have been unable to complete back-to-back victories in 32 Premiership matches since they beat Charlton (a) and Everton (h) on 19 March and 3 April respectively.

# The Baggies' return is fractionally more than a point a game this season, although under Bryan Robson they've claimed 51 points from 51 Premiership outings. Fulham may be the only club without an away top flight victory this season, but Albion's form on the road is not much better. The 0-1 success at Wigan on 15 January is their only League victory away from the Hawthorns this term and only maximum in 16 away since 10 April. Although they've scored just four goals to Fulham's 11 away from home, Robson's side are fourth bottom in the top tier "away" table.

# This is the third meeting of these clubs this season. Albion needed extra time to knock Fulham out of the Carling Cup at the third round stage with a 2-3 victory on 25 October. Junichi Inamoto got the winner in the 99th minute. Albion's Paul Robinson was sent off in the 120th minute. There was also a red card in the League meeting at the Hawthorns in December but no goals. Fulham held on for a point after Portuguese forward Luis Boa Morte got his marching orders in first half stoppage time for two bookable offences. The Baggies have won only one of 14 League trips to Fulham - that being a 1-2 top flight triumph on 7 October 1967.

Graham Poll (Tring)


Club stats
14th 29 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 13th
Lowest could fall: 16th

# Lost 4-2 at Manchester United last Saturday, but not suffered consecutive defeats in 17 Premiership matches since beaten by Spurs (h) and Manchester United (h) on 26 September and 1 October.
# Failed to score in one of the last nine Premiership matches (1-0 defeat at Portsmouth on New Year's Eve).
# Gone 10 League games since a goalless draw, and that was at West Brom on 3 December.
# Gone 15 highest League encounters since a win by more than one goal (2-0, home to Liverpool on 22 October).
# Lost the lead in top tier encounters this season more often than any other club - 10 times.
# Gained just one point from a losing position this season (3-3 home draw with Aston Villa on 28 December).
# Conceded 14 goals in the first half hour of Premiership matches this term - that's more than any other club.
# Leaked four goals in stoppage time. Only Middlesbrough have shipped more after 90 top flight minutes have passed on the clock (six).

# 26 of Fulham's 29 points have been secured at Craven Cottage - the widest such dichotamy in the highest division.
# Beat Sunderland, Newcastle and Spurs in their last three League games on home turf.
# Won seven top flight games and drawn one at the Cottage since Manchester United's 2-3 victory on 1 October.
# Dropped only two points from the last 24 available at home.
# Kept clean sheets in the last two at the Cottage, and not shipped a goal in 263 minutes (four hours 23 minutes) of Premiership football on home territory since Liam Lawrence's early score for Sunderland on 2 January.

Club stats
16th 26 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 14th
Lowest could fall: 17th

# The last three matches - all Premiership - have resulted in a loss, a draw and a win, in that order.
# Kept clean sheets in three of the last four Premiership outings.
# Gone 11 League games since a score draw (2-2 at Middlesbrough on 27 November).
# Never had 26 points after the first 25 matches of a Premier League season before. The previous best to this identical stage was 20 points in 2002/03. They also had 21 points after the first 26 matches that season - again a club Premiership best - already beaten by this season's performance.
# Failed to score in 12 Premiership matches this season. Only Newcastle exceed that - mssing the target in 13.
# Lost nine of the dozen matches in which they've failed to successfully find the target.
# Opened the scoring in only eight top flight matches this term. Only Middlesbrough and Birmingham have taken the lead in fewer games (seven each).
# Won only one League game this season from a losing position.
# Lost six of the last nine away Premiership matches, but the most recent two have resulted in a win and a draw.
# Failed to score in nine top tier encounters on the road this season, including four of the last five.


Squad profiles

# If he plays, Alain GOMA will be making his 150th English League appearance (Newcastle and Fulham).
# If on the field from the outset, Niclas JENSEN will be making his 50th appearance in English top flight football.
# If he lines up for the opening whistle, Moritz VOLZ will be making his 100th start for an English club.
# Suspended: Liam ROSENIOR

Squad profiles

# If he participates, Geoff HORSFIELD will be playing against one of his former clubs.
# Junichi INAMOTO was once on loan at Fulham from Gamba Osaka.
# Nathan ELLINGTON, needs three more to total 100 in his League career (Bristol Rovers, Wigan and West Brom).
# If involved, Darren CARTER will be making his 50th career Premiership appearance.
# Suspended: Paul ROBINSON

Fulham 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
16 January 2005 - Ref: Peter Walton
Fulham scorer: Diop 90

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Fulham
3 December 2005 - Ref: Steve Bennett
Sent Off: Boa Morte (Fulham) 45

League: Fulham 19 wins, WBA 29, Draws 13
Prem: Fulham 2 wins, WBA 1, Draws 2

HEAD TO HEAD at Fulham
League: Fulham 12 wins, WBA 11, Draws 7
Prem: Fulham 2 wins, WBA 0, Draws 0

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Robson: "That was great!"

BRYAN Robson has urged his side not to waste the opportunity to build on
their superb 2-0 victory over Barclays Premiership form team Blackburn.

Skipper Kevin Campbell and Jonathan Greening both doubled their goal tallies
for the season to two with strikes in the seventh and 32nd minutes

The Baggies' sixth home league win of the term ensured they leap-frogged
Middlesbrough - who lost 4-0 to Villa at the Riverside - into 16th place and
moved six points clear of the drop-zone.

A delighted Robson said: "We were playing some terrific football just before
Kanu and Joe Kamara went away on African Nations Cup duty and got great
results against Tottenham and Man City.

"We then had two real poor performances against Villa and Sunderland at
home - but we've started to improve our away form.

"That is why it was important we got back to winning ways at home.

"We produced a good solid performance today.

"We looked bright right from the start and that was against a strong
powerful side who are in good form.

"That was a great performance by us today."

Robson is now looking for Albion, who are just four points behind
12th-placed Villa, to secure their first back-to-back wins of the season at
Fulham next Saturday (ko 3pm).

One man who will be looking forward to returning to his former Craven
Cottage stomping ground is Junichi Inamoto.

And Robson explained why he shifted the Japan star to right midfield against
Rovers, with debutant Nigel Quashie partnering back-from-suspension Ronnie
Wallwork in central midfield.

"With Nigel coming in, I wanted a bit more balance on the right-hand side
and Ina said he had played there for Arsenal before so I wanted to have a
look at him there," he added.

"His work-rate was good, as was the shape of the team.

"Ina also showed good quality on the ball. Since we've lost Kamara and Gera,
we've been missing that balance.

"People have told me about the other results going our way but for me the
most important result was the one here.

"That is a great three points for us.

"But I want us to concentrate on getting a good run going now because too
many times in the past we have got a great result and then shot ourselves in
the foot.

"All of a sudden you're back in amongst it. It can easily happen.

"What I want is a good run with consistent performances and results so that
we increase the gap over the next few weeks.

"I don't want to be going to Goodison Park on the final day needing to win."

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That was shocking defending, but seriously Fulham had 7 shots and scored with 6 of them!

We weren't 6-1 worse than Fulham, it was just a freak result. We had Kanu, Kamara, Robinson and Watson all out. Then Horsfield also got injured early on.

Gaardsoe was playing in central defence but hasn't played a game (even reserve) since December, we were down to the bare bones.

But Fulham were certainly better than us on the day.
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