Fulham 3-0 West Bromwich Albion
Dimitar Berbatov enjoyed a superb home debut as he bagged a brace in Fulham's 3-0 win over previously unbeaten West Bromwich Albion.
The Baggies entered this game on bit of a high but the international break seemed to have robbed them of precious momentum as Steve Clarke's side never really looked in this game. Fulham had lost their way following their opening day demolition of Norwich but with Dimitar Berbatov making his home debut they always looked to be in more control. In what was a pretty slow start it was the hosts who were enjoying plenty of the ball and Ben Foster had to be alert to deny Berbatov on two occasions before the Bulgarian finally broke the deadlock just after the half hour. The former Manchester United striker brought the ball under control and unleashed a curling effort that even the in-form Foster could get nowhere near. The task was made harder for the visitors five minutes later when Peter Odemwingie aimed a needless kick out at Sascha Riether and was rightly given his marching orders. Then, right on half time, it was game over as Billy Jones felled Alex Kacaniklic in the box and Berbatov stepped up to slot home from 12 yards. The Baggies could offer no fight in what was a poor second half and Fulham finally put the icing on the cake in the dying minutes with Steven Sidwell following up to tap in from three yards. The result will be a welcome relief for Fulham boss Martin Jol who had been under pressure after being forced to sell Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele late in the summer window.