West Bromwich Albion FC’s hopes of clambering towards safety in the English Premiership were dealt a severe blow by a five-minute second-half spell in which Fulham FC scored all three of their goals in a 3-0 triumph at Loftus Road.
The Midlands side, third from bottom and four points adrift of safety, had managed to preserve a clean sheet until the 72nd minute, when Jean Tigana's side broke the deadlock. French striker Louis Saha rose to head in a Steed Malbranque cross and the floodgates opened.
Within two minutes of the first goal, Cameroonian international defender Pierre Womé had fired in a spectacular second from fully 30 metres out – his first goal for the London club since joining from Bologna FC in the summer.
Malbranque makes sure
The third came on 77 minutes from a Malbranque penalty, his eighth goal in six games. The victory should ease any lingering doubts that Fulham might get involved in the relegation scramble.
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