February 26, 2012
That's what we've all been waiting for. Depending on who you listen to, pessimist or optimist, this performance from West Brom was just around the corner or something we wouldn't see under Roy Hodgson. I'm an optimist, and despite some of the bad results we've had at home coupled with bad performances, we still could have won those games.
The most recent example of that is Swansea. Albion were pretty poor that day in the snow, yet they still should have won. A blatant penalty was turned down, Peter Odemwingie missed a sitter and Vorm made an incredibly lucky save at the end from Fortune. On Saturday, everything came together.
February 15, 2012
But if they did, this past Sunday is what they would be like. Does it get much better than going to your local rivals, in a big match, and winning 5-1, with your previously out of form striker grabbing a hat trick and the opposition's ex player scoring on his debut?
I don't think it does. The display put on by Albion was pretty much the complete performance, the only blemish being the Steven Fletcher goal just before half-time that gave Wolves fans the slightest glimmer of hope in a match dominated by West Bromwich Albion.
I've felt that Albion have been very close to giving a side a good beating recently, in previous home games we've wasted so many chances and had some very poor refereeing decisions go against us. Against Wolves, a clinical nature and a bit of luck returned to the Albion frontline, led so impressively by Marc Antoine Fortune.
February 11, 2012
"The biggest Black Country Derby ever" this line seems to have been churned out for most of the Black Country Derby's that have been played in the Premier League, the only one not given this tag was the reverse fixture this season, which Albion won 2-0.
Last year's games with Wolves were not the most successful, in Roy Hodgson's first game in charge Carlos Vela scored a late equaliser for the Albion. That goal was massively important as a defeat would have left Albion in the relegation zone and Hodgson with a defeat in his first match in charge. It was from there where Albion went on the great run that saw them survive with comfort.
However, the away game with Wolves was a different story. Although Albion had there excuses, some valid such as the absence of key men Chris Brunt, Steven Reid and Paul Scharner, they put in a non-performance that angered every single fan who witnessed the game and also signed off the Baggies career of Abdoulaye Meite after a dreadful mistake that gifted Steven Fletcher a 3rd goal in the 3-1 victory.
February 2, 2012
I've got quite a lot to get through in this blog, so let's start with deadline day. A day which for most Albion fans is a bit of a non-event. We are not exactly renowned for activity on deadline day, particularly where money is involved.
So to see Albion bring in not 1 but 2 players on deadline day was, well, rather exciting! The first man to sign on the dotted line was Birmingham City defender Liam Ridgewell. The Baggies have been chasing Ridgewell since the summer window, and had previously seen two bids knocked back by their local rivals for the left back.
But Jeremy Peace's negotiation skills once again came to the fore, though for a time it had looked like Albion would miss the boat with Ridgewell, reports suggesting that the Blues hierarchy were not impressed with Peace's tough stance. In the end it paid off, with Albion signing Ridgewell for a fee believed to be in the region of £1.7 Million, £300,000 less than what Birmingham were said to be demanding.