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Hillsborough (ATT 20,824) 28th November 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: E Ilderton

Sheff Wed Sheffield Wednesday vs West Bromwich Albion W Brom


W Brom 4

S Cox (23, 30)
J Thomas (38)
C Brunt (85)

Baggies maintain promotion pace

Di Matteo's men rampant as Owls continue to struggle

Last Updated: 28/11/09 5:27pm

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Di Matteo: On form

Di Matteo: On form

West Brom reinforced their credentials for an automatic return to the Premier League with a 4-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Roberto Di Matteo's Baggies kept pace with Newcastle, comfortably defeated Swansea, at the top of the Championship as a Simon Cox brace was followed by goals from Jerome Thomas and Chris Brunt.

Brian Laws' Owls, without a win in their last six league matches, slipped closer to the bottom three after starting the day in 17th place.

Wednesday, who have won only one of their last nine league matches, rarely troubled visiting goalkeeper Scott Carson, while opposite number Lee Grant was called on time and again to keep the Baggies at bay.

The Wednesday goalkeeper tipped over Luke Moore's shot from the edge of the penalty area and then parried a drilled effort from former Owls favourite Brunt.

But the Baggies cashed in on their dominance with two goals in seven minutes from Cox midway through the first period.

Cox thumped home Graham Dorrans' corner from close range in the 23rd minute and then slammed Brunt's pinpoint cross high into the roof of the net from similar distance to put the visitors in firm control.


West Brom were rampant. Brunt's volley was blocked by Owls defender Frank Simek and Grant then saved superbly to keep out a snapshot from Thomas.

But Thomas was not to be denied in the 38th minute when the former Charlton and Portsmouth midfielder finished in style from the edge of the area, low into the bottom corner, following Cox's pass from the left.

Wednesday mustered a speculative lob from James O'Connor three minutes after the interval and West Brom defender Marek Cech blocked Darren Potter's 20-yard shot.

But the Baggies remained the dominant force midway through the second period and Dorrans kept Grant on his toes with a stinging drive from 25 yards.

Cox pulled a right-footed shot wide in the 71st minute as he chased his hat-trick and Grant held another long-range shot from Dorrans.

The summer signing, scorer of 32 goals in all competitions for Swindon last season, then rifled a left-footed effort over the crossbar.

But the visitors rattled in a fourth in the 85th minute when Brunt ensured a heavy defeat for his former club, taking a cross-field pass from Chris Wood in his stride and unleashing an angled right-footed shot from the edge of the penalty.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 44 85
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 43 60
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Cardiff City 44 56
14 Birmingham City 43 54
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 42 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 43 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25