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The Hawthorns (ATT 25,311) 25th February 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Foy

W Brom West Bromwich Albion vs Sunderland S'land

W Brom 4

P Odemwingie (3, 48)
J Morrison (41)
K Andrews (90+1)

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S'land 0

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Last Updated at 5:08 pm, February 25th 2012

  1. Thanks for all your comments, stick with us for the match report, manager's comments and player ratings.

  2. And that's it! West Brom have been absolutely rampant today. Sunderland could not cope with the movement and pressure the Baggies put them under. It didn't take the hosts long to break the deadlock with an Odemwingie header in the third minute, Morrison followed up with another before half-time. Then it was Odemwingie's chance to double his tally after the restart and Andrews rounded off the rout in his first league start for the club. Superb display - 4-0 West Brom!

  3. 90+3

    Hodgson looks a bit weary, almost shock I think...!

  4. 90+2

    I'm sure the chant there was "Are you Mick's Wolves in disguise?" to Sunderland... ouch!

  5. 90+1

    GOAL ANDREWS!!! And from that spell of possession, Morrison gets past Cattermole in the box and pulls it back. It comes to Keith Andrews who lifts it into the top corner, great finish. 4-0!!

  6. 90

    West Brom are playing around with the ball now, it's slightly embarrassing for Sunderland.

  7. 89

    Good defending from Gardner to get to the ball before Olsson and sends Sunderland off on an attack.

  8. 88

    Fortune shakes off another of his markers to release Shorey down the left. If Odemwingie hadn't have netted twice today and performed well, Fortune would be my man of the match. He's been outstanding, do I give him the MOM? Hmmm...

  9. 87

    Sunderland are beginning to hassle the home side now but think it's all a little, too late.

  10. 86

    It's not going right for Sessegnon today, he's been pivotal for the Black Cats since his arrival but think the Baggies game will be one he'll want to forget as another mis-placed pass sums up his performance.

  11. 85

    West Brom have Chelsea at home and Man Utd away coming up which couldn't have come at a better time for them with the form they're currently in.

  12. 84

    Sunderland are slowly getting back into this, it's going to have to be a mighty comeback if they're to get anything out of this.

  13. 83

    Gardner is intent on scoring today but he's got it all wrong with that chance. Give him credit for never stopping having a go but his fifth shot of the day is well wide of Foster's left-hand post.

  14. 82

    Plenty of applause for Odemwingie as he makes way for Shane Long.

  15. 81

    Campbell thinks he's brought the game back as he cracks a shot on to the underside of the bar and it looks to have bounced over the line but he's called for offside - however, Ridgewell was playing him on!! Bad decision from the officials.

  16. 80

    McClean's cross wasn't half a dangerous one there. A wonderful ball to the backpost sees Foster waving to his family in the crowd and Bendtner is inches away from connecting with an out-stretched leg. Decent chance.

  17. 79

    One or two careless errors are slowly creeping into this game from both sides. Think they've both been run ragged in different ways.

  18. 78

    It's been a frustrating one for Sunderland's subs, a lot is being asked of them today and it's not really coming together unfortunately.

  19. 77

    Bendtner is sporting a plastic face mask with the Danish flag and his squad number of '52' just below the eyes. Errm... Nice.

  20. 77

    Mulumbu comes off for Nicky Shorey.

  21. 76

    Fortune is having the game of his life today. How he's skipping past defenders is just amazing. Superb balance.

  22. 75

    Bridge takes the free-kick, Campbell flicks it on from the nearpost and Turner tries to guide it into the corner but it goes agonisingly wide of the target. Well-worked.

  23. 74

    Robust challenge from Dorrans sees him cautioned for a foul on Bardsley.

  24. 73

    O'Shea goes into the book for a late challenge on Morrison.

  25. 72

    It's quite shoddy from the visitors today as another cross goes flying, this time all the way across to the other side of the pitch and out for a throw-in.

  26. 71

    Some of the away fans have seen enough and are already making their way out towards the exits.

  27. 70

    Very careless ball from Sessegnon, he's got nobody on him and puts it inside into no-man's land. Mulumbu picks up the loose pass and sets West Brom on their way. Poor concentration.

  28. 69

    Think that Sessegnon decision sums up Sunderland today. They've been poor upfront and not great at the back, O'Neill must be pulling his hair out.

  29. 68

    Sunderland bust a gut to go support Sessegnon who finds himself with acres of space on the counter. Both McClean and Campbell sprint to get into good positions but the forward stalls on the ball and goes for the shot which is ultimately blocked just inside the area.

  30. 67

    Excellent, absolutely excellent play by West Brom. The passes they're picking out sees Mignolet called into action as he denies Morrison. Fortune then picks it up and drives to the byline, cutting the ball back and it's cleared off the line.

  31. 66

    Dorrans tries to pick out Mulumbu who darts into the box after great play from Morrison on the left wing. Sunderland do well to clear the danger though. Good defending.

  32. 65

    Dorrans comes on for Thomas who looks to be in some pain.

  33. 64

    Fortune is an absolute menace, he jinks inside on to his right foot and smashes a hopeful shot towards Mignolet's left-hand stick but it flashes past the post.

  34. 64

    Thomas groggily gets to his feet after being on the ball. It looks like his hamstring has gone, he's limping put surely you wouldn't risk him any further in a game like today?

  35. 63

    Poor effort from Gardner on the volley, he should've pulled the ball back into Campbell's path who was free in the six-yard area. Poor decision making from the midfielder.

  36. 62

    Fortune and Morrison are all about the swagger this game. They're flicking the ball up to each other, toying with Sunderland.

  37. 61

    Foster gets a strong left-hand from a superb strike by Sessegnon. The ball was moving all over the place in the air and it came out of nowhere. Good diving stop from the former England international.

  38. 61

    Andrews is very much enjoying his first league start for West Brom. He's looked assured in that midfield today, good acquisition by Hodgson.

  39. 59

    And that's his final part to play today as Larsson exits for Wayne Bridge.

  40. 59

    Larsson is just shoved off the ball as West Brom double-team the winger. Superb bit of hassling from the home side.

  41. 58

    McClean does well one-on-one with the two-goal Odemwingie, he blocks the forward's ball into the box for a corner. Good defending.

  42. 57

    Asking McClean to play left-back might be proving to be too difficult with Odemwingie breathing down his neck. The Sunderland star can't get out of his own third.

  43. 56

    Cattermole does brilliantly to escape his marker, he drags the ball a little wide and with 18 yards out goes for the strike - just over the bar. Unlucky there.

  44. 55

    Can't quite believe what I'm watching after the form Sunderland have been in of late. Hodgson has got his tactics spot on today, their hustling ability has really got to the away side.

  45. 54

    A cheeky lob from Morrison just sails over the bar following a counter-attack in which Campbell went down in the box and was screaming for a spot-kick.

  46. 54

    Sunderland are all over the place once more, they're struggling to cope with Fortune's strength as he drills another cross into the box but nobody is on the end of it.

  47. 53

    Thomas opts for the shot on the edge of the box, he curls a beautiful effort past Mignolet but it cannons back off the crossbar. Superb strike.

  48. 52

    It's that painful for the visitors that the West Brom fans are cheering EVERY pass just seven minutes into the restart.

  49. 51

    Even the best laid plans can be shot to pieces as West Brom are proving now. O'Neill's attacking substitutions have barely seen the ball.

  50. 50

    Thomas goes to ground under a Bardsley challenge, the home fans are screaming for a penalty. Nothing given by Foy, if anything he's given a goalkick to the away side.

  51. 49

    GOAL ODEMWINGIE!!! From Foster's throw out to Morrison, the midfielder glides forward with the ball, releases Fortune down the left who with his back to goal squeezes in a cross, it's deflected into the path of Odemwingie who side-foots it past Mignolet.

  52. 48

    Foster leaps into the air to deny a hopeful Bardsley cross into the and throws it out to turn defence into attack.

  53. 47

    Mulumbu is caught in possession as Gardner nicks it off the midfielder's toes, Campbell drags West Brom wide leaving the Sunderland man with decent shooting range - there's a little bit of movement in the air but Foster gets his body right behind the ball and gathers well.

  54. 46

    O'Neill's outfit has 45 minutes to turn this game around. McClean looks like he's dropped into the left-back role. Odemwingie will be relishing that.

  55. Sunderland get the second-half underway.

  56. Ready for the second-half and O'Neill has brought on Bendtner and Campbell in place of Colback and Richardson - both have played well but it's goals the away side needs now.

  57. Big changes to take place for Sunderland - Campbell and Bendtner are stripped off ready to come on for the Black Cats.

  58. Remember to keep sending in your thoughts on today's game to: hayley.paterson@bskyb.com or tweet @HayleyP_11.

  59. And that's it for the half. Martin O'Neill will have plenty to say to his players for firstly letting Mulumbu find Odemwingie in the box for a free header and then Morrison later popped up in a similar position to net the second. Sunderland have barely put together a chance as West Brom have capitalised on the lacklustre performance. Can the Black Cats take on their uphill challenge and get something out of this game? 2-0 West Brom

  60. 45+1

    McClean is getting increasingly frustrated but he's not exactly getting the best of balls into his feet.

  61. 45

    It's been lacklustre at best for the visitors, think they'll be looking forward to the half-time whistle.

  62. 44

    There's been nothing Mignolet could do about those two headed goals. He's got to look at his defence and wonder where the marking was, or wasn't for that matter. Can O'Neill's men turn this around?

  63. 43

    Fortune latches on to the ball after a melee in the box, he goes for a powerful toe-poke which Richardson blocks enough to see it go out for a corner. Good defending, but again West Brom were queuing up there.

  64. 42

    That goal must be a worrying sight for O'Neill, nobody closed down Thomas or Morrison for that fact. Terrible marking.

  65. 41

    GOAL MORRISON!!! Their immense pressure pays off as nobody closes Thomas down on the left flank, he's given acres of time and space to pick out a cross and he clips it towards Morrison who heads into the bottom corner.

  66. 40

    Hard pressed to think of a chance Sunderland have carved out for themselves. Think this would be the perfect game to introduce Fraizer Campbell.

  67. 39

    A couple of step-overs from Sessegnon who then releases Gardner, the midfielder is looking for a gap to shoot on the edge of the box but the Baggies stand firm and eventually clear.

  68. 39

    Every time Sunderland get possession, they give it away. The visitors need to be more clinical on the ball.

  69. 38

    McAuley and Reid combine well to escape the attentions of McClean. West Brom are extremely tidy on the ball today, it's good to watch... not if you're a Sunderland fan obviously...

  70. 37

    Nothing is made of the resulting corner, West Brom need to sort those out - very wasteful in those chances.

  71. 36

    Awful set-piece from Morrison, very uncharacteristic there. Gardner clears, he thinks it goes out for a throw-in... corner given.

  72. 36

    Fortune is having a great game. Draws two defenders in as he holds the ball up, wins a corner as he tries to turn past Turner.

  73. 35

    Reid seems to have the measure of McClean at the moment, the Black Cats youngster is getting very frustrated.

  74. 34

    Mignolet's called into action again as Fortune back-heels the ball into the path of Morrison who collects the pass and takes the strike. Sunderland's shot-stopper does exactly that, low down to his right. Good effort, great save.

  75. 33

    Good looping header from Olsson nearly beats Mignolet at his left-hand post but the 'keeper leaps to gather in the air. Nice save.

  76. 32

    McClean can't quite sort his feet out to connect with a dangerous Bardsley ball into the box. On the replay, he could've taken a touch to steady himself but opted for a side-footed volley which he got completely wrong.

  77. 31

    I'd say in the last few minutes, possession-wise it's been all Sunderland - they're just not doing enough in the final third.

  78. 30

    Reid mis-places a pass to Fortune who is causing the Black Cats all kinds of problems with his huge presence. Good hold-up play in this game so far from the ex-Celtic striker.

  79. 29

    Larsson's been down for a foul thrown down the right, schoolboy error from the set-piece specialist there. Shame on him. Shame on him.

  80. 28

    Turner goes to clear a ball in the box and spoons it over his own bar for a corner. Olsson leaps for the resulting set-piece but can only flick it on and Sunderland clear.

  81. 27

    Thomas can't quite link-up the play down the left channel unfortunately for the home side. Promising spell of possession there, plenty of touches on the ball left Sunderland chasing shadows.

  82. 26

    Good last-ditch challenge from Michael Turner to deny Fortune a clear run on goal, right on the edge of the box that was - superb timing from the centre-back. Had to get that one right.

  83. 25

    Colback has been the shining light for Sunderland in this game so far, brilliant composure on the ball and excellent position when defending. Will be a star of the future I think.

  84. 24

    Colback lays the ball off to Craig Gardner, he's in acres of space and unleashes a... pretty poor effort on goal. Totally drags it wide, no trouble to Ben Foster.

  85. 23

    Sessegnon's winning a fair few free-kicks in this game, think Hodgson has told his players to closely mark the tricky forward.

  86. 22

    The game's just quietened down in the last couple of minutes, West Brom have only fashioned the one clear-cut chance but the difference is, is that they took it.

  87. 21

    Sunderland just look that little bit sleepy at the moment, they need to regain some of that sharpness that Martin O'Neill has instilled in them since his arrival.

  88. 20

    Reid wins the ball from McClean who was surging down the left, great defensive play after the Irishman showed too much of the ball to the ex-Blackburn man.

  89. 19

    As the camera pans across the Sunderland bench, it looks like an advert for chewing gum... and silence... and a little bit of awkwardness...

  90. 18

    Good battling by McClean, he nicks the ball off Morrison who linked up well with Fortune. The Baggies are still hustling all over the pitch though, seems to be unsettling the visitors.

  91. 17

    Bit too giddy from Richardson, he does all the hard-work skipping past two West Brom players and then smashes a ball into nowhere, Larsson tries to keep it in with a volley but Foster collects. Should've done better there.

  92. 16

    Richardson v Odemwingie looks a tasty rivalry, the forward has just had a run-in with the makeshift left-back down the channel, the Sunderland man won that leg race that time around.

  93. 15

    Sessegnon wins a soft free-kick from McAuley in the centre circle. The Baggies man hoofs the ball away but escapes a caution.

  94. 14

    Sessegnon has his first real run down the right, O'Neill's men need to get him more on the ball.

  95. 13

    The Black Cats are being pushed back into their final third here, great pressure by the home side - can they keep up this pace though?

  96. 12

    Mignolet is tested with a long range effort, comfortable save down to his left. That'll help the confidence following that early set-back.

  97. 11

    McClean fails to control a difficult ball which flies out of play. I'm sure Steven Reid met with a "Yeeeah" response as he shouted for a throw-in!

  98. 10

    Morrison smashes into Gardner, it's a heavy collision. Morrison had words with Gardner who has a go back. Fortunately both players are okay. Throw in to Sunderland down the left flank, Richardson takes.

  99. 9

    The fast tempo has subsided a little bit as Sunderland look to get back into this game sharpish.

  100. 8

    It's very slack at the back for Sunderland at the moment, Gardner is caught in possession in a dangerous position which Fortune tries to capitalise on but gives away a foul. They're creating their own problems.

  101. 7

    Olsson clears the danger for the hosts as Larsson has some nice interchanges with Sessegnon on the right.

  102. 6

    Worth a crack from Andrews but his volley just inside the area goes way, way, way over the bar - think it met Waddle's 'pelanty' in the air at some point there...

  103. 6

    The visitors are all over the shop at the moment, Colback's just got them out of another pickle at the back and gives away a corner. The Baggies are rampant!

  104. 5

    How can the Black Cats respond to that early set-back??

  105. 4

    Sunderland are shell-shocked following that early strike from the in-form forward. He's a good omen for the Baggies - everytime he's scored first, they've won.

  106. 3

    GOAL ODEMWINGIE!!! There's no stopping him. The forward gets inbetween two Sunderland defenders to guide a header into the bottom corner, brilliant positioning. Superb ball from Mulumbu.

  107. 3

    Good early pressure from West Brom, they're stretching Sunderland at the back.

  108. 2

    Sunderland are in full voice, singing in honour of Niall Quinn. Making for a great atmosphere at The Hawthorns

  109. 1

    Fortune tries to force the first corner of the game following an excellent block by Michael Turner down the left channel, goalkick given. No appeal from the forward for the set-piece.

  110. The match gets underway

  111. West Brom chief Roy Hodgson will be hoping Peter Odemwingie maintains his rich vein of form as he fields a strong attacking side at home to the Black Cats. Meanwhile Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has stuck with his skipper Lee Cattermole even though he is one booking away from a two-match ban which would mean if he's cautioned today he'd miss his third North East derby game this season when Sunderland play Newcastle.

  112. Referee: Chris Foy.

  113. Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Turner, O'Shea, Richardson, Larsson, Cattermole, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon. Subs: Westwood, Bridge, Campbell, Kilgallon, Meyler, Kyrgiakos, Bendtner.

  114. West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Andrews, Mulumbu, Morrison, Odemwingie, Fortune, Thomas. Subs: Fulop, Tchoyi, Long, Dorrans, Shorey, Dawson, Cox.

  115. Team line-ups are in and they make for interesting reading, particularly for Sunderland fans! More to follow...

  116. Fancy a flutter? Here's SkyBet guru Jonathan Witty's top picks for today's game: "Nicklas Bendtner has bagged three Premier League goals against West Bromwich Albion and he is 7/1 to open the scoring after missing Sunderland's 2-0 FA Cup win over parent club Arsenal. The draw is 23/10 and the Baggies are 7/5."

  117. Good afternoon and welcome to what promises to be an exciting encounter at The Hawthorns as West Brom host Sunderland. I'll be taking you through all of today's minute-by-minute action so send your score predictions/thoughts on the game ahead to: hayley.paterson@bskyb.com or Tweet me @HayleyP_11 and I'll put as many responses on as possible!

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