West Bromwich Albion maintained their unbeaten Championship record as they came from behind to rescue a point with a draw in the south west London sunshine at Fulham.
Both goals owed a good bit to fortune, as Semi Ajayi’s controversial late headed equaliser cancelled out an attempted cross from Anthony Knockaert which deceived Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and dipped in at the far post.
Knockaert’s 49th-minute goal – his second in three home games – looked likely to earn all three points for the hosts at Craven Cottage.
But, from deadline signing Matheus Pereira’s 80th-minute corner, home keeper Marcus Bettinelli was distracted by Albion striker Charlie Austin attempting to lay his hands on him on the line.
The indignant Bettinelli and could only parry the ball tamely, allowing Ajayi to nod in at the far post for his first goal for the club.
Fulham had the better chances before the break as Tom Cairney evaded the linesman’s flag to get free inside the box and latch onto Harrison Reed’s pass, but his left-foot strike was touched onto the bar by the fingertips of Johnstone.
Reed was then also denied by the West Brom keeper, who reacted sharply to keep out his close-range header.
Austin, still to score his first league goal for Albion, volleyed over, then could only direct a tame header straight at Bettinelli.
And they were second best before the second-half introduction of Slaven Bilic’s three substitutes Flip Krovinovic, Kyle Edwards and Hal Robson-Kanu.
Bilic’s Baggies have won the most points from losing positions in the Championship this season (12), having gone behind in six of their seven games and lost none.