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Zoltan Gera decides to take a short corner.
Simon Cox is brought on as a substitute for Youssouf Mulumbu.
Centre by Nicky Shorey, clearance by David Wheater.
Youssouf Mulumbu concedes a free kick for a foul on David Ngog. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Gary Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
Nicky Shorey fouled by David Ngog, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
Fabrice Muamba concedes a free kick for a foul on Zoltan Gera. Gael Kakuta comes on in place of Fabrice Muamba. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.
Graham Dorrans comes on in place of Jerome Thomas.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker by Zoltan Gera. Free kick taken by Fabrice Muamba.
Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Effort on goal by Zoltan Gera from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Jerome Thomas crosses the ball, clearance by Gary Cahill.
The ball is sent over by Zoltan Gera, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
Jerome Thomas sends in a cross, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
Shot from just outside the box by Zoltan Gera goes over the target.
Kevin Davies goes off and David Ngog comes on.
Martin Petrov is brought on as a substitute for Chris Eagles.
The ball is delivered by James Morrison, Gareth McAuley takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
Corner taken by Chris Brunt from the left by-line to the near post.
Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Shot from just outside the box by Youssouf Mulumbu goes over the target.
Shot by Kevin Davies from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
The ball is crossed by Jerome Thomas, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Wheater on Shane Long. Free kick taken by Steven Reid.
Shane Long is penalised for a handball. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Nicky Shorey crosses the ball, Shane Long grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. West Brom 2-1 Bolton.Assist on the goal came from Nicky Shorey.
Zoltan Gera crosses the ball, clearance by David Wheater. Chris Brunt takes the outswinging corner, Jonas Olsson takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt from the left by-line, Paul Robinson makes a clearance.
Shot from deep inside the area by Jerome Thomas clears the crossbar.
Zoltan Gera sends in a cross, Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Blocked by Fabrice Muamba.
Nicky Shorey sends in a cross, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line. A cross is delivered by Jerome Thomas. Chris Brunt delivers the ball, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
James Morrison takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Nigel Reo-Coker. Direct free kick taken by James Morrison.
Foul by Paul Robinson on Youssouf Mulumbu, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steven Reid.
The ball is swung over by Nicky Shorey, Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The ball is swung over by Kevin Davies, clearance by Steven Reid.
Steven Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Davies. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth McAuley by Kevin Davies. Free kick taken by Ben Foster. Unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Mark Davies results in a free kick. Chris Brunt restarts play with the free kick.
Chris Eagles takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Kevin Davies takes a shot. Corner taken by Chris Eagles, Jonas Olsson gets a block in. Clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
Mark Davies takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Eagles by Chris Brunt. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Reid by Ivan Klasnic. Free kick taken by James Morrison.
The ball is crossed by Ivan Klasnic, save by Ben Foster.
Jerome Thomas challenges Mark Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
Steven Reid challenges Kevin Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ivan Klasnic. Chris Eagles takes a shot. Shane Long gets a block in.
The official flags Shane Long offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Jerome Thomas produces a cross, clearance made by David Wheater.
Ivan Klasnic concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Olsson. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Shane Long on Nigel Reo-Coker, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Centre by Nigel Reo-Coker, Ben Foster makes a save.
Jerome Thomas challenges Fabrice Muamba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jerome Thomas goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Gareth McAuley concedes a free kick for a foul on Ivan Klasnic. Free kick taken by Chris Eagles.
Foul by Jonas Olsson on Kevin Davies, free kick awarded. Joe Riley takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Kevin Davies, save by Ben Foster.
Jerome Thomas challenges Fabrice Muamba unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Power penalty scored by Ivan Klasnic. West Brom 1-1 Bolton.The assist for the goal came from Fabrice Muamba.
Inswinging corner taken by Chris Eagles from the left by-line, clearance made by Gareth McAuley.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Shane Long. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Goal scored by Jerome Thomas from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Brom 1-0 Bolton.Assist on the goal came from Zoltan Gera.
Jonas Olsson fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
Shane Long takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Eagles.
Ivan Klasnic sends in a cross, save made by Ben Foster.
Handball by Shane Long. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Zoltan Gera.
Unfair challenge on Shane Long by Nigel Reo-Coker results in a free kick. Chris Brunt takes the free kick.
Nicky Shorey delivers the ball, Zoltan Gera produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
Chris Eagles takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Gary Cahill takes a shot. Clearance made by Youssouf Mulumbu.
James Morrison has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
Chris Brunt produces a cross, clearance by Joe Riley.
James Morrison takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
Chris Brunt takes the outswinging corner, Jonas Olsson takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Nigel Reo-Coker is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Chris Brunt. Jerome Thomas sends in a cross, Joe Riley makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Chris Eagles from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
A cross is delivered by Joe Riley.
The ball is crossed by Joe Riley, blocked by Nicky Shorey. Corner taken right-footed by Chris Eagles from the right by-line to the near post, Shane Long manages to make a clearance.
New deal not a priority for Hodgson
West Brom head coach Roy Hodgson admits he is more focused on a crucial run of fixtures before Christmas than holding discussions over his own future.
Hodgson's current deal runs out in the summer and the club's sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth intimated this week that talks over a new contract will take place in the new year.
But Hodgson is in no rush ahead of a month he admits will define whether West Brom will be relegation candidates or contenders for a spot in the top half of the Barclays Premier League.
He said: "There is no rush from a club point of view or mine (over the contract situation).
"I have not got itchy feet and am not touting myself around for a new job.
"People know what I do here and there is plenty of time to talk about that. It is not bothering me at the moment.
"Pulling away from the relegation zone is more important than worrying about my future."
The Baggies have had a tough start fixture-wise to the campaign and have already taken on Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal - and lost all four games.
But before Christmas Albion will host Bolton - Saturday`s opponents - and Wigan as well as visiting QPR and Blackburn.
Hodgson said: "We are entering a very important period and the next batch of games up to Christmas are going to be the important ones.
"They will show whether we can get close to the top half of the table or if we are doomed to be fighting in the bottom half.
"We had a tough start fixture-wise. We started so badly in terms of points so I think we are pretty much now where we could hope to be.
"But people tend to divide the Premier League up and there are more teams in the next run of games that people will be expecting to be in our sort of (area in the) league."
Albion will give a late fitness test to strikers Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie, who have been suffering with knee injuries.
But midfielder Paul Scharner is again ruled out with a knee problem.
Manager Owen Coyle has warned Bolton prospect Joe Riley the hard work starts now as he prepares for his second Premier League appearance.
The 20-year-old right-back had a debut to remember in the 5-0 victory over Stoke two weeks ago, earning a standing ovation from the Reebok Stadium crowd when he was substituted late on.
That performance has ensured he will retain his place for the trip to West Brom, where another win would be enough to lift the Trotters out of the bottom three.
Bringing through players from Bolton's academy is something Coyle is very keen to do, and he is confident others will follow in Riley's footsteps.
The Trotters boss said: "He did himself a power of good in the Stoke City game and I've always said if players do well for me then they'll get that opportunity again.
"It's a boost for everybody at the football club, particularly the academy because they've worked hard. We're desperate to get our own young players coming through, and there's two or three others - Josh Vela, Adam Blakeman, Michael O'Halloran, Rob Lainton - Joe's not alone.
"We think there's a number of them that can have big careers and it's a question of bringing them in at the right time.
"Joe was ready to play, he got his opportunity and what he has to do now is kick on from that and not think he's arrived because he's played one good game. He's got to do that consistently, but it's great to see."
The thumping of Stoke lifted the pressure off Coyle's shoulders temporarily but he knows it will be straight back on should they lose to West Brom, who sit four places and two points ahead of them.
"West Brom are a very good side led by a fantastic manager so we know we're in for a tough afternoon, but we also know we have good players and a very good team, and we have to go and show that and look to win the three points," said Coyle.
"At the moment they're above us in the league so we have an opportunity to leapfrog them. The onus is on us following on from the Stoke game."
Bolton will be without Ricardo Gardner after he picked up a knock.
Long the hero for Baggies
Shane Long justified his quickfire return to action after injury by heading West Brom's winner in the Barclays Premier League clash with Bolton at the Hawthorns which ended 2-1.
Albion had feared the Republic of Ireland striker would be out for up to eight weeks with a knee injury but he was back after a month to earn his side a first win over the Trotters in seven years.
Jerome Thomas had given the Baggies the lead but then conceded the penalty which enabled Ivan Klasnic to level for the visitors.
Long's winner helped him to make up for the disappointment of being unavailable for his country's Euro 2012 play-off triumph against Estonia.
He looked sharp after his lay-off and troubled Bolton with his pace, tireless running and non-stop energy. Playmaker Zoltan Gera also impressed in his first home start since a summer return from Fulham while Youssouf Mulumbu anchored the midfield.
Bolton had looked dangerous in the opening 45 minutes and full of confidence after the 5-0 home win over Stoke.
But they were second best after the break despite a battling display from Fabrice Muamba in the centre of the park and remain in the bottom three.
The visitors made a positive start and Chris Eagles was only just too high with a dipping volley from a narrow angle.
Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen palmed away a header from Jonas Olsson who was first to react to a Chris Brunt corner. Mulumbu cleared a header from Bolton defender Gary Cahill off the line after he had been left unmarked at a Joe Riley corner.
Cahill made a superb tackle to knock Long out of his stride after he had seized onto Thomas' through ball and his shot flew wide.
But after 16 minutes Thomas put Albion ahead with his first goal of the season although replays appeared to indicate he was offside.
Gera supplied the telling through ball and Thomas calmly took the ball to the side of Jaaskelainen before shooting into an empty net.
Bolton needed only five minutes to get back on level terms and this time Thomas was the villain for the home side as he was adjudged to have brought down Muamba.
Up stepped Klasnic and his spot-kick contained too much power for Ben Foster even though the Albion keeper dived the right way.
Thomas had also given a penalty away in Albion's last home game against Liverpool.
His mixed fortunes continued when he was yellow carded after 27 minutes for a challenge on Muamba.
The game continued to flow freely and Foster came to Albion's rescue when he blocked a left-footed drive from Mark Davies. Then a Kevin Davies header was deflected over the bar from an Eagles corner.
Cahill threw himself in the way of a drive from Thomas as Albion enjoyed a spell of pressure at the start of the second period.
Thomas had another shot blocked and curled another effort over the bar. David Wheater made a vital interception in cutting out Gera's low cross with Long ready to pounce.
Albion's pressure paid off after 56 minutes with Long restoring their lead.
Thomas made a jinking run before releasing Nicky Shorey and his first time cross was met by Long who glanced his header past Jaaskelainen.
Bolton searched for an equaliser and Kevin Davies shot wide under pressure from Olsson.
Thomas was shooting at every opportunity and another attempt flew straight at Jaaskelainen.
In a rare Bolton raid, Foster got his body behind Mark Davies' low attempt.
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