• Date: Sat 27 February 2010
  • Venue: The Hawthorns
  • Ref: Crossley, P
  • Attendance: 23,335
West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion

Brunt (67)

Brunt (77)

Cox (83)

3 - 1
Derby County

Derby County

Porter (49)

West Bromwich Albion vs Derby County

Team Lineups

West Bromwich Albion

Scott Carson
Jonas Olsson
Marek Cech
Abdoulaye Meite
Gabriel Tamas
Robert Koren (James Morrison, 59)
Chris Brunt
Jerome Thomas
Graham Dorrans
Ben Watson (Youssouf Mulumbu, 81)
Luke Moore (Simon Cox, 59)

Derby County

Stephen Bywater
Shaun Barker
Jake Buxton
Dean Moxey (Ben Pringle, 90)
Nicky Hunt
Paul Green
Robbie Savage
Stephen Pearson
Michael Tonge
Chris Porter (Steve Davies, 79)
Gilles Sunu (Dave Martin, 84)

Match Report
Chris Brunt's double helped to fire West Bromwich Albion's promotion push back into top gear as Derby County threw away the chance to pull off a victory at The Hawthorns, eventually going down 3-1. After weathering a first-half storm, Derby stunned Albion by taking a 49th minute lead through Chris Porter. But a three-goal Albion blitz in the space of 15 minutes turned the game on its head. Brunt's eighth goal of the season in the 67th minute drew Albion level and he completed the comeback ten minutes later. Substitute Simon Cox, who set up Brunt's opener, then sealed the victory eight minutes from time, After collecting just a point from the previous two games, a win was vital for Albion and it also lifted them back into second place following Nottingham Forest's defeat at Leicester City. Derby, who have now lost their last two games, looked set to pull off an impressive win after Porter's second goal of the season, but were swept aside by the storming Albion fightback. Albion made their predictably dominant start but they could not find a way through a determined Derby rearguard. Jerome Thomas and Brunt both went close before Robert Koren saw his drive deflected wide. Koren then blazed over the bar before a desperate late block by Derby captain Robbie Savage kept County on level terms. Thomas picked out Luke Moore and he looked set to score at the far post in the 31st minute. But Savage slid in to deflect Moore's shot to safety - with Albion's claims that he stopped the ball with his hands being ignored by referee Phil Crossley. Derby only came to life as an attacking force in the closing stages of the half when Jake Buxton fired wide, before Michael Tonge was inches away from converting a Stephen Pearson cross. Albion then had further penalty appeals rejected when Thomas went down under challenge from Paul Green, but again Crossley waved away their protests. While Albion had started the first half positively, it was Derby who were quicker out of the blocks after half-time and were rewarded when Porter pounced. Albion's defence was completely undone by a chip into the area by Savage and when the ball found its way to Porter he made no mistake at the far post. Derby should quickly have doubled their advantage only for on-loan Arsenal forward Gilles Sunu to lift the ball over the bar from close range. That was costly as Albion took full advantage of their let-off when Cox picked out Brunt on the edge of the area and he beat Stephen Bywater from the edge of the area. Brunt then put Albion in control by bundling home a corner from Graham Dorrans. Derby then tried to chase the game and were caught out at the back by Cox, who converted a through ball from fellow substitute James Morrison.
Live Text Commentary
90
Substitution
 

Dean Moxey is replaced by Ben Pringle.

Full time
 

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.

84
Substitution
 

Gilles Sunu is replaced by Dave Martin.

83
Goal
 

Goal!! West Brom have scored with Simon Cox putting it in the back of the net.

81
Substitution
 

Ben Watson is being taken off, Youssouf Mulumbu has come on in his place.

79
Substitution
 

Chris Porter is replaced by Steve Davies.

77
Goal
 

Goal!! West Brom have scored with Chris Brunt putting it in the back of the net.

76
Yellow Card
 

Dean Moxey goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

67
Goal
 

Goal!! West Brom have scored with Chris Brunt putting it in the back of the net.

59
Substitution
 

Robert Koren is being taken off, James Morrison has come on in his place.

59
Substitution
 

Luke Moore is replaced by Simon Cox.

49
Goal
 

Goal!! Chris Porter scores for Derby.

47
Yellow Card
 

Gabriel Tamas is booked for unsporting behaviour.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 0.

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by P Crossley

36
Yellow Card
 

Shaun Barker goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

32
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Chris Brunt.

Kickoff
 

It's 3pm on Saturday, February 27th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

West Brom face Derby at 3pm on Saturday, February 27th.