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16-04-2008

Victory in the Black Country derby means more than bragging rights for Albion fans. A delighted Terry Wills can ponder promotion too.

It was the game every Baggies fan prayed they’d win – and not just for bragging rights. A victory and Albion would be Championship leaders by two clear points. What a scenario – a full house, intense atmosphere, and driving rain.

From the kick off, even the most one-eyed Wolves fan surely had to admit that Albion were the more accomplished side.

On a soggy surface, they created enough chances to have settled the game in the first half, with the midfield probing of Greening, Koren, Morrison and the magnificent Zoltan Gera causing constant problems - including a header from the Magyar which crashed against the bar.

As for Wolves, the agonised looks on the faces of their fans summed it up. They rarely looked like creating genuine chances, although for once praise has to go to Albion’s defence – Clement, Barnett, Robinson and Hoefkens all magnificent.

Although Albion should have takena lead into the break, the deadlock wasn’t broken until the 59th minute.

Two minutes earlier Kevin Phillips hit the inside of the post after a glorious move, but Wolves weren’t alert to the warning.

A quick break down the left flank, Phillips arrowed a pass across the box, and there was Gera wheeling away in sheer, unadulterated delight after sliding the ball home. GOAL-GOAL-GOAL.

Wolves, realising a defeat would seriously damage their play-off hopes, began to drive forward – although mainly using the long ball in contrast to the Baggies more studied approach.

Time running out, and on came Freddie Eastwood and Kevin Kyle for the home side – but numerous crosses and possible openings were countered with a resolute “what we have, we hold” philosophy.

Does this mean automatic promotion? With three games remaining, there’s a wonderful chance.

Next up Norwich City away, and if the Baggies can repeat this display, it will be celebrations all round for both the team and supporters.

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