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West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
25 February 2012
• The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Referee: C. Foy
• Attendance: 25311
West Bromwich Albion
P. Odemwingie 3', 49'
J. Morrison 41'
K. Andrews 90'+
Thank you for joining us this afternoon for this live text commentary of West Brom v Sunderland. I’ve been Chris Teale, and it’s been my pleasure to have your company this afternoon. Have a good weekend everybody, and enjoy the rugby and the Carling Cup final.
It’s West Brom’s 50th win against Sunderland in all competitions, and richly deserved as they move even further clear of the relegation dog-fight. The away side just couldn’t get going out there today, and the margin could perhaps have even greater had the Baggies taken more of their chances. 4-0 does not flatter the home side whatsoever.
90' + 3'
FULL TIME here at The Hawthorns, and it’s a very comfortable 4-0 victory for West Brom over Sunderland. Two goals from Peter Odemwingie, one at the start of each half, and one each from James Morrison and Keith Andrews have been enough to see of the Black Cats, who gave probably their worst performance since Martin O’Neill took charge.
90' + 1'
Assist Graham Dorrans
90' + 1'
Goal Keith Andrews
That is absolutely sublime. WBA take a 4-0 lead after some superb passing. Morrison gets into the box, he pulls it back to Dorrans, who feeds Keith Andrews, who powers the ball home. A great finish from the Irishman.
West Brom are still pouring forward as normal time expires, and there will be three minutes of injury time at the end of the game.
Let's hear a different voice. Our man Alex Fisher is at The Hawthorns, and he reports: “The second half is drifting towards its conclusion here at the Hawthorns and although Sunderland have improved slightly they are miles away from the Sunderland team of late. The Baggies look dangerous on every attack they have, whereas the Black Cats look devoid of ideas despite having three strikers on the pitch.”
Odemwingie won't get the chance to get back-to-back hat-tricks, as he's taken off and replaced by Shane Long. He's been superb today, as have various Baggies players. And the team as a whole, come to that.
High ball from McClean, and Foster can't gather cleanly, but it's cleared comfortably by a WBA defender.
It's getting a bit scrappy out there now, as the tackles are starting to fly in. Meanwhile, Nicky Shorey is being readied to enter the fray from the Albion bench.
Yellow Card Graham Dorrans
Yellow Card John O'Shea
That's a late tackle from John O'Shea, and he's the first player in the book. Foy has been rather lenient with the cards today, to his credit, but he couldn't ignore that one.
The game's calmed down somewhat after a frenetic period of play. WBA are definitely good value for this result, but Sunderland have been absolutely shocking. No energy, no emotion, no confidence, a huge change from their last game.
Dear me, West Brom could have had a fourth. The ball's pinballing around in the box, and Fortune has another great chance but the ball doesn't quite sit up for him. O'Neill is furious, and if West Brom put their minds to it, they could get a few more here.
Jerome Thomas looks to have picked up a knock, and he's taken off to a standing ovation and replaced by Graham Dorrans.
Gardner moves forward and shoots again, and it needs a smart save from Foster as it's moving a lot in the air. Gardner has been Sunderland's best player, but that's not saying a lot.
Mulumbu has a pass intercepted by Lee Cattermole, who goes through, but hits his shot horribly over the bar. Just no confidence from the Black Cats, and they are going to make their final change.
And Thomas hits the bar! Great link-up play between Fortune and Morrison, and the former Arsenal man curls his shot onto the woodwork! This could get ugly, as Sunderland are struggling again.
Assist Marc-Antoine Fortune
Goal Peter Odemwingie
Good purpose from Sunderland, but there are gaps in their defence. Ben Foster throws it to Morrison, he finds Fortune, who tees up Odemwingie for his second goal of the game! 3-0 West Brom, and credit to Foster for a great throw to Morrison.
Early shot from Gardner, which was moving slightly in the air, but comfortably gathered by Ben Foster.
And the second half begins, with West Brom looking to keep hold of their comfortable 2-0 lead. Double change for Sunderland, as Frazier Campbell and Nicklas Bendtner come on for Richardson and Colback.
Goals from Odemwingie and Morrison have given the Baggies their 2-0 lead, and it's no more than they deserve. Keith Andrews has been a rock in the centre of the midfield, and Sunderland just haven't been able to hold onto the ball.
45' + 1'
And that's the first half over, with West Brom looking comfortable with a 2-0 advantage a fair reflection of their play. Sunderland just haven't been able to get into the game.
And there'll be one minute of additional time at the end of the half.
And Fortune could have had made it 3-0! A free kick is deflected towards the striker, whose effort from six yards out is blocked by the diving Richardson. Great chance, and Fortune's furious with himself for not taking it.
Assist Jerome Thomas
Goal James Morrison
And it's 2-0! Great advantage played by referee Foy, and the ball makes its way to Thomas on the left. His cross is a great one, and James Morrison is there to cushion a header home to give the Baggies a two-goal lead!
Phil Bardsley heads it straight to Fortune, and he comes forward. However, his cross in from the left is into an empty penalty box, and Sunderland escape.
Corner West Brom, after good involvement from Odwmeingie, Fortune and Thomas causes Sunderland some problems. Horrible ball in from Morrison for the corner, and Gardner's clearance goes out for a second corner, apparently. It's cleared away, but WBA looking good.
Morrison gets into the penalty area, and shoots with his left, but it's straight at Sunderland's Mignolet, and he saves comfortably.
And Sunderland should have scored! A cross comes in, it's missed by Gardner's head, and James McClean should side-foot it home from six yards out, unmarked.
Dangerous-looking ball in from West Brom, and Michael Turner slices the ball over his own goal. They're completely lacking in confidence right now, and the Baggies must fancy getting a couple more here.
Craig Gardner is the furthest forward player, in front of lone striker Stephane Sessegnon. He has another effort go even wider than the last one. Seriously, what's happened to Sunderland today?
And Sunderland finally have a shot on goal. Finally. It goes wide, but it's an effort on goal nonetheless.
Like Terry Wogan at the Eurovision Song Contest, I could ask where several of the Sunderland players are. Cattermole, McClean, Colback and Sessegnon in particular have been anonymous so far.
Loads of space out there for Thomas, but his cross into the box is straight at John O'Shea, who clears comfortably. West Brom good value for their lead.
The Black Cats start piling forward, but Sebastian Larsson can't control the ball on the right and it goes out for a throw.
Richardson crosses in for Sunderland, but it's a shocking ball and is gathered by Ben Foster. It'll be amazing if O'Neill doesn't change the formation, as 4-5-1 just doesn't seem to be working at the moment.
Burst of pace from Odemwingie, and is he held back by Keiran Richardson? Apparently not, says referee Chris Foy, and the ball is cleared.
The game has slowed down somewhat after a frenetic start, but Sunderland have just not got into gear yet. Still 1-0 WBA, as Jerome Thomas has a shout for a penalty which is turned down and Mulumbu has a shot from far out straight at Sunderland's goalie.
They've started very sluggishly have the away side. Martin O'Neill is already prowling his technical area, and is clearly unimpressed with their struggles so far.
Great link-up play between Odemwingie and James Morrison. Those two are causing Sunderland all kinds of problems at the moment.
Sunderland can't get the ball at the moment. WBA absolutely flying, and are raining crosses in on the away side's box. Corner Albion.
Assist Y. Mulumbu
Goal Peter Odemwingie
Thomas pulls the ball back to Mulumbu, who plays a ball into the box through the air. It's met by a glancing header from Peter Odemwingie, and with their first chance, West Brom are in the lead!
West Brom have started well with some good passing and movements, and are exerting some early pressure on the Sunderland goal.
West Brom kick us off, and the first half is underway!
Not a dry eye in the house. The epic music is playing, and the teams are on their way out. Just three minutes to kick-off.
As someone who had a religious upbringing (but has turned into a sinner in recent years), I'm rather enjoying Emily's singing. It's a cracking hymn, that.
Currently, we're all being treated to a rousing rendition of 'The Lord is my Shepherd', sung by 12-year-old Emily Badger. What a lovely voice. Apparently West Brom have borrowed this from the Bundesliga. Could it catch on?
Our man at The Hawthorns is Alex Fisher, and he reports: “Roy Hodgson has made one change to the side that were victorious in the Black Country derby against Wolves two weeks ago. January signing Keith Andrews comes in for his full West Brom debut in place of the injured Paul Scharner. Nicky Shorey and Craig Dawson are recalled to the subs bench. Understandably, Martin O’Neill has named an unchanged side after they beat Arsenal last weekend in the FA Cup, which means new England striker Frazier Campbell has to be satisfied with a place on the subs bench alongside Nicklas Bendtner.”
The teams are in, and they are as follows: West Brom: Foster; Olsson, Ridgewell, McAuley; Morrison, Andrews, Reid, Thomas, Mulumbu; Odemwingie, Fortune. Subs: Fulop, Shorey, Dawson, Tchoyi, Dorrans, Long, Cox. Sunderland: Mignolet; Bardsley, Turner, Richardson, O'Shea; Cattermole, Larsson, Gardner, Colback, McClean; Sessegnon. Subs: Westwood, Bridge, Kilgallon, Kyrgiakos, Meyler, Campbell, Bendtner.
The Baggies will be hoping their form improves at home, and that they can carry the momentum through from their 5-1 win last time out at Wolves. Meanwhile, the Black Cats are looking to continue their revival under Martin O’Neill, which has seen them move from relegation trouble to the top half since the Irishman took over.
Good afternoon, and welcome to Goal.com’s live text commentary of West Brom v Sunderland from The Hawthorns.
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