West Brom 2 Chelsea 1 - match report

Peter Odemwingie’s second-half header gave Albion another memorable afternoon as their dream season continued with victory over the European Champions.

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Shane Long opened the scoring then crossed for Odemwingie’s winner as Chelsea were beaten despite a deflected equaliser by Edin Hazard just before half-time.

It meant a miserable return to The Hawthorns for former Albion boss Roberto Di Matteo as he watched his former club go fourth in the Premier League.

But the Baggies rode their luck as the visitors had two strong penalty shouts rejected and stand-in keeper Boaz Myhill made three fine saves.

Albion survived a double-scare on seven minutes when Liam Ridgewell cleared a Ryan Bertrand shot off the line and then Jonas Olsson was fortunate not to concede a penalty when he appeared to block Edin Hazard’s follow-up with his upper arm.

But the Baggies went ahead three minutes later through a well-worked goal that came from their left flank.

A neat reverse pass from Zoltan Gera found James Morrison in space and his cross was headed in by Shane Long, who was at full-stretch to get the better of David Luiz.

It could have been 2-0 just after the half-hour when Billy Jones raced down the right and crossed towards Long, who diverted the ball on target in a tangle with Gary Cahill but saw it saved easily by Petr Cech.

And the Irishman’s subsequent appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears.

He went close again 10 minutes before the break when he chased down a crossfield ball from Morrison and cut inside before blasting just wide.

But it was 1-0 on 39 minutes when Cesar Azpilicueta checked onto his left foot and crossed from the right to the far post, where Hazard saw his header take a crucial deflection off Billy Jones to beat keeper Boaz Myhill.

Myhill kept the scores level three minutes into the second half when he pulled off a smart point-blank save to keep out a shot from Daniel Sturridge after a good run and pull-back by Victor Moses.

And the Baggies cashed in on 50 minutes when patient build-up on the edge of the box ended with Long’s perfect near-post cross glanced in by Odemwingie to make it 2-1.

They escaped another strong penalty shout just after the hour-mark when Moses appeared to be barged over by Yacob, but referee Michael Oliver dismissed the appeals.

Myhill excelled again when he pulled off a superb save to keep out a shot on the turn by Sturridge.

And he pulled off an even better save to keep Sturridge at bay when the Chelsea youngster raced through the middle onto a Juan Mata through-ball.

Albion had a chance to extend their lead when Graham Dorrans won a tackle to spark a counter-attack, but the Scotsman could not control a Shane Long cross.

Chelsea piled on the pressure late on and Sturridge dragged a shot just wide with three minutes remaining.

By Steve Madeley

Comments for: "West Brom 2 Chelsea 1 - match report"

seanalbion20

SIMPLY OUTSTANDING COUNTER-ATTACKING FOOTBALL AND ONLY 17 POINTS AWAY FROM SAFETY NOW SO HEADS DOWN AND ONWARDS AND UPWARDS LADS.

LOOKS AS THOUGH WE COULD BE THE MIDLANDS BEST 2 SEASONS IN A ROW........................BOING BONG

robert sherwood

What another great result , keep them coming .

Long is developing into a top player ,myhill seems agreat reserve keeper and yacob must be the

find of the season .

Clarke as certainly made us into a different class team , rather than the ping pon football

under hodgson ,who to full credit against all the odds kept us in the premier league ,the

club will always be indebted to him .It was also he who wanted long .

Brummie roader Ryan

WOW !

Am I dreaming?

Boaz Myhill will keep Foster out if he keeps performing like that.

4th in the league!

STEVE CLARKS BARMY ARMY

Jack ♣ Hat.

Ryan,

We have the best pair of Goal-Keepers in this league. Don't let any-one tell you any different. Just to mention what a solid game Ridgewell had he was immense.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

jacks mate.

Did you go to the match Jack? Or did you peruse it on your computer?

Oswestry Baggie

Pinch me im dreaming!!

Oswestry boy Myhill played a blinder today.

Dust those passports off, we are here to stay!!!!!

Lone wolf

GUTTED !

sue

Me too!! but credit where it's due, looking good.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Sue.

Bavarian Kev further down the page seems to be reinforcing your theory of last week.

PS.

I'm not a Kev but may change my name by deed poll.

Brierleyhillbaggie

Hard fought today and rode our luck at times but hey many a year we ain't had luck. Shane long was out standing today what a player unplayable at times. All the team played well but a special mention to boaz myhill couple off fantastic saves today. Sitting pretty in fourth. What a season could only get better by the dog heads getting relagated(which looks on at this rate) boing boing coyb

The Real Bully Hoo.

BHB.

HI mate. In the first half on Saturday Chelsea had a shot that deflected off our defender's foot and for a split second looked as if it might go in but went wide. I actually said to the bloke next to me that 4 or 5 years ago that would have crept inside the post. It seems to go that way when you're at the wrong end as with the penalties Villa conceded.

As for Wolves I think there might just be 3 worse teams in that division. Only joking Lonely, you were very unlucky with Berra's sending off but on the other hand how many times has he got away with it as with the wrestling hold he had on Olsson in the penalty area last season. As they say 'what goes around comes around.'

Jack ♣ Hat.

Brierlyhill,

Rode our luck? mate.

Do you mean when their goal was scored with lucky deflection of Billy the Kid.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Brierleyhillbaggie

Yes jack that's exactly what I mean we're you watching a different game to me? Was it you who said in here the other day sometimes possession does not give a true account of the game ?

Shots 19 to 8 to them

Corners 12 to 0 to them

Possession 54 to 46 to them

Possession was our best thing and we did ride our luck but this team has real steal about it and you can only beat what's in front off you

Trbh

Hello mate your right a season or two ago that would of gone in well some times they still do we have had a couple off deflected goals against us as for the dingles sadly I think your right real shame ain't it haha take care mate

astleistheking

That report was a bit harsh as I think we had more build up play than stated. What a great team performance, everyone did their bit. Pete was running his socks off, defending, chasing balls down and scoring too. Mulinbo and ya on just get better by the week. Myhill im glad you have taken your chance. And shane long is worth £20m with these performances. The ref let Cahill get away with murder for some reason, but Long was immense.

So happy at the moment. Good to see a few of the forumites down the Vine too!)

Jack ♣ Hat.

Astleistheking,

Cahill was hanging on to Long's arm on the run in to score his goal. Why I mention it is that the referee and/or linesman could not help but see the infringement but they chose to do nothing about it, Where was the signal for a penalty and Cahill was the last defender, where was the red card?. Okay he scored but the red should have still been shown. Then they wonder why us fans get on their backs.

Oh! by the way can you write "Mulumbu" on a piece of paper and keep it by your computer as his name in your post is getting undefinable mate, ☺☻☺☻s.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

I see the remnants of the dog-head brigade are still choking on their attempted insults mate.

astleistheking

Sorry jack, I was on the train back to Cannock at the time, so I did it on my mobile which is tiny + 5 pints in to the day didn't help either.

Jack ♣ Hat.

Astleistheking,

No need to apologise with an excuse like that mate and on top of that being over the moon because of another astounding victory, well earned by the honest endeavour of our players.

All's forgiven in our hour of glory mate.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

The Real Bully Hoo.

AITK.

Rocket pointed out last week that against Saints PO ran 90 yards from helping out the RB to score his goal. Second half Saturday I thought his defensive work was fantastic, something I didn't previously believe he had in his game. I think RDM and Eddie Newton improved our players, RH definitely did and Steve Clarke and his team seem to be carrying on the good work.

Phil Osopher

Amazing,

Just amazing...............................................................It's great to replace those sticky Toffees in fourth.

Luv-it, luv-it, luv-it.

Well done evryone connected with the club.

Jack ♣ Hat.

Phil Osopher,

I hope our fans now realise we have arrived and are a major force in this league. Then some of them will stop saying alter your medication and that I am on Wacky-Baccy. You see, it does nothing for my positive ego. ☺☻☺☻s.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

mick-van-dyke

Were West Brom playing? you would'nt know it from this report.According to the Beeb well deserved win last 15 minutes with 10 men brilliant. Mulumbu OK cramp What were the Wolves saying about 3rd season syndrome If there's any Wolves fans out there can you please explain

astleistheking

It's interesting that MOTD didn't show half of the defence splitting balls that we did. The most notable being Dozza chesting it down but not quite connecting which was a shame. There were many more though.

Andyl

What a fantastic performance today by the entire team so much so that it would be unfair to pick out any individuals as they were all that good.

Last night in the Exp and Star Martin Swain in his column suggested that Albion were one of the most under rated 5th place premiership sides ever, all I can say is long may it continue that sides come to the hawthorns and underestimate us if we are going to continue in this rich vein of form. the most important thing is as we all sing WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE and that's all that matters

We Only Need One Half!

BBC’s Pat Murphy claimed via Twitter that Di Matteo himself had been overheard berating his players, shouting at them: “Call yourselves a Champions League winners’ side and you can’t beat them.”

If RDM of all people doesnt take us seriously, I think your wish may just come true!

astleistheking

Just looked at the table and we have more points than wo1ve5 having played 5 games less in a higher league. What is going on???

We Only Need One Half!

Dont know, but it cant get much worse than this for them, can it?

TwitterTim Nash @TimNash1

At Vicarage Road in a half demolished main stand! Hundred or so #Wolves fans in an otherwise deserted ground.

Baggiedad

Come on then you lot, tell me when you've seen a better Baggies win than that, and

just how far can we go.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Jack's Dad.

As you must go back to the 1920's that's some accolade.

Crete Wolf

From a Wolfie: well done! Your league position is well deserved.

Jimmy

We came, We Saw, WE CONQUERED!!! The best part is that its not entirely surprising.

Bromham Baggie

I seeb to hab a dose bleed. Bust be the altitude. Yeehah!

Baggieno1

Baggiessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Kev r wba what a side i suppory

Express and star

Give us sum credit will ya!!!!

Another great week champions league posistion suprised the ink aint run out on ya papers

We know what we are

bavarian kev

It simply gets better and better! On cloud 9,will be going to work on monday to ask the Bayern Munich fans why couldnt they beat chelsea at home and we can! Oh for a champions league spot and to be drawn against them,wild dreams but who knows! Boing Boing! Any other Albion fans here in Bavaria?

Takk

My mate Reimund - he lives between Nurnburg and Ingelstadt but is a life-long FCBayern season ticket holder with WBA now as his adopted second team.

He's already talking about sorting us out a couple of tickets for me and the nipper for when we meet them at the Allianz :)

wbabomber

Somebody pinch me, if this is a dream i dont want to wake up..........

we know what we are

the pride of the Midlands

AGE

Watched the game in the bar while drinking heavily with a bunch of spurs fans, thought we looked awesome in all positions, even Tamas, Boaz was massive. Can we really do this?

Buxton Baggie

Well, well. Even though I thought we'd give them a game, never in my wildest dreams did I think we'd beat them in successive seasons. Not seen the highlights yet but, true to Steve Clarke's philosophy, it sounds like we took the game to them. We are playing with absolutely no fear at the moment. As Clarke said, we've done this all season and no team has overwhelmed us. The Fulham game was a total aberration. And, even after all the success we're enjoying, our performance against Fulham still rankles with Clarke. That's a sign I think of how high his expectations are.

I know I need to keep my feet on the ground and not get carried away. And I'm trying so hard to be realistic before every game - not expecting anything, just hoping for the best. But, fellow Baggies fans, its getting harder and harder to keep a lid on this. Something special is happening, and I feel privileged to be here to witness it. It may not last forever, but boy does it feel good to be a Baggies fan. We're riding the crest of a wave and we should savour every single moment. COME ON YOU BAGGIES!!!!

AlisonWordsleyBaggie

If Carlsberg did blogging

Jack ♣ Hat.

Buxton,

Why deny yourself the good times by not enjoying them to the full?. Remember we have waited for some years for this, enjoy mate.

Alison,

Welcome aboard mate, hope you aren't holding back from enjoying this season. I've said often enough we have arrived and our youngsters (Including yourself) are witnessing the start of a new ALBION era.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

AlisonWordsleyBaggie

Thanks Jack, particularly like the use of the word 'youngsters'. The reality is tho' I've been going to The Hawthorns since the days of Brian Little. Even re-arranged my marriage to suit the fixtures. I've experienced some highs and lows in my Baggie lifetime, but have never felt anything like this. I find myself chuckling to myself and I'm getting dizzy up here on cloud 9. Just great being a Baggie. The lords my shepherd .......................

............................................

SC Baggie

Simply The Best

We Only Need One Half!

What a game! Longs goal good, Odems better, and I said the other week Boaz wasn't a top five keeper, based on that I was wrong, he even took one for the team by taking a kick in the head, and pulled of three fantastic saves, in fact the whole team looked staunch today, soaked up the pressure, especially after Torres went off, Chelsea really went for it.

Only negative I could find, was if it had been me, I would have been tempted to take Mulumbu off after his hamstring pull in the 82 minute (just used last substitute in Rosenberg), as it looked a bad one (is there any other type?) and he looked clearly distressed, and just played out the game with 10 men, rather than run the risk of exasperating the injury, as Mulumbu and Yacob have been instrumental in our success so far this season. But, who I am I to argue with SC, just hope the gamble was worth it.

Sad news about Longs loss, I thought it admirable of him to play today.

So, Chelsea defeated on the road for the first time this season, yet I am still reading in our national press how they lost the game, rather than how we won it.

Take heart my Baggie friends, the rest of the world know our name, how can they not when the international wire puts this out.

LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - West Bromwich Albion proved they are a legitimate Premier League force by beating European champions Chelsea 2-1

We know who we are!

p.s. Soldowntheriver, how many of the 13,588 that attended your game are you going to claim were Wulfies? I bet Watford were disappointed, they got a 15,950 gate playing Peterborough, still, they cant play a "mossive" club like Peterborough every week, can they? That offer of a tandem still stands? Blimey, Chelsea put 6 past the Wulfies in the League Cup, anyone else got their fingers crossed for the F.A. Cup draw? Bring it on!

Kev in Mallorca

Just as I said to somebody last week mar mate, wait till you know all the facts before you start criticising.

Adéu

We Only Need One Half!

Hi Kev, I don't believe I was being critical, just stating it as I saw it.

As for the facts, lets examine them, I was basing my view on the following, the fact that the last time I saw him play for us, Henessey was the better keeper, the fact that he played last season in The Championship, the fact that not even the club via RDM, Roy, or Steve for that matter has ever fancied him as a 1st choice keeper, and finally in a recent international he had 6 put past him.

Now, if you can honestly tell me, from all that, you could see a keeper who would look so comfortable and at home in a top 5 (now 4th) placed team, you'd better apply for Dan Ashworths job! unless you know some facts I've missed? please, feel free to enlighten me?

p.s. I did put a reply earlier, but its gone walk about.

Kev in Mallorca

I was talking about your remarks about Mulumbu mar mate.

Adéu

john bayliss

boing boing

1954 baggie

Another fine win against a good Chelsea side packed with

expensive players who will surely be challenging for the title

however without JT they look vulnerable in defence.

Shane was imense especially after being told his grandmother

had died. Peter's best game, looked up for it and Myhill kept us

in the game towards the end will Ben get his place back?

Being a long time fan and realist expect some defeats probably

when least expected but am enjoying the present

Jack ♣ Hat.

Shane (Long),

Condolences on the sad loss of your Grandma.

I was glad when the right footed Tamas was named to start. The ever improving Rosenberg came on at an awkward time a did his job. Osaze was at his best, tracked back and played well. Myhill made three superb save in another solid game. *Star man* every one who pulled on the stripes plus Myhill and the twelfth man. Fourth from top and five points adrift, not bad for our little club, is it?, as I have already said we have this season arrived as a fully fledged Premiership club. I also forgive all the jokers that took the urine when I stated we could make a "Fist" of this season, we are all Baggies and enjoying our meteoric rise. Sixth home win out of seven at fortress HAWTHORNS. The Throstle is still flying high.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

P.S. Can anyone handle Shane when he plays like that?. I personally don't think so.

CantelloRocket 78

I thought I'd sit down and carefully type my assessment of the game........

naw....., can't be bovvered, I'm still celebratin'........!!!!!

(it's gonna be a blummin' long highlights DVD this season.........!)

By the way, does anybody know what we are...........?

CantelloRocket 78

'HILLTOP' PETE,

I didn't disagree with you, but I did hesitate when you confidently predicted 2-1 to the Baggies-

yet again, you were 'on the money'.

We're not worthy.............

WARREN,

will we ever see you agen?

I'm gunna call yow 'Lord Lucan' from now on, ridin' in from Madchester on Shergar, with Elvis sharin' yer saddle.........

hill topbaggie

the best part, i backed it at the game kev, 66-1 get in

astleistheking

Excellent news that mate, well done!

Was good to meet you too!

hill topbaggie

same here astle,my round next time.thanks foe the beer

Dubai Baggie

Fantastic! Game was end to end with real quality from both teams. If we get a good right back in January who knows where we will finish but great chance of Europe. The boy Jones just ain't good enough, ball watching for the goal.

Happy_baggie

Don't want much do ya - Jones is playing his part in a great season and you just can't help but have a go......... have you thought of joining the dingles cos you will fit right in !!!!!

The Real Bully Hoo.

Happy.

I wrote a reply earlier but it seems to have fallen foul of the blue pencil despite the fact that I used asterisks for the swear words.

Kev in Mallorca

Mine too Trbhoo.

Adéu

Cyril Randle

Dubai, for God's sake man. Give the kid a break. He ran and played his heart out, he's learning at a tremendous rate, he was in a WINNING team

playing against men who cost more individually than our whole team

and at no time did he look overawed. It must be all that sand in your pants ! Oh, I'm sorry, I rarely go in for slagging folks off and you're entitled to your opinion, but I'm still flying round the ceiling. TRUST IN CLARKE. We are seeing improvements in every player that is chosen.

Jack ♣ Hat.

Dubia,

If Billy the Kid had been ball watching it wouldn't have had the lucky deflected off him. Try specsavers mate, because he had a good game. I listened to the match on Absolute Radio, Rock & Roll Football, 12.15 AM, very professional with just the commentators. Full unadulterated coverage without the side comments every time ALBION have the ball, splendid.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Kev in Mallorca

Jack

I take it all back.

Just woke up, don't remember leaving the pub and Cyril I wasn't my fault I was led astray by my new found friend and fellow Baggie supporter Dave who came down from Pollenca on the bus for the match,I have a vague recollection of the fifth bottle.

Max

It's really refreshing,all be it a little weird, knowing I'll have nobodies post to rip apart this week.

Adéu

Cyril Randle

Yes, on another day there might have been 3 penalties, had John Terry been playing all FOUR would have been given to Chelsea. But he wasn't and Chelsea are skating on very thin ice right now with refs. As a result, it was game where Michael Oliver was allowed to ref and overall, he was very good indeed.

Our excursion began well, we met Jarrod walking up, had a great chat, then Sir Terence and his disciples at The Astle Gates, (but NO LADIES, a terrible shock to his image). Then there was the minor matter of the match. A mini-Cooper against a Ferrari. Well the Ferrari was faster in the straights but on bends, the mini-Cooper excelled with obviously a better driver at the wheel. At times it resembled King Canute telling the waves to go back and they did ! Shane was going to get M.o'M. but I think it would have been a fine gesture to have given it to Boaz Myhill. He has stepped into the shoes of a brilliant keeper and we haven't had a single worry. So for me it was Shane 10, Boaz 10, everybody else 9. PS: On our way out, a little lad was being carried by his Mom. He smiled when I nodded at him. I said, "That's a day you'll remember all your life". His grin widened and his eyes shone as he nodded. The stuff dreams are made of.

The Real Bully Hoo.

First of all amazingly the BBC and Talksport seem to be maintaining the attitude that if they ignore us we'll just go away. In recent weeks I've heard nothing but how well Everton are doing and they're flying in 4th place, suddenly no mention of Everton but no mention of us either, it seems that 4th place is now officially invisible. Still the longe we continue as the stealth bombers of the PL the better I suppose. PS. I notice that the ever reliable MOTD highlighted the Osson penalty (never) and the Yacob one (almost certainly was) but no sign of the Shane Long appeal. WHY?

On the game, 11 heroes plus subs, everybody did their job magnificently with special metion fo the 'stand-ins' Jones, Tamas and Myhill.

One question. last twenty minutes we played a very open game and visions of Newcasltle and especially Man City came to mind. We did seem to tighten up again to a certain extent but then I asked myself, do I want us to stop playing this way? Because at the end of the day it made it a b****y exciting game. By playing this way and winning perhaps we clawed back a couple of the dropped points from those games. Anybody else any thoughts on this?

Jack ♣ Hat.

Bully,

We did tighten up but only after Mulumbu's leg muscles did. He gave it his all and some. We finished the game with arguably ten men. I think Jeremy will be checking the plans for the new stand.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Forever Albion

What a great day but it is worth just thinking about some of the "super stars" in this squad and perhaps, whilst talking about the great jobs both Roy & Robbie did plus the the delight the new Coach is giving to the fans, just thank Tony Mowbray for bringing Jonas Olson, James Morrison, Chris Brunt & Mulumbu to The Hawthorns. All extremely influential in the success of the team over the last 18 months. We could be close to 30 points come December, who would have thought that certainly not Le Tissier and his crew at Sky!

The Real Bully Hoo.

Forever.

Let's give Dan his due for finding them as well but TM did bring in Graham Dorrans.

Cyril Randle

I had a look on the DM site today as usual, a good stable website just like this one.

There were reports on all the yesterday games except one. Guess which ?

solihullbaggie

I suppose WE are going to have to get used to losing now and then when we are european champions arnt we? ( Joking : ) anyway well done lads, i'm a very proud baggie!

mboy

Another great win over the Chelsea millionaires. We do make it difficult for ourselves with our poor ball retention at times, but yet again we looked a threat up front - Shane Long was immense and fast becoming an Albion great. Myhill was superb and Yacob is proving that we can't do without him being a part of a very solid back 7. Got a good feeling about this team - the sky's the limit!!!

Wall Heath Baggie

Poor ball retention ??? that pink flag of yours must have kept covering your eyes.

Did you want them to equalise for RDM , like you did for AVB last season ?.

Mboy

Max - I'm glad you've brought this back up. I posted last season that " I wouldn't have begrudged Chelsea an equaliser" which is totally different to your claims that "I hoped that Chelsea scored an equaliser". I hope that your command of the English language can understand this, but I'm not holding my breath.

The comment was made in the belief that a decent man was probably going to lose his job, which proved correct. I wonder if you have ever had empathy for a fellow human being, but I doubt that.

With regards to the "ball retention" comment, you must have been watching the game through pink coloured spectacles.

Adieu!!!

Kev in Mallorca

Max

No can't you see why I get so frustrated?

Adéu

Baggiebob

Who had to pick a man of the match? Each player did us proud; Long was superb, Myhill a real hero, Odemwingie put in a shift like I've never seen before - tackle after tackle! So proud to be a Baggie.

Was Torres playing because I can't really recall anything noteworthy from him. I'm not too fussed by the MOTD or GoS hacks who offer the usual patronising Manchester-London axis of tripe - we know we've a honest, hardworking team and I'm happy for the hacks and RDM to refer to us as a "team like them".

Northampton Wolves

Well done Baggies. Doing the Black Country proud. Got to hand it to you. An envious Wolves fan.

Cyril Randle

Thank you kind sir, the Wulfies will come again eventually. Then we can get down to real business.

BURNLEY BAGGIE

Almost speechless this game could have gone either way but its a measure of how far we have come that we matched the European champions.

myhill played well when Foster is fit will he keep his place or will Foster go straight back in. personally I think he's done enough to keep his place

Long was immense I think we may struggle to keep him beyond the summer

The Real Bully Hoo.

BB.

On your last comment.

Warren or it might have been Rocket last week wrote a post listing reasons hy we might be able to hang onto our manager because nowhere else he may see as a step up would want him. I understand both of your viewpoints because this has happened so many times with players and managers in the past.

Perhaps it's about time we started to walk with a bit more of a swagger. Let's ask the question, 'why would they want to leave us?'

THE PRESENT IS BRIGHT, IT'S BLUE AND WHITE.

I'm normally as cautious as Jarrod but as I left work on Saturday to go to the match, I told a Villa fan that I didn't expect us to win, he said 'I wouldn't be too sure.' Yesterday he said, 'I told you so' and I didn't mind being proved wrong one bit.

hill topbaggie

told you so

We Only Need One Half!

If you predicted that score line right, fair play, I doth my cap, me and Warren were settling for the point Friday night (and I think he had his fingers crossed at that, I know I did!)

hill topbaggie

not only predicted it, i put it on warrens blog on friday mate, just added a cheeky long first goal on the bet at 66 - 1

NYBaggie

The game or should I say the game that will not easily be forgotten in our history was on live over here. Observations:

1) Heroes, absolute heroes, every single man. It was a pleasure and an honour to witness (albeit via tv) this game of football as an Albion fan.

2) A lot of us have seen this squad evolve nicely over recent years and then this last summer of transfer activity happened and we all started to believe that little bit more. We knew we had a quality squad, but as Albion fans we didn't want to whisper too loudly because that's just not in our nature and we still remember what relegation feels like. We dared to dream though even if we didn't tell anyone, because on paper, we knew we had class and plenty of it. Class alone doesn't win anything however, you need team spirit, good coaching, good back-ups and some luck along the way.

3) We started with a bang against Liverpool and the train was moving. But then we saw the team spirit the following week at White Hart Lane. A never say die attitude was rewarded in the dying seconds with a Jimmy equaliser and the players celebrated like they'd won the cup final. Foster ran 60 yards to join in the celebrations and you knew this group had togetherness and spirit.

4) The good coaching has been abundantly clear throughout the season, but particularly against Wigan. Coming off a 2-0 home win, where Pete scored two, SC wasn't afraid to change the formation and personnel to counteract Wigan's formation. It worked perfectly, 2-1 to us and a Premiership away win.

5) Against Chelsea, we were without Foster, Reid, GMac and Lukaku. It didn't matter. Boaz was sensational, as was Billy and Tamas. Shane destroyed Luiz and Cahill and showed Torres how to play the lone forward role. Pete was just as good, working as hard as I've ever seen him in an Albion shirt. We made 3 substitutions and I had the utmost confidence in all 3, after all Dorrans, Brunt and Rosenberg are class acts.

So, we're up to fourth place, one point behind the champions of Europe and within touching distance of the two Manchester clubs. We occupy a Champions League spot and we're almost a third of the way through the season. This isn't a fluke, we're here on merit and I believe we can and will hang around longer. The question is, how much longer?

Well, I'm certainly willing to dream some more... happy days indeed.

SC Baggie

Excellent summary of where we have come from since the summer but only WBA fans took time to notice the slow but positive build up (ask Le Tiss) now all the other teams and fans are feeling the power.

We Only Need One Half!

Good to see in the transfer rumours that we've gone with my suggestion from the other day to extend Woods loan spell, rather than selling him outright, hopefully, all parties are happy with that.

carly g

boys & girls do realise we are in contention for the PREMIER league title???????

Happy_baggie

Just read a stat that said Pete O & Yacob made as many tackles as the entire Chelsea team combined....... a great result for us but hard earned - SC has us playing with flair but not at the expense of the work rate.

We know what we are !!!!.

Wall Heath Baggie

Simply one of the best afternoons i have ever spent at the Hawthorns, a truly outstanding team performance and the backing from the stands would have bought a tear to Super Kev's eye , it certainly did to mine.

What an enigma Odemwingie is , first half anonymous , second half immense .

One question does Yacob ever give the ball away ?

SUPER KEV

You resigning as Chief of the Wba Forum Police then mate ?? LOL. Best wishes and Peace to you always my friend . See ya soon.

ROCKET

Remember that Chelski fan before the game who stated they were going to wreck our home record ? well he who laughs last , laughs longest. See ya for Stoke.

Cyril Randle

Max, didn't you spot the size 9 on P.O.'s bum after half time ? What impressed me particularly was he didn't lose anything going forward in spite of giving young Billy some real backup in defence. I was also impressed and tickled by his winding up of the East Stand after one particularly fine tackle and dribble out of defence. We responded well, waving our rugs and flasks before nodding off again.

astleistheking

They were alrite them chelsea fans who we were talkin to, I saw them after the game on the tram and they were full of praise for us.

Kev in Mallorca

Max

I'm not resigning but I thought I would be able to take a little rest this week but there is always some idiot who just can't leave it alone ay tha?

My reply to Dubia got binned, Mboy is talking out of the usual orifice and I'm sure WONOH hasn't read SC on the Albion web site as he doesn't usually talk out of the a similar hole as Mboy.

Adéu

PS. 12 sharp!

stinky

on another note woods scored again if lakaku goes how about bring woods back

Kev in Mallorca

I don't think it's a coincidence that his loan has only been extended till Jan.

Adéu

CantelloRocket 78

What a difference 45 minutes makes-

sitting in the East Stand, I went for a 'call of nature' at half-time and expressed much surprise at the atmosphere-

probably due to Chelsea scoring near the break, most of the guys were quiet and looking a little down, I was thinking 'c'mon lads, we're drawing with the European Champions, it could be worse!'.

Maybe it's a measure of our raised expectations these days?

Anyway, after the final whistle, I passed the same 'Gents' on the way out, and all around me were beaming smiles, a buzz of excitement, with chantin' and singin' echoing loudly from every direction-

it felt like an early Xmas party!!

As Bully mentioned in his post, the last 20 minutes seemed to open up, and the image I now have is of an electric atmosphere as two highly-charged premiership clubs ran full-blooded at each other-

I remember thinking 'this has now reached a new season high'-

incredible stuff.

I've contacted the Baggies offices this morning, and placed an order for much more of the same in the coming year..........

The Real Bully Hoo.

Steve Madeley's strangely lop sided report here is counterbalanced by an excellent analysis from Martin Swain.

Cyril Randle

Bully, you beat me to it again. Martin's write up and analysis was very eloquent, matching the mood on here to perfection. I think maybe Steve was still in a state of shock when he compiled his article.

Probably also had planned a highlight on Chelsea reffing the match too but they didn't, daren't and couldn't. The Officials did a good job, free of attack by players. Maybe the FA saw this too but I'm not holding my breath.

We Only Need One Half!

Being a baggies fan, and ergo naturally pessimistic, I have a very good feeling about us going 3rd next Saturday, not to take Sunderland lightly, they have on the whole been below par this season, and yes, they had a good result yesterday, but watching the highlights, Fulham gave them a good game with only 10 men, so everything crossed, and Man City playing Chelsea not hurting our chances, we could well be up to third next Saturday lunch time.

p.s. Brian McDermott and Chris Hughton should be mentioned in dispatches for doing us a favour me thinks!

p.p.s. Mr Mancini, if you could put 5 past Chelsea like you did the Villa, so as we are on the same GD, Id be very grateful.

quinton baggie

I nearly wet myself when we signed Shane Long and now I know why. He gives any defender a torrid time and Cahill just could not live with him. I dont know where he gets the enrgy from. Also he has a hamstring problem. But very impressed with POW his work rate and tracking back and tackles in from of the East Stand was pure magic. The best was when he whipped the crowd up to respond to his game. Absolutly fabulous.

CantelloRocket 78

Max,

I recall that Chelsea fan you mentioned, saying something else-

without a flicker of emotion, he said 'West Brom's the right sort of club for Lukaku to be at now, because eventually he might get to be good enough to be playing for a club like Chelsea.........'

Is he talking about the sort of club that the Baggies have stuffed twice in the last year.........?

As for P.O.-

I'm glad he's now working harder, it'll add to his pace, his fast, tricky footwork, and all them goals he's scored, that I've been bangin' on about these last couple of years...........;-)