A point, good or bad for West Brom?

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Christian Eriksen celeb WBAGettyImagesChristian Eriksen celebrates scoring an injury-time equaliser in Tottenham.

For the 2nd consecutive home game, West Brom threw away what should have been an unassailable lead and what would have been a crucial three points. The fact that at 3-0 up there wasn't a West Brom fan inside the Hawthorns who felt confident of winning the game says it all about Albion's performances this season. It was a three points that in all likelihood would have near-enough secured West Brom's safety for another season.

When Christian Eriksen rifled home Spurs' equaliser, it was hard to look at the game with much perspective with Albion having let slip a three-goal load. Continue Reading...

Olsson return crucial in West Brom win

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West Brom put another week of controversy behind them to secure a huge win 1-0 win over relegation rivals Norwich at Carrow Road and add another name to the list of managers who have been sacked after losing to The Baggies.

- Report: Norwich City 0-1 West Brom
- Report: Mel unsure about West Brom stay

It is the second time Chris Hughton has been sacked after a loss to Albion and that should tell you all you need to know about how big a win this was for West Brom and how significant it could be in their battle to secure Premier League football for a fifth consecutive season. Continue Reading...

West Brom left to rue costly mistake

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West Brom fans were left to think about what might have been after twice letting leads slip away against relegation rivals Cardiff as Saturday's match ended 3-3 in what was The Baggies biggest game of the season so far.

The lack of nerve and poor decision-making on show in this game by Albion certainly doesn't offer any encouragement going into an equally vital fixture next week against Norwich at Carrow Road. Unfortunately, both the lack of nerve and poor decision-making have been evident throughout this season. Continue Reading...

Long returns to haunt West Brom

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It was inevitable really, wasn't it? West Brom manager Pepe Mel says that prior to the game with Hull that he'd have liked to have kept striker Shane Long, but the deal was already agreed to by the time he arrived. Of course, Long was the centre of attention and a goal-scorer for Hull as they defeated West Brom 2-0.

- Report: Hull City 2-0 West Brom

It was the curse of the ex-player striking once again. Sometimes you see ex-players return to their old clubs and have shockers, but such is the way Albion's season is going that you just knew that wouldn't happen with Long. Continue Reading...

Mel grabs first win thanks to two moments of magic

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It was a long time coming, but West Brom finally picked up a win under manager Pepe Mel, as they came from behind to win 2-1 against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

- Report: Swansea 1-2 West Brom
- Report: Mel delighted with first win

Mel has faced another tough week at the helm, with reports suggesting he was close to being sacked and then striker Nicolas Anelka announcing that he had terminated his contract at West Brom, followed by the club stating it was they who had terminated his contract. Continue Reading...

West Brom left downbeat and demoralised after defeat

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West Brom's 3-0 defeat to Manchester United was demoralising, disappointing and has led to more questioning of Pepe Mel's appointment as Albion's head coach, with blame flying around in many different directions.

- Brewin: Three things: West Brom vs. Man United
- Report: Mel: Van Persie deserved red card

The first half performance against United was probably the best first half performance seen under Mel. West Brom did play well in the first half; Victor Anichebe and Zoltan Gera pressed high up the pitch and Albion had a fair share of the ball without ever really creating a clear cut chance. Continue Reading...

Anelka and Albion, an unhappy relationship

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Olly Greenwood/AFP/Getty ImagesNicolas Anelka has scored just two goals for West Brom this season.

As the Nicolas Anelka "Quenelle" saga finally nears its conclusion , it's fair to say that it is yet another phase in what has proved to be an unhappy partnership between player and club.

It seems likely that Anelka will accept the five match ban he's been handed by the FA instead of appealing, which is definitely the right decision. Dragging the whole affair out any longer would have provided just another unwelcome distraction when all of the club need to be pulling in the same direction as they try to get away from the relegation zone. Continue Reading...

Same old problems for West Brom

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West Brom managed to grab a late equaliser to draw 1-1 with relegation rivals Fulham, but it simply wasn't good enough for The Baggies as they put in the type of performance that has been seen far too often this season.

It was the fourth consecutive home 1-1 draw under Pepe Mel, but unlike the previous three games, this was seen as two points dropped rather than one point gained. It's all well and good producing spirited, battling displays against sides at the top of the table, but they count for nothing if you then fail to turn up in games against sides in and around you – in which winning the game not only helps your cause but also hinders the opposition. Continue Reading...

West Brom must build on Chelsea draw

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Three home games for Pepe Mel have brought three 1-1 draws against sides in the top seven. The challenge that presents itself now to the new manager is making sure Albion can re-produce these performances against the sides in and around them, both at The Hawthorns and away from home, and turn draws into wins.

After the shocking performance in defeat at Crystal Palace, it was good to see the players looking to rectify things with a high-energy, passionate display against Chelsea. Continue Reading...

Palace defeat a sad reflection of West Brom's season

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Pepe Mel West Brom Everton first match sidelines appeal arms wavePA PhotosPepe Mel has his work cut out with an unbalanced West Brom squad.

The realisation that relegation is a real possibility finally seems to have sunk in after West Brom dropped into the bottom three following their 3-1 defeat to relegation-rivals Crystal Palace. If West Brom put in many more displays like the one they did at Selhurst Park, then avoiding the drop will be very difficult.

Albion were once again shambolic at the back, much like they were in Pepe Mel's first away game at Aston Villa. All three goals scored by Crystal Palace were the result of bad defending, with mistakes coming from even the most reliable of West Brom's players. Continue Reading...

Changes make the difference for West Brom

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West Brom continued their knack of picking up unexpected points after coming from a goal behind to draw 1-1 with Liverpool at The Hawthorns, as Pepe Mel came closer to finding a combination of players that could be considered his first choice XI.

- Jolly: Three things: West Brom vs. Liverpool
- Report: West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

The Baggies have now taken points from Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool this season, either at home or away. Continue Reading...

Derby day disaster for West Brom

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It was all going so well.

Two-nil up inside 10 minutes against Aston Villa like in the reverse fixture at the Hawthorns, West Brom can't throwaway a two-goal lead again, you thought. But throw it away they did, and in spectacular fashion.

Losing 4-3 after having an early lead is bad enough. That the defeat came in a fierce local derby makes it even worse. But what made the result even more catastrophic is that it allowed Villa to open a five-point lead in the Prem table and, with other results going against them, put West Brom closer to the relegation zone. Continue Reading...