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A big derby game coming up on Sunday, noon kick off to avoid the trouble that always seems to follow Blues alas.

After blues got done v Palace last weekend Bruce said he wouldn;t stand for it again and that could mean trouble for us. But we have been playing well in recent games and we have a good chance of a win.

But with these derby games its too hard to choose a winner, and I think a draw will be the outcome.

1-1 with Earnshaw for us and Andy Pandi for Blues :D

Although bringing on Horsfield for the last 15 mins with the game 1-1 and him netting the winner for us in the 90th minutes would be sweet :)
 

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Thanks Jon! Hope you enjoyed the match! :thmbup:

Baggies 2 - 0 Bluenose Scum
 

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Yeah it was great game, we should ahve probably won by more.

Blues weren't at the races today.

I really enjoyed Gera's chase of that lost ball that resulted in the corner and then the goal fromt he corner by Clement :)

It was also a peach of a cross by Greening to Campbell on the far post for him to side foot the ball over the line.

We're on a roll...

who we got next ...

Chelsea away 16/3 :wallbang:
 

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From BBC

West Brom 2-0 Birmingham


West Brom kept alive their hopes of avoiding relegation by moving off the bottom of the Premiership with a crucial win over Birmingham.
Neil Clement escaped some slack marking to powerfully head the Baggies ahead from a corner in the Midlands derby.

Kevin Campbell gave Albion breathing space with a far-post, side-foot volley from Jonathan Greening's cross.

The Blues came closest to scoring when Emile Heskey's header bounced out from the inside of the post.

The knowledge that failure to gain all three points would almost certainly provide a return ticket to the Championship led to the Baggies blasting off the blocks quickly in search of an early goal.

Then Blues keeper Maik Taylor could only parry Geoff Horsfield's cross-shot, only for Campbell to scuff the follow-up and allow Jamie Clapham to scrape the ball off the line.

Albion were out of luck again when Kieran Richardson's long-range shot hit the post and then Taylor arched up to fingertip Zoltan Gera's header over the bar.

After Albion's early storm blew out, the match became shapeless, with neither side able to string together any constructive football.

Birmingham asked some questions of the Albion defence at the start of the second half but Baggies keeper Russell Hoult remained untested.

But then a subdued derby sprang to life, prompted by a piece of play from Gera that epitomised the spirit Albion need to show.

The Hungarian chased down an apparent lost cause and, after risking injury to keep the ball in, won a corner.

Richardson swung the kick in for Clement to head his first goal since August in off the underside of the bar.

Galvanised into action, Birmingham almost levelled within two minutes when Heskey climbed to Stan Lazaridis' cross only to see his header bounce back into play off the inside of the post.

Horsfield's tireless running and strength vindicated boss Bryan Robson's decision to pick him ahead of Robert Earnshaw and he had a big hand in Baggies' second.

The former Blues striker bullied Cunningham into an error, which popped the ball up for Greening to deliver a cross to the far post where Campbell guided an accurate, side-foot volley just inside Taylor's left-hand post.

Birmingham at last stirred from their lethargy and Clapham strode forward to graze the outside of the post with a powerful shot.



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West Brom: Hoult, Albrechtsen, Gaardsoe, Clement, Robinson, Gera, Wallwork, Richardson (Scimeca 90), Greening, Campbell, Horsfield (Kanu 86).
Subs Not Used: Moore, Chaplow, Earnshaw.

Booked: Wallwork.

Goals: Clement 53, Campbell 64.

Birmingham: Maik Taylor, Tebily (Lazaridis 37), Cunningham, Upson, Clapham, Johnson, Diao (Anderton 68), Clemence, Gray (Blake 68), Pandiani, Heskey.
Subs Not Used: Vaesen, Morrison.

Booked: Diao.

Att: 25,749.

Ref: S Dunn (Gloucestershire).
 

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Robbo's hoping the third (or should that be fourth?) team are fielded! :)
 
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