With West Bromwich Albion unable to produce a win in their opening game since 1978, you wouldn’t expect them to start the season with a win, and especially as opposiotion such as Liverpool.
There was much praise and expectancy of Claudio Yacob and Mulumbu’s performance in the midfield, no fan could hardly wait to see the action in the Premier League. Also the Baggies had a huge selection of Stikers to unleash upfield and Zoltan Gera back in action it would be interesting to see who would start.
As the line-ups were announced the atmosphere was special, the first game of the season and everyone empathising with Steve Clarke who was let go by Liverpool, this would be his chance to prove that he was Premiership material and also for the West Brom team theirselves to prove thier ability.
The game opened mainly with Liverpool possesion and Luiz Suarez should of put them ahead early on in the game with a free header.
The first goal came from Zoltan Gera, he rolled back the years as a Corner for West Brom was cleared and found Gera lurking behind the ‘D’, on the half volley he struck the ball as Glen Johnson charged down the shot, and all the Liverpool defence could do was watch the ball sail into the top left corner past Reina.
Into the second half, after a half pitch sprint, Shane Long was brought down in the box, earning Agger a red card. Shane Long took the penalty, however the penalty was described as ‘terrible’ and ‘the worst penalty ever seen in the Premier League history’.
Long gained another penalty five minutes later as he stole the ball from a wondering Skrtel who clipped Long’s ankle as he ran off with the snatched ball. Odemwingie stepped up and put the ball into the left side netting, which Reina had no chance of saving.
It should of been three as substitue Lukaku beat his marker by a sneaky dummy and run towards the box then passed to Morrison by the penalty spot and who had acres of space, it seemed impossible to miss, however the Scot put the over the bar.
The killer blow came as impact substitute, Romelu Lukaku scored the third from a powerful header to put the icing on the cake for the Baggies on their first win on the opening day since 1978.
Steve Clark’s men looked sharp and fit as they defeated one of the big four with ease. Liverpool were adjusting to a manager and there were a few new starters in the Liverpool line-up. Man of the match went to the new Argentine, Claudio Yacob. Definatley a instant hit with the Hawthorns and can be Albion’s key to sucess to dominate the Premier League.
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