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BRAZIL NUTS

03-12-2009

Albion face up to their second consecutive game on the road this Saturday when they take on Derby. As Terry Wills reports they'll be in fine fettle after demolishing Sheffield Wednesday.

“Brazil-it’s just like watching Brazil-it’s just like watching Brazil it’s just like watching Brazil”!

So sang ecstatic Baggies fans at a bitterly cold Hillsborough as Albion cruised to another very convincing win against Sheffield Wednesday. In the process bringing them another three points, a strengthening of the second automatic promotion place, and as a bonus increasing their impressive goal difference over any of their rivals -including the favourites to lift the Championship, Newcastle United.

Now while the Brazilian appreciation WAS somewhat of an exaggeration (!) what certainly wasn’t was the glaringly obvious gulf in class between a team that on this form are set for a very long hard season to stay out of the bottom three, and a team that under Robert Di Matteo’s guidance continue to show just why the bookies are also offering short odds against Albion bouncing back into the ‘Greed League’ at the first attempt.

Despite being hit by even more injury problems, in every facet Albion dominated proceedings. Yes Wednesday did enjoy a fair share of the possession but possession alone doesn’t win games.

And the three-goal half time lead AMPLY proved the point.

Simon Cox, to all intents and purposes won the game in the opening 30 minutes with two calmly taken goals. Just eight minutes later it was the turn of Jerome Thomas nipping in for a 3-0 half time lead and barring a miracle even the fanatical lone Wednesday supporter, seemingly determined to hammer a hole in his drum whatever the score, must have known their chance of saving the game was as likely as bumping into a Dodo!

The second half followed much the same pattern. Chris Brunt, back on his once home patch was in sparkling form and it was he who notched the fourth with a cross shot before turning away in a distinctively undemonstrative mood.

The ‘Owls’ were where he garnished his reputation and he was reluctant to celebrate as he would surely have done if the goal had been scored just down the road at Bramall Lane!

Certainly we’d enjoyed a commanding display. Scott Carson barely had a shot to save - the defence overall were rarely troubled - the midfield with Graham Dorrans as creative as ever continued to make openings, while up front if Luke Moore had taken the chances that came along those Wednesday fans who left early would surely have been joined by many more.

With just a few minutes remaining the travelling Baggies faithful were rewarded by seeing history in the making when 16-year-old George Thorne came on to make his debut. No real time to make a very positive debut, but when he did receive the ball he certainly didn’t look out of his depth.

(On that score Di Matteo’s decision to include another talented youngster, following in the footsteps of 17 year old Chris Wood, also indicates that the Academy are recruiting possible ‘stars’ of the future who if they make the expected progress look capable of making the Baggies very competitive).

So three points, four goals, a positive goal difference of twenty-four, and a happy ride back to the Midlands. Not a bad day eh?!

But in the scheme of things this week we start all over again. Another away game at Pride Park where Derby County will be hoping to improve on their far from impressive record to date while Robert Di Matteo will be more than anxious to witness the Baggies continuing their current impressive form.

Will we do it? On form, a distinct possibility, but then how often has that been said?

As always only time will tell!

“Come on you Baggies”

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