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West Brom’s Semi Ajayi scores at both ends as own goal gives Leeds draw

If this game is to prove a microcosm of their season, Leeds should be mightily encouraged. The Championship’s top two sides maintained their nine-point lead over the chasing pack with this thrilling draw and if the Yorkshire club, who have fallen away …

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Sheffield United rise to second as Kieran Dowell header sees off West Brom

Sheffield United maintained their hold on the second automatic promotion place in the SkyBet Championship after Kieran Dowell’s first-half header extended West Bromwich Albion’s increasingly jittery home form.Darren Moore’s team may have started the da…

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Goals from Southampton’s Wesley Hoedt and Dusan Tadic finish West Brom

If this proves to be the game when the taxi for Alan Pardew is called, then West Brom’s senior players must share culpability.The Albion manager admitted beforehand his job security was weak after Gareth Barry, Jonny Evans, Boaz Myhill and Jake Livermo…

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Goals from Southampton’s Wesley Hoedt and Dusan Tadic finish West Brom

If this proves to be the game when the taxi for Alan Pardew is called, then West Brom’s senior players must share culpability.The Albion manager admitted beforehand his job security was weak after Gareth Barry, Jonny Evans, Boaz Myhill and Jake Livermo…

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Norwich City can stay up at big teams’ expense, says Jonny Howson

• Size of club not important in relegation battle, says midfielder
• Robbie Brady goal gives Norwich 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion

It is not the size of the club that matters when it comes to relegation dogfights, but the size of their heart. Jonny Howson suggested that Newcastle United and Sunderland, Norwich City’s next two visitors, are not too big to go down as the smallest club involved in the battle to avoid the drop showed a little unity can go a long way.

Robbie Brady’s goal and a first clean sheet on the road this season enabled Alex Neil’s side to climb out of the relegation zone before Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby and increase the pressure on the north-east giants who visit Carrow Road either side of Norwich’s trip to Crystal Palace next month.

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Norwich’s survival hopes boosted as Robbie Brady goal beats West Brom

Robbie Brady, Ireland’s goalsoring hero in their Euro 2016 play-off victory away to Bosnia and Herzegovina, scored the goal that lifted Norwich City out of the relegation zone as Alex Neil’s team won for the first time in 11 games.

With Newcastle United and Sunderland, dropped into the bottom three, playing on Sunday, Norwich gave themselves a fighting chance of staying up with a hard-earned victory at The Hawthorns.

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Last-gasp Rondón strike earns West Brom point against Swansea

Salomon Rondón scored in stoppage time for West Brom to force a 1-1 draw with Swansea City

Salomon Rondón equalised in stoppage time to deny Swansea City a third successive win after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s fourth goal in five games looked to have pulled West Bromwich Albion into the relegation equation.

Tony Pulis’s side are looking heavy-legged, with an FA Cup replay victory away to Bristol City their only win in seven games, and not even the arrival of Saido Berahino as a second-half substitute could lift them before Rondón’s late intervention.

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Brendan Rodgers plans Liverpool development after a write-off season

• Manager may have to target players who want to buy into long-term plan
• ‘Champions League looks unlikely but we can still get quality starters in’
Liverpool pay for lack of firepower in goalless draw at West Brom

Brendan Rodgers concedes that Liverpool’s impending failure to qualify for the Champions League could lead to a double penalty as top-grade transfer targets are unlikely to head for Anfield and the dubious lure of Europa League football.

The Liverpool manager refused to dismiss reports that talks have been held with Memphis Depay, the Holland and PSV Eindhoven forward, as he seeks to replace last season’s 52-goal contribution from Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge that catapulted the club back into Europe’s elite on the back of amassing 101 Premier League goals.

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Mauricio Pochettino backs Tottenham’s Harry Kane to hit 30-goal mark

• Pochettino: ‘It is important he keeps this mentality’
• Manager suggests Christian Eriksen is prime role model for Kane
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Mauricio Pochettino backs Tottenham’s Harry Kane to hit 30-goal mark

• Pochettino: ‘It is important he keeps this mentality’
• Manager suggests Christian Eriksen is prime role model for Kane
• Harry Kane is focal point for Tottenham success

Harry Kane was permitted only a couple of quick-fire questions but just like his match-winning performance , that was all it took: two chances, both dispatched with clinical professionalism. His answers are out there on the pitch and in the scoring charts for all to see.

The 21-year-old’s confidence and conversion rate are so high, not to mention his technical excellence and energetic attitude, and with Kane having doubled his pre-season target of 10 goals within two-thirds of the campaign, it is no wonder the manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has no fear in suggesting he aims to treble it by May.

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane proves too hot to handle for West Brom

Harry Kane came out on top against Saido Berahino in the battle of the young England strikers as he became the first Tottenham Hotspur player to reach 20 goals in a season since Gareth Bale and helped Mauricio Pochettino’s team pull within two points of the top four in the Premier League.

The Londoner scored twice in another excellent performance full of vim and invention and should be a shoo-in for a first senior call-up next month when England face Lithuania in a Euro 2016 qualifier, and Italy. .

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Saido Berahino: no need for me to explain not celebrating West Brom goals

• Berahino offers no explanation for non-celebration of four-goal haul
• FA Cup third-round tie was Tony Pulis’s first match in charge of Baggies
• Match report: West Bromwich Albion 7-0 Gateshead

Saido Berahino refused to explain why he had refrained from celebrating his four goals against Gateshead on Saturday, adding to the uncertainty over his future at West Bromwich Albion in what was otherwise the best possible start to Tony Pulis’s reign in charge.

The England Under-21 striker scored three of four goals in 11 minutes either side of half-time to put an end to Gateshead’s hopes after a bright start but not only did he fail to smile at any of the goals; he also eschewed the opportunity afterwards to reach out to happy Albion fans.

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Saido Berahino scores four as West Bromwich Albion destroy Gateshead

West Bromwich Albion 7-0 GatesheadSaido Berahino bolstered his transfer value with a four-goal haul, including an 11-minute hat-trick, as West Bromwich Albion gave Tony Pulis the ideal welcome party with an emphatic victory.The new manager at The Hawth…

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Saido Berahino scores four as West Bromwich Albion destroy Gateshead

Saido Berahino bolstered his transfer value with a four-goal haul, including an 11-minute hat-trick either side of half-time, as West Bromwich Albion gave Tony Pulis the ideal welcome party with an emphatic victory.The new manager at The Hawthorns must…

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Manchester City see off West Bromwich Albion to keep Chelsea in sight

Manuel Pellegrini is more interested in maintaining Manchester City’s imperious form in a critical week in the title contest than establishing a club record when Burnley visit the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

City equalled a club record established more than a century ago with a ninth successive victory to remain within three points of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League. They scored freely in the first half, when Fernando, Yaya Touré and David Silva put Pellegrini’s side in complete control, before a second-half blizzard coated the Hawthorns pitch in snow and made City’s players more concerned with keeping their feet.

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Craig Gardner backs Alan Irvine after West Brom sink Aston Villa

• Local hero hopes victory will get fans back on side
• ‘Everyone is behind Irvine, he’s a great person and manager’
• Alan Irvine pleads for time to take West Brom forward

In this era of foreign superstars illuminating a global Premier League, there is something refreshing about a homespun hero such as Craig Gardner, toiling in the region in which he was raised, local enough to know the name of the young fan, Rui Roper, to whom he handed his shirt after celebrating West Bromwich Albion’s winning goal in the derby against his first club. But Gardner recognised that more important than any local bragging rights is the platform for stability this victory can bring.

Gardner had not been slow to point out that West Brom have proved capable of finishing above Aston Villa in recent years but as he basked in the afterglow of his first goal for the club, the Solihull-born midfielder reasoned this was a means to an end more than a parochial triumph.

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West Bromwich Albion’s Craig Gardner punishes former club Aston Villa

Alan Irvine will think twice about offering Craig Gardner a high five the next time his midfielder scores but the West Bromwich Albion manager was only too happy to feel the sting as the former Aston Villa player’s first goal for his latest Midlands club settled this derby to alleviate the pressure hovering over the Hawthorns hot seat.

Gardner rifled home the winner 18 minutes from time as West Brom made heavy weather of capitalising on playing with a numerical advantage for three quarters of the game after Kieran Richardson was sent off for a reckless tackle on Stéphane Sessègnon.

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James Tomkins rises high to give West Ham comeback win at West Brom

The last time West Ham United were at The Hawthorns their fans were baying for Sam Allardyce’s head; on Tuesday night they were chanting about winning the league. Such is the fickle nature of football but, after recovering from going behind to embellish their best start to a Premier League season with goals from Kevin Nolan and James Tomkins, the West Ham manager could bask in the relative glory of his team staying fifth in the table, a point outside the Champions League places.

“We’re going to win the league now,” Allardyce quipped, reminded of that visit here in April. “That’s long in the past now. The game moves on very quickly. Our summer of hard work and recruitment is paying off. Our strength in depth is standing us in good stead because we’re having to use our squad to the maximum. Twenty-four points at this stage of the season – that’s one hell of a total when you think this time last year we were almost in the bottom three.”

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Newcastle extend winning sequence to five with victory at West Brom

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Sam Allardyce under pressure at West Ham with fans calling for him to go

Co-owner David Sullivan offers no vote of confidence West Brom’s Pepe Mel also set for post-season talks Continue reading…