Hollywood royalty and a midfield reunion – The things you missed as West Brom fight back at Fulham
Seven games, 13 points. Not bad when you consider they’ve fallen behind in six of them.
West Brom are still unbeaten in the league under Slaven Bilic after picking up a point at Fulham that they secured late on at Craven Cottage.
The Baggies, unchanged from the side that beat Blackburn, equalised with ten minutes to go thanks to Semi Ajayi’s first goal for the club. Anthony Knockaert had given the home side a deserved lead after the interval.
It was another afternoon where Albion struck late to earn a result, thanks in no small part to Bilic’s substitutions.
Here are the things you missed from a sunny corner of West London.
There was one familiar face in the Fulham squad for the Albion players and fans to recognise.
Stefan Johansen left the Cottage back in January, on Claudio Ranieri’s watch, in order to source regular football elsewhere – at Albion, under Darren Moore and Jimmy Shan, he did.
Despite the campaign ending in collective disappointment, Johansen clearly enjoyed his brief stint at The Hawthorns enough to wander over during the warm-ups and have a quick catch-up with former teammates.
He embraced both Chris Brunt and Hal Robson-Kanu, both with big grins, before being recalled by his Fulham coach.
Enemies for the day, but friends otherwise. A nice little touch.
The hard yards
Ali Al-Habsi, despite not being a part of the match-day squad, was a part of the travelling party.
The last one through the door, Al-Habsi has been a regular face in training and kept goal in the 4-3 Central League win over Mansfield during the week.
At the ripe old age of 37, the Omani international is just happy to have been handed a route back to England where he has enjoyed plenty of success in his playing days.
Clearly a good character to have around, and someone who has added further competition for the single first-team place.
The famous yellow and green
The Baggies’ visiting mascot for the afternoon was young Brayden – the son of former midfielder Nigel Quashie.
Quashie, who played for the Baggies between 2006 and 2007, made 30 appearances for the club under Bryan Robson and was part of the last team to wear yellow and green before the club reintroduced it last season.
He scored a single goal in that time – at Highbury against Arsenal, in a 3-1 defeat.
Nigel tweeted before the game: “Watching this little fella be mascot today for @WBA v @FulhamFC.”
Like fellow pro and ex-Baggie Ben Foster, Quashie has made sure his kids have a fine taste in football!
On a day where Albion’s anchormen had a quiet day, Elf star Will Ferrell was in attendance at Craven Cottage.
It turns out that the American is a big fan of football, no wait soccer, no wait football.
He was invited to watch Portsmouth back in August, and took up the offer of visiting Fratton Park – Pompey owner Michael Eisner is the chief executive of the Walt Disney company.
Ferrell enjoys visiting the UK and has previously spoken of his desire to one day own his own pub. A Chelsea fan, he was back in West London here to take in the Baggies – what a lucky chap.
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Skipper for the day
There was a rather poignant moment on the hour mark when Slaven Bilic made his double change – a double change that would eventually prove to have a profound effect on the outcome of the game.
Off came Jake Livermore and Matt Phillips, neither of whom managed to hit the heights of their displays in recent weeks.
Kyle Edwards and Filip Krovinovic were thrown on in the hope that they could inspire another comeback.
It mightn’t have been evident to all, but Edwards bore the captain’s armband for the final half hour of the game, handed to him by Livermore.
Either Bilic instructed him to do so, or he had no objections to the call. With Kyle Bartley on the field too, the responsibility might’ve headed his way.
Edwards, though, wore it with pride and it seemed to drive him on – his cameo was terrific and timely reminder to his boss.