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HORNETS STUNG

04-11-2009

That's more like it! Terry Wills celebrates a nap hand by Albion against Watford.

At last! Albion sting the opposition as opposed to recent games when they’ve been well and truly stung by teams that should have been sent packing but escaped due to series of lackadaisical performances from an enigmatic Baggies.

Not this time. The Watford ‘Hornets’ arrived at the Hawthorns on the back of a very impressive away record. Took the field obviously full of confidence- indulged themselves in (what I personally consider to be one of the most useless sights in the game) a team huddle, and at the end of the match must have left wondering just why the Baggies had decided to vent their, and the fans recent frustration, on them!

Early in the week RDM stressed the need and importance of an early goal (!) well Santa Claus must have been tuned in to his plea, and being the kind hearted gentleman he is, decided to deliver an early Christmas present; no, two, early festive gifts.

For once it was the Baggies taking the game to the opposition. No sitting back displaying sloppy body language. Pushing forward - first to see Jonas Olsson heading his third goal of the season from a corner - followed by Graham Dorrans thumping home a penalty that to all intents and purposes guaranteed the three points needed to keep us in an automatic promotion spot.

Whether the training ground injury to holding midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu persuaded Di Matteo to change from a 4-5-1 formation to a more positive 4-4-2 only he knows BUT whatever the reason for pairing Luke Moore and Simon Cox it most certainly bought the desired result.

2-0 at the break, and in the space of a mere sixty seconds, the possibility of Watford finding themselves back into the game disappeared. First, the visitors missed an absolute sitter in front of their own fans, followed by the chants of ‘Boing Boing’ as Luke Moore finally scored his third goal of the season.

Celebrations all round led by player who’d been on the end of mounting criticism from many disgruntled fans, now replaced by unrestrained joy.

First Gianni Zuiverloon hammered home a cross shot any striker would have been proud to call his own followed by the sight that Simon Cox felt would never materialise -his first league goal.

HAPPY? His delight, together with the rest of the team’s celebrations, almost matched that of a now euphoric Hawthorns crowd, who over the past few games had trudged home in a far more subdued mood.

Baggies 5-Watford 0! With so few points separating virtually half of the teams chasing a place into the ‘Greed League’ it means EVERY point gained will be welcomed by our Head Coach and the Board- who know only to well the ‘Premiership’ is where the massive financial rewards lie if a club hopes to make progress.

But in saying that should a club gain promotion they also realise it’s a damned harder staying there than getting there!

But that’s for the future. This week it’s another game against a resurgent Leicester City. A team doing surprisingly well and under ex Baggie Nigel Pearson and proving very difficult to beat.

A win would be great but I suspect RDM wouldn’t too unhappy should we return home with a single point?

“ Come on you Baggies!
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