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Somen Tchoyi is ruled offside. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Somen Tchoyi on Stephen Crainey, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.
Shot from just outside the area by Ian Evatt goes over the bar.
The referee books Marek Cech for time wasting.
Nicky Shorey replaces Youssouf Mulumbu.
Shot from inside the six-yard box by Brett Ormerod goes wide right of the target.
Peter Odemwingie grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Brom 3-2 Blackpool.Gonzalo Jara provided the assist for the goal.
Left-footed shot by Chris Brunt went harmlessly over the net.
Graham Dorrans goes off and Somen Tchoyi comes on.
The referee penalises Youssouf Mulumbu for handball. David Vaughan takes the indirect free kick.
Peter Odemwingie concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Evatt. Direct free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
Jerome Thomas concedes a free kick for a foul on David Vaughan. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Shot from 35 yards by Chris Brunt. Blocked by Ian Evatt.
Simon Cox takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 2-2 Blackpool.Assist on the goal came from Matt Phillips.
The ball is swung over by Jerome Thomas, Stephen Crainey makes a clearance.
Alex Baptiste delivers the ball.
A cross is delivered by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Marek Cech makes a clearance.
Foul by Peter Odemwingie on Craig Cathcart, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.
(Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Alex Baptiste coming on for Luke Varney.
Craig Cathcart booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Craig Cathcart. Chris Brunt restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam from the left by-line played to the near post, Craig Cathcart produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Centre by Ian Evatt, clearance by Gabriel Tamas.
The offside flag is raised against Jerome Thomas. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Simon Cox, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.
Handball by Matt Phillips. Indirect free kick taken by Gabriel Tamas.
The ball is sent over by Luke Varney, Gabriel Tamas manages to make a clearance.
Simon Cox is brought on as a substitute for James Morrison.
Effort from deep inside the area by James Morrison clears the bar.
Charlie Adam takes a outswinging corner to the near post.
Neal Eardley leaves the field to be replaced by Brett Ormerod.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Crainey.
The ball is delivered by Charlie Adam.
Graham Dorrans delivers the ball, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.
Centre by Jerome Thomas, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
Peter Odemwingie has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Save made by Richard Kingson.
The ball is sent over by Peter Odemwingie, Shot by Chris Brunt from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is swung over by Jerome Thomas, save by Richard Kingson.
The ball is delivered by James Morrison.
Luke Varney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against James Morrison. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
Gabriel Tamas delivers the ball.
David Vaughan is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. David Vaughan challenges Youssouf Mulumbu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Brunt.
Matt Phillips is brought on as a substitute for Elliot Grandin. Peter Odemwingie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
James Morrison takes a shot. Save made by Richard Kingson.
James Morrison grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. West Brom 2-1 Blackpool.Assist by Jerome Thomas.
Dudley Campbell produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
James Morrison has a drilled shot. Save by Richard Kingson.
The referee blows for offside. Craig Cathcart restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by James Morrison, clearance by Neal Eardley.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Scharner.
The offside flag is raised against Peter Odemwingie. Craig Cathcart takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Varney on Paul Scharner. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
Peter Odemwingie produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gonzalo Jara by Luke Varney. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
Luke Varney fouled by Gonzalo Jara, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.
Chris Brunt takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
James Morrison delivers the ball, clearance by Stephen Crainey.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Odemwingie. Ian Evatt takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Elliot Grandin on Youssouf Mulumbu, free kick awarded. Gonzalo Jara takes the free kick.
James Morrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.
Peter Odemwingie finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Brom 1-1 Blackpool.Assist by Graham Dorrans.
Corner taken by Graham Dorrans from the left by-line to the near post, Richard Kingson makes a save.
The ball is swung over by Youssouf Mulumbu, save made by Richard Kingson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by Charlie Adam. Chris Brunt takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Chris Brunt from the left by-line.
The ball is sent over by Chris Brunt, clearance by Craig Cathcart.
The ball is crossed by Gonzalo Jara, clearance by David Vaughan.
Gabriel Tamas concedes a free kick for a foul on Dudley Campbell. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Marek Cech, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
Peter Odemwingie is caught offside. Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.
Charlie Adam sends in a cross, blocked by Gonzalo Jara.
Shot on goal by James Morrison from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Jerome Thomas delivers the ball.
Chris Brunt takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Luke Varney.
Marek Cech sends in a cross, Chris Brunt takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Crainey.
Shot from just outside the box by Luke Varney goes over the bar.
Youssouf Mulumbu takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Crainey.
A cross is delivered by Youssouf Mulumbu, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Luke Varney. Chris Brunt takes the direct free kick.
Dudley Campbell is ruled offside. Paul Scharner restarts play with the free kick.
Graham Dorrans fouled by Dudley Campbell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Brunt.
Luke Varney concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Odemwingie. Chris Brunt crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Luke Varney manages to make a clearance.
Jerome Thomas crosses the ball, save by Richard Kingson.
The ball is delivered by Jerome Thomas.
Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Gonzalo Jara results in a free kick. Ian Evatt takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Scharner by Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
David Vaughan fires in a goal from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. West Brom 0-1 Blackpool.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey.
Corner from left by-line taken by Charlie Adam.
Neal Eardley delivers the ball, clearance made by Gonzalo Jara.
Marek Cech challenges David Vaughan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Cathcart takes the direct free kick.
Luke Varney is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Gonzalo Jara.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Adam, free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher on Chris Brunt. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
Youssouf Mulumbu challenges Gary Taylor-Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Adam, clearance by Chris Brunt.
Long range shot by Charlie Adam goes wide right of the goal.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Peter Odemwingie misses to the left of the target.
Effort from 35 yards by Graham Dorrans. Ian Evatt gets a block in.
Jerome Thomas delivers the ball, Shot from close range by Chris Brunt misses to the right of the goal.
Peter Odemwingie sends in a cross.
The ball is swung over by Peter Odemwingie, blocked by Neal Eardley.
Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Dudley Campbell goes wide of the left-hand post.
The game gets underway.
The ref blows to end the first period.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Di Matteo backs brunt as skipper
West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo has hailed Chris Brunt as the "natural" choice to lead the Baggies against Blackpool.
The Italian decided on Thursday that his regular skipper, goalkeeper Scott Carson, would not be involved after a string of indifferent performances and the impressive display put in by his deputy, Boaz Myhill, against Reading last weekend.
As a result, Di Matteo has given the armband to Northern Ireland international Brunt, and he is confident the 26-year-old is up to the task.
He told his club's official website: "Chris has matured a lot in the time I've been at the club. He's become a very consistent player.
"He's got a great personality and is very well respected. I think he is a natural captain."
Last week's FA Cup exit at Reading was Albion's sixth successive defeat in all competitions, and, after a promising start to the season that saw them occupy one of the Champions League positions, they go into the game in 16th place.
Di Matteo, though, hopes that having a full week to prepare for the clash with Ian Holloway's men will stand them in good stead.
He added: "I haven't had a run like this as a manager or a player so it is new to me. But a few of our players have gone through it before and so have some of the staff.
"So we have been talking about it and talking to the players, trying to pick them up and give them some confidence.
"One good result can change everything.
"It was good to get a normal week in and give people the chance to recover their energy and get over illness.
"So it has been good for us and we really needed it.
"We were on our last legs in the last FA Cup and you could see we couldn't quite raise our game to where we wanted to."
Former Hull stopper Myhill will make his first Premier League appearance for the club, with England squad member Carson taking his place on the bench.
Striker Peter Odemwingie is a doubt with an ankle injury, while Ismael Miller and Pablo Ibanez are both struggling with hamstring strains.
There is some good news for Di Matteo with Gabriel Tamas returning from a three-match suspension, but that is offset by Jonas Olsson serving a ban of his own, while Steven Reid (knee) is out.
Meanwhile, Blackpool boss Ian Holloway believes his team have thrived this season because they are free of the weight of expectation - which is how he wants things to stay.
Following their surprise promotion via the Championship play-offs in May, the Seasiders have performed impressively so far in their maiden Barclays Premier League campaign, taking 28 points from their opening 20 fixtures.
Holloway feels the way Blackpool were so widely written off in the summer has worked to their advantage and, although he admits it is nice to prove the doubters wrong, the 47-year-old is wary of people's views shifting.
"I've got the easiest job in the world, because there are no expectations on me," said Holloway, whose side, currently ninth, take on West Brom at The Hawthorns tomorrow.
"If that starts to build with our crowd, then I've got to dampen and quash that because that is why we are doing so well.
"In my opinion, expectation in football has gone completely crazy, and nothing sums it up more than us.
"If we turn up, everyone is booing their team before they even start - 'boo, you can't have Blackpool passing it past you, what is going on? It's only Blackpool'.
"You have to earn the right to be a good team, whoever you are, in any division.
"If you look at managers who have got the sack, where has that come from? The expectations of everybody.
"Even if you are only one or two points off where you think you should be as a club, then the manager gets the sack these days."
Blackpool midfielder Elliot Grandin faces a late fitness test ahead of the clash.
Grandin has suffered problems with his hamstring in recent weeks and was withdrawn in the second half against Liverpool on Wednesday, although Holloway is optimistic the Frenchman will be able to travel with the squad to the midlands.
Holloway has no other fresh injury concerns, but David Carney is still at the Asian Cup with Australia.
Odemwingie at the double for Baggies
Two-goal Peter Odemwingie ended West Brom's five-game losing streak with a late winner to see off Blackpool 3-2 at The Hawthorns.
David Vaughan had put Blackpool in front but Albion replied through Odemwingie and James Morrison only for Gary Taylor-Fletcher to level for the Seasiders.
But then Odemwingie struck with three minutes remaining to move Albion away from the relegation zone.
Blackpool, fresh from their midweek triumph over Liverpool, played with their customary freedom with the in-demand Charlie Adam in fine form in midfield.
But they were left to rue two missed chances by the normally deadly DJ Campbell.
The Baggies were unsurprisingly devoid of confidence in the first half after their recent poor run. But they were dragged up off the floor by the driving force in midfield of Youssouf Mulumbu.
Jerome Thomas also posed problems with his pace and crossing power from the left flank.
Campbell missed a golden chance to put his side ahead after only two minutes.
Luke Varney's pass picked out the Seasiders top scorer and he evaded the challenge of Paul Scharner to leave himself with only Boaz Myhill to beat 10 yards out.
But Campbell contrived to screw his shot wide of the post when it looked easier to score.
The Baggies tried to retaliate and Odemwingie's cross from the left of the box found its way to acting skipper Chris Brunt at the far post.
But he opted to volley rather than head towards goal and was high and wide with his attempt.
Blackpool went ahead after 11 minutes through a superb goal from Vaughan.
Stephen Crainey's cross was only half cleared to Vaughan 20 yards out. The midfielder had time to line up his shot - with no Albion player closing him down - before curling it past the dive of Myhill for his second goal of the campaign.
Albion tried to build up some momentum with Thomas posing the main threat and Brunt seemed certain to convert his deep cross but Crainey made a superb block.
Crainey was then relieved when he made contract with a cross from Thomas under pressure from Odemwingie and forced Richard Kingson to save away to his right.
Then after 37 minutes Odemwingie brought the Baggies back on level terms.
Graham Dorrans supplied the telling ball from the left.
Odemwingie beat the offside trap, controlled the ball and slipped it past Kingson for his seventh goal of the campaign.
Odemwingie then went for goal after being freed by Thomas but he shot wide when Brunt was better placed in the centre.
A second glaring miss of the game from Campbell prevented Blackpool from regaining the lead early in the second half.
Adam's perfectly timed pass enabled Campbell to beat the offside trap but he slipped the ball past the post from 10 yards out.
It proved a costly miss as Morrison put Albion in front after 52 minutes.
Kingson got his hand to a low ball across the box from Thomas but Morrison was on hand to make no mistake at the far post.
Vaughan became the first player to be yellow carded for a challenge on Mulumbu.
Odemwingie found himself one on one with Kingson who spread himself and smothered the shot.
Albion squandered another great chance when Odemwingie teed up Morrison who shot over from 10 yards out.
With 10 minutes left, Taylor-Fletcher levelled for Blackpool when he turned home Phillips' low cross.
Back came Albion and Kingson blocked an effort from Simon Cox.
But in the 87th minute Odemwingie held off Cathcart and drilled his shot wide of Kingson for the winner.
Marek Cech was booked in stoppage time for time wasting.
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