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Press Pass – WBA vs Burnley

‘Press Pass’ is a partnership between The Albion Foundation and Albion’s Media Team – providing a once in a lifetime opportunity for young writers to report on a Premier League match alongside the professionals!

Collins Ehigiade and Aiden Barratt, both Year 13, and students at Sandwell Academy were the young reporters selected for ‘Press Pass’ and here’s what they had to write about the eventful West Bromwich Albion FC v Burnley fixture:

  • Screen Shot 2016-11-22 at 11.09.073’ Matt Phillips
  • 16’ James Morrison
  • 36’ Darren Fletcher
  • 64’ Salomon Rondon

Matt Phillips set the tone for the match early on in the 3rd minute with a powerful shot which resulted in the ball flying into the roof of the net from close range after a defensive error saw the ball flicked into his path from a James Morrison cross.

The second goal came less than 15 minutes later when Chris Brunt quickly turned defence into attack, when he found Salomon Rondon on the half way line from the edge of his own penalty area. Rondon, under pressure from Burnley defender Michael Keane, fed the ball through to James Morrison who made a convincing run towards goal, before despatching the ball into the bottom right corner from just inside the box.

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Burnley seemed to not recover from the early goals and continued to make defensive errors when goal keeper Tom Heaton played a wayward pass that was cut out by Morrison who was unable to add to his tally, placing the ball wide.

Matt Phillips continued to make an impact when he showed his ability with close control and quick feet to find himself in a position ready to cross on his weaker left foot. The lofted ball across the 6 yard box graciously fell to the feet of Darren Fletcher leaving him with an easy tap in.

Salomon Rondon secured the victory with his 4th League goal of the season in the 64th minute when Allan Nyom put the ball across the box finding the Venezuelan who provided a clinical finish, making him joint top scorer for West Brom alongside record signing, Nacer Chadli.

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Burnley’s only threatening chance came in the 75th minute after a dangerous free kick from Gudmundsson forced Foster to tip the ball onto the crossbar and out for a corner.

West Bromwich Albion dictated the game from beginning to end coming out with all 3 points as they put in a dominating display against Burnley coming out 4-0 winners. This takes them to 9th in the table as they look to continue this form away against Hull City this coming Saturday.

Referee: Mike Jones

Asst. Referee: Adrian Holmes

Asst. Referee: Mark Scholes

4th Official: Stuart Attwell 

Final Score: West Bromwich Albion 4-0 Burnley

Written by Collins Ehigiade and Aiden Barratt (Sandwell Academy – Year 13) 

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