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Premier League

  • September 11, 2011
  • • 8:30 AM
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 26158

Norwich City 0-1 West Brom: Peter Odemwingie scores & misses penalty as Baggies claim first Premier League win of the season

Norwich City 0-1 West Brom: Peter Odemwingie scores & misses penalty as Baggies claim first Premier League win of the season

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An early strike from the Nigerian gives Roy Hodgson's men their first league victory of the campaign, leaving Paul Lambert's side disappointed after a spirited showing

West Brom secured its first three points in the Premier League this season with a 1-0 away win over Norwich City. Peter Odemwingie scored the only goal of the game after a defensive mix-up, while he also had a second-half penalty saved.

The Baggies got off to the perfect start when just three minutes in a hopeful ball into the Norwich area caused problems for the hosts' defense. Ritchie de Laet's headed backpass to debutant goalkeeper Declan Rudd was too short, allowing Odemwingie to steal in to put his side ahead with his first goal of the season.

Norwich almost hit back immediately when Andrew Surman found Chris Martin in space in the West Brom area. Martin drilled the ball across the box and his delivery was met by Ben Foster, but with almost an empty goal facing Grant Holt, the striker failed to find the target from just a few yards out.

Norwich continued to have all the possession in the second half but was simply unable to test Ben Foster in goal, and West Brom nearly punished them through Jerome Thomas. The Baggies broke with Shane Long, who found Thomas on the edge of the area, with the winger's shot towards the top corner flying just over.

West Brom was awarded a soft penalty in the 75th minute after Steve Morison was adjudged to have brought down Steven Reid. Odemwingie stepped up confidently looking to double his team's lead, but Rudd produced an outstanding stop to keep his side in the game.

Norwich then pushed for a late equalizer, and Morison spurned its best chance of the game when he headed wide unmarked from eight yards out after a cross from Bradley Johnson.

The Canaries will come away from the game hugely disappointed as they had the majority of the play for large periods, but they were simply unable to test Foster in the West Brom goal often enough.

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