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Glanford Park (ATT 7,221) 28th December 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Moss

Scunthrpe Scunthorpe United vs West Bromwich Albion W Brom

Scunthrpe 1

R Jones (47)
A Wright (S/O 61)
G McCann (S/O 74)

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W Brom 3

G Dorrans (19, pen 66)
G Zuiverloon (86)

Baggies see off nine-man Iron

Dorrans at the double for Baggies

Last Updated: 28/12/09 5:42pm

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Dorrans: At the double

Dorrans: At the double

West Brom kept up the pressure on leaders Newcastle with a 3-1 win at nine-man Scunthorpe.

Graham Dorrans scored twice for West Brom, but missed the chance of a hat-trick when he failed to score from the penalty spot with Gianni Zuiverloon scoring the crucial third goal to put the game beyond Scunthorpe.

Rob Jones equalised for Scunthorpe either side of Dorrans' goals and the home side finished with nine men as Andrew Wright and Grant McCann were both sent off for the Iron.

Albion almost caught Scunthorpe cold in the first minute when winger Jerome Thomas cut into the penalty area and had a shot saved by goalkeeper Joe Murphy.

The Baggies looked dangerous going forward and Murphy flapped at Thomas' cross but Chris Brunt failed to capitalise as his right-footed strike hit the side-netting.

It seemed to be only a matter of time before Albion took the lead and the goal came after 18 minutes.

Breakthrough

Full-back Marek Cech crossed from the left and Murphy could only palm the ball into the path of midfielder Dorrans, who showed excellent technique to volley home his sixth goal of the season from 12 yards out.

Brunt almost doubled the visitors' advantage eight minutes before the break when he skipped past two challenges and unleashed a vicious left-footed strike that whistled past the post from 30 yards out.

Albion were good value for their lead at half-time, but a resurgent Scunthorpe drew level in the first minute of the second half.

Dean Kiely palmed away a shot from Michael O'Connor and Iron skipper Jones was on hand to open his account for the club from six yards out.

But the Iron were left with an uphill task when full-back Wright was shown a second yellow card for hauling back the lively Thomas on the hour-mark.

Albion had the ball in the back of the net from the resulting free-kick, but Luke Moore's header was disallowed for offside.

Penalty

West Brom were in front after 66 minutes, however, when Jones bundled the impressive Dorrans over in the penalty area and after referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot, the Scotland midfielder made no mistake from 12 yards out.

Roberto Di Matteo's side were awarded a second penalty 17 minutes from time when David Mirfin brought down Moore and to make matters worse for Scunthorpe, McCann was sent off for something he said to the referee.

However, Dorrans was unable to complete his hat-trick from the spot as Murphy denied him.

But Dutch full-back Zuiverloon ensured the points returned to the West Midlands, slotting home from 12 yards out five minutes from time after being played in by the influential Brunt.

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