English Premiership

Technology earns WBA draw

2014-02-22 22:26
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West Bromwich - Goal line technology came to West Brom's aid and salvaged what could end up being a crucial point in their battle against relegation on Saturday.

Matej Vydra's goal four minutes from time was awarded to secure them a 1-1 draw at home to fellow-strugglers Fulham.

The goal meant Fulham stay bottom of the table and prevented manager Felix Magath from celebrating his first match in charge with a win as West Brom recorded their 13th draw in 27 league games.

However, they are still without a win under Spanish handler Pepe Mel, who has now four draws and two losses, and while they have only one win in their last 18 games in all competitions, they are a point above the relegation places, although third-from-bottom Sunderland have a game in hand.

Fulham were well worth their 1-0 half-time lead after creating most of the chances with Lewis Holtby, on loan from Spurs, the creative force.

First, the 23-year-old whipped in an excellent cross where Dutch team-mate Johnny Heitinga should have done better with his header but sent it over the bar. Holtby, who played under Magath at Schalke 04, then combined well with Hugo Rodallega but sent his shot wide from long range.

However, it was Holtby who inadvertently set up Fulham scorer Ashkan Dejagah in the 28th minute as he swiped at the ball and missed it but it fell to Dejagah he made no mistake.

Nothing was going right for West Brom as soon afterwards defender Billy Jones had to go off injured and then goalkeeper Ben Foster had to be at his most alert to deny Rodallega from long range.

Magath sent on Greek striker Konstantinos Mitroglou on the hour, for his debut after his £12 million pound move from Olympiakos in January, but he had little chance to shine as West Brom poured forward and he spent most of the time defending.

The closest the hosts came to levelling was through a fierce Chris Brunt shot which Maarten Stekelenburg did well to save.

The Dutchman did equally well to deny James Morrison after he worked himself into an excellent position inside the area but Stekelenburg reacted brilliantly as his shot took a deflection off Brede Hangeland.

However, he was unable to prevent the hosts finally forcing an equaliser as Vydra's shot seemed to be saved by him, but the ball squeezed through his grasp and try as he might to retrieve the situation it was ruled that the ball had crossed the line by the goal line technology.

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