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The Hawthorns (ATT 24,924) 26th December 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Jones

W Brom West Bromwich Albion vs Peterborough United Peterboro

W Brom 2

L Moore (61)
R Bennett (og 67)


Baggies overcome lowly Posh

Moore effort and Bennett own goal earn hosts the points

Last Updated: 26/12/09 5:33pm

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Moore: Opened scoring

Moore: Opened scoring

West Bromwich Albion reduced Newcastle's lead at the top of the Championship after a 2-0 win over Peterborough United at The Hawthorns.

Following Newcastle's 2-2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day, the Baggies took advantage by taking the lead through Luke Moore just past the hour mark.

An own goal from Ryan Bennett confirmed West Brom's success, which left Mark Cooper's Peterborough side bottom of the table.

The hosts started well and Jerome Thomas had the first sight of goal with a powerful volley from the edge of the area but Aaron Mclean was well-placed to block his stinging drive.

Albion were controlling possession but struggled to find a killer pass in the final third as a disciplined Posh side made life difficult for Roberto Di Matteo's side.

Moore finally called goalkeeper Joe Lewis into action on the half-hour mark after the ball deflected off Peterborough midfielder Lee Frecklington to inadvertently find him in space but the England Under-21 keeper stood up well and saved with his feet.

Albion were firmly on top and should have gone ahead before the break when right-back Gianni Zuiverloon slashed wildly over as a corner was not dealt with.

Booed off

Chris Whelpdale fired wide at the other end at the culmination of a rare break for the visitors as Albion found themselves booed off at the break.

Thomas looked the most likely architect of an opener and twice he saw excellent crosses evade Simon Cox before Abdoulaye Meite wasted a great chance.

Chris Brunt sent in a corner from the right but despite rising unmarked six yards from goal Meite could not direct his header on target.

It was a let-off for the visitors but Moore had the hosts ahead moments later in the 61st minute.

Brunt started the move when he played the ball to Graham Dorrans on the halfway line and the Scot carried the ball forward past several challenges.

He then played Moore in with a clever reverse pass and the former Aston Villa man took a touch before sending in a left-footed shot which took a deflection on its way past the dive of Lewis.

Albion were all over the strugglers now and saw Bennett hand them a second in the 67th minute.

Dorrans fired a shot into the turf and Bennett - under pressure from Cox - stretched to send a header past Lewis and into his own net.

Shaun Batt's 25-yard shot flew wide as Posh staged a late rally but Albion were comfortable as they held on for all three points.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 28 54
2 Derby County 28 54
3 Middlesbrough 28 53
4 Ipswich Town 28 51
5 Brentford 28 49
6 Watford 28 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 45
8 Norwich City 28 44
9 Blackburn Rovers 28 39
10 Sheffield Wednesday 28 38
11 Birmingham City 28 37
12 Nottingham Forest 28 34
13 Cardiff City 28 34
14 Bolton Wanderers 28 34
15 Fulham 28 34
16 Reading 28 34
17 Huddersfield Town 28 34
18 Charlton Athletic 28 33
19 Leeds United 28 32
20 Rotherham United 28 30
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 28 29
22 Millwall 28 27
23 Wigan Athletic 28 22
24 Blackpool 28 20