Premier League

October 29, 2011


West Bromwich Albion

0 - 2


Premier League

16:30 +00:00, October 29, 2011

The Hawthorns, England

Referee: Lee Mason

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  • 93'

    FT - West Brom 0-2 Liverpool. Very easy for Liverpool. West Brom didn't really put up a fight and the Reds cantered to a comfortable victory that takes them fifth.

  • 93'

    It's all over...

  • 93'

    Only 30 seconds to go and we'll be free from the shackles off this poor, poor contest.

  • 92'

    Liverpool knocking it around as we head towards this inevitable conclusion.

  • 90'

    Good strike after a pacy counter-attack from Bellamy. He cut in from the right side of the area and crashed the ball against the post with Foster beaten.

  • 89'

    Downing hits the post - the 10th time this season that Liverpool have hit the woodwork.

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  • 88'

    Dorrans makes some space for himself, gets ahead of Skrtel and manages to win his side a corner. They couldn't score, could they?

  • 87'

    Sums up West Brom's day, they've basically been banging their heads against a brick wall for 87 minutes.

  • 87'

    Dorrans straight into the wall.

  • 86'

    Free-kick to the Baggies now. Slightly left of centre, around 25 yards out. Brunt and Dorrans standing over it.

  • 85'

    Morrison's shot hits Adam and deflects back out, West Brom attempting one final hurrah. I feel it is probably too late.

  • 83'

    Olsson climbs above Carroll (no mean feat) but heads it wide.

  • 82'

    West Brom corner after an apparent miscommunication between Reina and Enrique.

  • 81'

    Bellamy on for Suarez

  • 80'

    Finally! A fantastic run from Morrison, he left two defenders for dead but just took one touch too many. A spark of light on a pitch of darkness.

  • 79'

    Well, not a lot has been happening. I wish I could reports some amazing displays of skill, vision and guile, but I'm feeding on scraps here people.

  • 76'

    Really poor delivery from Dorrans. Straight out of play.

  • 76'

    Free-kick for West Brom in a dangerous position on the left-edge of the area.

  • 74'

    Stat Attack: Prior to this game, Luis Suarez had managed 17 shots off target this season - the most in the Premier League.

  • 73'

    Suarez picks out Carroll with a great pass, but he snatches his shot wide. Looks like that ten-minute spell before was a false dawn.

  • 72'

    Carroll with plenty of time to pick out a cross from the left wing, but it's straight into Foster's grateful grasp.

  • 70'

    Barmy substitution from Hodgson, Tchoyi's been the only West Brom player who has done anything of note!

  • 70'

    Cox on for Tchoyi

  • 69'

    Suarez knocks it back for Carroll and he takes a great first touch to set himself up for a volley, which is well saved by Foster. Carroll looking much better in the last ten minutes.

  • 68'

    Reid tries his luck from distance but Reina was untroubled by the effort. Starting to look more desperate for West Brom.

  • 67'

    Brunt strikes one from the edge of the box but it's charged down.

  • 66'

    A decent bit of possession for the home side at the moment and they've won a corner.

  • 66'

    Skrtel tackles Tchoyi on the edge of the area and then gives the ball to Suarez in an impossible position with three players around him. Unsurprisingly, the Baggies have the ball back.

  • 65'

    Adam's corner found it's way to Downing who struck a fizzed shot through the box and just wide. Had anyone stuck out a leg a goal would have been pretty likely.

  • 64'

    Much better from Carroll - a positive run through the middle set up a chance for Enrique to cross. The Spaniard opted for more of a shot and Foster tipped it over for a corner.

  • 62'

    Just to be clear, the answer to the question in the 61st minute is: Doubtful.

  • 62'

    Dorrans on for Mulumbu.

  • 61'

    Adam feeds Carroll in acres but the big striker is offside again and snatches his shot wide anyway.

  • 61'

    Liverpool corner now, as Graham Dorrans warms up for West Brom. Could he make all the difference?

  • 60'

    West Brom chasing shadows as Liverpool stroll around the pitch as if its training ground exercise.

  • 59'

    Nice finish though, that time the cheeky chip worked a treat.

  • 59'

    Suarez finally has the ball in the back of the net but he's offside.

  • 58'

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  • 57'

    Great football as Enrique crosses low to Carroll, who lays it off to Suarez. His initial shot is blocked by Olsson and then he tries a VERY cheeky chip which sails wide.

  • 56'

    Scharner is also off the pitch, getting some treatment on his leg.

  • 54'

    Henderson with an excellent cross towards Carroll but the Liverpool striker meets McAuley's head before the ball. That looked pretty painful for the Baggies defender.

  • 53'

    Suarez again slaloms through West Brom's defence but fires over.

  • 53'

    Thomas crosses from the left wing with the outside of his right foot...but doesn't find a blue-and-white shirt.

  • 52'

    It already feels slightly more lively in the second half. But I've probably just jinxed it.

  • 51'

    Suarez dribbles through two Baggies defenders but his final touch is a bit heavy and Foster collects.

  • 50'

    Stat Attack: West Brom have not scored in open play against Liverpool for 25 years.

  • 49'

    Odemwingie pickpocketed and Adam sprints through the centre. His shot deflects up in the air towards Carroll, who connects with nothing but air as the looping ball bamboozles him.

  • 48'

    Johnson with a 70-yard cross-field pass to Suarez but it's just overhit. Decent idea.

  • 47'

    Tchoyi engineers some space, taking it past Agger with a smart turn, and then fires a low right-foot shot past Reina's far post. Good attempt, he's looked the best of a bad bunch today for West Brom.

  • 46'

    Liverpool immediately on the attack - good knock down from Carroll to set up Henderson, but the midfielder scuff his left-foot shot.

  • 45'

    Right, we're off in the second half now...

  • 45'

    Stat Attack: Prior to this game, West Brom had more offsides (39) than any other Premier League team this season.

  • 45'

    I definitely agree with that one, I feel that Carroll makes Liverpool generally more sluggish and less dynamic. It doesn't matter so much against teams as poor as this West Brom one today but it would against any of the big boys.

  • 45'

    Another Tweet here from @fabianwriteonly: "Andy Carroll is not justifying 35mil pounds. Some teams cost less than that and score more goals than him."

  • 45'

    Henderson has hardly been firing on all cylinders, but there have been no real standout Liverpool players aside from Suarez, whose busy movement has caused West Brom all manner of problems.

  • 45'

    Tweet from @JohnDRunnion who was unimpressed by Henderson's inclusion ahead of Kuyt: "Ok so please tell me why Kuyt is not in at RM instead of Hendo? It's not even a comparison, Kuyt deserves to start."

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    I'd say that barring a Churchillian half-time team talk from Hodgson, Liverpool should take home three points against a woeful Baggies outfit.

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    HALF-TIME: West Brom 0-2 Liverpool. A deserved lead for the Reds against a Baggies team that has been hugely disappointing. Adam opened the scoring with a coolly despatched penalty and Carroll added a second with a significantly less cool finish just before the interval. The Reds have dominated.

  • 45'

    There goes the half-time whsitle...

  • 45'

    Prior to the goal, West Brom had managed a sustain period of pressure, but it appears as though that was all in vain.

  • 45'

    West Brom 0-2 Liverpool. Horrendous defending from West Brom. Suarez passed it to Carroll, who was clean through and then after initially appearing like he was running in treacle, managed to poke it past Foster. It was unconvincing, but it was a goal.

  • 45'

    GOAL Carroll scores.

  • 44'

    Suarez with a late slide tackle on Thomas and he's hurt himself in the process.

  • 43'

    Thomas finds half a yard and looks to poke it across goal towards Odemwingie but Reina is out of his goal to collect.

  • 42'

    Adam's turn to search for Carroll now and this time he wins a header, but it's easy pickings for Foster.

  • 41'

    Carroll in space down the left and he passes to Suarez, who feeds Downing. The winger looks across for Carroll but it's cleared.

  • 40'

    That little passage has at least woken the Baggies fans from the slumber enforced on them by a dour performance on the pitch from their team.

  • 40'

    Scharner shoots from the edge of the box but Skrtel again gets in the way.

  • 39'

    Finally they create an opening as Tchoyi slides a ball across the box but it's beyond Odemwingie and Skrtel deflects it away from Thomas.

  • 38'

    West Brom just enjoyed about 52 seconds of possession, that's the longest they've kept it in the game so far. I could have sworn they were the home team?

  • 37'

    Terrible cross from Downing when he had all the time in the world to pick out a red shirt. Straight out of play.

  • 36'

    Their pair of greased-up ponytails makes Carroll v Olsson reminiscent of an 80s wrestling bout.

  • 36'

    At least we're seeing a little bit more action now.

  • 35'

    Suarez spoons it over from close range with his left foot. Skrtel had played it across the six-yard box and the Uruguayan scooped it high.

  • 34'

    Rememebr that Olssson v Carroll battle I told you about? The defender just struck a solid blow with a late challenge.

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  • 34'

    Foster flaps at it and takes out one of his own defenders.

  • 33'

    Suarez releases Downing and he wins a corner after twisting and turning down the left side of the area.

  • 32'

    Well, having done today's early commentary on the Chelsea v Arsenal game, I have been thoroughly disappointed so far. I don't expect eight goals but some chances would be nice lads!

  • 31'

    You'll be happy to hear that Roy's got his coat back now - must have been chilly.

  • 30'

    Not enough dip or bend and it's over the crossbar.

  • 30'

    Suarez looks like he fancies a go...

  • 29'

    Lucas brought down by Mulumbu near the edge of the area and Hodgson hurls his coat to the ground in anger.

  • 29'

    Foster tips it out for another corner, which Suarez takes quickly.

  • 28'

    The cross comes in and Olsson diverts it out for another Liverpool corner. It's been plain sailing for the Reds so far.

  • 27'

    Suarez releases Johnson and Henderson now skips down the right.

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  • 19'

    Mulumbu gets into a dangerous position in midfield and then slams a viciously overhit pass at Odemwingie, as if the Nigerian striker had stolen his copy of FIFA. Very poor pass.

  • 18'

    Throw-in for Liverpool deep in the West Brom half, but Johnson flagged offside after a smart exchange with Henderson. He wasn't.

  • 16'

    West Brom have had zero creativity in the opening exchanges - Tchoyi just tried a cheeky flick to get around Agger but the Liverpool centre-back did well to block him off. Baggies looking pretty solid defensively but don't have much going forward.

  • 15'

    Stat Attack: West Brom have won two of their last 33 league matches against Liverpool - a record that stretches back more than 40 years.

  • 14'

    Carroll penalised for the third time in the past few minutes. He's getting close to a yellow card I feel.

  • 13'

    Jerome Thomas finds some space and runs through the middle before 'unleashing' a rather tame effort that is dragged disappointingly wide.

  • 12'

    Bit of a scrappy opening really, Liverpool need to keep it on the floor more - even though there is an obvious temptation to hoof it long for Carroll.

  • 11'

    Very loud cheers from the Hawthorns faithful as referee Mason points for a goal-kick.

  • 11'

    Olsson a bit lucky there, could have been a penalty after he charged Carroll over without even looking at the ball.

  • 10'

    Liverpool corner now - an intriguing battle emerging between Carroll and Olsson.

  • 9'

    Roy Hodgson looked irate and the West Brom fans are booing incessantly. I'm pretty convinced it was the right decision. Baggies supporters chant "you don't know what you're doing" to the ref.

  • 9'

    West Brom 0-1 Liverpool. Adam was forced to wait a while before taking the penalty after some arguments on the edge of the box. But he kept his cool.

  • 9'

    GOAL Adam slots it home.

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    Adam to take it...

  • 6'

    Suarez goes down under the challenge of Thomas. The referee wasn't going to give it but the assistant put his flag up.

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  • 5'

    Liverpool scramble it clear after a bit of pinball in the box following a Brunt free-kick.

  • 4'

    Stat Attack: Liverpool have only kept two clean sheets this season, both coming when they were up against ten men (Everton and Arsenal).

  • 3'

    It went towards Carroll but under pressure from Olsson he heads wide.

  • 3'

    Corner now for Liverpool, Adam to deliver.

  • 3'

    Downing wins a free-kick and sends a long diagonal towards Henderson down the right.

  • 2'

    Johnson speeds down the right wing and lays it back to Adam, who smashes his right-foot hot high over the bar.

  • 1'

    That could be a tactic used throughout the game, though I think Liverpool are actually much better using it on the ground.

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    Good early drop of the shoulder from Jose Enrique and he pumps it forward for Carroll.


    Impeccably observed and we're off...


    There's a minute's silence at the Hawthorns as it is West Brom's last home game before Rememberance Day.


    Pepe Reina is Liverpool's captain today in the absence of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.


    Players are out on the pitch and we're almost ready to go.


    When the two teams met at the Hawthorns in April, West Brom won 2-1 thanks to a pair of Chris Brunt penalties.


    As always, I'd be keen to hear your thoughts throughout the game and you can contact me on Twitter - @MarkLomasESPN


    There's only been six Premier League goals at the Hawthorns so far this seasons but on a day of loads of goals, we should be hopeful for more of the same!


    Suarez and Carroll looked excellent together in Liverpool's Carling Cup victory over Stoke in midweek and Dalglish will be keen for more of the same.


    West Brom were of course rocked by the news this week that striker Shane Long is out for six weeks, though the Baggies do of course still have Peter Odemwingie leading their line. Hodgson has opted to play Tchoyi in the hole behind him today.


    ESPN pundit Kevin Keegan previewed the game for us and he reckons that despite Roy Hodgson playing down any ideas of "revenge", he would really relish beating Liverpool.


    Major team news is that Steven Gerrard misses out for Liverpool after picking up a minor ankle injury in training. Andy Carroll steps in as Kenny Dalglish opts for a 4-4-2.


    Hello all and welcome to live text commentary from the Hawthorns, where Roy Hodgson will be hoping to get one over on his former club. it's West Brom v Liverpool.


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