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West Brom 2-1 Bolton (West Brom Fan's Perspective)

By Vikram
Sunday 20th November 2011
A thrilling game at the Hawthorns, ended 2-1 as West Brom collected three important points in a highly contested match against Bolton Wanderers.

West Brom were boosted at the start with news that Shane Long was back in the first team after just three weeks, following a warning he was most probably going to be out for up to six weeks following a rash challenge by Alan Hutton in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa. He along with Zoltan Gera made a massive impact.

The game started at the traditional time of 15:00 with West Brom kicking towards the away end. Bolton started the brighter getting a couple of corners with Chris Eagles and Gary Cahill both going close before a couple chances for Jonas Olsson and Long got both team in a swift tempo. But it was West Brom with the break through after just 15 minutes with Jerome Thomas, who was having a decent start, collecting a pass from Gera, escaping the offside trap to roll it across goal past Jussi Jaaskelainen and slotted it into an empty net.

But Thomas went from Hero to Zero in within five minutes as he gave away another silly foul in the box, his second in two games, which gifted Bolton the chance to equalised. Before this, it looked like Bolton might conceded again if anything. Ivan Klasnic cooly slotted passed Ben Foster, although it was a bit close for comfort for him and Bolton. The rest of the half was full of half chances and limped by. 
The second half was about West Brom coming out all guns blazing. In first ten minutes of the second half, the ball hardly came out of the Bolton half. This was too much pressure for them to handle and on 56 minutes, Long headed past Jaaskelainen, from a Nicky Shorey cross to put the game in Albion's favour again. Albion refused to stop attacking and kept coming close with Gera looking for a goal on his second debut. Eventually, Bolton started attacking but the introduction of David N'Gog and Martin Petrov didn't accumulate anything. However Graham Dorrans arrival at the expenses of Thomas, didn't help Joe Riley the Bolton full back anymore as he still was being terrorized. Dorrans' pull back for Gera nearly ended up being an own goal but it rolled wide to the relief of Mark Davies. The match ended with Gera being named Man Of The Match, but in the end it could have been Gera, Long, Stephen Reid, Olsson or  James Morrison, aswell everyone else having a good game. Spurs are at the Hawthorns next for the Baggies on Saturday, and hopefully Thomas will be banned from our box.

ALBION (4-4-1-1): Foster; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Shorey; Brunt (c), Mulumbu (Cox 90+1), Morrison, Thomas (Dorrans 80); Gera; Long. Subs not used: Fulop (gk), Fortune, Tchoyi, Dawson, Jones.

BOLTON (4-4-2): Jaaskelainen; Riley, Cahill, Wheater, Robinson; Eagles (Petrov 69), Muamba (Kakuta 81), Reo-Coker, M Davies; Klasnic, K Davies (c) (Ngog 69). Subs not used: Bogdan (gk), Tuncay, Knight, Pratley.

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