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Bournemouth 1-4 West Brom


By Jemma Tappenden
August 23 2011

The Baggies kicked off their Carling Cup campaign with a thumping 4-1 victory over League One side Bournemouth.  Albion boss Roy Hodgson made 11 changes to the first team which fell to defeat at Chelsea on Saturday, with six of the eighteen man squad named having come through the youth system at the Hawthorns.  There was a full debut for 18 year old George Thorne, and summer signings McAuley, Jones and Fulop all made their first competitive starts of the season.

Albion took their time getting into their stride at the Seward Stadium – no big surprise given the full first team change around.  But their first real attack in the 8th minute proved to be fruitful.  Graham Dorrans found Marek Cech with a clever pass, and Cech in turn set up Thomas on the left side of the box.  The now fully fit Thomas crafted an elegant right foot shot at a tight angle to slide home Albion’s first of four goals.

Thomas could have doubled his goal tally, and Albion’s just four minutes later.  But he lost his footing as he connected with Simon Cox’s cross, and shot wide from just 15 yards.  Bournemouth were not short of chances either, and Malone could only watch as his ambitious 25 yard effort flew wide of the target after the Cherries had bombarded the Baggies box with a number of crosses.

It was proving to be an open tie between the Premiership and League One sides, and Lyle Taylor missed a good chance for Bournemouth on 24 minutes when he headed well over the bar from 15 yards.  Just minutes later Jerome Thomas, who was enjoying a lively game in his first match back from injury saw his right footed effort just deflected wide enough to result in a corner.

West Brom were very nearly caught out in the 41st minute when Bournemouth took a quick free kick awarded against Cox.  The Albion players were still protesting as Feeney swung in a glorious set piece, which Adam Barnett could only head wide from 8 yards.

But just a minute later Albion were two up, after Simon Cox cleverly dispossessed Harry Arter to set up Fortune, who made no mistake in hammering home from 8 yards.

Half Time: Bournemouth 0-2 West Bromwich Albion

Hodgson made one change at half time, replacing Jerome Thomas with Joe Mattock.  The second half would prove to be as lively as the first, and Bournemouth were rewarded just two minutes into the half when they pulled a goal back.  Malone was left to run clear down the left and his accurate cross was fired home by Lovell.

But the Cherries joy was to be short lived, as Albion regained their two goal advantage just sic minutes later.  Jones set about a stunning 60 yard run before crossing to Cox who made no mistake in smashing the ball home from 25 yards.  As the half progressed Baggies favourite Graham Dorrans was growing in confidence and returning to the kind of form Albion fans were used to seeing.  He came close to goal himself with a free kick which clipped the Bournemouth wall and was just wide for a corner.  Dorrans himself took the resulting free kick, and Simon Cox was unlucky not to grab his second goal of the tie as his ambitious over head kick went wide of the mark.

But 12 minutes from time Albion secured their place in the third round of the competition with a fourth goal.  Fortune with a superb bit of individual skill as he spun Shaun Cooper from Marek Cech’s cross. 

Full Time: Bournemouth 1-4 West Bromwich Albion

Thomas (8)

Fortune (42, 78)

Cox (53)

Lovell (47)

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