Match report - Hannover 2 Albion 1

Albion kicked off their pre-season programme with defeat thanks to an unfortunate late own-goal from Craig Dawson.

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Albion kicked off their pre-season programme with defeat thanks to an unfortunate late own-goal from Craig Dawson.

The young defender deflected the ball into his own net with nine minutes remaining to hand Bundesliga side Hannover 96 victory in the Austrian town of Gleisdorf.

Nicolas Anelka made his Baggies debut but it was strike partner Markus Rosenberg who netted his first Albion goal in a public game on 42 minutes.

That cancelled out Mame Diouf’s goal for Hannover on 28 minutes.

Most of Albion’s senior men played for around an hour before boss Steve Clarke made wholesale changes.

The opening 15 minutes were uneventful but on 16 minutes Anelka produced a moment of quality, playing one-twos with Markus Rosenberg and Nicolas Anelka before testing keeper Ron-Robert Zieler with a bending shot.

There was a chance for Albion when Gabriel Tamas headed a Graham Dorrans free-kick across the face of goal for Gareth McAuley, who could not quite react quickly enough to direct a shot on target.

Hannover broke immediately and Diouf found himself in the clear but he blasted wide of the target.

But it was 1-0 to the Germans on 28 minutes when Jan Schlaudraff intercepted a Ben Foster clearance and crossed for Diouf, who scored despite colliding with the Baggies keeper.

Albion wasted a free-kick that was awarded controversially for a backpass, but Rosenberg fired them level three minutes before half-time.

He finished bravely – colliding with Zieler in the process – from James Morrison’s right-wing cut-back.

Hannover tested Foster early in the second half when Lars Stindl turned substitute Christian Pander’s cross towards goal, but the Baggies keeper made a comfortable catch.

And Foster made a better save moments later from Stindl’s far-post effort after a cross by Szabolcs Huszti.

Albion made eight substitutions on 61 minutes and all 10 had changed by full-time, and it was the Germans who had the better chances with substitute Deniz Kadah nodding just wide from a Stindl cross.

Hannover made it 2-1 with nine minutes remaining when Pander stabbed a shot towards goal and Dawson stuck out a foot that deflected it past a helpless Foster.

Late on it should have been 3-1 when Dawson gifted possession to Artur Sobiech, but the striker hit the base of the post.

By Steve Madeley

Comments for: "Match report - Hannover 2 Albion 1"

CantelloRocket 78

Well the purpose of these games is to get players 'warmed up' for the coming season, also to try a few things out, and SC was pleased with the positives he saw in this workout.

Obviously the result means very little, although it's a good test to play a Bundesliga club that played in the Europa league last season, and already have 7 or 8 pre-season games under their belt.

It seems Anelka showed some quality touches, and Rosenberg found the net again, which is good to hear, but making 8 changes at 1-1 shows we were really giving everyone a runout, and allowing Steve to make some notes.

Still a few weeks before the real action begins!!

Jack ♣ Hat.

Cantello,

True, no use winning practice matches against low grade Scotch clubs and thinking everything in the garden is rosy is it, mate. L☺Ls.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Jack ♣ Hat.

One damn good workout done and another three against top teams to come, two of those on home parks at Shrewsbury and Telford. Just one negative, can our defenders refrain from having wild stabs at the ball as it comes into the area and leave it to the opposition to have a shot, at least Ben expects them to have a dip L☺Ls. Practice under way proper. Jeff Astle's "Liquidator" played and no report of even one swear word. Come on you BAGGIES.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Happy_baggie

I see on the transfer rumour page we have been linked to Swiss striker Sadiku.

It may be a puzzle as to where he will play but I bet the team shirts add up to 9.

The Real Bully Hoo.

As Alex Stewart would have said, 'bowlin' 'Appy.'

lucanBaggie

Good that everone is getting a run out, was this also prehaps a scouting mission for Mr Diouf?

Jack ♣ Hat.

lucanBaggie,

I'd have thought we would be looking at Szabbolcs Huszti the Hungary left wing forward, mate, tricky fellow with goals in him.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

lucanBaggie

JTH

Would be happy with either/both, although see Stoke preparing offer for Diouf