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Blackburn v WBA 14/08/04

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Gregan on Blackburn alert
GARY Megson claims Sean Gregan's transfer request will not hinder his
chances of playing in Saturday's Premiership opener at Blackburn (ko 3pm).

And the Baggies manager revealed the former Preston star is in his squad for
the eagerly-awaited Ewood Park trip.

"Sean has put in a transfer request but it won't make any difference about
his availability," said Megson

"He is in the squad for Saturday."

Albion announced they had 'reluctantly' accepted Gregan's transfer request
on Tuesday.

Megson, meanwhile, must decide which of his seven new signings - Kanu,
Riccardo Scimeca, Martin Albrechtsen, Jonathan Greening, Zoltan Gera, Darren
Purse and Tomasz Kuszczak - will make their debuts at Rovers.

But he will definitely be without striker Rob Hulse (stomach), defender
Larus Sigurdsson (knee) and Jason Koumas, who serves the first leg of his
four-match ban.

"Being without Jason is not an ideal start because he's looked fantastic on
the ball in pre-season," added Megson.

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I'm undecided about who will actually start the game but I think It will probably be something like

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              Kanu  Horsfield
        Greening  Johnson Scimeca
Robinson                         Haas
       Albrechtsen Purse Gaardsoe 
                   Hoult
Gera hasn't really had enough training yet, or time to settle, but I imagine he'll be on the bench along with Sakiri and Dobie, Moore.

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Yorke set to face Baggies


Dwight Yorke will start for Blackburn against West Brom on Saturday after
fighting his way back into favour at Ewood Park.

Boss Graeme Souness left Yorke out of the pre-season German tour but has
been impressed enough with his training regime to guarantee him a starting
place.

David Thompson is still not fully fit following a knee injury and joins
long-term injury victim Steven Reid on the sidelines.

But Barry Ferguson is fighting for a midfield place alongside new signing
Dominic Matteo after recovering from the knee problem which ruled him out
for most of last season.

Rovers (from): Friedel, Enckelman, Neill, Short, Amoruso, Johansson, Gray,
Emerton, Tugay, Gresko, De Pedro, Matteo, Ferguson, Stead, Yorke, Dickov,
Flitcroft, Gallacher.

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Prove you're No.1 again
GARY Megson is urging Albion fans to again prove they're the best in the
Premiership - starting with Saturday's opener at Blackburn (ko 3pm).

Baggies supporters were applauded up down and the country for the way they
got behind Megson's troops two seasons ago as the club's long-awaited top
flight return ended in relegation.

And they won the ultimate accolade by being voted the best fans in the
Premiership by their peers.

Albion manager Megson is now calling for more of the same - insisting their
backing is vital to the club's hopes of establishing themselves in the top
flight.

"Our last away game in the Premiership was at Blackburn when we were already
relegated," said Megson, whose side will be backed, at the very least, by
almost 4,000 fans tomorrow.

"It was memorable for one of the fans dressing up as a giraffe and almost
everyone else as referees. It was a good day - but for the wrong reasons.

"I would be delighted, though, if our supporters got voted the best
supporters in the Premiership again.

"That was a big achievement for them and we will need that kind of backing
again."

After a summer of frantic transfer activity, which looks set to continue
until the transfer window closes on August 31, Megson is looking forward to
blooding his new faces at Blackburn.

The arrivals of Kanu, Zoltan Gera, Martin Albrechtsen, Darren Purse,
Riccardo Scimeca, Jonathan Greening and Tomasz Kuszczak have got The
Hawthorns buzzing.

And Megson added: "I was 'hopeful' the last time we won promotion to the
Premiership but I'm more 'optimistic' this time.

"I know that if all the players give it every little bit of drive and energy
they've got, and play with the ability we know they've got, we can give
anybody a game at this level.

"But we're going to have to do that right the way through the season.

"I'm very pleased with the players we've brought in. They will hopefully
make us a stronger team."

Megson may have to find a way to stop one of the summer transfer targets who
got away, Paul Dickov, who Blackburn signed from Leicester for 150,000 in
June.

The Scotland international, who has recovered from a minor knock, is vying
with Jonathan Stead for a place alongside ex-Villa man Dwight Yorke, who
Rovers boss Graeme Souness has guaranteed a starting role up front.

"I met Paul and he seemed a terrific lad," said Megson.

"But he told me his circumstances, that he had a house in Manchester, and
when I heard Everton and Blackburn were interested I thought we would have a
hard task convincing him to join us.

"It was disappointing we couldn't bring him in but we wish him all the
best."

Souness has plenty of options in what he has described as his 'best'
Blackburn squad to date, with only Steven Reid and David Thompson ruled out
through injury.

Spanish international midfielder Javier De Pedro could be a big threat to
Albion's hopes of avoiding an opening day defeat for the fifth successive
season if the former Real Sociedad star makes his debut.

"Getting off to a good start is not key but it would be a help," added
Megson.

"Portsmouth got off to a good start and had a good finish last season, but
somewhere in between it wasn't all hunky dory.

"We know round about the points we're going to need and what we're going to
have to do to get them.

"But once we get into the season, you're not going to get me talking about
finishing fourth from bottom and all that.

"I just want us to get into a situation where we just do our level best in
every single game we play and, regardless of who we're playing, think we can
get a result."

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Box office bulletin
ALBION will be backed by a typically bumper following in Saturday's
Premiership opener at Blackburn (ko 3pm) - but there is still room for more
Baggies fans to attend Ewood Park.

The club have sold almost 4,000 seats but a further 900 tickets will on sale
to Albion supporters on the away turnstiles at the Lancashire venue, priced
24 adults, 14 seniors and 5 juniors.

Baggies fans travelling without a ticket are urged to arrive early to avoid
disappointment.

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Saturday, 14 August, 2004
Barclays Premiership

Blackburn v West Brom

Blackburn
Friedel , Emerton , Amoruso , Short , Gresko , Pedro , Ferguson , Matteo , Gray , Yorke , Stead
Subs: Enckelman , Johansson , Tugay , Dickov , Gallagher

West Brom
Hoult , Haas , Gaardsoe , Purse , Robinson , Greening , Scimeca , Johnson , Clement , Kanu , Horsfield
Subs: Kuszczak , Gera , Dobie , Moore , O'Connor

Ref: C Foy (Merseyside)

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31:46 Goal - Neil Clement
Blackburn 0-1 West Brom.
Foul by Dominic Matteo (Blackburn) on Geoff Horsfield (West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening (West Brom) from left channel, passed. Goal by Neil Clement (West Brom) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left channel (25 yards).Blackburn 0-1 West Brom.



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69:42 Goal - Craig Short
Blackburn 1-1 West Brom.
Headed goal by Craig Short (Blackburn) (bottom-right of goal) from right side of penalty area (18 yards).Blackburn 1-1 West Brom. Assist (cross) by Jonathan Stead (Blackburn) from left wing.

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I guess this is good start for West Brom isnt it ?

Well at the "premiership prediction" thread I said it will end 0:0, but 1:1 is still a draw :thmbup:

I didnt see the game, how was Kanu ?
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Great apparently, led a lot of Blackburn players a merry old dance.

We still have Jason Koumas out, and hopefully IF we could include either Carrick or Dindane we'd have a half decent squad.

Inamoto is also being lined up as a target but not till he's fit.

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Baggies gain a draw at Blackburn Aug 14 2004


Blackburn 1 West Brom 1




Craig Short shattered West Brom's hopes of a Premiership return to
remember at Ewood Park today.

The veteran defender headed a 70th-minute equaliser for Blackburn to
save Graeme Souness' blushes and cancel out Neil Clement's first-half
opener.

But there is no doubt the Baggies went home happier after being forced
to hold on under intense Rovers pressure to bag their precious point.

Clement had booted Albion ahead in fortunate fashion when his
34th-minute free-kick took a big deflection and sailed past Brad Friedel.

But Dwight Yorke and Brett Emerton both missed golden chances to pull
Rovers back into the game, before Short struck and set up an increasingly
frantic finale.

Ultimately Albion deserved their draw amid signs of a more positive
approach to their second Premiership campaign.

While they retained their trademark tightness at the back which
prevented the home side having a shot on target throughout the first half,
their new boys provided plenty of flair.

Jonathan Greening was a constant threat from set-pieces, while the
tricky skills of Nigerian Kanu can still fox many top-flight defenders.

Gary Megson's men started brightly by winning a corner in the first
minute and then almost releasing Kanu's strike partner Geoff Horsfield for a
clear run on goal.

Rovers showed the same sluggishness which had contributed to their
poor 15th place last season, with the recalled Yorke failing to make an
early impression.

Souness' men were struggling against a tightly-packed Albion midfield
who slowly sapped their energy.

Rovers new boy Javier De Pedro saw plenty of the ball in the early
stages - but when he got his first chance on the quarter-hour after
Clement's misplaced pass he could not find space to shoot.

At the other end, Kanu tricked Emerton brilliantly on the left before
hitting a low cross which just eluded Andy Johnson in the box.

Rovers claims for handball were rejected in the 20th minute after
Vratislav Gresko's speculative shot was blocked by Thomas Gaardsoe in the
box.

Then Yorke made his first contribution with a speculative header which
flashed wide of Russell Hoult's right-hand post.

But Albion began to step things up on the half-hour, and Darren Purse
was the unlikely source of the first on-target effort with a low shot
blocked by Barry Ferguson.

Four minutes later Albion grabbed their lead when Clement's
going-nowhere free-kick was deflected home.

Rovers new boy Dominic Matteo immediately flashed a header over at the
other end, and the half ended with Yorke given another fine chance by
Emerton only to head high from close range.

Souness' introduction of Paul Dickov for his competitive Rovers debut
at half-time perked up the home side, who launched into a period of
pressure.

But it almost all turned sour in the 50th minute, Lorenzo Amoruso's
poor back-pass close to letting in Kanu before an alert Friedel cleared the
danger.

With Emerton beginning to emerge as more of a threat on the right,
Rovers continued driving forward.

Jonathan Stead was only inches from connecting with a long Amoruso
hump upfield in the 56th minute.

Rovers' best chance appeared to have arrived just before the hour when
Yorke's goal-bound snap-shot was blocked by a posse of Albion defenders on
the edge of the box.

Emerton stabbed at the loose ball but saw a bobbling effort stretch
across the face of goal with Hoult helpless.

Referee Chris Foy did not endear himself to the home fans by waving
away two loud appeals, firstly for handball against Horsfield and then for a
challenge on Dickov in the box.

As the game heated up, Matteo was lucky to stay on the pitch after
pulling back Kanu when the Nigerian was about to go clean through 35 yards
from the Rovers goal.

Instead it was the unlikely figure of Short who saved Rovers' day with
a fine glancing header which beat Hoult 20 minutes from time.

Tugay and Emerton both had late chances as the home side pressed for
the win - and Albion were understandably content to cling on for the draw
which already presents them with one point more than they managed in their
first three Premiership matches two years ago.

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Match Report
CAPTAIN Neil Clement ended Albion's run of four successive opening day
defeats with a point-earning strike as the Baggies got off the mark at the
first attempt.

Manager Gary Megson sprung a surprise by handing former Chelsea star Clement
both a central midfield berth and the skipper's armband at Ewood Park.

But he rose to the challenge by firing Albion into a 34th-minute lead with a
deflected free-kick - his first goal since February.

However, the Baggies were denied their first opening day win for seven years
when Craig Short headed Rovers level in the 70th minute.

Megson granted new boys Kanu, Jonathan Greening, Darren Purse and Riccardo
Scimeca their Albion debuts in this Premiership opener, while Zoltan Gera
and Tomasz Kuszczak started on the bench.

But there was no room in Megson's squad for record signing Martin
Albrechtsen and transfer-listed Sean Gregan.

Around 4,500 Baggies fans made the journey up to Lancashire and chants of
'West Brom are back' could be heard loud and clear as Albion kicked off
their second top flight campaign in three seasons.

The visitors started brightly and a slick left-wing move yielded a corner
after just 44 seconds, but Greening wasted the opportunity by failing to get
enough height on his flag-kick.

There was plenty of attacking endeavour during the opening stages but very
few chances created.

Yet Kanu still caught the eye with several silky touches.

The Nigerian international created the first real moment of danger when he
bamboozled Brett Emerton down the left before whipping in a left-foot cross
which flew agonisingly behind the unmarked Andy Johnson.

Blackburn didn't really trouble the Albion goal until the 20th minute when
debutant Javier De Pedro found Vratislav Gresko in acres of space in the
box.

The Slovakian international's instant low cross would have set up a simple
chance for Jonathan Stead had Thomas Gaardsoe's knee not intervened and the
danger was cleared.

Rovers threatened again when Dwight Yorke flashed a header across the face
of goal from De Pedro's centre, moments before Stead fired high and wide
from the edge of the box - but Russell Hoult remained untroubled.

Albion had looked anything but out of place back on the big stage and soon
carved out a couple of half chances themselves.

After Rovers failed to clear a Greening corner, Purse volleyed the loose
ball goalwards, only to see his effort cannon off the grounded Barry
Ferguson and, after a frantic scramble, the danger was cleared.

A crunching Gaardsoe tackle then created another opening. Kanu,
inspirational throughout, slid the ball back to the Danish international who
wasn't too far away with a 25-yard drive.

Albion added the perfect finish to their purple patch by snatching a
34th-minute lead.

After Blackburn new boy Dominic Matteo had upended Geoff Horsfield 30 yards
out, Clement let fly from the resulting free-kick which cannoned off
Ferguson in the Rovers wall and past the helpless Brad Friedel.

Matteo immediately tried to make amends at the other end with an 18-yard
snapshot which Hoult was relieved to see fly above his bar.

Ex-Villa star Yorke then sent a seven-yard header just over from Emerton's
dangerous cross.

But the half ended in controversy when Horsfield had what looked a perfectly
good goal disallowed for offside.

Blackburn boss Graeme Souness made two changes at half-time, bringing on
former Albion target Paul Dickov and Turkish international Tugay for De
Pedro and Gresko.

And it took a perfectly-timed last-ditch tackle from Purse on Yorke inside
the box to prevent the hosts grabbing an early equaliser after Rovers had
threatened to carve Albion open with a slick, one-touch move.

Yet Blackburn had a real let off moments later when Lorenzo Amoruso left
Friedel short with a woeful back pass. The American keeper slid in in the ni
ck of time to beat Kanu to the ball just outside his box and the danger was
eventually cleared.

Back came Rovers and after Yorke was again stopped in his tracks inside the
box, the ball broke nicely to Emerton whose scuffed shot clipped off an
Albion defender and crept just wide of the beaten Hoult's far post.

Former Leeds star Matteo collected the first booking of the game in the 65th
minute when he halted Kanu's run on goal by pulling his shirt after the
ex-Arsenal striker had left him for dead.

But Blackburn clawed themselves level with 20 minutes to go when centre-half
Short timed his late run to perfection to head Stead's left-wing cross past
Hoult.

Blackburn now had the bit between their teeth and Tugay lashed a first-time
drive just wide from 25 yards.

Moments later, bustling striker Horsfield was Albion's unlikely hero at the
back when he prevented the clean-through Emerton troubling Hoult with a
sliding tackle inside the box.

Yet the Baggies almost regained the lead in the 75th-minute when Kanu's
trickery again carved Rovers open.

The twinkle-toed striker brilliantly found Paul Robinson inside the box and
the former Watford full-back dragged the ball back inside onto his weaker
right foot before firing straight at Friedel's legs from ten yards.

Blackburn looked to force the issue in the final stages but the Baggies
headed back to West Bromwich with a fully deserved point - the first opening
day haul they've ever achieved under Megson.

BLACKBURN (4-4-2): Friedel; Emerton (Gallagher 84), Amoruso, Short, Gray;
Ferguson, Matteo, Gresko (Tugay HT), De Pedro (Dickov HT); Yorke, Stead.
Subs not used: Enckelman (gk), Johansson.

ALBION (4-4-2): Hoult; Scimeca, Purse, Gaardsoe, Robinson; Haas, Johnson
(Gera 87), Clement (Moore 76), Greening; Horsfield (Dobie 76), Kanu. Subs
not used: Kuszczak (gk), O'Connor.

GOALS: BLACKBURN - Short (70). ALBION - Clement (34).

BOOKINGS: BLACKBURN - Matteo (foul, 65)

REFEREE: C Foy (Lancashire).

ATTENDANCE: 23,475
ALBION STARMAN: Kanu.

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Megson: We need more belief
GARY Megson claimed Craig Short's second-half equaliser denied Albion the
win they need to inject real belief into their Premiership campaign.

The Albion boss was satisfied with the Baggies' Ewood Park point - his
first-ever opening day haul as Hawthorns manager.

But he insisted his side will need to have more confidence in their own
ability in the coming weeks - starting with Sunday week's mouth-watering
derby with Villa.

Albion's cause, however, would have been helped if referee Chris Foy had not
ruled out Geoff Horsfield's 'goal' on the stroke of half-time for offside,
with the visitors leading through captain Neil Clement's 34th-minute opener.

And Megson was eager to view TV replays of the incident to see if the
Lancashire official had got it right.

"I thought we did ever so well right the way through the game, but I think
if we had got the win, we would have got a massive amount of belief from
it," said Megson, who started with a 4-4-2 formation.

"At times I felt there was a little bit of a lack of belief. We wanted to
sit back and hang on to 1-0 rather than push on and we did have other
opportunities to score again.

"We started with the formation we chose because I didn't feel we would cause
them enough problems without the width.

"I thought we did cause them one or two problems in the first half and we
had opportunities.

"Geoff's goal being given offside looked a strange decision to me and I'd
like to see it again just to see if he was the player who was offside.

"Blackburn put us under a great deal of pressure in the second half. At one
stage, they had four centre forwards on. It was tally ho stuff.

"They had lots of possession and kept knocking and knocking without creating
us a massive amount of problems in terms of crosses and shots.

"I can't remember Russell Hoult having a shot to save other than the one he
couldn't.

"But when you're conceding that amount of possession, you are sailing close
to the wind.

"All in all, though, it's a good point and result for us."

Kanu, one of four Albion debutants, shaded the man-of-the-match vote as he
conjured up all the tricks that made him such a hero at Premiership
champions Arsenal.

But Darren Purse was almost as effective in Albion's back four, forming an
impressive central defensive partnership with Thomas Gaardsoe.

Megson was also pleased with the performances of Jonathan Greening and
Riccardo Scimeca while Zoltan Gera got his first run out in a Baggies shirt
as a late substitute.

But there wasn't even room for 2.7million record signing Martin Albrechtsen
on the bench, a decision the Albion manager described as tactical.

Megson also revealed why skipper Sean Gregan was absent from his squad,
insisting he had planned to play the transfer-listed skipper.

Goalscorer Clement was handed the skipper's armband in Gregan's absence.

"Sean trained in the shape of the team on Tuesday and Thursday and would
have played today but his wife was ill," revealed Megson.

"He got a message to us that he couldn't travel.

"As for Martin not being involved, it was purely a selection thing.

"Darren and Thomas have done really well in pre-season - and they'll have to
keep playing well because Darren Moore didn't start either.

"In terms of substitutes, you pick players to cover all eventualities and
that's why Martin wasn't on the bench."

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So what would YOU see as a successful season? Looking at the team I say avoiding relegation is more than possible, especially considering your manager in Megson who could turn out to do to WBA as Curbishley has done with Charlton. But are you just looking at 17th spot as a good year or what Balis?

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With the current players I think finishing 17th would be regarded as success this season. However if we manage to secure Carrick and Dindane I think we could make the top 10. The important think missing from the squad presently is self belief, which is why we have almost signed a completely new team. We'll have to see come end of August

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Kanu's class was one of the few things worth watching at Saturday''s game v Rovers. He's definetly not just gone to West Brom for a quiet retirement if Saturday''s performance is anything to go by. You just need a few players around him on his wavelength, I don't think Horsfield is quite good enough.

As long as Horsefield is replaced by another Premiership class player you'll stay up IMO. Maybe Dindane will come from Anderlecht or Wiltord who is also on a free?
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The Aruna situation will be cleared up by the end of August, I believe we are looking at another striker too, as none of Horsfield, Dobie or Hulse ae prem material.

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