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22-04-2010

The job’s been done and the Albion are promoted. All that remains, as Terry Wills reminds us, is a score to settle.

It was a 'Fun Day', as opposed to a match day at the Hawthorns, as Baggies fans celebrated in style against a Middlesbrough team that arrived on the back of a nine match unbeaten run, but left leaving behind the impression that IF they'd been among the front-runners for a promotion, and had eventually succeeded in regaining a place in the Greed League, next season Albion would have only have needed to find another two teams to beat to avoid slipping back into the 'Nationwide'. Yes they were that poor.

OR is that discounting a Baggies performance that would have seen off far better teams than Gordon Strachan's Boro who post match, moaned that since he'd been at the Riverside no team had made them look that bad?

Yes it WAS time for the fans to celebrate. Chants, songs, cheers and a seemingly never ending display of Mexican Waves that swirled around the Hawthorns. Apart from when it reached the very few Middlesbrough fans who decided to ignore warnings that Volcanic Ash posed a danger on the Motorways between the north east and the West Midlands, and subsequently took the decision to stay at home fearing the worst?!

From the start a win was never in doubt. Roman Bednar led the way in a 4-5-1 formation. The creative midfield was too much for the visitors, with Chris Brunt, so often the enigma, showing lovely touches and passing abilities that if he could display on a regular basis would have left him loved by all instead of dividing opinions from supporters as wide apart as the Grand Canyon.

The opening goal on the stroke of half-time came from Simon Cox. A smart passing move leaving him on the edge of the box, a dummy - the defence at sixes and sevens - and a cracking unstoppable shot left Boro keeper Brad Jones without the ghost of a chance of keeping a clean sheet.

Ten minutes after the break and it was Roman Bednar sealing the 2-0 win, and the three points, as he netted from close range. Game-Set and Match for a delighted Roberto Di Matteo and if it hadn't been for a series of great saves from the overworked Boro keeper that earlier 5-0 hammering back at the Riverside in September could have been equalled, if not surpassed.

We'd seen a solid all-round performance. Everyone doing what was required of them, especially Messrs Bednar, Brunt, and Mulumbu, that left fans wondering just how WOULD this current Albion squad, with a few additions of course, cope in next season's Premiership challenge?

But that can wait. Next up it's a very difficult Monday night away game at Selhurst Park against a Crystal Palace team needing points to ensure they can avoid slipping into League One.

For Albion, in theor,y the result is immaterial. Promotion has been guaranteed but wouldn't it round off the season nicely if we could finish with a 12 match unbeaten run?

But a warning! Crystal Palace REALLY need the points and they'll be doing in their power to grab them, whatever it takes. Oh yes, a sobering' thought. Should Palace pull off a win they'll become the only team to complete a double over Albion this season!!

This mustn't be allowed to happen....SO!

"Come on you Baggies"

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