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1 September 2013
• The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Referee: M. Dean
• Attendance: 23395
West Bromwich Albion
B. Davies 22'
Pablo Hernández 83'
Shots on Target
Thank you for joining me this afternoon football fans. I have been Hayden Gribble and whatever your team's result, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.
That was a well deserved three points for Michael Laudrup's side as they get their Premier League season up and running. For Steve Clarke's men, it's yet another game without a goal. It is too early to panic, but the disgruntled fans were not happy with that display and many left for the exits early.
90' + 3'
The full time whistle blows. West Brom 0-2 Swansea.
90' + 1'
The Swansea fans are singing their hearts out. Not long now before the final whistle will be greeted with delight from the travelling contingent.
There will be three minutes of added on time...
Oh dear - the West Brom fans have had enough as they leave in their droves early. The 90 minutes are nearly up and Steve Clarke's impotent side have all sorts of problems here.
With less than five minutes now the baggies are looking resigned to their second defeat in three Premier League games. For Swansea, will this be their first win of the season following that Hernandez strike?
Goal Pablo Hernández
That makes up for that effort that hit the crossbar. This time it is Pablo Hernandez after fantastic link up play between him and Michu again. The midfielder is teed up by his compatriot andhe cooly sidefoots home to make the points safe for Michael Laudrup's side.
CHANCE! Oh, unlucky Hernandez. Michu had the vision to break and fed the former Valencia man through but his effort smashes the crossbar. Will it be squeaky bum time for the swans?
CHANCE! Swansea have been so elegant on the break today and this time it is Hernandez who drives up the pitch but sees his shot deflected behind. Corner.
With four attackers on the pitch it looks like Steve Clarke is throwing the kitchen sink at the swans in a bid to rescue this encounter. Ten minutes to go...
Yellow Card Pozuelo
That was silly tackle from Pozuelo. Less than 15 minutes left to play and the feeling around The Hawthorns becomes a little more desperate for the home side.
CHANCE! This time it is the Swans with their head in their hands as Michu plays Pozuelo in with a flick but the Spaniard sees his curler sail wide.
CHANCE! And it's a big chance as McAuley beats his marker at the back post to meet Dorran's free-kick but the ball goes behind for a goal kick.
Yellow Card Ángel Rangel
CHANCE! Yacob, who in some peoples eyes is lucky to still be on the pitch, sees his tame header saved by Vorm. West Brom will have to do better than that to open their Premier League account.
Jonathan De Guzmán
CHANCE! Hernandez sends a glorious cross into the area which misses Bony's head by a whisker.
Yellow Card Jonas Olsson
The game continues to gather pace as Olsson the West Brom skipper is booked for a deliberate foul on Bony. He knew what he was doing there.
Mike Dena feels the fury of Michu after the striker is fouled by Ycob, who has already been booked. The Argentine gets off scot-free much to the swan's favourite's disgust. He receives a yellow card for his troubles.
Yellow Card Michu
The home fans are furious as Long feels cheated not to win a free-kick on the edge of the Swansea area. Half an hour to go and there is still another goal or two in this encounter...
I have a feeling that if a West Brom equaliser does come, it will be through either Mulumbu or Anelka, who have been by far the best two players for the home side today. They link well agian before the swans are able to clear.
Yellow Card Graham Dorrans
Steve Clarke brought on Dorrans so that he could make a mark in this half, and he has. He is booked after bringing Hernandez down...
The home support groan as an optimistic attack falls flat after Mulumbu gifts possession back to Canas. The Hawthorns faithful will need to help roar their side back into this.
CHANCE! The swans look to extend their lead after Shelvey plays a cracking pass through to Routledge, but the winger's touch lets him down.
STAT ATTACK: The Baggies' last home win (2-1) in the Premier League was 2-1 against Swansea on 9 March 2013. (BBCSport)
So Graham Dorrans comes on for Morrison as the baggies look to get an early equaliser.
The teams are coming back out onto the pitch and we await the swan to get us back underway...
What does Steve Clarke need to change in the second half to get his side back in this? Does he ditch the three-man attack and alter the shape? We will find out soon enough.
STAT ATTACK: The swans had 61% possession in the opening 45 minutes. (Optajoe)
As both sides go in to their dressing rooms, Michael Laudrup will be very pleased with his side's first half performance. For Steve Clarke, he must be worried that the baggies still have not scored this season. Whatr will the second half have in store for us?
Swansea are holding onto the ball as the one minute of injury time is up and the swans go in at the break 1-0 to the good thanks to blinder from Ben Davies. I wonder what the odds were on him scoring today?
We are into stoppage time...
CHANCE! Once again it is Bony causing all the problems for the baggies but his shot is collected by Myhill. Will there be another goal before halftime?
The forward line of Michu-Bony links well to create a chance for Routledge but the Spaniard's final ball is just too heavy for the winger.
Yellow Card Claudio Yacob
Yellow Card Gareth McAuley
The Hawthorns' faithful are doing their best to urge the home side back into the game but in all honesty, there was nothing Myhill could have done about that.
Assist Pablo Hernández
Goal Ben Davies
WHAT A GOAL! And there's the breakthrough from Ben Davies as the 2,000 or-so travelling fans scream with delight. A cross from Hernandez is met beautifully by the young Wleshman on the volley, leaving Myhill with no chance. Now, that's how to open your account for the season!
Hernandez gets caught in possession and the baggies bomb forward. Unfortunately, the lineman's flag is up against Morrison. This is becoming a more balanced affair, now.
CHANCE! Mulumbu finds some space down the left flank and wins a free-kick. From the resulting cross, Morrison belts a header towards goal. Surely it must go in...until his teammate Long gets in the way and deflects the ball away from goal. That should have been the first goal of the afternoon here!
STAT ATTACK: Swansea have lost four Premier League games in a row for the first time since April 2012. (BBCSport)
CHANCE! There is no doubt that Anelka has been the birghtest light in this first half for the baggies as his shot from a tight angle brings a save from Vorm who concedes a corner.
It has been all Swansea in the opening stages. A low cross from Rangel is smothered by Myhill before Jones is crowded out for the hosts.
CHANCE! And again it is the visitors who attempt to break the deadlock early on as Wayne Routledge sends an 18-yard curler into the palms of Myhill. Michael Laudrup's side are up for this!
CHANCE! Oh, Michu, you should have had that one in the back of the net. The swans fly forward again and it was Pablo Hernandez' overlap that allowed the Spaniard to have a pop from outside the box but his shot flies over.
CHANCE! It's a frantic start here at The Hawthorns as Anelka pierces the offside trap. However, the former French International does not get his head up to seek out his team mates and this low cross is gobbled up by swans keeper Vorm. Good start, this!
CHANCE! The visitors get their first sniff of an attack as Mulumbu bundles Michu over just outside the box. Jonjo Shelvey steps up to take the free-kick but his effort sails safely over Boaz Myhill's bar.
West Brom get us underway, kicking from left to right.
Scott Sinclair is booed mercilessly by the away support as he gets on the ball. His cross for Ridgewell is blocked much to their delight.
Here the two teams come, emerging from the tunnel...
We are roughly ten minutes from kick-off. Whose your money on today?
STAT ATTACK: West Brom have yet to score a Premier League goal this season.
Manager Steve Clarke puts swans old-boy Scott Sinclair in to face his old side and make his full debut. The baggies are also boosted by Nicolas Anelka's return to the side following compassionate leave. For Michael Laudrup's charges there is only one change made from the side who lost 1-0 to Spurs last week with Wilfried Bony coming in for Jonathan de Guzman.
West Brom: Myhill; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Morrison, Yacob, Mulumbu Sinclair; Anelka, Long. Subs: Daniels, Berahino, Lugano, Dawson, Rosenberg, Brunt, Dorrans. Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Chico Flores, Davies, Canas, Shelvey, Michu, Routledge, Hernandez, Bony. Subs: Tremmel, Richards, Amat, De Guzman, Britton, Lamah, Pozuelo.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live text commentary of West Brom versus Swansea. I am Hayden Gribble and I shall be your guide for this clash between two sides looking to put early-season disappointments behind them. But first, let's have a look at the teams...
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