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Press Pass – WBA 2 -1 Bournemouth

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WEST Bromwich Albion kept their home winning streak alive with a 2-1 win against Bournemouth on Saturday; the victory means the Baggies have now won seven of their last eight home matches.

Bournemouth headed into the game on the back of three defeats, but within the first four minutes of the games they had managed to put themselves in the lead.

Alan Nyom brought down Ryan Fraser inside the box and referee Mark Clattenburg did not hesitate to point to the spot. Cherries striker Joshua King stepped up and slotted home sending Ben Foster the wrong way.
Bournemouth came close to doubling their lead three minutes later, as Adam Smith took a shot causing Foster to tip it over the bar.

Albion found their feet soon after as Craig Dawson equalised his shot from just outside the box took a slight deflection and into the top left corner in the 10th minute.

For the next 11 minutes of the game The Albion were had found a rhythm and were keeping possession well not letting Bournemouth get a touch on the ball.

West Brom were awarded a corner following James Morrison’s deflected attempt on goal in the 21st minute and it was from there the Albion snatched the lead.

Bournemouth’s goalkeeper Artur Boruc ran out to collect Chris Brunt’s in swinging left side corner, but missed his attempt to punch clear and Gareth McAuley was on hand to tap it into the net.

The crucial goal takes McAuley’s tally up to six goals for West Bromwich Albion this season making him he’s the second highest Premier league defender.

With ten minutes to go before the break Salomon Rondon appealed for a penalty as he was fouled by Tyrone Mings just inside the box, but Clattenburg, after already awarding one penalty in the game waved away all claims signalling the defender got the ball first.

Five minutes after the restart, McAuley met Brunt’s far side corner but his header rebounded of the bar and back into the path of Brunt who was able to keep the pressure on Bournemouth in a scramble in the six yard box Dawson clashed with Tyrone Mings whilst both trying to go for the ball.

The collision knocked the Baggies defender out while Nacer Chadli was free at the near post to head home seemingly giving the home side a 3-1 lead only for the goal to be disallowed, due to the fact that a head injury had been sustained.

Dawson made way for James McClean which saw Brunt drop back to left back and Jonny Evans line up in the middle of the back four.

The injury unsettled Albion and Bournemouth attempted to take advantage though Harry Arter’s long range shot in the 63rd minute was no trouble for Foster.

For the next 20 minutes possession was split between the two teams with neither team really having a chance.
The Baggies had the perfect opportunity to seal the win in the 89th minute, Rondon found McClean on the left hand side who linked play back up with Rondon but he was just inches short of guiding the ball past Boruc.

Ben Foster mad two world class saves, the best coming in the last couple seconds of the game Bournemouth had a free kick on the far side the ball was heading for the top right corner by Mings, as Foster leaped up to tip it over the bar.

The resulting corner was the last kick of the game, securing all three points for the Baggies.

The victory keeps the Baggies in eighth place on the table on 40 points, while Bournemouth are dragged closer to the relegation battle as it tightens up at the bottom of the table.

Words by: Emily Berry,  17 – student at Health Future UTC – West Bromwich

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