WEST BROMWICH ALBION v NORWICH CITY
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 7th December 2013,
The game will be the 58th league and cup meeting
between the two clubs. Albion currently lead the way in the victory
stakes with 24 compared to the Canaries' 18.
The Baggies' last game on this date came in 2008
when they played out a 1-1 draw in a Premier League clash against Portsmouth at
The Hawthorns. The club's last league win on December 7 came in 1974 when a Joe
Mayo goal gave them a 1-0 win at Bolton Wanderers.
The Canaries' last game on December 7 also came in
2008 when they beat Ipswich Town 2-0 at Carrow Road.
Albion have won five of their
last seven league games against
Norwich have conceded the most
Premier League away goals this season (21), whilst their 28 conceded overall is
joint highest with Sunderland.
Albion's last six games:
Manchester City (H) 2-3;
Newcastle United (A) 1-2; Aston Villa (H) 2-2; Chelsea (A) 2-2; Crystal Palace
(H) 2-0; Liverpool (A) 1-4
City's last six games: Liverpool (A) 1-5; Crystal
Palace (H) 1-0; Newcastle United (A) 1-2; West Ham United (H) 3-1; Manchester
City (A) 0-7; Manchester United (A, LC) 0-4
Billy Jones and Scott Sinclair return to Steve Clarke’s squad
after being declared fit following recent injuries. Youssouf Mulumbu also
returns following his one match suspension but the game comes too soon for
French striker Nicolas Anelka despite the player returning to training following
a groin injury.
Jonas Olsson sits the game out due to suspension whilst Ben
Foster is still missing due to his foot injury.
Myhill, Daniels, Reid, McAuley, Ridgewell,
Dawson, Lugano, Popov, Yacob,
Dorrans, Morrison, Brunt, Sinclair, Mulumbu, Amalfitano, Sessegnon, Berahino,
Anichebe, Long, Vydra,
Big money signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel is back in training
after a toe injury but City boss Chris Hughton is unlikely to risk the striker.
Robert Snodgrass and Elliott Bennett (both knee), Mark Bunn
and Alexander Tettey (both ankle) and Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) are all
missing for the Canaries.
Ruddy, Martin, R Bennett, Bassong, Olsson, Howson, Fer,
Hooper, Elmander, Becchio, Nash, Johnson, Whittaker, Josh Murphy, Turner,
Baggies' boss Steve Clarke:
“You don’t have much time between the two games. The day
after is just recovery. Today is the second day of recovery because a lot of the
boys are tired. We’ve had a look at one or two different options we can use -
change of personnel, change of system. Overnight I’ll have a little sleep, a
little think about it, and hopefully I’ll come up with the right solution. I’ll
give the team out at the meeting tomorrow. Jonas is a character and has been a
key player for the club over a number of years. But defenders get suspended and
injured and you have to have a good squad to cope with that - and we think we
are a good footballing team. They are always 100 per cent committed, always play
for their manager. We expect a difficult game. We had a difficult home game
against them last year when we managed to turn around a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1
victory, which was good for us at the time. We went down there at the end of the
season, when Norwich were still fighting for their Premier League life, and they
turned us over 4-0, so that’s still fresh in the mind. Sometimes on the back of
conceding a lot of goals teams tighten up a lot defensively so we have to be
sure they won’t be thinking about conceding too many goals.
“We have to be creative and force the game. We’re the home
team and the onus is on us to force the game a little bit and that’s what we
have to do to create the chances to score the goals.”
City boss Chris Hughton:
“I think we’ve got to be pleased and grateful that this game
has come around as quickly as it has. It gives us an opportunity to right some
wrongs. We’re hurting from Wednesday night - I certainly want to see a reaction
from the players and I want to see a performance that gives us a good chance of
winning the game.
“The stats speak for themselves. We’re on the back of big defeats at
Manchester City and Liverpool -
we have to as a team defend better, and we have to eliminate the individual
errors that are costing us. The only way we can do that is by working hard on
the training pitch, being organised and making sure that we’re making it a lot
tougher for opposition away from home.
“He’s done a very good job there. This is his second year in management and he’s
doing very well, but he was a coach for a long while before that of course. West
Brom are one point in front of us and have been spoken about in very good terms.
It’s an opportunity for us now - we have to make sure we get that right reaction
from the team. It’s a game that we must look forward to and we must do
everything we can to win.”
Albion Win: 5/6, Norwich City Win: 4/1, Draw: 11/5.
Long 9/2, Anelka 5/1, Sessegnon 6/1, Berahino 13/2, Anichebe 13/2, Vydra
7/1, Rosenberg 15/2, Morrison 11/1, Gera 11/1, Brunt 12/1, Sinclair 12/1,
Amalfitano 16/1, Mulumbu 16/1, McAuley 20/1, Dawson 25/1, Yacob 25/1.
Norwich City: Hooper 15/2, Elmander 8/1,
Becchio 10/1, Redmond 10/1, Fer 12/1, Murphy 14/1, Hoolahan 14/1, Howson 20/1,
Whittaker 25/1, Johnson 25/1.
Mark Clattenburg (County Durham)
Clattenburg refereed three Albion games last season
- the 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester City in
October, the 1-1 draw in the FA Cup at Queens Park Rangers in January and the
1-0 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur in February.
The County Durham official also took charge of
three City games last season - the 1-1 draw at home to QPR in August, the 1-1
draw away at Southampton in November and the 2-1 defeat against West Ham United
at Upton Park in January.
Clattenburg has issued 42 yellow and no red cards
in his 13 games so far this season.
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The first competitive meeting between the two sides came in a 2nd round FA Cup
tie at The Hawthorns in February 1907. Charles 'Chippy' Simmons scored the only
goal of the game as the Baggies won 1-0.
Albion first met City in league action during the 1938/39 season. The first
game at Carrow Road in September ended with the visitors running out 3-2
winners, Meynell Burgin (2) and Harry Jones with the Albion goals. The return
game at The Hawthorns in April saw the Baggies complete the double over Norwich
with a 4-2 win, W.G Richardson and George Banks hitting two goals each.
Albion's biggest win against City is
5-1 - a scoreline achieved twice, the first time in a Texaco Cup game at
The Hawthorns in 1974 and more recently in a League Division One fixture
in 1996, again at The Hawthorns. Ian Hamilton and Andy Hunt both scoring
twice in the latter fixture.
The Baggies' biggest win at Norwich
came in February 1997 when a Paul Peschisolido hat-trick helped Ray
Harford's men to a 4-2 victory.
Albion's heaviest ever defeat against City came
last season at Carrow Road when Steve Clarke's men lost 4-0, thanks to goals
from Snodgrass, Holt, Howson and a Gareth McAuley own goal.
Albion have a good recent league record
against Norwich, winning five of the last seven meetings between the two clubs.
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Sunday 12 May 2013 - Norwich City 4-0 Albion - Premier League - Carrow Road
LAST LEAGUE MEETING AT THE HAWTHORNS
Monday 9 April 2007 - Norwich City 1-2 Albion - League Championship - Carrow Road
Wednesday 18 December 1996 - Albion 5-1 Norwich City - League Division One - The Hawthorns
Saturday 13 January 1979 - Norwich City 1-1 Albion - First Division - Carrow Road
Saturday 21 April 1973 - Albion 0-1 Norwich City - First Division - The Hawthorns
2-1 Norwich City
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 22nd December 2013,
Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov; Dorrans (Fortune HT),
Brunt (c); Gera (Long 62), Morrison, Odemwingie; Lukaku (Tamas 84). Subs not
used: Myhill (gk), Ridgewell, Rosenberg, Jara Reyes.
Gera 43, Lukaku 82
Popov 90+5 (foul)
City: Bunn; Whittaker (R Martin 55), Bassong, Turner, Garrido;
Tettey (Jackson 86), Johnson; Snodgrass, Hoolahan (c) (Howson 72), Pilkington;
Morison. Subs not used: Steer (gk), E Bennett, Barnett, Kane.
Turner 57 (foul)
Referee: Martin Atkinson (South Yorkshire)
West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku
smashed Norwich's 10-game unbeaten record in the Barclays Premier League with a
late winner at The Hawthorns.
Robert Snodgrass gave the Canaries an early lead after fit
again Baggies keeper Ben Foster failed to keep out his dipping free-kick. But
Zoltan Gera ended West
Brom's near six hour goal drought just before the break and then on-loan Chelsea
player Lukaku headed the winner with eight minutes remaining to leave Baggies
boss Steve Clarke hoping the Blues do not decide to recall their player during
the January transfer window.
Albion's mini slump from which they had collected only two points
from four games after climbing to third spot. They deserved their success after
looking the more threatening during the second period. But
Albion were also indebted to another rock solid display from
central defender Gareth McAuley. The Canaries came close to a share of the
spoils despite the absence of key striker Grant Holt with a hamstring injury. In
addition to his goal, Snodgrass was always asking problems of the
Lukaku came close to opening the scoring for the Baggies
after three minutes. The striker made good contact on his glancing header from
Goran Popov's deep cross but it flew just over the bar. Snodgrass connected with
a volley from the edge of the
Albion box but it was directed
straight at Foster who returned after a seven game absence through injury.
The first clearcut opening fell to Lukaku after 21 minutes
when he took a pass from James Morrison in his stride. But Lukaku failed to make
a clean contact on his cross shot and Mark Bunn saved with relative comfort. It
proved a costly miss as Snodgrass put the Canaries ahead three minutes later
after Peter Odemwingie brought down the midfielder. His curling free-kick
contained plenty of power and, although Foster got a hand to the ball, he could
only help it into the roof of the net. The shake of the head from the former
conveyed the impression he should have done better. West Brom tried to retaliate
and a goal-bound effort from McAuley was blocked by the body of Bunn following a
Chris Brunt corner. But after 43 minutes
Gera brought Albion back on
level terms with his fourth goal of the campaign.
Bunn parried Jonas Olsson's downward header from a Brunt
corner onto the crossbar but
Gera was on hand to volley home
Clarke replaced Graham Dorrans with Marc-Antoine Fortune for
the second period. McAuley rescued
Albion with a superb tackle inside the box after Steve Morison took
advantage of a mix-up at a short free-kick by the home side.
Norwich centre-back Michael
Turner headed wide from Snodgrass' centre before being booked for hauling down
Odemwingie in full flight.
Odemwingie had a low shot saved at the base of a post by Bunn
but chances were now at a premium. Clarke brought on
West Brom top scorer Shane Long - in place of
Gera - in a bid to add more
fire-power. Then with eight minutes left Lukaku showed his power and
strength when climbing above Javier Garrido to head home Popov's deep cross.
Popov was booked in injury time for a foul on Snodgrass but
Albion held on to claim their
seventh home win of the season.
Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for
both clubs are: Mark Barham, Leon Barnett, Geoff Barnsley, Trevor Benjamin, Ron Bradley,
Paul Crichton, David Cross, Fernando Derveld, Robert Earnshaw, Jimmy
Edwards, Ken Foggo, Ruel Fox, Asa Hartford, John Hartson, Gerry Howshall,
Andy Johnson, Lee Marshall, Paul Peschisolido, Mike Phelan, Colin Suggett,
Andy Townsend, Steve Walford and Brian Whitehouse.
Former City player Gary Megson managed both clubs as
did Archie Macaulay and Ron Saunders; Steve Walford,
who spent a brief period on loan at The Hawthorns during 1989, was City's
assistant manager during Martin O'Neill's reign at the club; Albion winger
of the 1950s George Lee was later a trainer / coach at Carrow Road;
Former Albion trainer Dick Graham played for City during World War
2; John Deehan played for both clubs and managed City.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS NORWICH CITY
TEN MATCHES AGAINST NORWICH CITY
Sun 12 May 2013
Snodgrass, Holt, McAuley (og), Howson
Sat 22 Dec 2012
Gera, Lukaku - Snodgrass
Sat 28 Jan 2012
Fortuné - Holt, Jackson
Sat 14 Jan 2012
Long (pen) - Surman, Morison
Sun 11 Sep 2011
Sat 19 Apr 2008
Koren, Gera - Evans (pen)
Sat 27 Oct 2007
Mon 09 Apr 2007
Sodje, Kamara - Etuhu
Sat 11 Nov 2006
Sat 05 Feb 2005
Earnshaw, Richardson - Fleming, Doherty, Francis