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  • Tue, 13 Apr 2021 10:47:36 +0000: Man charged over online racial abuse of West Brom’s Romaine Sawyers - West Bromwich Albion | The Guardian
    • Simon Silwood accused of targeting midfielder in January
    • Suspect charged under the Communications Act

    A 49-year-old man has been charged with racially abusing the West Brom footballer Romaine Sawyers online.

    West Midlands Police said Simon Silwood is alleged to have sent an offensive message to Sawyers via social media in January. The charge comes after an investigation carried out by PC Stuart Ward, the first dedicated hate crime officer within a football policing unit.

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  • Mon, 12 Apr 2021 19:12:38 +0000: West Brom 3-0 Southampton: Premier League – as it happened - West Bromwich Albion | The Guardian

    The Baggies registered back-to-back wins for the first time this season as they comprehensively outplayed Southampton at the Hawthorns

    Paul Doyle was at the Hawthorns to witness both a fine West Brom display and “a new form of VAR imbroglio”. Here’s his verdict. Be about your business! Click! Click! Click! In the meantime, please allow me to bid you farewell ... and to remind you that Rob Smyth is on the Brighton-Everton game this very minute. Thanks for reading this MBM.

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    West Brom stay in 19th place, but they’re now on 24 points. That’s still eight shy of Newcastle, who have also played 31 games, and Brighton, who play their 31st match of the season in a few minutes. You can follow their game against Everton with Rob Smyth. Saints meanwhile are stuck in 14th on 36 points. Safety shouldn’t be an issue for them, despite their questionable form since the turn of the year, but they’ll be hoping for an upturn before their season-defining showdown with Leicester at the weekend.

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    West Brom keep their survival hopes alive with a comprehensive victory over Saints. It should have been four, but VAR did what VAR does. It could have been five or six, so dominant were the home side. Saints were dreadful, and need to pick themselves up quicksmart ahead of their FA Cup semi-final with Leicester City on Sunday.

    90 min +5: Ward-Prowse tries to make up for his miss, lining up a free kick from distance. It’s high and wide. What a miserable evening for Southampton, who are back to thinking about that hot bath.

    90 min +4: Ward-Prowse’s spot kick is saved! He powers towards the bottom left, but Johnstone wants that clean sheet, and extends himself to palm away sensationally!

    90 min +3: Armstrong nips in ahead of Ajayi. He’s clipped, but it’s not given. No matter, because Djenepo is then upended by Gallagher, and the referee points to the spot.

    90 min +2: Everyone clearly dreaming of a lovely hot bath.

    90 min: There will be six added minutes.

    89 min: In the West Brom dugout, Big Sam’s smile is wider and shiner than the sun. He knows that Great Escape II, while still unlikely, is on. His side are about to win two games in a row for the first time this season, and while they’re still eight points from safety, there’s promise in what remains of their fixture list: Leicester, Villa, Wolves, Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham and Leeds. If they keep playing like they’ve played tonight, and at Chelsea the other week, against several unpredictable teams, a world of possibility opens up.

    87 min: Ings is replaced by Tella, while Walker-Peters makes way for Djenepo.

    85 min: Bartley is replaced by Ajayi. He’s put in a fine shift. Saints haven’t got any change from the West Brom defence at all.

    83 min: Some good news here, as Maitland-Niles first sits up, then stands up. It looks as though he was just severely winded, having fallen flat on his chest from a great height. He walks to the touchline unaided, and looks ready to carry on.

    81 min: Maitland-Niles is down, having fallen awkwardly and dramatically. The physios are taking no chances, and on comes the stretcher.

    79 min: So having said that, Southampton go as close as they’ve come all evening. Of course they have. Adams is sent skittering down the right on the break at speed. He enters the box and lashes a fine low diagonal drive inches wide of the bottom left. Johnstone didn’t have that fully covered. If it had found the corner, it would have been a consolation.

    78 min: Saints are done. Thoughts now have clearly turned to damage limitation, and the big cup semi on Sunday.

    76 min: Diagne, who scored a perfectly good opener that wasn’t allowed, makes way for Robson-Kanu. Walcott, who has been completely, totally and utterly invisible, makes way for Adams.

    75 min: Redmond has a dig from distance. It’s always heading over. Worth a shout, though, Saints are creating nothing otherwise. “Do you reckon Mike Dean does that Fonzie thing in the mirror?” wonders Gary Naylor of our shark-jumping refereeing classes. I’d imagine so, although pound to a penny his attempt at “Aaaaaaaay” sounds less like the Fonz and more like Bernie Winters.

    73 min: OK, the stay of execution didn’t last long. Gallagher comes on for Robinson after all. Big Sam clearly didn’t want to ruin the goalscorer’s moment. There’s nice!

    71 min: Robinson was about to get the hook, too, in favour of Conor Gallagher, but that’s earned him a reprieve. Saints have been comprehensively rope-a-doped.

    They’re comfortable now! Saints faff about in midfield. Yokuslu picks up the loose ball in the centre circle, and plays a simple first-time pass down the inside-left channel. Robinson races ahead of Vestergaard, draws Forster, and slots home. Easy as that!

    68 min: Saints probe, but to little effect. West Brom are very comfortable at the minute, despite sitting off and sitting back.

    66 min: Diallo tugs at the shoulder of Pereira as the West Brom man dribbles down the middle of the park. Free kick, 25 yards out. Yokuslu fancies this, but his attempt to find the top-left corner is never going close.

    64 min: Saints continue to dominate the ball, and they’re enjoying plenty of time in the West Brom half ... but not too much of it in the final third. It’s been a decent containing job by the hosts since the restart.

    62 min: Redmond goes over in the area as he tries to spin Bartley at speed, and makes a half-arsed appeal for a penalty. The officials aren’t interested in finding fault with that, not even the pedants operating the VAR kit.

    61 min: Armstrong has a whack from distance. Easy pickings for Johnstone, though Saints are beginning to ask a few questions now. “The most heinous, clear and obvious error in the game is VAR. Football’s equivalent of Brexit. A toy for the small minded.” Preach on, Kevin Porter.

    59 min: Bertrand floats it in softly. It’s easily cleared by West Brom, but Saints come back at them quickly, Armstrong and Ings combining to nearly release Redmond into the box down the left channel. Just as Redmond prepares to pull the trigger, Furlong comes sliding in to block him, and he doesn’t even get the corner. What a perfectly timed challenge that was!

    58 min: Ings is tugged back by Yokuslu as he makes good down the inside-left channel. A free kick, and a chance to load the box.

    56 min: Ings sends Armstrong scampering down the left, forcing O’Shea to slide in and concede a corener. Ward-Prowse’s delivery is headed powerfully clear by Bartley. “Jump the shark?” wonders Mary Waltz. “Memo to shark: Please eat VAR, we will be forever grateful.”

    55 min: Diallo sends a raking diagonal ball towards Walker-Peters on the right. It nearly sends the marauding full-back away, but Townsend sticks to him and eventually draws a frustrated foul.

    53 min: West Brom seem happy to sit back and see what Southampton can do. Given Saints recovered from two down to beat Burnley last time round, it might be a dangerous game to play. Saints have had 80% possession since the break.

    51 min: Saints are a little bit more on the front foot now. Some space for Walker-Peters out on the right. He’s allowed to make it into the box, and fires a low one through the six-yard box. Only Ings is anywhere near it, but he can’t reach. A hell of a ball, though.

    49 min: Sky flash up a stat that may worry Southampton. In the last two months, only Manchester United have conceded fewer goals (four) than West Brom’s five. Next on the list: Chelsea, who have shipped seven, although admittedly five of those came on that off day against ... West Brom. Strange old season, huh?

    47 min: No obvious increase in Southampton’s tempo so far, though admittedly the data set is extremely small.

    West Brom get the second half underway. No changes. “Is this the moment that VAR finally jumped the shark?” wonders Stephen Carr. “And if it did, was its fin on or off?”

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    Ings gets back up, and that’s the end of a dominant first half for West Brom. Big Sam for England!

    45 min +2: Saints force a corner. Nothing much happens, other than Yokuslu accidentally standing on Ings’ ankle. The striker requires some treatment.

    45 min: There will be two added minutes.

    44 min: But in the main, Saints can’t handle the West Brom press. The hosts are playing them at their own game, and winning. On the touchline, Ralph Hasenhuttl is fuming.

    42 min: Saints try to settle themselves down with a period of sterile possession in the middle of the park. This idea might better have been employed after ten minutes.

    40 min: Yokuslu hoicks a long-distance effort high and wide. A strange five-minute period before the opening goal apart, this has been all West Brom.

    39 min: The Baggies are rampant. A corner leads to some pinball in the Saints box, and Yokuslu’s eventual shot is blocked, squirting away from danger. Saints desperately need to hear the half-time whistle.

    38 min: Ward-Prowse takes a booking for the team, cynically clipping Pereira as he raced down the left, preparing to deliver a cross that would have surely released either Diagne or Phillips.

    36 min: Saints wrapped that up in a pretty bow, but take nothing away from the skill of Diagne and Phillips. What determination. What a combination!

    Ings plays an awful backpass down the West Brom left. Diagne picks up possession and storms towards the box, before playing a scientifically perfect low cross towards the far stick. Phillips races in and can’t do anything but roof home!

    34 min: Thing is, Saints were finally beginning to contribute to the game. Just before the penalty, they’d enjoyed a five-minute spell in which they hogged the ball for 68 percent of the time. Still, on balance, the scoreline seems about right.

    Smash! Straight down the middle, Forster opting to dive. No more than the hosts deserve.

    31 min: The hosts work the ball cutely upfield yet again. Suddenly Maitland-Niles rolls into the box from the right. Pereira traps and shapes to round Forster on the spot, only for the keeper to bring him down. A no-brainer of a decision.

    30 min: A neat short routine between Bertrand and Redmond leads to a game of bagatelle in the West Brom box. The ball ricochets at speed off Ings and straight into the arms of Johnstone. That would have been a goal, an inch or two either side.

    29 min: Armstrong sends a rising curler towards the top left from 25 yards. Johnstone tips around the post, and from the resulting corner ...

    28 min: Pereira slips a ball down the middle for Diagne, the end of a lovely series of crisp West Brom triangles. Diagne opens his body and looks for the top right ... but his effort sails wide.

    26 min: Ings works the ball down the right for Redmond, who momentarily looks like bursting free. Not quite, but he rolls inside for Armstrong, who slips while attempting to spin and shoot. Ings picks up the ball near the left-hand corner of the six-yard box and whistles a low shot across the face of goal. Sadly for Saints, there’s nobody there to run it home. Is there any way of cloning Ings?

    24 min: But when you’ve got Danny Ings in your side, you’re always going to carry a threat. Redmond barges down the left and loses control, but the ball breaks to Ings, just inside the box. He shifts his feet quickly and tries to steer a no-backlift effort into the top right. It sails wide, but had it been on target, I’m not sure the planted Johnstone would have reached it.

    23 min: Vestergaard tries to get something going for Saints by slipping a long pass down the inside-left channel. He nearly finds the overlapping Bertrand, but Phillips shepherds the ball out for a goal kick. One parry apart, Johnstone has had nothing to do in the West Brom goal.

    21 min: A West Brom throw from the right. Bartley wins it with ease, flicking on for Pereira, whose weak header sails straight at Forster. Saints haven’t got going at all. The cup semi on their mind?

    19 min: According to the chancers of Stockley Park, VAR Guy “could not draw a definitive line” with Diagne partially obscured by Bartley, “so it stays with the on-field decision”. Even though another angle made it fairly clear that Diagne was on. They’re grifting us, people. It’s not too late.

    17 min: The chances continue to come for West Brom. Phillips crosses, Furlong shoulders wide when attempting to head. Then Diagne nearly bustles through the middle only to see his speculative prod squirt wide right.

    15 min: West Brom continue to cause plenty of bother down the left, Yokuslu nearly opening them up. Then a rarer attack down the other flank, Phillips sending in a low fizzer that Vestergaard nearly deflects into his own net. Nothing comes of the resulting corner, but this is excellent stuff by West Brom.

    13 min: Can somebody please, please, please put VAR back in its box? Dear officials, it’s OK to admit you were wrong.

    12 min: You know what, turns out that VAR decision actually could have been a load of old balls. Another look at the picture suggests Bednarek was indeed playing Diagne on, and the line was drawn for the wrong man, Bartley, who was standing behind the scorer.

    10 min: Saints wake up. Walker-Peters glides past Townsend with a sensational backflick near the corner flag on the right, and enters the box. He shoot low and hard towards the near post, but Johnstone refuses to be caught out and parries wide. From the resulting corner, Walcott hits a shot that’s ambitious, the best that can be said for it.

    9 min: An inch here, another there, and West Brom could already be two goals to the good. Saints need to wake up.

    8 min: West Brom’s fast start continues apace. A corner is won down the left. Then Pereira and Phillips combine down the flank, Saints pushed back, forced into the concession of a throw. From that, Townsend curls to the near post, where Robinson arrives late, unannounced, to sidefoot inches wide. Great start by the hosts, this.

    6 min: Nope, no goal. That’s not as egregious an outcome as some of the VAR nonsense this weekend, not least because Diagne looked offside to the naked eye, and that was the decision made in real time as well. Nobody seems particularly aggrieved.

    5 min: However, the old VAR rulers are out, and Bednarek could have played Diagne on here, you know. It’s going to be very close.

    4 min: ... West Brom get the ball in the net. Phillips twists down the inside-left channel to makes space. He shoots. Forster parries. The ball drops to Furlong, on the edge of the box. He shoots towards the top left. Diagne heads it on, into the corner, but the flag goes up for offside.

    3 min: Now it’s Diagne’s turn to be clattered. Bednarek comes in from the back, and he’s fortunate not to get a booking for that. And from the resulting free kick ...

    2 min: West Brom start by knocking it around the back, only for Maitland-Niles to take a whack on the ankle as Saints press hard from the off. Accidental, and happily it looks like Maitland-Niles will be fine to continue, despite that clearly having been a sore one.

    Here we go, then! Saints get the game underway ... but only after the knee is taken. Solidarity and love. There’s no room for racism. Kick it out.

    The teams are out! West Brom wear their famous navy blue and white stripes, while Southampton wear their first-choice St-Mary’s-in-negative red shirts with white sash. It’s a cool but clear evening at the highest league ground in England. We’ll be off in a minute, after a quick Baggies blast of the Liquidator.

    Ralph Hasenhuttl’s turn. “The team deserve to play again. Turning the table around against Burnley is not so easy and they showed a special performance after the first half hour. Today we need a similar performance but from the first moment. Hopefully we can show up immediately. We have never looked down, we always try to climb the table and look in front. We have to be fresh in the mind and we have eight, maybe nine games coming up.”

    Sam Allardyce talks to Sky. “Let’s focus on winning but not going all out, not going gung-ho, doing it with the right stability, and the right stability has been from a good solid defensive unit playing the right way to create opportunities to attack when we win the ball back. We need to win this game, a draw is no use to us based on the four points Newcastle have picked up over the last two games. So let’s try to win and stay in touch if we can.”

    Ryan Bertrand of Saints speaks to Sky as well, saying that “we’ve got work still to do in the Premier League so it’s important we’re fully focused tonight ... if we can get the win we can keep the good momentum going into the [FA Cup semi] ... it’s hard to not have half an eye on it, but we have a lot of work to do in the Premier League from now until the end of the season ... West Brom’s results show they have a solidity and have found a way to win ... we have to be on our jobs.”

    Conor Townsend of West Brom tells Sky that “the mood is good ... to be honest it’s been good for the past few weeks, performances have been up there but results haven’t followed ... but last week we got both so hopefully we can do the same again tonight ... we’ve got a lot of games still to go, a lot of points to play for ... in this league, anyone can go on a run of three or four wins, and as soon as you do that, it’s game on ... we hope for back-to-back wins for the first time this season and kick on ... we’ve got to win the game.”

    Sam Allardyce makes one change to the West Brom team named for the thrashing of Chelsea. Callum Robinson - who came on to score twice at Stamford Bridge - takes the place of defender Semi Ajayi. Attacking formation ahoy!

    Ralph Hasenhuttl isn’t in the mood to obsessively tinker either. He names the same Saints XI that came from two goals down to beat Burnley last week.

    West Bromwich Albion: Johnstone, Furlong, O’Shea, Bartley, Townsend, Phillips, Yokuslu, Maitland-Niles, Matheus Pereira, Robinson, Diagne.
    Subs: Gibbs, Robson-Kanu, Ajayi, Livermore, Diangana, Gallagher, Peltier, Button, Ahearne-Grant.

    Southampton: Forster, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Diallo, Walcott, Ings, Redmond.
    Subs: McCarthy, Stephens, Adams, Djenepo, Minamino, Salisu, Tella, Ferry, Jankewitz.

    Southampton have West Bromwich Albion’s number. And that number is 2-0 1-2 2-3 1-0 1-0. Yep, they’ve won their last five matches against the Baggies, four in the Premier League, one in the FA Cup. If they prevail at the Hawthorns this evening, they’ll equal their longest winning streak against a single opponent in their top-flight history.

    Saints will be feeling good about themselves right now. They’re coming off the back of a 3-2 comeback victory against Burnley, and contest an FA Cup semi-final this coming Sunday against a Leicester City side suddenly out of sorts. Relegation may still be a possibility, but it’s not a serious concern. There shouldn’t be too much pressure on Ralph Hasenhuttl and his men tonight.

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  • Mon, 12 Apr 2021 19:07:21 +0000: Allardyce urges VAR changes after West Brom beat Southampton despite error - West Bromwich Albion | The Guardian

    Not even a new form of VAR imbroglio could prevent West Brom from swaggering to a victory that keeps alive their slim hopes of springing free of relegation. The hosts were denied an early breakthrough in circumstances that infuriated Sam Allardyce, who suggested VAR was making a “laughing stock” of the Premier League, but his side brushed off that disappointment and won thanks to goals by Matheus Pereira, Matt Phillips and Callum Robinson. Sam Johnstone saved a penalty from James Ward-Prowse in stoppage time to preserve an emphatic scoreline.

    West Brom have won back-to-back matches for the first time this season but are still eight points below 17th-placed Newcastle. “Unfortunately we need to rely on other teams losing,” said Allardyce. “All we can do is keep winning and keep our fingers crossed.”

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  • Sat, 10 Apr 2021 08:00:02 +0000: West Brom v Southampton: match preview - West Bromwich Albion | The Guardian

    If one result might kick West Brom into some high-flying, season-saving mania it is walloping Chelsea 5-2. Ignore Thiago Silva’s red card and focus on the task at hand – stacking up wins, starting with Southampton. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side may have picked up a win of their own against Burnley but showed the brittleness that has plagued them all campaign by quickly going 2-0 down. The flipside, of course, was the marvellous comeback spearheaded by the returning Theo Walcott and Danny Ings. The pair could profit in the second half once again should Sam Allardyce resort to throwing the kitchen sink at a vital set of three points. Graham Searles

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  • Mon, 05 Apr 2021 13:56:05 +0000: Lille lead PSG in title race and Valencia walk off for Diakhaby – Football Weekly - West Bromwich Albion | The Guardian

    Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Philippe Auclair, Lars Sivertsen and Sid Lowe to discuss the Easter weekend action in the Premier League and Europe

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    Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Philippe Auclair and Lars Sivertsen to talk about Big Sam’s West Brom thumping Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, Southampton’s comeback against Burnley and José Mourinho’s ‘same coach, different players’ philosophy as they drop points at Newcastle.

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