November 22, 2008
Stoke City's Mamady Sidibe grasped a goal in the 84th minute at the Britannia as the Potter's edged out 1-0 victors against promoted counterparts West Brom. Fullback Danny Higginbotham provided a drifted cross into the box, left unchallenged, Sidibe rose to connect with his head and struck the ball convincingly past goalkeepr Scott Carson. Sidibe's strike assured that Mowbray's Albion would witness their sixth defeat in their last seven Premeir League matches.
A crowd of over 26,000 will surely be overjoyed with the win, however, the match unfortunately provided one of the most shocking presentations of the beautiful game that I've seen all season. Yet it's that old sports cliché that will always ring true, at the end of the day it's the scoreline that counts, as it did once more.
November 15, 2008
Well I hate to say I told you so, although I couldn't take any credibility for an almost obvious prediction of West Brom's result against the table-toping Blues. Chelsea provided yet another blow to Albion's hopes of surviving in the Premiership, in the form of a 3-0 shellacking.
Albion showed some promise in the opening 30 minutes of match, courtesy of a 20-yard effort from James Morrison that traveled just too high over Scott Carson's goal. Midfielder, Borja Valero was the catalyst for what was Albion's most prominent opportunity of the entire match when he made a fantastic 50 yard run and slipped the ball into the path of striker Ismael Miller's run. Miller conjured a convincing strike, but it flew across the face of goal.