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West Brom 4 - Bristol City 1

The Hawthorns

21 November 2009

Attendance: 23,444

West Brom singing in the rain

We're quite pleased at VitalWBA having predicted the starting line up for today's game, correctly guessed that Jerome Thomas would be a key man (he scored the first goal and set up the fourth) and had a good stab with a 3-1 prediction (it was 4-1).

Indeed this victory sees us return to the top of the League as highest scorers in the Championship, and with 12 goals scored in the last four games at The Hawthorns, sends out a clear signal of our intent.

Bristol City had one of the strongest defensive records going into this match but their seven-match unbeaten streak was under threat from the third minute. A City attack faltered and Graham Dorrans wasted no time in breaking away and playing the ball neatly to Jerome Thomas on the overlap. His clean drive from outside the box screamed past goalkeeper Dean Gerken.

Chris Brunt doubled the lead nine minutes later with another Dorrans assist, his 40-yard looping pass was cleverly controlled by Brunt who then skipped past the prone Gerken for Albion's second.

2-0 at the start of the second half and any hope of a Bristol City revival had vanished within three minutes of the restart.

Firstly, their captain Louis Carey diverted a Simon Cox chip into his own net, and soon after that, Cox made sure that he himself was on the score-sheet by latching onto Thomas's inch perfect cross to score West Brom's fourth.

Paul Hartley managed a memorable free kick consolation goal for Bristol City with seven minutes remaining, and in fact this missed chance of a clean sheet for Albion was the only small negative in an otherwise outstanding display.

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Writer: Craig Coggle Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 22 2009

Time: 6:49PM

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Has Di Matteo fixed things that were not quite right under the old regime?
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22/11/2009 19:02:00

De Matteos' positive play,attacking formation and decisive use of substitutes is not a lot different from Mowbrays' Championship style. Alas in the premiership Mowbray got nervous, became unpredictable and in my opinion made many mistakes. In the Premiership (if and when) is where we shall see Di Matteos' true mettle.
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23/11/2009 14:35:00

The fact that Di Matteo is being consistent with his team selection is definitely a positive thing and some of his signings have been inspired. Mowbray bought a few players that were either duds or he didn't know how to manage them - look at how he is struggling to get players to perform at Celtic.
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23/11/2009 18:20:00

Although Di Matteo seems pretty quiet, he's obviously inspiring the team and creating a hunger in the players. Mowbray was always lacking in positive spirit; I found him negative and pretty dour in post match interviews.
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23/11/2009 18:26:00


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