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Terry Wills' Baggies Blog



It's been a good few days for the Albion following last week's horror show at Bramall Lane. Since then there've been two wins, with no goals conceded. Terry Wills is smiling.

Two wins in five days, however inferior the opposition, has to be good for morale, so to travel back from Peterborough with a comfortable Carling Cup win under the belt followed by a more important three point haul at the expense of Barnsley rounded off what can only be described as a satisfying week.

Barnsley. A team whose record at the Hawthorns is, to put it mildly, awful.

With a couple of seven goals hammerings, one just five months ago, etched in their history books it soon became apparent that if the Baggies were all singing from the same hymn sheet another battering was more than a possibility

Also with the transfer revolving door now firmly shut Tony Mowbray was at last placed in the position of having a full squad at his disposal. A chance to select what he consider to be his starting eleven aided by the comforting thought that he had more strength in depth than most of his predecessors.

From the start it was strictly one-way traffic and whatever arguments his sternest critics may put forward he's managed to install a brand of football that's not only pleasing on the eye but inevitably creates scoring opportunities in abundance.

Now IF only these chances had been 'gobbled' up!

That was THE 'drawback. Tex' and Craig Beattie set the pattern with others seemingly anxious to follow in their footsteps, so with the aid of three strikes hitting the bar, shots scurrying across the face of the goal and inevitably 'over-passing' when a pot at goal looked the best option, the Tykes, and their sparse sprinkling of supporters, managed to scurry back to Fred Trueman territory 'celebrating' a mere two goal defeat?!

The only time they posed any sort of threat came when the Baggies took their foot off the pedal, became complacent, and subsequently gave the ball away needlessly.

Even so the fact that Albion's now traditional 'passing style was interspersed with the introduction of a 'long-ball' meant Barnsley never knew what to expect.

Individual performances? Well 'Tex' Teixeira sparkled in midfield to be voted 'Man of the Match' but in truth there was hardly a weak link.

Carl Hoefkens, Jonathan Greening, Paul Robinson, Martin Albrechtson, and Zoltan Gera, all played their parts while the introduction of 'Tiny' Miller and Chris Brunt as subs also proved that Tony Mowbray's shrewd wheeling and dealing in the transfer market COULD hopefully see Albion pushing hard for a place in the 'Greed League'

Oh yes the two winning goals came from Texeira and Craig Beattie. Both who naturally enjoyed scoring their first 'Fizzy Pop' League almost as much as the happy 'Boing Boing Baggies fans!

More of the same lads please after the International Weekend break.

"Come on you Baggies".

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