The Italian Way: Quattro bellissimi gol!
28 November 2009
Roberto Di Matteo has spoken about adopting the Italian Way of shutting down games when ahead, and the message certainly seems to be getting through.
Four goals in the net for the second week running, goals from three different players, a clean sheet and another away victory made this another dream Saturday for the Baggies.
Okay, so Newcastle held onto their advantage at the top of the table with a credible win, but this was a comprehensive victory over a lower placed team that really couldn't afford to lose.
Yet again we were witness to the kind of beautifully swift counter attacking football that is now becoming a trademark for Albion. Two goals from Simon Cox in a seven minute spell in the first half was augmented, before the break, by Jerome Thomas's fifth of the season.
Chris Brunt added a fourth five minutes from time, and kept his word by not celebrating in front of his former club. That's fifteen goals in four matches from the highest scorers in the division, but it could have been even more with chance after chance being created either side of half time.
Sheffield Wednesday didn't really get going in this game; manager Brian Laws described it as 'one of the worst performances we have put in.' Their most notable efforts came from Marcus Tudgay and were comfortably handled by Scott Carson, whose speedy distribution to midfield is working wonders for our attacking prowess.
Luke Moore was also busy all afternoon and, even though he didn't make the score sheet, he was a constant threat picking up quality service form Gonzalo Jara, Graham Dorrans, and Gianni Zuiverloon.
After the game Di Matteo asked it to be noted that his Italian heart was smiling 'otherwise I get accused of never smiling.' Well Roberto, you can be sure that thousands of Baggies fans are smiling with you.
Carson; Zuiverloon, Meite, Olsson, Cech; Brunt, Dorrans, Jara, Thomas (Mulumbu 67); Moore (Wood 76), Cox (Thorne 88).
Subs not used: Kiely (gk), Bednar, Martis, Reid.