West Bromwich Albion 1 - 2 Fulham

Match info: Premier League at The Hawthorns

Date: 01/01/2013 KO: 12:45 Ref: M Dean Att: 25,436

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

W Brom

Romelu Lukaku 49

1
vs
2

Fulham

Dimitar Berbatov 39
Alex Kacaniklic 58

FT (ht: 0-1)

  • Last Updated: January 1 2013, 20:06 GMT

Fulham manager Martin Jol saluted his side's performance in winning 2-1 at West Brom after New Year's Eve fireworks had disrupted their preparations.

Perfect start to 2013 for Jol

The Cottagers were housed in a hotel in the middle of Birmingham and were kept awake by the celebrations which heralded the start of 2013.

But there was nothing sleepy about Fulham's performance as goals from man of the match Dimitar Berbatov and Alexander Kacaniklic ensured a second win in the last 13 games.

Jol said: "Probably the best fireworks were yesterday at 12 o'clock in front of my hotel!

"That was annoying. I said we needed a quiet hotel and it was unbelievable. There were 2,000 people in front of my window!

"I think it kept the players up too so I was worried. At first I thought it was fans, but it wasn't.

"To then get a win under our belts the next day, on the first of January, is fantastic.

"It was typical English! Unbelievable celebrations for 15 or 20 minutes then everybody goes home and shoots off and it's quiet after 30 minutes!

"I was in a penthouse suite at the Hyatt Hotel. The next time we'll go to the Moat House where I lived for seven months when I was younger (as an Albion player)!"

Fulham had taken only eight points from the previous 12 games.

Jol said: "We needed a bit of luck. We did well in the first half and scored a good goal.

"In the second half, they changed their formation a bit, the crowd got behind them and we conceded a soft goal again.

"But we picked things up again, found ourselves in midfield and, over the whole game, I felt the win was deserved."

Jol was reluctant to praise Berbatov but is happy to have the Bulgaria international in his line-up.

He said: "I don't want to talk about him all the time because other players will probably get annoyed.

"If you don't get the results, they will pick on him and, if you get the results, you will say he was fantastic.

"But I'm very happy that he is playing for us."

Albion could only manage a goal from on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku as they slumped to their third home defeat of the campaign.

Head coach Steve Clarke said: "It was a poor first half from us but a much better second half. On what we produced in the second half, we deserved at least a point out of the game.

"But the first half was really disappointing because we've set really high standards here at the Hawthorns and we didn't reach them in the first half.

"It is difficult, four games in 11 days, the physical and mental tiredness as well, and I just asked the players to dig deep within themselves and find something.

"But having got back into the game, we switched off and allowed Fulham to steal a goal on the counter-attack which makes it doubly difficult because then you have to go and raise yourself again."


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