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02-10-2004 West Brom v Bolton

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Robinson suffers set back in recovery
GARY Megson has revealed Paul Robinson has received a set back in his
recovery from the knee injury he sustained against Fulham 11 days ago.


The Baggies left-back now looks set to miss his second successive game and
the Albion manager faces a defensive reshuffle for Saturday's clash against
Bolton (ko 5.15pm) with centre-half Darren Purse suspended.


The Black Country club will also be without defender-cum midfielder Neil
Clement, who begins a three-gameban.


"Robbo was feeling okay and trained but he went over again on his knee,"
said Megson.


"He's a bit unsure of it at the moment and has to be classed as doubtful for
the Bolton game."

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TBH if we have to lose this game to get rid of Megson, then I hope we do.

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congrats on the first win.
you beat a team that have beaten Liverpool, drawn with both Man Utd and Arsenal. Must be something of an achievement..
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West Brom v Bolton

The Hawthorns
Saturday, 2 October
Kick-off: 1500 BST

West Brom will be without suspended duo Darren Purse and Neil Clement as they seek their first Premiership win.

Darren Moore is poised to replace Purse while Hungarian skipper Zoltan Gera may take over from Clement and Rob Earnshaw may be replaced by Geoff Horsfield.

Bolton are boosted by the return of Jay-Jay Okocha is expected to return to action following a groin injury.

On-loan El-Hadji Diouf may have to settle for a place on the bench should Okocha return.

West Brom (from): Hoult, Scimeca, Moore, Gaardsoe, Albrechtsen, Koumas, Johnson, Gera, Greening, Kanu, Earnshaw, Horsfield, Kuszczak, O'Connor, Dyer, Dobie, Contra, A Chambers, Robinson.

Bolton (from): Jaaskelainen, Hunt, Jaidi, N'Gotty, Gardner, Okocha, Campo, Speed, Nolan, Pedersen, Davies, Diouf, Poole, Giannakopoulos, Ferdinand, Barness, Hierro, Cesar.

BIG-MATCH FACTS


a.. WEST BROMWICH ALBION are still one of the promoted trio who fill the Premiership's relegation places without a win. Gary Megson's side are searching for only their fourth home victory in Premiership history, having drawn all three at the Hawthorns 1-1. Opponents Bolton for this Saturday teatime fixture, have drawn their last three, home and away, and go head-to-head with the Baggies, having finished all square in both of their Premiership meetings to date.

a.. Albion are one of three sides yet to keep a clean sheet in the top flight this season. They've scored a single goal in all but one of their Premiership outings this term - the exception being the 3-0 loss at Liverpool. Megson's men have bagged 35 points and scored 35 goals in their 45 Premiership matches to date.

a.. Albion have not beaten the Trotters at home in a decade, since a 1-0 success in the Nationwide First Division on 31 December 1994. Since then the Midlanders have drawn three and lost two engagements at the Hawthorns.

a.. BOLTON WANDERERS cannot improve on a highly impressive fourth placing, win, lose or draw. They go to the Midlands on the back of two victories and successive stalemates against Manchester United (h), Arsenal (a) and Birmingham (h).

a.. The Trotters are the Premiership's third highest scorers with 12 goals - a full ten goals short of Arsenal's tally of 22. Sam Allardyce has seen his side fail to score just once this term, and will hope to see goals netted against the club where he finished his playing career.

a.. Wanderers are undefeated in four Premiership and Play Off matches against West Brom. They last met in the Premiership the season before last when both exchanges were 1-1 draws.
Referee:

Mike Clattenburg (Tyne & Weir)

SEQUENCES/RECENT FORM

WEST BROMWICH ALBION


18th 4 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 14th
Lowest could fall: 19th

a.. Pressing for a first win in 11 League games (Premiership and old Division One). a.. Lost the last two in all competitions against Colchester (2-1 after extra time) in the Carling Cup, and Newcastle (3-1 a) in the top League. a.. Drawn all three home League games this season with 1-1 scorelines against Aston Villa, Tottenham and Fulham. a.. Drawn four and lost three in the top division this season. a.. Drawn four and lost six since beating Bradford 2-0 at home on 24 April. a.. Not won in 11 Premiership games. a.. Drawn six and lost five top flight matches since beating Sunderland 1-2 away on 19 April 2003. a.. Drawn six of the last nine top flight matches. a.. Last victory in the Premiership was also away to Sunderland (1-2 on 19 April 2003). a.. Looking for only a seventh win from 46 Premiership games. a.. Picked up 30 Premiership points from 45 games. a.. Not scored more than a single goal in ten League games, and in seven Premiership matches. a.. Failed to keep a clean sheet in eight matches in all competitions this season, and seven in the Premiership. a.. Gone ten League games since a block-out and 22 Premiership outings since keeping the opposition at bay (0-0 at Leeds on 18 January 2003). BOLTON WANDERERS


4th 12 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 4th
Lowest could fall: 7th

a.. Undefeated in six in all competitions (three wins, three draws). a.. Unbeaten in five Premiership matches. a.. Won two and drawn three in the highest echelon since losing 2-0 at Fulham on 21 August. a.. Last drew four top flight games in a row between 29 December 2001 and 19 January 2002. a.. Need something from this game to improve on their previous best points tally of 12 after the first eight games of a Premiership campaign, gained in 2001/02. a.. Won eight of the last 13 Premiership matches. a.. One point shy of totalling 150 in the Premiership under Sam Allardyce. a.. Completed 33 League matches since a goalless draw. a.. Not managed a clean sheet in 15 away League encounters since the 0-2 win at Leeds on 22 November 2003.

KEY PLAYER NOTES/POTENTIAL MILESTONES

WEST BROMWICH ALBION


a.. If he figures, Rob HULSE will be making his 150th career League appearance. a.. Suspended: Neil CLEMENT, Darren Purse BOLTON WANDERERS


a.. If named in the 11, Kevin DAVIES will be making his 50th start for Bolton. a.. If he gets into the action, Henrik PEDERSEN will be making his 100th appearance for the Trotters. a.. If Kevin POOLE takes the field, the 41 year old keeper will be making his 300th career League appearance.

HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS
League: WBA 41 wins, Bolton 45, Draws 38
Prem: WBA 0 wins, Bolton 0, Draws 2


HEAD TO HEAD at WBA
League: WBA 26 wins, Bolton 15, Draws 21
Prem: WBA 0 wins, Bolton 0, Draws 1

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Kanu walks on thorns, against Okocha at the Hawthorns


By Ademola Olajire
Saturday, October 02, 2004


Nwankwo Kanu and win-less West Bromwich Albion must discover a fresh formula for the Premiership as they host high-valutin Bolton Wanderers at The Hawthorns this afternoon. Last week, Brom were walloped 3-1 by Newcastle at St James Park.

After eight games in the new term without a win (including the Carling Cup defeat by Colchester in the shock of the first round), the Baggies have 'marched on shit', as they say in the local parlance here. Last week, they were manhandled at Newcastle United. Chairman Jeremy Peace is not so much at peace with anyone that has to do with the club, including himself and the board. Drastic actions are only a few paces away, as a run of 10 games without a win could bring the roof down at The Hawthorns.

Coach Gary Megson is in a quandary. He got the board to approve some acquisitions that he thought would turn the newly -promoted team into a real Premiership outfit. But things have not been going exactly the way he expected, and he could soon lose control of his own temper.

After Nigerian international Nwankwo Kanu arrived at The Hawthorns under a deluge of praise, and Zambia-born Wales international Robert Earnshaw also found his way there a couple of weeks ago, Baggie fans were justified to anticipate a change in fortunes. That has not been the case.
With the Premiership observing an holiday next week and games against fellow new-comers-to-the-top-flight Norwich and Crystal Palace to follow immediately after, this weekend's home game is the best bet for West Brom to stem the rot and chart a new course for themselves in the top cadre.

The common-sense calculation is that if they stop the Bolton hurricane right in mid-sweep and then go into the one-week break having learnt how to win at this level, the matches against Norwich and Crystal Palace could be grabbed with the same mentality and go-go, and before you know it, West Brom are at the top half of the Premiership table!

But should they continue in their unfashionable ways, and allow Bolton a run of the field, Baggie fans will have their sorrows compounded following the stunning elimination from the Carling Cup, take heart that their team would be returning to the lower cadre (The Coca-Cola Championship) at the end of the season and simply watch the other way as the remaining 30 matches are played.

Coach Megson's job is on the line, and he knows it. Already, Paul Sturrock has been ejected from Southampton for poor start to the campaign, and in his place has come Steve Wigley. So, Megson would not be the first casualty of the Premiership season should the board decide to cut him loose.

West Brom fans should rather be jubilating, instead of the other side of the coin they have been dealt. They stuck to the team even after it was relegated from the top flight at the end of the 2002-2003 season, and pulled massive support behind it as it came strived and excelled to make a quick return to the top. But that return has not brought the expected joy and a return to the lower division could be imminent.

What to do? Should chairman Jeremy Peace and the board do away with the coach, who has been lavish in his praise for some average performers and has shown a lack of ability to maximize the resources at his disposal? His management of the mish-mash of talents at The Hawthorns has not been brilliant, and at the end of the day, he stands to carry the can for the team's dismal start, especially the rumpling by a lower division team in the Carling Cup.

Kanu will team up with Robert Earnshaw upfront as the Baggies seek the goals, and support could be offered by Russell Hunt and Thomas Gaardsoe. But the Baggies will bank much on defender Neil Clements, red-carded in the bust-up against Fulham at the last home fixture. With Clement starting today 's match, West Brom can do some job in stopping the adventurous Bolton attack before they come face-to-face with goalkeeper Hoult.

Baggie fans will surely not desire the events of the last home encounter by the team. On September 18, a home fixture against Fulham turned ugly with some sharp punches thrown in several directions and the Cottagers slammed a heavy fine on star players Andy Cole and Senegalese international Pape Bouba Diop. Clements was also sent off, and the FA could still decide to punish the trio further at a meeting on Wednesday.
Bolton have not been in such unsavoury circumstances, though their comical game against Manchester United at the Reebok, during which two freak goals were scored in the last two minutes, must find a place in the Premiership's Circus Shows of the Season.

Austin Jay-Jay Okocha has led well so far, and even leaders Arsenal (who lost their 100 per cent start to the term against the Trotters) will admit there is something about the 31-year old Nigerian skipper that smells mercurial. But it is doubtful yet if he will start today's game, due to his groin injury.
After failing to find his way into the first team, Michael Bridges has left Reebok, though no one, not even manager Sam Allardyce, is in tears. There are plenty of options, with Khalilou Fadiga now claiming fitness from an alleged heart complication and Henrik Pdersen proving once again in the Carling Cup that he can't stop scoring.

Les Ferdinand's impressive figure could be introduced sometime during the game, and talking about impressive figures, Tunisian international defender Radhi Jaidi can shield the ball well away from goal and also shoulder it inside, as he proved against Arsenal at Highbury a fortnight ago.
Bruno N'Gotty, Julio Cesar, Ricardo Gardner, Gary Speed (the former Newcastle boy), goal-a-game Henrik Pedersen, Kevin Nolan, Simon Davies, Tai Ben Haim, Gavin Hunt, Jay-Jay Okocha, Ferdinand, El Hadji Diouf and Greek Euro Cup Winner Giannakopoulos are in the team that Coach Sam Allardyce has taken to The Hawthorns.

Defeat would be bad news for the Baggie fan in this encounter but it sure looks difficult for the home team against a side that has beaten Southampton away, mauled Charlton Athletic and Liverpool, and took a point each off Manchester United and Arsenal in consecutive games.
Bolton have lost only one of eight games and look determined to sweep into Europe next season, following their narrow failure to reach that level last year after losing in the Carling Cup Final to Middlesborough and finishing 8th in the league.

In other matches, there's a tantalizing affair at Stamford Bridge tomorrow when Chelsea host Liverpool, with the big guns in each side present. Coach Jose Mourinho will be demanding more from England boys Joe Cole, Frank Lampard and Wayne Bridge, with Arsenal apparently not slowing down in their terrific march.

But Liverpool are trying to establish that they are a still a force even with Michael Owen gone to Real Madrid. Skipper Steven Gerrard has been knocked down by injury, but Harry Kewell (bought from Leeds United) can decide to use that opportunity to prove himself.

There is also Danny Murphy, a former England boy, and goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek (Poland's number one) is no easy meat on his good day.
Gradually, new coach Rafael Benitez appears to be settling down after the enormous dislocation caused by Owen's unplanned move to Spain. Now, there is more trust in the French teenager Florent Sinama-Pongolle (the Most Valuable Player and Top Scorer at the FIFA U-17 World Championship in Trinidad and Tobago three years ago).

Sinama-Pongolle will combine with Milan Baros upfront and Sami Hyypia will organize the defence around Dudek. An entertaining encounter is in the offing at Stamford Bridge in London.

Two more interesting fixtures come up tomorrow, with Birmingham hosting the boys from St James Park, Newcastle and Manchester United at home to Mark Viduka-spearheaded Middlesborough.

Boro have not been having it so good in the past few weeks, losing to Everton at Goodison and manhandled at home by Chelsea. But the playing personnel looks impressive all the way and on the day they come good together, it would be difficult for even Arsenal to light a candle against them.

Coach Steve Bruce and his boys finished 10th last season, right in the middle of the pack. This term, they look to be struggling even more, and it' s time for Viduka, Jesper Gronkjaer, Clinton Morrison, Muzzy Izzet (acquired from relegated Leicester), Darren Anderton (former England star), Emile Heskey (England star), Robbie Savage and new boy Dwight Yorke to earn their weekly wages at their own St Andrew's.

Newcastle and new coach Graeme Souness appear made for one another, but it's still early days yet. Souness departed Blackburn Rovers and the following week, Newcastle mauled the Rovers 3-0 at St James. Yet, he was not even on the bench!

While Souness has no reason to rue the departure of defender Jonathan Woodgate whom he didn't meet there in the first place, he would demand still more from Laurent Robert, Lee Bowyer, Alan Shearer (former England captain), Craig Bellamy, Aaron Hughes, Darren Ambrose, Andy O'Brien, Nicky Butt, and strikers Jermain Jenas, Shola Ameobi and Patrick Kluivert. Stephen Carr, Kieron Dyer (England star?) and Olivier Bernard are also in the traveling party.

At Old Trafford, United are still unlikely to unveil new boy Wayne Rooney, who is being treated like a masquerade, even after his injury has healed.
Unite have the capacity to overhaul Boro but football is a nothing if not an unpredictable exercise and Sir Ferguson and boys will have to invest their very best to be sure of the three points.

Defensive frailties of the past fortnight must be dealt with decisively. Goalkeeper Roy Carroll has been installed in place of Tim Howard, and Gary Neville, John O'Shea, Mikael Silvestre, Eric Djemba-Djemba and Phil Neville all have their warnings to stand firm or be stood out of the frame.

On Monday, new boys Crystal Palace and Fulham meet at Selhurst Park (Palace's home ground) in what should not be a difficult session for the Cottagers, only that they're going to be missing the suspended Andy Cole and Bouba Diop.

The Fulham management expressecd unhappiness with Cole and Diop and over-ruled coach Chris Coleman who wanted the duo pardoned. "Having participated at the highest levels of the game, Pape Bouba and Andrew should have known better than to respond unlawfully to the provocation to which they were apparently subjected by West Bromwich Albion players. Violent conduct, whether provoked or otherwise, is totally unacceptable to Fulham Football Club and both players are to be heavily fined by the Club for their misbehaviour", said the club in the statement that nailed the former international striker Cole and Senegalese star Diop.

Today, leaders Arsenal play Charlton Athletic at Highbury Park in London, where only Bolton Wanderers have survived in the past two seasons, and Southampton are at their St Mary's to Robbie Fowler-inspired Manchester City. Kevin Keegan's boys are still to get it right, and the board is impatient. A loss to the uninspiring Saints will not pleasing to the board, and Nicolas Anelka, Danny Mills, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Antoine Sibierski, Joe Macken, Joey Barton, Steve McManaman and goalkeeper David James (England 's number one) must elevate their game.

Norwich are at their Carrow Road to Yakubu Aiyegbeni's Portsmouth, while Blackburn, who signed Welsh coach Mark Hughes after Souness walked out of Ewood Park, host impressive Aston Villa.
Everton, who claimed all three points against Middlesborough the last time they played at their Goodison, will aim for the same fortune this afternoon against Tottenham Hotspurs, led into town by former French coach Jacques Santini.

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2:11 Foul by Zoltan Gera(West Brom) on Jay-Jay Okocha(Bolton). Free kick crossed right-footed by Ivan Campo(Bolton) from right channel, clearance by Riccardo Scimeca(West Brom). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Gary Speed(Bolton) to near post, clearance by Zoltan Gera(West Brom).
2:52 Shot by Les Ferdinand(Bolton) right-footed from left side of penalty area (6 yards), blocked by Darren Moore(West Brom).
5:04 Shot by Radhi Jaidi(Bolton) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), blocked by Darren Moore(West Brom). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Gary Speed(Bolton) to out of play, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
6:05 Handball by Geoff Horsfield(West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Jussi Jaaskelainen(Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
6:48 Foul by Radhi Jaidi(Bolton) on Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Andy Johnson(West Brom) from own half, passed.
6:59 Shot by Zoltan Gera(West Brom) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen(Bolton).
8:37 Shot by Geoff Horsfield(West Brom) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), save (caught) by Jussi Jaaskelainen(Bolton).
8:56 Foul by Martin Albrechtsen(West Brom) on Kevin Nolan(Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Kevin Nolan(Bolton) from right wing, passed.
9:44 Shot by Zoltan Gera(West Brom) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), blocked by Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) to centre, clearance by Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton).
11:01 Cross by Jonathan Greening(West Brom), clearance by Kevin Nolan(Bolton). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) to far post, header by Darren Moore(West Brom) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), clearance by Gary Speed(Bolton). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) to centre, clearance by Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton).
11:46 Cross by Kevin Nolan(Bolton), clearance by Thomas Gaardsoe(West Brom). Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Jay-Jay Okocha(Bolton).
12:28 Cross by Jonathan Greening(West Brom), clearance by Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton).
13:03 Cross by Zoltan Gera(West Brom), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen(Bolton).
14:38 Foul by Darren Moore(West Brom) on Les Ferdinand(Bolton). Free kick taken left-footed by Jay-Jay Okocha(Bolton) from left channel, passed.
15:00 Foul by Henrik Pedersen(Bolton) on Zoltan Gera(West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Russell Hoult(West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.
16:39 Foul by Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton) on Geoff Horsfield(West Brom). Free kick crossed right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) from right channel, clearance by Radhi Jaidi(Bolton). Shot by Zoltan Gera(West Brom) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen(Bolton).
17:16 Foul by Les Ferdinand(Bolton) on Darren Moore(West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Russell Hoult(West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.
18:16 Foul by Gary Speed(Bolton) on Zoltan Gera(West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) from left channel (18 yards), save (caught) by Jussi Jaaskelainen(Bolton).
19:16 Cross by Kevin Nolan(Bolton), clearance by Thomas Gaardsoe(West Brom). Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen(Bolton).
19:51 Foul by Geoff Horsfield(West Brom) on Ivan Campo(Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
21:31 Shot by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen(Bolton).
23:34 Foul by Riccardo Scimeca(West Brom) on Ivan Campo(Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton) from right channel, resulting in open play.
25:24 Cross/shot by Ricardo Gardner(Bolton) left-footed from left wing (18 yards), hit woodwork. Shot by Kevin Nolan(Bolton) left-footed from left side of penalty area (6 yards), hit woodwork.
27:06 Foul by Martin Albrechtsen(West Brom) on Les Ferdinand(Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Ivan Campo(Bolton) from right channel (18 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
28:27 Shot by Jay-Jay Okocha(Bolton) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
29:16 Foul by Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom) on Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Ivan Campo(Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
32:40 Shot by Ivan Campo(Bolton) right-footed from right channel (35+ yards), save (caught) by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
33:29 Bolton substitution: Jay-Jay Okocha replaced by El-Hadji Diouf (injury).
34:35 Cross by Zoltan Gera(West Brom), clearance by Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton).
35:02 Cross by El-Hadji Diouf(Bolton), clearance by Darren Moore(West Brom).
35:17 Cross by El-Hadji Diouf(Bolton), clearance by Thomas Gaardsoe(West Brom).
36:49 Foul by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) on Ivan Campo(Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Tal Ben Haim(Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
37:40 Foul by Ricardo Gardner(Bolton) on Bernt Haas(West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Gaardsoe(West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.
38:41 Cross by Henrik Pedersen(Bolton), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
39:57 Foul by Darren Moore(West Brom) on El-Hadji Diouf(Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton) from left channel, resulting in open play.
40:33 Les Ferdinand(Bolton) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Russell Hoult(West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.
42:37 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) to far post, clearance by Les Ferdinand(Bolton).
43:43 Foul by Darren Moore(West Brom) on Les Ferdinand(Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Ivan Campo(Bolton) from left channel, resulting in open play.
44:48 Shot by Zoltan Gera(West Brom) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen(Bolton).
45:00
(2:07) Cross by Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom), header by Geoff Horsfield(West Brom) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen(Bolton).


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Goal Attempts 9, On Target 4, Crosses 6,
Corners 4, Offside 0, Fouls 10,
Free Kicks 7, Yellow cards 0,
Possession 55%.
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Goal Attempts 7, On Target 5, Crosses 7,
Corners 3, Offside 1, Fouls 6,
Free Kicks 11, Yellow cards 0,
Possession 45%.

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45:28 Foul by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) on El-Hadji Diouf(Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Ivan Campo(Bolton) from right wing, resulting in open play.
46:27 Foul by Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom) on Ivan Campo(Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
47:01 Foul by Gary Speed(Bolton) on Zoltan Gera(West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Russell Hoult(West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.
48:08 Cross by Jonathan Greening(West Brom), resulting in open play.
49:19 Cross by Jonathan Greening(West Brom), blocked by Tal Ben Haim(Bolton). Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Greening(West Brom).
51:53 Cross by El-Hadji Diouf(Bolton), clearance by Darren Moore(West Brom).
52:28 Shot by Riccardo Scimeca(West Brom) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen(Bolton).
54:28 Cross by Jonathan Greening(West Brom), clearance by Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton). Attacking throw-in by Martin Albrechtsen(West Brom).
55:19 Cross by Jonathan Greening(West Brom), blocked by El-Hadji Diouf(Bolton).
56:55 Shot by Zoltan Gera(West Brom) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), blocked by Darren Moore(West Brom). Goal by Nwankwo Kanu(West
Brom) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).West Brom 1-0 Bolton. Assist (pass) by Zoltan Gera(West Brom) from right channel.
57:18 Bolton substitution: Henrik Pedersen replaced by Stelios Giannakopoulos (tactical).
58:04 Foul by Ivan Campo(Bolton) on Jonathan Greening(West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Andy Johnson(West Brom) from left channel, resulting in open play.
58:23 Foul by Geoff Horsfield(West Brom) on Radhi Jaidi(Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Jussi Jaaskelainen(Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
61:31 Foul by El-Hadji Diouf(Bolton) on Jonathan Greening(West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) from left wing, resulting in open play. Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) to far post, clearance by Tal Ben Haim(Bolton).
64:34 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) to near post, headed goal by Zoltan Gera(West
Brom) (bottom-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).West Brom 2-0 Bolton. Assist (cross) by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) from left by-line.
64:55 Bolton substitution: Ivan Campo replaced by Blessing Kaku (tactical).
65:57 Foul by Ricardo Gardner(Bolton) on Bernt Haas(West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Russell Hoult(West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.
66:58 Shot by Kevin Nolan(Bolton) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
67:28 Foul by Riccardo Scimeca(West Brom) on Kevin Nolan(Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton) from own half, passed.
65:57 Foul by Ricardo Gardner(Bolton) on Bernt Haas(West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Russell Hoult(West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.
68:17 Geoff Horsfield(West Brom) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton) from own half, passed.
69:34 Cross by Kevin Nolan(Bolton), resulting in ball out of play.
72:53 Foul by Zoltan Gera(West Brom) on Ricardo Gardner(Bolton). Free kick scored by Stelios Giannakopoulos(Bolton) right-footed (top-right of
goal) from left channel (25 yards).West Brom 2-1 Bolton.
73:50 Shot by Ricardo Gardner(Bolton) left-footed from left channel (30 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
74:25 Foul by Ricardo Gardner(Bolton) on Zoltan Gera(West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Gaardsoe(West Brom) from right channel, resulting in open play.
76:04 Cross by Tal Ben Haim(Bolton), save (caught) by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
79:06 Foul by Thomas Gaardsoe(West Brom) on El-Hadji Diouf(Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Stelios Giannakopoulos(Bolton) from right wing, drilled header by Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
80:13 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Nolan(Bolton). West Brom
substitution: Martin Albrechtsen replaced by Lloyd Dyer (tactical).
81:23 Shot by Ricardo Gardner(Bolton) left-footed from left channel (18 yards), blocked by Darren Moore(West Brom). Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf(Bolton). Shot by Radhi
Jaidi(Bolton) right-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
82:43 Foul by Tal Ben Haim(Bolton) on Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom). Free kick crossed right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) from left wing, save (caught) by Jussi Jaaskelainen(Bolton).
83:33 Foul by Darren Moore(West Brom) on Les Ferdinand(Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Les Ferdinand(Bolton) from left channel (30 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
87:07 Geoff Horsfield(West Brom) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
88:40 Foul by Geoff Horsfield(West Brom) on Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
89:35 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf(Bolton) to far post, header by Les Ferdinand(Bolton) from right side of penalty area (6 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
90:00
(1:12) Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Bruno N'Gotty(Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
90:00
(2:10) Foul by Ricardo Gardner(Bolton) on Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) from right wing, resulting in open play. Foul by Kevin Nolan(Bolton) on Bernt Haas(West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) from right wing, resulting in open play.
90:00
(2:54) Foul by Kevin Nolan(Bolton) on Jonathan Greening(West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) from right wing, resulting in open play.
90:00
(4:31) Header by Radhi Jaidi(Bolton) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Russell Hoult(West Brom).



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Goal Attempts 13, On Target 7, Crosses 11,
Corners 6, Offside 3, Fouls 18,
Free Kicks 16, Yellow cards 0,
Possession 51%.
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Goal Attempts 16, On Target 7, Crosses 11,
Corners 5, Offside 1, Fouls 15,
Free Kicks 22, Yellow cards 0,
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BOLTON got just what they deserved from this game - nothing.


West Brom deservedly took their first win of the season to relieve the pressure on manager

Gary Megson who appeared to be close to the sack.

Nigerian international Kanu gave Bolton plenty of problems with his skills before

firing Albion ahead after 56 minutes from a free kick on the right by Zoltan Gera. Then Gera struck nine minutes later with a great header from a corner on the left by Jon Greening.

Bolton looked out for the count but substitute Stelios gave them a ray of hope after 74 minutes when he fired in a free kick from deep on the left which bounced between defender Darren Moore and keeper Russell Hoult and into the back of the net.

Bolton pulled out the stops in their bid for an equaliser but, in truth, it would not have been deserved.


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Zoltan Gera capped a stunning display with a richly deserved goal as West Bromwich Albion eased the pressure on manager Gary Megson with their first win of the season against high-fling Bolton at The Hawthorns.

Bolton, who were beaten for only the second time this season, simply had no answer to the skills of the Hungarian international captain.

They briefly gave themselves hope when substitute Stelios Giannakopoulos scored direct from a 30-yard free-kick.

Albion were, however, able to hold on and secure a timely victory for Megson who had spent the build-up to the game having to deal with speculation that it could have been his last in charge.

But chairman Jeremy Peace spoke out in support of Megson on the eve of the match, dismissing rumours that Sir Bobby Robson had been lined up to take over.

Gera inspired Albion and gave Megson more breathing space as the Baggies lifted themselves out of the relegation zone.

Albion enjoyed a purple patch in the opening ten minutes and should really have made their domination pay only to be let down by their finishing.

Gera twice went close with long-range drives before Bolton enjoyed a double let-off in the tenth minute.

Gary Speed was perfectly placed on the goalline to clear a header from Albion skipper Darren Moore before Gera saw his follow-up shot blocked by Bruno N'Gotty.

Jonathan Greening then wasted another opening for Albion when he headed over the bar in the 21st minute.

Their profligacy in front of goal should have been punished but Bolton proved no more clinical than Albion when they were presented with a golden chance to break the deadlock.

Ricardo Gardner weaved his way past Bernt Haas and Gera before cutting into the Albion area in the 25th minute.

Albion goalkeeper Russell Hoult was unable to hold his shot and the loose ball fell to Kevin Nolan just two yards out.

But Nolan was unable to get his shot on target and was forced to look on in disbelief as the ball bounced to safety off the post.

In Gera, Albion possessed by far the liveliest player and Bolton struggled to keep him in check.

He was again only inches away from breaking the deadlock on the stroke of half-time when his 20-yard drive whistled past the post after he had collected a misplaced clearance by N'Gotty.

Having been to the fore so much in the first half it was no surprise that when Albion did finally make their pressure pay it was Gera who was the architect.

Picked out by a pass from Moore, he cut in from the right wing and delivered the most accurate of crosses that was deftly flicked past Jussi Jaaskelainen by Kanu from six yards.

Gera deserved a goal of his own for his display and he only had another nine minutes to get his just reward.

Bolton were caught sleeping at a corner and when Greening floated over his cross, Gera rose at the near post to bury a powerful corner.

Albion looked set to cruise to their first Premiership win at the eighth attempt, but they were forced to endure a nervous final 15 minutes after Giannakopoulos scored in bizarre style.

His free-kick flew into the area and deceived his team-mates and the Albion defence alike before nestling in the bottom corner of the net.

Bolton could have then snatched a point eight minutes from time only for Radhi Jaidi to volley over the bar from close range.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Zoltan Gera (West Brom) - Produced an outstanding display, creating the opening goal for Kanu before sealing the victory with his second goal for the club following his Ł1.5million summer move from Ferencvaros.

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Megson salutes his Baggies bravehearts
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GARY Megson praised his troops for "standing up and being counted" after securing their first win of the season against high-flying Bolton.


Albion became the first of the three promoted sides to bag a victory as they jumped out of the Premiership's bottom three and up to 15th spot after eight games.


Kanu notched for the second successive home encounter by opening the scoring in the 56th minute before man-of-the-match Zoltan Gera doubled the lead with a header nine minutes later.


Baggies nerves were jangling when Bolton sub Stelios pulled one back in the 73rd minute but the Black Countrymen even held out through five nerve-shredding minutes of stoppage time as they extended their unbeaten Hawthorns run to four games.


"I read an article today in which a manager higher up in the league said it takes time for people to bed in and get used to how others play," said Megson.


"That's not one of the luxuries we've been afforded either - we're in the same boat.


"We will play and pass the ball better than we did today but we'll never work or compete as hard as we did because all of the players stood up to be counted.


"The result came from battling and competing. That on its own won't get us where we want to be but, certainly today, it was a starting point.


"One of the things people can't say about us now is we haven't won."


Megson added: "We were a bit hesitant to start with, a bit 'after you Claude', and we needed something to spark us off.


"But what we did in time was play with a bit more urgency and at a higher tempo. We asked the players at half-time what they thought of Bolton and they said they are a good side and fourth from top.


"But we were holding our own against them and stepped it up in the second half."


Megson also claimed Albion's battling performance underlined the team spirit in the camp.

He added: "I sometimes think I'm at a different football club to the one I'm reading about in the papers.


"There's certainly no problem in our dressing room.


"We've got 34 pros and 11 of them will be happy today while a few won't.


"But that's the same at any football club up and down the country."

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IT proved eighth time lucky for Albion as Zoltan Gera fired Gary Megson's men to their first Premiership win of the season with an all-action display.


The Hungary captain made Kanu's opening goal and got on the scoresheet himself inside nine second-half minutes to propel the Baggies out of the relegation zone.


Bolton's Euro 2004 winner Stelios lifted himself off the bench to give the visitors hope by clawing a goal back 17 minutes from time.


But Albion held on to spark scenes of mass celebration among the Hawthorns hordes at the final whistle.


Megson made four changes to the XI which lost at Newcastle. Suspended duo Darren Purse and Neil Clement, Jason Koumas - left out altogether - and Robert Earnshaw made way for Darren Moore, Bernt Haas, Gera and Geoff Horsfield.


After a brief spell of early Bolton pressure, Albion put the visitors squarely on the back foot.


The recalled Gera threatened the Wanderers goal as early as the seventh minute when he drilled a 20-yard effort into Jussi Jaaskelainen's side netting.


Just a minute later, Kanu sent Horsfield clear down the right but the former Blues striker's first-time drive was easily dealt with by the advancing Jaaskelainen.


Gera was again in the thick of the action and was unlucky to see his dangerous volley from just inside the box loop off Ricardo Gardner and over the bar.


Bolton had two lucky escapes in quick succession when club captain Moore saw his towering header from Jonathan Greening's corner hacked off the line by Gary Speed.


The loose ball flew to Gera whose spectacular overhead kick was diverted wide by Bruno N'Gotty's head.


Bolton, unbeaten in five, eased the pressure by winning a corner of their own and the unmarked Les Ferdinand wasted a golden opportunity when he volleyed Gardner's pinpoint cross AWAY from goal on the edge of the six-yard box.


Back came Albion and Greening was soon cursing his luck at the other end when, after controlling Ferdinand's headed clearance from Haas' throw-in on his chest, he volleyed well over from just inside the box.


The Baggies had a let off of their own in the 26th minute when Gardner skipped past Haas and Gera down the Bolton left.


The Jamaican international's fierce drive was spilled by Hoult and the Albion No.1 was relieved to see Kevin Nolan fire the rebound against the post from the tightest of angles.


Hoult coped much more comfortably with Ivan Campo's 30-yard thunderbolt seven minutes later before Bolton suffered a real blow.


Jay-Jay Okocha had passed a late fitness test on a groin injury to keep his place but the injury flared up again and the Trotters skipper had to make way for on-loan Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf.


Albion finished the half strongly and Gera came agonisingly close to curling a left-food drive inside the beaten Jasskelainen's right-hand post after Kanu's pressure forced N'Gotty into a hurried clearance.


The former Arsenal striker then beat his man down the right and found Horsfield at the far post with an exquisite cross but the Ł1million striker could only direct an awkward header wide.


Albion were soon on the attack again after the break and only a last-ditch block by Gardner prevented the unmarked Gera heading home Greening's far post cross after the ex-Middlesbrough midfielder had turned Tai Ben Haim inside out.


But Megson's men finally grabbed the lead their overall pressure had deserved 11 minutes after the re-start.


Gera whipped a terrific low cross into the box and Kanu ghosted behind the Bolton defence to coolly side-foot the ball home from five yards.


Albion refused to sit on their lead by continuing to force the issue - and the move paid off as Gera added a second in the 65th minute.


The Hungary skipper rose majestically at the near post to power a header inside Jaaskelainen's near post for his second goal since his Ł1.5million move from Ferencvaros - cue acrobatic celebrations.


The game wasn't won yet though and Nolan soon tested Hoult with a 25-yard curler which the Baggies keeper did well to hold.


And Albion's hopes of keeping their first clean sheet of the campaign evaporated in the 73rd minute when Bolton substitute Stelios' left-wing free-kick somehow weaved its way through a mass of bodies in the box and inside Hoult's far post.

But the Baggies held out for their first win of the season despite referee Mark Clattenburg adding five minutes of stoppage time.


ALBION (4-4-2): Hoult; Haas, Moore, Gaardsoe, Albrechtsen (Dyer 81); Gera, Scimeca, Johnson, Greening; Horsfield, Kanu. Subs not used: Kuszczak (gk), Contra, O'Connor.

BOLTON: (4-3-3): Jaaskelainen; Haim, Jaidi, N'Gotty, Gardner; Campo (Kaku 66), Speed, Okocha (Diouf 34); Nolan, Ferdinand, Pedersen (Stelios 58). Subs not used: Oakes (gk), Barness.

GOALS: ALBION - Kanu (56), Gera (65). BOLTON - Stelios (73).

BOOKINGS: none.

REFEREE: M Clattenburg (Northumberland).

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ALBION STARMAN: Zoltan Gera.

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Moore's got that winning feeling
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DARREN Moore admitted it was a great "relief" to secure Albion's first Premiership win of the season at the eighth attempt.


'Big Dave' was a rock in the Baggies rearguard in the 2-1 success against Bolton as he made his first top flight start of the season in place of the suspended Darren Purse.


And the Birmingham-born stopper insisted there is much more to come from him.

His only disappointment is Albion's next fixture - at home to Norwich - is two weeks away!


"Today was all about getting the three points," said Moore.


"Personally, I think I did okay. But the more games I get the stronger I'll become.


"That was my first start of the season in the Premiership because of the impressive form of Darren Purse, who has been superb.


"Fortunately for me, because of Darren's suspension, I was able to get a chance and do my bit for the team.


"But there's hopefully more to come from me.


"You can feel the relief around the place because of the pressure on the club.


"And the only way to respond to the pressure is by getting wins.


"It's not like we haven't been trying to win games. Anyone who was here at the start of the season would have seen we should have won against Tottenham and Villa but didn't.


"Today, we made sure we got across that finishing line.


"I'm just hoping we can start looking forward now and start climbing the table.


"It was a great win. It was a hard job, but a job well done."


Moore added: "We go into an international break now and hopefully this win has restored some confidence around the place.


"Hopefully, everyone will come back unscathed from international duty and we can focus on the Norwich game.


"But I would have liked to have had another game next week just to keep things going."


Moore was on top form to keep Bolton striker Les Ferdinand under wraps for 90 minutes but the Baggies club captain reserved all the plaudits for matchwinner Zoltan Gera.


And the Hungary captain is not only proving a hit with the defensive colossus on the pitch, but also off it.


"Les is a great pro and a fantastic player to play against," Moore insisted.


"It was a sheer joy to go up against him and it was a great battle.


"As for Zoltan, he can only get better.


"He can play at this level and he is another player who has enhanced the squad this season."


He quipped: "Zoltan is having language lessons and he can get by with his English. I reckon he'll be speaking fluent English in a few months.


"He's got that willingness to learn and wants to do well.


"Everytime we've see him, I'm sure you'll agree, he's been an energetic player.


"That was his second goal today and it was well deserved."

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I'm well happy with the result.

And whats better is that we actaully went out and attacked Bolton rather than just sat back as we have been doing. Gera was class the whole game, and I'd rather have him in the side instead of Koumas. His header from Jesus' corner was superb, and the trademark somersault at the end was

Shocking defending to let Stelios score from 35 yards out with a FK. It just seemed to bypass everyone and went straight in. :fero:

Hopefully this will set us up fro the next two games, Norwich at home and then Palace away. These are must win games for both teams.

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who heard Linekers joke at the end of MOTD? Something about West Brom and the Jungle Book, Zoltan Ba-Gera and Shear-Kanu. Appauling.
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Alas not I watched it live and followed it up with "Return of The Jedi" on DVD.

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