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The Hawthorns (ATT 25,522) 29th October 2011 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: L Mason

W Brom West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool Liverpool

W Brom 0

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Liverpool 2

C Adam (pen 9)
A Carroll (45+1)

Reds brush aside Baggies

Adam and Carroll on target at The Hawthorns

Last Updated: 29/10/11 10:38pm

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Charlie Adam: Kept his nerve to slot home an early penalty

Charlie Adam: Kept his nerve to slot home an early penalty

Liverpool closed to within a point of the Premier League's top four on Saturday as they proved too strong for West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Man of the match: Luis Suarez was a constant threat throughout. Moment of the match: Ben Foster made a fantastic finger-tip save to deny Jose Enrique's strike from a difficult angle. Attempt of the match: Stewart Downing rattled the upright with a shot from inside the box. Save of the match: Foster pulled of a superb reaction stop to deny Andy Carroll's left-footed effort from close range. Talking point: Substitute Craig Bellamy made his 250th Premier League appearance. Goal of the game: Carroll slid the ball past an onrushing Foster after being released by Suarez.

The Reds brushed aside former boss Roy Hodgson in convincing fashion, with Charlie Adam and Andy Carroll securing a 2-0 win.

There were less than eight minutes on the clock when the first flashpoint of the game arrived and handed Liverpool the opportunity to open the scoring.

Jerome Thomas was adjudged to have tripped Luis Suarez inside the box and, despite the Baggies' protests, referee Lee Mason pointed to the spot.

Adam was kept waiting as he lined up the penalty, but he held his nerve to send Ben Foster the wrong way.

Liverpool doubled their lead in first-half stoppage-time, with Suarez cushioning the ball into the path of Carroll and he stretched out a leg to divert it past the onrushing Foster and into the back of the net.

Suarez was desperate to get himself on the scoresheet in the second half, causing havoc whenever he was in possession, but the closest he came was a delicate lob that was ruled out for offside.

Stewart Downing almost added a third for the visitors in the closing stages, but he saw a low drive cannon back off the woodwork.

Satisfaction

The way that Carroll and Suarez gelled will have given the most satisfaction to Reds boss Kenny Dalglish.

Carroll is starting to live up to his £35million price tag while Suarez gave his usual irresistible performance as the pair tormented the Baggies rear-guard.

With Adam and Lucas Leiva running the show in the centre of the park and Daniel Agger impressive in defence, Liverpool had few problems in chalking up a third away league win of the campaign.

It ended the Baggies' run of 11 points from the last six games, but more accomplished sides will find it hard to deal with Carroll and Suarez in this form.

Liverpool, without the injured Steven Gerrard (ankle) and Jamie Carragher (calf), were the first to settle and a long ball from Jose Enrique was seized on by Suarez but his control let him down.

After nine minutes Adam put Liverpool ahead from the penalty spot.

Suarez was bundled into by Thomas and referee Mason pointed to the spot after his assistant Gary Beswick flagged for a foul.

Incensed

Albion's players were incensed by the decision but up stepped Adam to send Foster the wrong way from the spot for his second goal of the campaign.

Liverpool had appeals for a second penalty rejected when Carroll's header from Suarez's cross struck the hand of Steven Reid.

Jonas Olsson became the first player to be yellow carded after 35 minutes for a reckless challenge on Carroll.

Soon afterwards, Suarez had a chance to increase Liverpool's lead when Martin Skrtel squared a deep Adam corner back across the box. But the Uruguayan shot wide from eight yards out.

Then after 45 minutes Carroll made it 2-0. Lucas' fine pass picked out Suarez and he released Carroll who clipped wide of the advancing Foster for his fifth goal in 21 games for Liverpool.

Liverpool began the second half on the offensive and Jordan Henderson failed to make proper contact on his shot after Carroll found him in space.

Albion came close for the first time after 47 minutes when Somen Tchoyi was inches wide with his low cross-shot.

But Liverpool were quickly back in command and Carroll should have done better when an Adam shot ballooned up into his path.

Angle

Suarez was proving hard to contain and he shot over from a narrow angle.

A long raking pass from Adam released Suarez who cut inside the box but he was eventually crowded out and Foster collected.

Albion were forced into a change with Paul Scharner picking up a knee injury and replaced by James Morrison.

Jose Enrique galloped forward to force Foster to finger-tip his shot over the bar and then the keeper blocked a Carroll volley after more good play by Suarez.

Carroll found himself in acres of space on the edge of the box but shot wide when Henderson was unmarked.

With nine minutes left, Dalglish made his first substitution with Suarez making way for Craig Bellamy - his 250th Premier League appearance.

Olsson headed wide from a Chris Brunt corner but it was too little, too late from the Baggies and in injury time the woodwork denied Downing his first Liverpool goal.

West Bromwich AlbionTeam StatisticsLiverpool
0Goals2
01st Half Goals2
1Shots on Target4
5Shots off Target12
7Blocked Shots2
3Corners10
12Fouls10
3Offsides8
1Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
74.5Passing Success80.5
14Tackles20
50Tackles Success80
42.3Possession57.7
58.1Territorial Advantage41.9
368Total Passes513
19Total Crosses27
156Lost Balls174
55Recoveries66

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2 Manchester City 19 43
3 Manchester United 19 36
4 Southampton 19 33
5 Arsenal 19 33
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7 Tottenham Hotspur 19 31
8 Swansea City 18 28
9 Newcastle United 19 26
10 Liverpool 18 25
11 Stoke City 19 25
12 Everton 19 21
13 Aston Villa 19 21
14 Sunderland 19 20
15 Queens Park Rangers 19 18
16 West Bromwich Albion 19 17
17 Hull City 19 16
18 Crystal Palace 19 16
19 Burnley 19 16
20 Leicester City 19 13

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