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West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
9 March 2013
• The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 24832
West Bromwich Albion
R. Lukaku 40'
J. de Guzmán 61' (own goal)
L. Moore 33'
The visitors will feel that they were hard done by as not only did they blow their lead, they thought they grabbed the winner late on but official made a poor decision to flag for offside. The Swans now fall three points behind the Baggies who were level on points prior to the match.
The game really took off once the goals started, in the second half the game could have gone either way with both teams going for the winner. It was West Brom who came out victorious due to a change of strategy from Steve Clarke to open up the Swansea defence, whch excelled in the opening third.
90' + 5'
The referee blows the end the game and the visiting players run straight to Lee Mason to discuss the late decision.
90' + 3'
West Brom could have extended their lead through Odemwingie but the striker lost his touch and his attempt rolled slowly out for a goal kick.
There will be four minutes of added time at the Hawthorns following the time taken up due to protests from the Swansea players in regards to the controversial offside decision.
Yellow Card Nathan Dyer
Lamah thought he had a break but the linesman flags for offside. A poor decision from the official as when Lamah plays the ball in, it is returned to him from a West Brom player rather than a Swansea man.
Ki, who up until now has been a spectator hits his shot from 25 yards out but his attempt drifts along the floor and goes straight to Foster.
Davies lofts the ball calmly for Michu but the Spaniard blows the chance and hits his volley into the stands.
The corner falls to Lukaku but his shot is deflected out. The referee blows for a goal kick despite the replay showing that it should have been a corner.
Dorrans lines up the ball for one of his trademark screamers but the ball hits Williams on the way for a West Brom corner.
Free kick for West Brom following a push by Williams on Lukaku. Brunt delivers the ball into the box but Lee Mason whistles for a Swansea free kick following pushing in the area.
Lamah comes for Hernandez to get straight into the action and is shocked that he is flagged offside despite the replay showing that he was indeed yards ahead of the defender.
Brunt crosses into the box from the left to find Lukaku but the ball goes straight into the arms of Vorm.
Real confidence in this West Brom team now. They are a whole new side to the one that was shy to get on the attack in the first third of the game.
Own Goal Jonathan De Guzmán
De Guzman with the unfortunate own goal. McAuley met a corner with a header towards goal but Rangel cleared off the line for the ball to bounce off the midfielder's back and into the net.
Swansea make a change before they defend a corner. Dyer comes on for the goalscorer Moore following a calf injury.
Penalty save Michel Vorm
Missed Penalty Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku hits the ball to the bottom right of the keeper but Vorm comfortably saves it! Very poor effort from the striker.
Penalty for West Brom following a really good spell of chances, which leads to Routledge bringing down both Jones and Morrison in the box.
West Brom have started this half much more comfortably compared to the first. The midfield look more in control and continue to find Lukaku at the top.
Monk misses his header to clear the ball and Lukaku gets onto the ball but fortunately for Vorm his left-footed strike goes well wide.
Swansea get the second half underway!
Well after a quiet half-an-hour the game really got going. Moore's opener really brought the game alive, which was evident through Lukaku's equaliser. Steve Clarke will be urging his side to be a bit more inspiring on the attack as apart from the goal, there wasn't much happening in the final third for the Baggies.
45' + 4'
Michu finds space to find Hernandez who feeds the ball to Routledge but his attempted cross goes out for a throw in.
The whistle is blown to an applause from the home fans as the players walk off into the tunnel.
Referee Mason seperates Hernandez and Olsson and gives a verbal warning to the pair in an attempt the calm the game down before half-time.
The game has really come alive following the goal as Jones is booked for bringing down Michu on the side of the box but the free-kick is wasted to the cheers of the home fans who are in full voice.
Yellow Card Billy Jones
Assist Graham Dorrans
Goal Romelu Lukaku
Swansea’s lead lasts just seven minutes! Lukaku taps in from close range following good work from Dorrans on the right to feed the ball in.
West Brom build an attack of their own as William's attempt goes out for a corner.
Swansea look to gain another goal through a counter but Rangel fails to take advantage with a poor cross from the right.
Assist Jonathan De Guzmán
Goal L. Moore
What a moment for Luke Moore as the former West Brom man heads home De Guzman's corner into the back of the net following his escape from a jostle with Olsson!
Lukaku finds Brunt with a spectacular long ball, however he slips and his shot is blasted high and wide.
McAuley recieves a lecture from the referee following a slightly late lunge in the centre of the park.
Both sides haven't had the tenacity to really get that first goal. A sign of a fixture where both teams are playing it safe before the end of the campaign.
Williams dribbles forward from the back although West Brom retain possession and attempt a counter through Dorrans but his final ball to Lukaku is halted.
Moore plays in Michu following some one-touch football but the striker pokes the ball just wide to the shock of everyone at the Hawthorns.
Lukaku finds Jones on the right, who plays the ball short to Dorrans but the midfielder thumps the ball straight into the Swansea defence as the ball rolls out for a throw in.
West Brom now with a spell of possession as Morrison links up with Lukaku to try and break the Swans' defence.
Brunt crosses in from the left but Swansea headers out to the dismay of the home fans as the visitors build again from the back.
Swansea are really on top of this game, the home fans already sound frustrated as Hernandez and De Guzman ping the ball around the midfield.
Swansea earn a free-kick on the edge of the box after Jones clattered into Routledge. De Guzman however hits just wide to the right of Foster's post.
Ashley Williams storms forward to create an attacking flow, the ball sets up nicely for Michu but his half volley goes flying over the goal.
Swansea start the game with their vintage short passing to build an attack, forcing West Brom to chase for the ball early on.
The referee blows the whistle and we are underway!
Steve Clarke will be urging his side to give West Brom their first victory against Swansea in Premier League history, with the visitors winning all three encounters between the two.
Swansea: Vorm, Williams, Monk, Rangel, Davies, Hernandez, Routledge, Cuesta, De Guzman, Sung-Yong Ki, Michu. Subs: Tremmel, Bartley, Tiendalli, Dyer, Lamah, Gower, Shechter.
West Brom: Foster, Olsson, Ridgewell, McAuley, Jones, Yacob, Morrison, Brunt, Dorrans, Mulumb, Lukaku. Subs: Myhill, Popov, Tamas, Thomas, Rosenberg, Odemwingie, Antoine-Fortune.
Welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between West Brom and Swansea at the Hawthorns. My name is Sumit Rehal and I'll be taking you through all the action this afternoon!
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