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#PressPass: WBA 0 – 1 Liverpool

#PressPass is a partnership between The Albion Foundation and West Bromwich Albion’s media team – providing a once in a lifetime opportunity for young writers to report on a Premier League match alongside the professionals!

Tony Pulis wanted to keep his undefeated home streak alive against Liverpool heading into Saturdays match.

It started with a very positive attack from West Bromwich Albion in the opening few minutes with Robson-Kanu just shooting wide. A few minutes later, Matt Phillips pulled his shot wide, chances that eventually proved crucial misses.

Liverpool’s first attack came from Philippe Coutinho passing to Robert Firmino who also missed the target.

Divock Origi and Coutinho both had chances to put the away side ahead but with neither breaking the deadlock it made way for the Baggies to counter but lone striker Robson-Kanu was unable to capitalise.

In the extra minute on the end of the first half, Nathaniel Clyne was fouled by Chris Brunt, presenting the best opportunity of the half for Liverpool.

Former Aston Villa midfielder James Milner stepped up to take the free kick, which was helped on by Origi’s head. This inched the ball along for Firminho who did not miss the opportunity to score.

Going into the break Liverpool had the advantage with just the one goal separating the two sides.

The home fans rallied round to try and boost their side’s fight back in the second half. Despite Nacer Chadli’s best efforts his free kick again made no impression.

Liverpool continued to add pressure on the Baggies defence as Firmino crossed the ball to Milner who volleyed the ball over the bar.

The Reds dominated for lengthy spells in the second half and did have the ball in the back of the net in the 60th minutes but the Albion faithful could breathe a sigh of relief as the goal was deemed offside and the score line stayed at 0-1.

Pulis used all three of his substitutions in an attempt to find a way back into the game taking Chadli, Robson-Kanu and Yacob off for Morrison, Rondon and Mclean.

West Brom kept their hopes high when Livermore and Phillips took goal-scoring opportunities but could not get the ball past Mignolet.

With time rapidly running out the Baggies threw caution to the wind with nothing left to lose a late corner saw Ben Foster travel to the other end of the field.

Defending well and Fosters presence in the Liverpool half gave Moreno the confidence to try his luck from the half-way line despite the open goal he couldn’t double Liverpools lead.

The games ended 1-0 with The Reds taking all three points. The score means The Albion have failed to score in their last four games. However they gave Liverpool a hard-earned game which Pulis highlighted was his aim. Klopp agreed as he believed it was ‘one of the most difficult places to go’.

 

Match report by: Thomas Moran, Ellé Gjoka Year 11 students at Holly Hall Academy, Dudley.

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