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  • Date:2010-03-24
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:The Hawthorns
  • Attendance:22140
  • Referee:Webster, C

Live Commentary

90mins

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90mins

Giles Barnes is booked for unsporting behaviour.

85mins

Robert Koren is being taken off, Jerome Thomas has come on in his place.

80mins

Stephen Wright is replaced by Chris Hussey.

76mins

Jon Stead is being taken off, Clinton Morrison has come on in his place.

70mins

West Brom are replacing Ishmael Miller with Luke Moore.

66mins

David Bell is being taken off, Freddie Sears has come on in his place.

61mins

Chris Brunt is replaced by Giles Barnes.

48mins

The referee has booked Ben Watson.

46mins

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 0.

46mins

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 0.

45mins

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

43mins

The referee has booked James McPake.

22mins

Goal!! Steven Reid scores for West Brom.

0mins

It's 7:45pm on Wednesday, March 24th, the match has kicked off.

0mins

West Brom face Coventry at 7:45pm on Wednesday, March 24th.


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Match Report

Steven Reid's first goal for West Bromwich Albion moved them another step closer to promotion as Coventry City's lingering play-off hopes suffered a potentially fatal setback following a 1-0 defeat at The Hawthorns.

Reid, who is on a month's loan from Blackburn Rovers, made the decisive breakthrough in the 22nd minute as Albion recorded a fifth successive victory - their best run since 2004.

The win, also a seventh successive victory at home, once again opened up an eight-point advantage for Albion over third-placed Nottingham Forest and pushed them just two points behind leaders Newcastle United.

The defeat for Coventry was only their second in seven games, but it leaves them eight points away from the play-offs with just seven games remaining.

But they had enough of the play to have taken something from the game - especially in the second-half - and Jon Stead will know he should have done better with the golden chance that fell to him in the 62nd minute.

The on-loan Ipswich Town striker was picked out just six yards from goal by a neat cross from Sammy Clingan but flashed his shot wide to sum up a frustrating evening for Chris Coleman's side.

Coventry, who had battled back from 2-0 down in their previous game at Leicester City to salvage a point, had created the better of the early chances when Clingan saw his free-kick flash just wide and Stead had a low shot saved by Scott Carson.

Albion had not really forced Keiren Westwood into a save before Reid struck the key blow as Coventry paid the ultimate price for failing to deal with a Chris Brunt corner.

Abdoulaye Meite just failed to covert Brunt's centre with a header before Reid pounced with a neat angled finish from six yards.

Albion thought they had doubled their advantage four minutes before half-time when Robert Koren met a Graham Dorrans free-kick from six yards.

Koren's shot looked to be over the line before Westwood got to it but the assistant referee thought otherwise.

After that near miss, Albion struggled to threaten again with Koren and Ishmael Miller seeing their efforts deflected wide as Coventry dominated affairs after the interval only to fail to turn that possession into a goal.

West Bromwich Albion

Coventry City

Corners

47

Fouls

87

Goal attempts

87

Shots off target

35

Offsides

14

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