West Brom 3-1 Birmingham

18 September 2010 03:58
West Brom struck three times in the second half to inflict a surprise first defeat of the season on Birmingham.Blues dominated the first period and bagged the opener when Cameron Jerome volleyed in Scott Dann's header. [LNB]Back came the Baggies after the break and drew level when Dann deflected Jerome Thomas's shot into his own net. [LNB]West Brom poured forward and took the lead with Peter Odemwingie rounding Ben Foster to fire in, before Jonas Olsson bravely nodded in Chris Brunt's corner. [LNB]Roberto Di Matteo praised his West Brom team's spirit which has followed the 6-0 drubbing by Chelsea in the season's opener, but it could be his half-time words on Saturday that prove to be a major turning point in their campaign.[LNB] [LNB][LNB]Di Matteo pleased with second half turnaround[LNB]With only three Premier League successes in 20 matches before this derby, Di Matteo would have probably settled for a point against a team 11 places above them at the start of the day. [LNB]But despite conceding an early Blues goal, the introduction of Graeme Dorrans for the second period beefed up the hosts' midfield and the team were richly rewarded to propel them up into ninth spot. [LNB]After Nigerian Odemwingie wasted a great chance on 13 minutes, Di Matteo's men got off to the worst possible start when they conceded in the very next attack. [LNB]Gabriel Tamas was caught tugging Jerome's shirt and as new on-loan signing Alexander Hleb drifted the free-kick on to the head of Dann, the ball looped over to the back post for Jerome to volley in from two feet for his first of the season.[LNB] Great result, great attitude from the players to come back from a goal behind Coffeedodger Apart from a few nice touches by Odemwingie and a Brunt long-range shot, the hosts were showing few signs of getting back into this battle - the first top-flight meeting between these clubs for four years. [LNB]But Birmingham dropped off the pace and West Brom, accepting the invitation to drive forward with relish, almost drew level with the last two attacks of the half. [LNB]Gonzalo Jara crossed for Marc-Antoine Fortune to nod narrowly wide as Foster scrambled along the line, and with Blues boss Alex McLeish looking on bemused, his sleepy defenders allowed the unmarked Tamas to head a Brunt corner just wide. [LNB]The relief among the Birmingham players at half-time would have been replaced by complete shock within 15 minutes of the restart as they saw their lead swiftly turned into a deficit. [LNB]Thanks to the introduction of Dorrans, back after a family bereavement, West Brom continued to drive at the Blues defence and were rewarded with an equaliser on 51 minutes, albeit thanks to a slice of luck.[LNB] [LNB][LNB]McLeish blames 'human error' for defeat[LNB]Thomas burst past Stephen Carr on the left side and as his low shot skimmed towards the boot of Odemwingie, the ball few into the net off the helpless Dann. [LNB]The Baggies sensed an upset and a Lee Bowyer error on the edge of the box led to Odemwingie slipping the ball around Foster to blast home to send the home fans into raptures. [LNB]And things got even better as Olsson leapt above the Birmingham defence to head home Brunt's inswinging corner. [LNB]Birmingham were left in disarray as McLeish was forced into substituting Bowyer, lucky to still be on the pitch after a reckless tackle on Jara. [LNB]Not the greatest of days for a manager who signed a new three-year contract before kick-off. [LNB][LNB]West Brom manager Roberto di Matteo:[LNB]"We made the change at half-time [Graeme Dorrans in place of striker Marc-Antoine Fortune and Peter Odemwingie going up front] and we were very positive in the second half and it was vital to get the equaliser. We had to get a hold of the midfield. [LNB]"The win is great for us. It puts us into a good position to kick on. The performance was excellent." [LNB]Birmingham manager Alex McLeish:[LNB]"It's very disappointing. It's a tale of two halves. [LNB]"We were excellent in the first half. Roberto changed the shape and we had to be ready for that and take a hold of the game but the early goal gave them a massive lift [LNB]"Human error was what went wrong - the guy getting inside Stephen Carr. The second one just bounced unfortunately off Lee Bowyer." [LNB][LNB] Live text and stats  [LNB] Saturday, 18 September 2010[LNB] Premier League[LNB] Home Team Score Away Team Time West Brom 3-1 Birmingham FT (HT 0-1) Dann (og) 51 Odemwingie 59 Olsson 69 Jerome 15 West Brom 01 Carson 03 Olsson 20 Shorey 30 Tamas 36 Jara 11 Brunt 14 Thomas (Barnes 87) 21 Mulumbu (Reid 75) 33 Scharner 24 Odemwingie yellow card 28 Fortune (Dorrans 46) Substitutes 13 Myhill, 05 Tchoyi, 06 Pablo, 08 Barnes, 12 Reid, 17 Dorrans, 09 Bednar Birmingham 26 Foster 02 Carr 05 Johnson 06 Ridgewell 15 Dann 04 Bowyer yellow card (Zigic 68) 07 Larsson 08 Gardner 12 Ferguson 22 Hleb (Beausejour 83) 10 Jerome (Derbyshire 79) Substitutes 01 Taylor, 03 Murphy, 17 Marcos Madera, 18 Fahey, 23 Beausejour, 14 Derbyshire, 19 Zigic Ref: FoyAtt: 23,062 WEST BROM BIRMINGHAM Possession West Brom 52% Birmingham 48% Attempts on target West Brom 10 Birmingham 3 Attempts off target West Brom 6 Birmingham 3 Corners West Brom 5 Birmingham 0 Fouls West Brom 11 Birmingham 8 Final Result 93:12 The match has reached full-time. Full Time 90:00+1:09 Craig Gardner takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson. 89:27 Drilled right-footed shot by Gonzalo Jara. Save by Ben Foster. 88:35 Nikola Zigic concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Reid. Steven Reid takes the free kick. 87:58 Centre by Liam Ridgewell, Chris Brunt gets a block in. 86:47 Substitution Giles Barnes comes on in place of Jerome Thomas. 86:31 Effort from the edge of the area by Jerome Thomas goes wide of the right-hand post. 85:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gonzalo Jara by Jean Beausejour. Free kick taken by Gonzalo Jara. 84:31 Graham Dorrans produces a cross. 82:59 Long range shot from Chris Brunt misses to the left of the target. 82:15 Substitution Jean Beausejour comes on in place of Alexander Hleb. 78:57 Substitution Matt Derbyshire on for Cameron Jerome. 74:31 Substitution Steven Reid joins the action as a substitute, replacing Youssouf Mulumbu. 73:32 Graham Dorrans takes a shot. Craig Gardner gets a block in. 72:04 Cameron Jerome is ruled offside. Scott Carson takes the indirect free kick. 71:13 Graham Dorrans has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright. 70:51 A cross is delivered by Paul Scharner, save by Ben Foster. 68:45 The assist for the goal came from Chris Brunt. 68:45 GOAL - Jonas Olsson:West Brom 3 - 1 Birmingham Jonas Olsson grabs a headed goal from close range. West Brom 3-1 Birmingham. 68:25 Corner taken by Chris Brunt, 67:07 Substitution Lee Bowyer goes off and Nikola Zigic comes on. 66:41 Booking Lee Bowyer receives a yellow card. 64:23 Gonzalo Jara fouled by Lee Bowyer, the ref awards a free kick. Gonzalo Jara takes the free kick. 61:50 Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Scott Dann gets a block in. 60:24 Booking Booking for Peter Odemwingie for unsporting behaviour. 58:42 GOAL - Peter Odemwingie:West Brom 2 - 1 Birmingham Peter Odemwingie finds the back of the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. West Brom 2-1 Birmingham. 56:59 Cameron Jerome takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar. 55:26 Gabriel Tamas has a shot and went wide left of the goal. 55:02 Stephen Carr concedes a free kick for a foul on Jerome Thomas. Jerome Thomas restarts play with the free kick. 54:29 Jerome Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson. Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson. 53:50 Effort from outside the penalty box by Craig Gardner goes wide right of the target. 53:02 Effort on goal by Peter Odemwingie from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar. 50:31 Jerome Thomas provided the assist for the goal. 50:31 GOAL - Scott Dann:West Brom 1 - 1 Birmingham An unfortunate own goal is conceded by Scott Dann. West Brom 1-1 Birmingham. 50:26 Jerome Thomas sends in a cross. 49:45 The ball is swung over by Chris Brunt, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance. 48:47 Effort on goal by Scott Dann from 35 yards missed to the left of the target. 47:37 Gonzalo Jara concedes a free kick for a foul on Cameron Jerome. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball in from the free kick, Scott Carson makes a clearance. 47:10 The offside flag is raised against Cameron Jerome. Free kick taken by Paul Scharner. 46:35 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Ben Foster. 45:29 A cross is delivered by Chris Brunt, save made by Ben Foster. 45:01 The second half begins. 45:01 Substitution Graham Dorrans comes on in place of Marc-Antoine Fortune. Half Time 45:00+1:06 The ref blows to signal half-time. 44:37 Liam Ridgewell fouled by Chris Brunt, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Dann. 43:29 Chris Brunt challenges Liam Ridgewell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Dann takes the direct free kick. 42:18 Corner from the left by-line taken by Chris Brunt, Headed effort from inside the area by Gabriel Tamas misses to the right of the target. 42:03 The ball is delivered by Chris Brunt. 41:46 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt, clearance made by Scott Dann. Correction - 41:23 Centre by Gonzalo Jara, Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in. 41:23 The ball is crossed by Gonzalo Jara, Marc-Antoine Fortune has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target. 40:54 The ball is sent over by Chris Brunt, Alexander Hleb manages to make a clearance. 40:31 Sebastian Larsson sends in a cross, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance. 38:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Dann by Paul Scharner. Scott Dann restarts play with the free kick. 38:18 Jonas Olsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster. 37:15 The ball is swung over by Lee Bowyer. The referee blows for offside against Cameron Jerome. Free kick taken by Scott Carson. 37:03 Lee Bowyer delivers the ball. 34:41 Foul by Barry Ferguson on Peter Odemwingie, free kick awarded. Chris Brunt restarts play with the free kick. 34:20 Chris Brunt produces a cross, Craig Gardner makes a clearance. 33:28 Craig Gardner has an effort at goal. Save by Scott Carson. 33:11 Foul by Chris Brunt on Alexander Hleb, free kick awarded. Barry Ferguson takes the direct free kick. 31:40 Jerome Thomas concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Ferguson. Ben Foster takes the free kick. Correction - 29:22 Headed cross/shot by Jerome Thomas, save by Ben Foster. 29:22 Jerome Thomas crosses the ball, Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster. 28:49 The ball is delivered by Jerome Thomas, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance. Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Lee Bowyer gets a block in. 27:34 Marc-Antoine Fortune is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster. 24:18 Centre by Jerome Thomas. 23:19 Foul by Roger Johnson on Paul Scharner, free kick awarded. Chris Brunt takes the direct free kick. 22:31 Gabriel Tamas fouled by Cameron Jerome, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gabriel Tamas. 21:55 The ball is crossed by Gonzalo Jara, clearance by Roger Johnson. 20:08 Centre by Chris Brunt, Shot by Paul Scharner. Save by Ben Foster. 19:21 Cameron Jerome fouled by Jonas Olsson, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick. 17:23 The referee blows for offside against Marc-Antoine Fortune. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick. 17:16 Jonas Olsson challenges Cameron Jerome unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick. Correction - 14:42 Scott Dann provided the assist for the goal. Correction - 14:42 GOAL - Cameron Jerome:West Brom 0 - 1 Birmingham Cameron Jerome finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Brom 0-1 Birmingham. 14:42 Assist by Scott Dann. 14:42 GOAL - Cameron Jerome:West Brom 0 - 1 Birmingham Cameron Jerome finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. West Brom 0-1 Birmingham. 13:42 Craig Gardner fouled by Paul Scharner, the ref awards a free kick. Sebastian Larsson takes the direct free kick. 13:13 Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster. 12:36 Liam Ridgewell delivers the ball. 10:40 The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance. 8:50 Corner taken by Chris Brunt from the left by-line played to the near post, Craig Gardner makes a clearance. 8:13 Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt to the near post, Craig Gardner makes a clearance. 4:45 Lee Bowyer delivers the ball, Chris Brunt manages to make a clearance. 1:27 Unfair challenge on Paul Scharner by Craig Gardner results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Jerome Thomas, Craig Gardner makes a clearance. 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match. Live text and data provided by The Press Association.[LNB]

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