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Here’s the shock of the season so far - Terry Wills has missed an Albion game. Rupert Murdoch has a lot to answer for.

Sanity restored! That shocking display against Nottingham Forest which left me aand a large majority of Baggies fans feeling Albion were on a slippery, winding road to nowhere, has mercifully been proved to be way off the mark.

Roberto had made what were definitely much needed changes in a 4-5-1 formation for the trip to Tyneside. Out with Gianni Zuiverloon, Joe Mattock, Simon Cox and Luke Moore. A welcome return for Robert Koren and Roman Bednar among others. Let battle commence- and it did!

Newcastle United 2 West Bromwich Albion 2. A point I would haven gladly taken before kick-off but based on the overall performance, left me disappointed we hadn’t left St James Park, or whatever it’s Sponsor Named now, moaning we hadn’t pocketed the three points that would have taken us back into an automatic promotion spot.

It was a tremendous game as those watching on Sky must surely have agreed? And in this context for once I took the decision to sit comfortably at home, still donning a blue and white striped shirt, a Bronx hat and scarf cheering them on without having to face a long, tedious, expensive night out.

Agreed it’s not the same as actually being there, sitting so high at the back of a stand it’s surprising that part of the stewards’ job isn’t handing out oxygen cylinders. But I DID feel I was there, with Albion looking far more solid at the back and the team as a whole breaking with speed and accuracy, proving that that awful Forest nightmare had been redressed.

A smart early goal from Jonas Olsson…YEEEESSSS! Oh NOOOO! as a direct free kick left Scott Carson picking the ball out of the back of his net.

Level at the break but what’s this? A mere 35 seconds into the second half and Roman Bednar’s hit the bar with a header, but following up, the grin on his face proved he’d nodded us back in front. Could we become the first team to win at the home of the all-conquering odds-on favourites to regain first-time promotion back to the Greed League - or was that too much to wish for?

Inward mathematical calls whirled away in the head. Three points and we’d not only have clawed ourselves closer to Newcastle but gone second over Billy Davies’s Nottingham Forest. In his guise as a TV match pundits Billy certainly couldn’t have wished for a better result.

Too much too hope for. Yet another free kick and there was Scott Carson far too late in throwing himself across the goalmouth to prevent the second equaliser.

Was Dean Kiely unlucky to have found himself back on the bench? For me, and I suspect a large number of Albion diehards, the answer was yes.

2-2 and all to play for. Could either team snatch a winner? The result proved they couldn’t but when ‘Tiny’ Miller replaced Roman Bednar and was presented with a open goal from a distance that revived memories of that dreadful miss by Kanu against Middlesbrough (you must remember that?) but amazingly contrived to hit the outside of the post I slumped back in to the sofa gazing on in disbelief.

Let’s hope it turns out to be the first and last time but knowing that nothing is sacred I somehow doubt it.

An excellent, exciting, match. Both teams seemed happy to revert to a good old fashioned game - meaning some players, and not only Baggies, got away with murder.

Some excellent individual displays, Graham Dorrans in particular, and a sense of purpose that if it becomes the norm must encourage not only the supporters, but Roberto Di Matteo, Eddie Newton, and everyone at the club into believing a return to big time football is on the cards.

A summing up from a Talksport reporter came, when he described the match as “So good I watched it instead of ‘Coronation Street”

So on to Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round tie against who else but Newcastle United.

A match that has all the tasty ingredients of turning into a memorable encounter between two teams that down the years have enjoyed a fair amount of FA Cup glory.

Whose number will be in the hat for the fifth round draw has to be open to question. Without doubt both Chris Hughton and Roberto Di Matteo will be going flat too ensure it will be their teams emerging as winners.

Despite inwardly recognising that promotion has to be their club’s main priority due solely to the cash rewards ‘leering,’ and awaiting next season’s Premiership fixtures,
No-one will be cheering louder than me, roaring them on to victory!

“Come on you Baggies”.



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