Fulham fall just short of win that would have left Brentford in charge of promotion destiny

WBA 0 Fulham 0

Fulham came so close to claiming the win that would have opened the door to automatic promotion for both themselves and neighbours Brentford.

But a Tuesday tea-time 0-0 draw at the Hawthorns leaves West Brom in charge of their own destiny.

Fulham, who had looked the better side in the first half against a nervy-looking Albion, were less dominant after the break but still came closest to winning it on 73 minutes when Anthony Knockaert crashed a shot from distance on to the top of the West Brom crossbar.

Realistically, Scott Parker’s men needed to take all three points to keep alive their hopes of snatching second place from Albion, but the gap remains five points with just two to play – Sheffield Wednesday visiting the Cottage on Saturday before the final fixture at Wigan next Wednesday.

Brentford too would have been willing their west London rivals to bag the goal that would have left the Bees’ promotion destiny in their own hands.

As things stand, a four-point gap can be reduced to one if Thomas Frank’s side beat Preston tomorrow Griffin Park, but wins from all three of their remaining matches will still requite Albion to drop points against Huddersfield or QPR in their final two matches.

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