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EPL 20/11/2004 Arsenal v WBA

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Robson: We must stop leaking goals

By Oliver Bhurrut

BRYAN Robson insists he has been impressed with his troops' attitude
since his arrival at The Hawthorns - but has warned: "We must defend
better."

And the new Baggies boss knows they must improve sooner rather than
later as Albion take the Premiership's third-worst defensive record
to the league's top scorers, Arsenal, on Saturday (ko 3pm).

Robson believes if his men can stem the flow of goals at the back,
after conceding 24 in 13 games, they have enough to offer at the
other end to stave off relegation.

"The enthusiasm has been excellent," said Robson.

"The concentration in what we're trying to put across to the players
has been very good.

"I've been pleased with their attitude.

"What concerns me is that we've conceded the third most goals in the
league - we have to tighten up.

"When you defend you have to defend as a team and we have to look at
the team shape.

"We can't have 15 minutes of a game like we did at the start of the
second half on Sunday. We gave Middlesbrough too much possession.

"But if we can get that part right we will not get beaten."

The Gunners have dropped points to strugglers Southampton and
Crystal Palace in draws in recent weeks and Robson is hoping his
side can pull off a similar feat.

But the Hawthorns chief knows it will take hard graft to leave
Highbury with anything.

"People have proved over the last few weeks that if you get
organised and work hard against Arsenal you can get a result," he
added.

"That's our intention - to go down there and make it as difficult as
possible for them."

Robson added: "The amount of chances we created against
Middlesbrough was good, particularly in the first half. There was
some good movement and passing.

"But there are things we can work and improve on to win games.

"The players have got to believe in each other. There is a very good
work ethic but we need that little bit of quality to keep hold of
the ball and obviously we must score goals."

Robson also praised Robert Earnshaw, who has fired three goals in
two games, but insists he and fellow Wales international Jason
Koumas still have things to learn if they are to make an impression
among England's elite.

"Earnshaw has shown in training as well that he is a very good
finisher and you've got to score goals to survive in the Premiership
because other sides will get chances," Robson warned.

"When you look at the statistics you nearly always have to score at
least two goals to win a Premiership game and Earnshaw is sharp
around the box.

"I don't want to take away from that but he has got to work on other
aspects of his game, like his build-up play, and his work rate for
the team has to improve."

Robson added: "The only thing I can do for Jason Koumas is encourage
him.

"He needs to prove to me that he can bring that potential out in
Premiership games and, if he gets his chance, he has to show he can
cope with Premiership football.

"The type of player he is means he can create and score goals for us
at this level.

"It's been a difficult start for him but he's got a lot of ability
and it's a question of fitting that into the side so we can get the
best out of him and he gives the best for the team."

Arsenal will be without Sol Campbell (calf) again for Saturday's
encounter while midfielders Edu (toe) and Gilberto Silva (vertebrae)
are also sidelined.

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I cant really see us getting anything out of this game.
Arsenal may have one eye the CL game next week, so there's always hope.

With our porous defence at present, I think we're looking at 3-1, Arsenal themselves have been shipping a few too.

I think you always have to fancy Gera to score, but the way Contra played last week and Earnshaw too, if any one was going to score it'd be one of them. However if Clem can keep one of his freekicks actually on target he too has a chance.

I still cant believe that Kanu missed from 1 FOOT out!!!!!!

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I still cant believe that Kanu missed from 1 FOOT out!!!!!!
haha yes I heard about that also..hmmm missing from 1 foot out weird..
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I hope Kanu doesn't make up for it this week, i wouldn't mind him getting a goal as long as we still win though.




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Wow 1-1 great result. I read Sakiri was in the starting 11? How did he play?
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Artim got a 6.7 rating from WBA unofficial site! That is very good. Manchester U next
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What did the other players get? Anyone that saw the game, how did he play?
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Here you go...
Hoult 5.5, Scimeca 5.8, Moore 7.1, Purse 7.7, Greening 8.2, Johnson 6.3, Gera 7.5, Contra 6.9 (Earnshaw, 75 8.2), Clement 7.9, Sakiri 6.8 (Gaardsoe, 83 6.3), Kanu 5.9 (Horsfield, 75 6.1)
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However most suprising was Artim Sakiri back in favour - Bryan Robson thus far has been as good as his word in giving all an equal chance to prove themselves.
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I watched the game and he looked alright, I didn't expect too much from him as he hasn't played since last sesaon. I would imagine we'd field a similar style team to the Arsenal one.

I watched the game I'll give you my marks too
Hoult 5
Scimeca 6
Moore 7
Purse 8
Greening 8
Johnson 6
Gera 8
Contra 7
Clement 9
Sakiri 7
Kanu 6
Subs
Earnshaw 75 - 8
Gaardsoe 83 - 6
Horsfield 75 - 6

Clement was superb in the game making a lot of good interceptions and blocks.
Even though it was a relative defensive team, we still created a lot of chances. To be fair if Arsenal had put away 1 or 2 of their easier chances it could have been different, but they didn't I'm glad to say and we got an unlikely point.

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First half
0:51 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by
Thierry Henry(Arsenal) to near post, clearance by Jonathan Greening
(West Brom).
2:06 Foul by Darren Purse(West Brom) on Thierry Henry(Arsenal).
Free kick crossed right-footed by Thierry Henry(Arsenal) from left
channel, clearance by Darren Purse(West Brom).
4:29 Shot by Zoltan Gera(West Brom) right-footed from right channel
(30 yards), blocked by Kolo Toure(Arsenal). Inswinging corner from
left by-line taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) to
centre, clearance by Patrick Vieira(Arsenal).
5:21 Foul by Thierry Henry(Arsenal) on Cosmin Contra(West Brom).
Free kick taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) from
right channel, passed.
7:41 Foul by Patrick Vieira(Arsenal) on Zoltan Gera(West Brom).
Free kick taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) from
left channel, resulting in open play.
8:17 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Thierry
Henry(Arsenal).
13:20 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Thierry
Henry(Arsenal).
14:05 Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom) caught offside. Free kick taken left-
footed by Pascal Cygan(Arsenal) from own half, passed.
15:53 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Thierry
Henry(Arsenal).
17:34 Foul by Patrick Vieira(Arsenal) on Darren Purse(West Brom).
Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Purse(West Brom) from own
half, resulting in open play.
19:57 Cross by Dennis Bergkamp(Arsenal), blocked by Darren Purse
(West Brom). Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by
Thierry Henry(Arsenal).
20:41 Shot by Thierry Henry(Arsenal) right-footed from left channel
(25 yards), blocked by Andy Johnson(West Brom). Inswinging corner
from left by-line taken right-footed by Robert Pires(Arsenal) to far
post, header by Francesc Fabregas(Arsenal) from centre of penalty
area (18 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Russell Hoult
(West Brom).
21:21 Foul by Riccardo Scimeca(West Brom) on Robert Pires(Arsenal).
Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Pires(Arsenal) from own half,
passed.
23:34 Foul by Cosmin Contra(West Brom) on Ashley Cole(Arsenal).
Free kick taken left-footed by Ashley Cole(Arsenal) from own half,
passed.
23:55 Foul by Cosmin Contra(West Brom) on Ashley Cole(Arsenal).
Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Pires(Arsenal) from left
wing, passed.
24:32 Foul by Kolo Toure(Arsenal) on Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom). Free
kick taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) from own
half, passed.
27:26 Foul by Francesc Fabregas(Arsenal) on Zoltan Gera(West Brom).
Free kick taken left-footed by Neil Clement(West Brom) from right
channel (25 yards), blocked by Jens Lehmann(Arsenal). Attacking
throw-in by Riccardo Scimeca(West Brom).
28:27 Thierry Henry(Arsenal) caught offside. Free kick taken right-
footed by Darren Purse(West Brom) from own half, resulting in open
play.
29:05 Cross by Neil Clement(West Brom), shot by Zoltan Gera(West
Brom) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), hit
woodwork. Goal kick taken long by Jens Lehmann(Arsenal).
30:55 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by
Thierry Henry(Arsenal) to near post, clearance by Darren Purse(West
Brom).
31:33 Thierry Henry(Arsenal) caught offside. Free kick taken right-
footed by Russell Hoult(West Brom) from own half, resulting in open
play.
34:07 Cross by Cosmin Contra(West Brom), clearance by Bisan Lauren
(Arsenal). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by
Jonathan Greening(West Brom) to centre, clearance by Pascal Cygan
(Arsenal). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by
Artim Sakiri(West Brom) to near post, clearance by Robert Pires
(Arsenal).
36:37 Foul by Robert Pires(Arsenal) on Cosmin Contra(West Brom).
Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Purse(West Brom) from own
half, resulting in open play.
38:35 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by
Robert Pires(Arsenal) to centre, header by Pascal Cygan(Arsenal)
from centre of penalty area (18 yards), fantastic save (caught) by
Russell Hoult(West Brom).
38:46 Foul by Bisan Lauren(Arsenal) on Artim Sakiri(West Brom).
Free kick taken left-footed by Neil Clement(West Brom) from own
half, resulting in open play.
39:33 Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom) caught offside. Free kick taken left-
footed by Pascal Cygan(Arsenal) from own half, passed.
40:24 Cross by Fredrik Ljungberg(Arsenal), resulting in open play.
41:51 Foul by Riccardo Scimeca(West Brom) on Robert Pires(Arsenal).
Free kick curled right-footed by Thierry Henry(Arsenal) from left
channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
44:03 Shot by Thierry Henry(Arsenal) left-footed from left channel
(18 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Russell Hoult(West
Brom).


HT Stats:
Ours:
Shots 3, On Target 1, Crosses 2,
Corners 3, Offside 2, Fouls 5,
Free Kicks 9, Yellow Cards 0.
Possession 36%.
Theirs:
Shots 5, On Target 3, Crosses 3,
Corners 8, Offside 2, Fouls 7,
Free Kicks 7, Yellow Cards 0.
Possession 64%.

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Second Half
46:14 Foul by Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom) on Kolo Toure(Arsenal). Free
kick taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas(Arsenal) from own half,
passed.
48:22 Shot by Fredrik Ljungberg(Arsenal) right-footed from right
channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Russell
Hoult(West Brom).
48:59 Foul by Cosmin Contra(West Brom) on Patrick Vieira(Arsenal).
Free kick taken right-footed by Patrick Vieira(Arsenal) from own
half, passed.
53:40 Goal by Robert Pires(Arsenal) curled right-footed (bottom-
right of goal) from left channel (25 yards).Arsenal 1-0 West Brom.
56:42 Foul by Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom) on Pascal Cygan(Arsenal).
Free kick taken left-footed by Ashley Cole(Arsenal) from left
channel, passed.
57:50 Foul by Cosmin Contra(West Brom) on Robert Pires(Arsenal).
Free kick crossed right-footed by Thierry Henry(Arsenal) from left
wing, clearance by Andy Johnson(West Brom).
61:17 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by
Thierry Henry(Arsenal) to far post, cross by Kolo Toure(Arsenal),
resulting in ball out of play. Inswinging corner from left by-line
taken right-footed by Thierry Henry(Arsenal) to near post, resulting
in ball out of play. Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-
footed by Thierry Henry(Arsenal) to near post, clearance by Neil
Clement(West Brom).
61:58 Correction - Header by Pascal Cygan(Arsenal) from centre of
penalty area (18 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by
Russell Hoult(West Brom).
62:59 Zoltan Gera(West Brom) caught offside. Free kick taken left-
footed by Pascal Cygan(Arsenal) from own half, passed.
64:15 Cross by Thierry Henry(Arsenal), resulting in ball out of
play. Goal kick taken long by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
66:34 Foul by Artim Sakiri(West Brom) on Fredrik Ljungberg
(Arsenal). Free kick crossed right-footed by Dennis Bergkamp
(Arsenal) from right wing, clearance by Darren Purse(West Brom).
68:12 Shot by Patrick Vieira(Arsenal) curled right-footed from
right channel (20 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by
Russell Hoult(West Brom).
68:49 Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom) caught offside. Free kick taken left-
footed by Pascal Cygan(Arsenal) from own half, passed.
69:24 Dennis Bergkamp(Arsenal) caught offside. Free kick taken
right-footed by Russell Hoult(West Brom) from own half, resulting in
open play.
71:54 Cross by Patrick Vieira(Arsenal), resulting in ball out of
play. Goal kick taken long by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
72:46 Foul by Robert Pires(Arsenal) on Cosmin Contra(West Brom).
Free kick taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) from
right channel, resulting in open play.
74:35 West Brom substitution: Nwankwo Kanu replaced by Geoff
Horsfield (tactical).
75:00 West Brom substitution: Cosmin Contra replaced by Robert
Earnshaw (tactical).
75:49 Foul by Darren Moore(West Brom) on Thierry Henry(Arsenal).
Free kick taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas(Arsenal) from own
half, passed.
78:10 Foul by Patrick Vieira(Arsenal) on Andy Johnson(West Brom).
Free kick taken left-footed by Andy Johnson(West Brom) from right
channel, passed.
78:41 Goal by Robert Earnshaw(West Brom) right-footed (low centre
of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Arsenal 1-1 West
Brom. Assist (cross) by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) from right
channel.
80:40 Robert Earnshaw(West Brom) caught offside. Free kick taken
left-footed by Pascal Cygan(Arsenal) from own half, passed. Arsenal
substitution: Francesc Fabregas replaced by Jose Antonio Reyes
(tactical).
82:56 Foul by Zoltan Gera(West Brom) on Jose Antonio Reyes
(Arsenal). Zoltan Gera(West Brom) booked for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick taken right-footed by Thierry Henry(Arsenal) from left
channel (20 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Russell
Hoult(West Brom).
83:25 West Brom substitution: Artim Sakiri replaced by Thomas
Gaardsoe (tactical).
87:41 Arsenal substitution: Dennis Bergkamp replaced by Robin Van
Persie (tactical).
90:00
(1:11) Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by
Robert Pires(Arsenal) to near post, header by Patrick Vieira
(Arsenal) from centre of penalty area (18 yards), missed right.


FT Stats:
Ours:
Shots 4, On Target 2, Crosses 2,
Corners 3, Offside 5, Fouls 12,
Free Kicks 12, Yellow Cards 1.
Possession 35%.
Theirs:
Shots 11, On Target 4, Crosses 8,
Corners 12, Offside 3, Fouls 9,
Free Kicks 17, Yellow Cards 0.
Possession 65%.

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Balis of Steel,
Not to many team will get a point vs Arsenal let alone away.
Great news great point.
When is the next game? Sat or Sun? I think we may have it here in Canada.
We get 3 games here and Arsenal is on all the time, but we did not get the Ars vs WBA this week and I was upset.
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I just saw that our station will show that game live. I am very excited I cant wait to see WBA and I have never liked Man U. Do you know if Sakiri will be in the starting 11?
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