Nigeria international Semi Ajayi was the hero for West Brom, as his late header preserved their unbeaten start to the English Championship season after a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
Having played all 90 minutes against Ukraine on Tuesday for the Super Eagles, Ajayi was trusted with a starting berth by his manager Slaven Bilic for this encounter, and he repaid the faith shown in him with a goal late on.
After a goalless first half, Anthony Knockaert put the home side in front four minutes after the restart with his second goal in three home games. It looked set to seal the victory for the home side but, with just ten minutes left to play, Ajayi stepped up to nod home his first goal for the Baggies, perpetuating their unbeaten start to the new Championship season.
The late goal from Ajayi means Slaven Bilic’s men have drawn their fourth game of the season, leaving them in sixth place in the league standings after seven rounds of matches.
The 25-year-old joined the Baggies from relegated Rotherham United in the summer for an undisclosed fee, and is proving an important figure as they push for automatic promotion.