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Starting Line-up
29 Kuszczak
5 Moore
24 Wallwork
3 Robinson
19 Davies
16 Watson
8 Greening
33 Inamoto
17 Carter
22 Ellington
21 Campbell


0:1 rite now
Albrechtsen scored


will this be an away win :strong:
 

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Hooo rah!!!!!!!!!!!

1-0 Our first away win :)

Alrechtsen was great on the break, but the second time he really should have passed the ball.

Darren Moore was woeful and quite possibly played his last game for us, his sending off fully justified.

Man of the Match was probably Tomas Cuszczak he was outstanding in goal, he must be included in the Polish squad for the WC. The save he pulled off in the last few minutes was incredible.

Robinson again had a very solid game and showed just how good a LB he is. He should be in the England squad as cover for Ashley Cole at LB.

Kevin Campbell did well enough up front.

Curtis Davies was composed and very aware playing at CB, played with a lot more experience than his age suggests.

All in all I thought we were on top in the first half, but obviously Moores sending off changed our game plan. We certainly came under more pressure second half but happy to say we held our nerve to get our first away win of the season :D

A very happy Baggie here :)
 

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Ten-man Baggies stun Wigan
By Paul Higham - Created on 15 Jan 06

Ten-man West Brom stunned Wigan with a 1-0 victory at The JJB Stadium, with substitute Martin Albrechtsen scoring the all-important winner.

The Baggies had not won away from The Hawthorns since March last year, and it looked as though the wait would go on after Darren Moore was sent off two minutes before half time.

Albrechtsen only came onto the pitch to cover for Moore's dismissal, but he popped up with his first goal for the club 11 minutes into the second half to hand Albion an unlikely win.

The three points were only achieved though with the help of goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, who made a fantastic point-blank save in the dying seconds to hand Bryan Robson's men an unlikely victory.

Jimmy Bullard picked out Jason Roberts early on with a quick free kick, but the big striker could not turn and get a shot in on goal.

Steve Watson replied for Albion by firing his back-post volley goalwards from a corner, but Mike Pollitt was able to parry the ball away comfortably.

Wigan looked far more confident but West Brom nearly took the lead on 35 minutes when Kevin Campbell ghosted in beyond the hesitant Stephane Henchoz but his toe-poked deflected over.

Paul Scharner stung the palms of Kuszczak with a powerful drive five minutes before half time, but more trouble was to come for Albion just before the break.

Albion were reduced to ten men just two minutes before the interval when the already booked Darren Moore blatantly blocked off Roberts' run on the halfway line.

Referee Martin Atkinson had no option but to produce a second yellow for the big defender, to the disgust of Robson who was bitterly disappointed with Moore's actions.

It signalled an early end to Nathan Ellington's return to The JJB Stadium as he was sacrificed by Robson to bring defender Albrechtsen onto the pitch.

The ten men of West Brom started the second half well, and Pollitt was a shade fortunate that Campbell's flicked header from merely four yards hit his hands.

Albion then stunned the home crowd by taking the lead on 56 minutes, with Ronnie Wallwork out-muscling Scharner inside his own half before running and sliding in a perfectly weighted pass for Albrechtsen.

The substitute kept his composure and rifled a low shot under Pollitt to give the ten-man visitors the most unlikely of leads, considering their shocking away record.

Wigan set about in search of an equaliser, and Lee McCulloch was unfortunate to see his header come back off the crossbar after Pascal Chimbonda had nodded a corner back into the centre.

The Latics were piling on the pressure but Albrechtsen nearly killed them off when he led a lightning break down the right, but he opted to drive on and have a shot saved by Pollitt when Darren Carter was screaming for the ball in the middle.

Graham Kavanagh nearly made him pay for his decision with a curling free kick, but a flying Kuszczak turned the ball away for a corner.

Kuszczak was the hero for West Brom in stoppage time when he produced a wonderful flying save to deny Roberts at point blank rage after a goalmouth scramble.

The keeper's save was enough to see Albion hang on to their lead and secure their first away win since March last year.

Wigan v West Brom - Player Ratings
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Wigan Athletic	Team Statistics	West Bromwich Albion
0	Goals		1
0	1st Half Goals	0
8	Shots on Target	6
14	Shots off Target	1
4	Blocked Shots	0
6	Corners		5
13	Fouls		18
2	Offsides	2
0	Yellow Cards	2
0	Red Cards	1
45.1	Possession	54.9
 

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Finally an away win, and considering that next match will be against Sunderland it may be that WestBrom makes it second in a row :thumbsup:
Cant belive how this happend with 10 men (Moore :rolleyes: more reason why Ugo should be signed), im about to watch this game tonight they didnt show it live.
 

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Massive win, as we are five points clear of the drop zone now, with Birmingham and Pompey both losing yesterday. Actually in 16th now on GD, above 'Boro, but they have a game in hand.

Just finished watching a replay of it, Kuszczak was excellent in goal, though I thought that header just after the hour was destined to be a goal, we were a bit lucky. We were also lucky when they had that sequence in our box after about 70 minutes. It was actually a bit shocking they didn't get a goal or at least a decent shot out of it. I think they were a bit lucky too just before the break, Campbell should have scored on that ball in. I think if he'd put a little more or a little less on, then it would have gone in, either past the keeper or into the corner. That being said, he worked hard as a lone striker and had a decent game I thought. He was getting wide a bit, and did a good job of holding it up, but there was no one arriving in the boxx for him.

Extremely stupid foul by Moore to pick up his second yellow, but I think Robson handled it very well, and we didn't let it get to us as bad as it could have. I thought we showed remarkable resilience especially since it was away and with ten men for half the game.

Just a note, first West Brom goal for Albrechtsen, no?

Good match to watch and plenty entertaining.
 

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Yes that is Albrechtsen's first goal for WB.

I saw the match last night, one other thing that I noticed : the fans ! they seemed to be in a large number and they were very noisy there.
 

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The club provided free coaches for the fans to travel to the game, as a thank you for the support over xmas. They did this before last season when we played Charlton away, the result that day? 4-1 Albion :D

Albrechtsen should laid the ball off the second time he got clean through to Carter in the middle he would have made it 2-0 and it would've have been game over.


Kuszczak was superb in goal pulling off save after save, how he's being kept out of the Polish squad, their other keeper must be the best keeper in the world!
 

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Balis-of-Steel said:
Kuszczak was superb in goal pulling off save after save, how he's being kept out of the Polish squad, their other keeper must be the best keeper in the world!
He'll get his chance against the US in march.
 

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The traveling fans were great from what I could here in the background (they were the subject of multiple positive comments from the announcers), but the Wigan fans were booing Ellington alot, which kind of annoyed me considering how much he did for them last season.

Balis, I agree with you about that second break Albrechtsen have, it was almost a sure goal had he laid it off and would've eased the tension alot. Still, I think his overall performance was good and he showed great composure in scoring his first goal.

Kuszczak=save of the season. It is comparable to the double save Jerzy Dudek made on Andriy Shevchenko in extra-time of last year's CL final. Funny how they're both Poles...:) Also, I was reading on the official site, Kuszczak wears his shorts backwards for good luck ever since he accidentally did so in the 4-0 win over Everton. :D
 

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Balis-of-Steel said:
yeah I heard that about Kuszczak's shorts :D
Lucky shorts :howler:

This was the best save I have seen in years I still cant believe how he did this. This was match winner save. What a brilliant keeper, hopefuly he will keep it up.
Kuszczak will play against USA in March, no doubt.
 
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