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Third Place Winner, December 2011 Photo Contest
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Well I really thought we should have won this game. We have been playing well and putting in some great performances playing passing footy. When LBM got sent off, I thought we'd definetly win, but somehow we managed to contrive mediocrity from a game we should have won.

After we had trouble breaking down Fulham, it was sad we resorted to long balling :rollani: I thought that era was long gone!

It was almost a 3 pointer, and we're slowly being left down at the bottom.

Third Place Winner, December 2011 Photo Contest
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Luis Boa Morte's first-half sending off was the main talking point of a forgettable goalless draw between West Brom and Fulham at the Hawthorns.

The Fulham captain was sent off in first-half injury-time after receiving his second yellow card of the game, both for clumsy challenges.

West Brom striker Kanu did scramble the ball into the net on 28 minutes, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

The Baggies dominated after half-time, but could not break Fulham down.

The early stages provided little excitement about, with plenty of industry but limited inspiration from either side.

Referee Steve Bennett's whistle was heard frequently as both sides struggled to find any fluency or rhythm.

The first chance came after Jonathan Greening's cross-field ball exposed Moritz Volz against Diomansy Kamara.

The inevitable foul on the edge of the box gave West Brom gave Nathan Ellington the chance to test Mark Crossley with a free-kick, but the keeper always had it covered.

Ellington's effort turned out to be the only strike on target of the first half.

Fulham, who have not won an away Premiership game all season, were restricted to speculative balls for Brian McBride to fight for in the air without much success.

West Brom, meanwhile, were looking to use the pace of Ellington and Kamara with balls over the top.

The visitors had reason to feel aggrieved on 13 minutes when Curtis Davies' back-pass to the goalkeeper was ignored by referee Steve Bennett.

Boa Morte received the first of his yellow cards after 20 minutes with a needless and clumsy challenge on Junichi Inamoto.

A free-kick saw Kamara rise highest and nod the ball down for Kanu to scramble the ball over the line, but the goal was correctly disallowed for offside.

The home side were producing most of the football on offer, and Greening's excellent cross from the right on 32 minutes deserved better than the feeble efforts of his team-mates.

With half-time looming, Fulham were reduced to 10 men as Boa Morte's late tackle on Steve Watson earned him his second yellow card of the match

Kanu and Greening were both at the core of the Baggies' attacks in the second half, but their attempts were constantly undermined by a lack of quality on the final ball.

A crunching 50-50 challenge between Paul Robinson and Volz for a high bouncing ball caused a collective intake of breath, but there was not much else for the fans to shout about.

West Brom continued to press for the goal, but never really looked like breaking through with Geoff Horsfield's snap-shot and a last-gasp strike from Ellington their best chances.

The Baggies were grateful for Inamoto's perfectly-timed challenge late on when Steed Malbranque burst into the box.

# West Brom boss Bryan Robson:

"I was pleased from a defensive point of view but we didn't have the imagination to break them down.

"We didn't pass the ball well enough but full credit to Fulham, they played really well in the second half.

"They defended very well but it was another solid performance from us."

# Fulham boss Chris Coleman:

"Our back four was fantastic and that was the best I've seen them play this season.

"When you get a man sent off it changes things. We told them at half-time to keep their composure and I thought they did that very well.

"We looked very solid and really frustrated West Brom."

West Brom: Kuszczak, Watson, Curtis Davies, Clement, Robinson, Greening (Earnshaw 82), Wallwork, Inamoto, Kamara (Carter 67), Kanu (Horsfield 72), Ellington.
Subs Not Used: Hoult, Albrechtsen.

Booked: Watson.

Fulham: Crossley, Volz (Knight 70), Goma, Bocanegra, Rosenior, Malbranque, Diop, Boa Morte, John (Legwinski 71), McBride (Helguson 83), Radzinski.
Subs Not Used: Warner, Pearce.

Sent Off: Boa Morte (45).

Booked: Boa Morte, McBride, Diop.

Att: 23,144

Ref: S Bennett (Kent).
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