Final friendly for West Brom ends in stalemate
09/08/08 - 15:00
With the preceding friendly games played by West Brom all fairly lacklustre, the Baggies earned a credible draw in their final pre-season game and annual showpiece against last season`s seventh place finishers in La Liga, Real Mallorca.
Mowbray employed the 4-5-1 formation that it is predicted he will use against Arsenal against the Emirates in a week. New signings Carson and Cech made their Hawthorns bows, with the rest of the team stocked with first-teamers.
RCD Mallorca dominated the first half, and Cameroon international Pierre Webo scored the goal (26) that their dominance deserved. The only other incident of the a first 45 devoid of any serious goalmouth action was an injury to Neil Clement in the 13th minute - his substitute, Pele, was largely at fault for the goal, which new goalie Carson could do nothing about, as Webo drove home from 15-yards after getting goal-side of the Cape Verde Islander.
The second half saw the introduction of Bednar for Kim to partner Miller up front. Playing a 4-4-2, the team had much more cohesion than in the first half. It was the substitute Bednar who scored the equalising goal, coolly rounding Mallorca reserve-keeper Germán Lux after picking up a rebound in the 51st minute. Miller and Bednar linked well and each set up a chance for the other in the 20 minutes after the goal, but both were squandered. In the second half, Kiely, who replaced Carson at half time, didn`t have a save to make.
All in all an encouraging performance from the Albion, who played a full-strength side and also gave run outs to Dorrans, Hodgkiss and Craig Beattie, who has notched several goals in during the pre-season. Robert Koren & Luke Moore missed out through injury, but the pairing of Miller and Bednar looked like an effective combination up front in the second half. Pele didn`t look on the pace, and hopefully Clemmo`s injury won`t be too serious.
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