SEASON ARCHIVE : RESULTS - 2015/16
Saturday 19th March 2016, Barclays Premier League, The Hawthorns, Kick-Off 3:00pm
West Bromwich Albion 0 - 1 Norwich City
  0 - 0
  Brady (50)
Tony Pulis Alex Neil
Starting XI
Ben Foster John Ruddy
Craig Dawson Russell Martin (c)
Gareth McAuley Timm Klose
(McClean 60) Jonas Olsson Sébastien Bassong
Jonny Evans Martin Olsson
Claudio Yacob Matt Jarvis (Pinto 90+5)
(c) Darren Fletcher Gary O'Neil
(Pritchard 73) Craig Gardner Jonny Howson
(Lambert 86) Stéphane Sessègnon Robbie Brady (Odjidja-Ofoe 77)
Salomón Rondón Patrick Bamford (Naismith 72)
Saido Berahino Dieumerci Mbokani
James Chester Steven Naismith
Victor Anichebe Cameron Jerome
(gk) Boaz Myhill Declan Rudd (gk)
James McClean Wes Hoolahan
Rickie Lambert Graham Dorrans
Alex Pritchard Ivo Pinto
Sandro Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe
(foul 90) McAuley Odjidja-Ofoe (time-wasting 81)
    Howson (foul 90+5)
Attendance: 25,039
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
Assistant 01: Peter Kirkup (Northamptonshire)
Assistant 02: Matthew Wilkes (West Midlands)
Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
Official Matchday Programme
Price: £3.50     Pages: 84     Issue: 19


● Gareth McAuley makes his 150th Albion league appearance and in the process becomes the club's oldest ever outfield Premier League player.

● Prior to kick-off a minute's applause is held for former Albion striker Dave Walsh who died recently at the age of 92.


Robbie Brady fired Norwich out of the relegation zone with the winner at West Brom to give the Canaries fresh survival hope. The visitors clinched a 1-0 victory at The Hawthorns to end a winless run of 11 games and move three points clear of the Barclays Premier League bottom three. Sunderland could overtake them with a win in their crunch north-east derby with Newcastle on Sunday but Norwich sealed their first away clean sheet of the season. The Baggies, unbeaten in their last eight home games, were poor and failed to test John Ruddy all game. Brady's second-half winner settled a dour game to deny the Baggies the chance to break the 40-point barrier.

The Republic of Ireland international was the most inventive for Norwich and signalled his intent early when he fired a 20-yard free-kick over. Saido Berahino and Salomon Rondon were off target from distance during an even opening but the pair were mainly shackled by the excellent Timm Klose and Sebastien Bassong. Claudio Yacob, who has scored once in 115 games for West Brom, then whistled a rasping volley wide after 20 minutes which had Ruddy struggling. There was little between the teams, who lacked quality and urgency to make the contest interesting. Norwich needed to be more proactive given their precarious position in the table but barely looked like making a first-half breakthrough. Dieumerci Mbokani was forced wide too often while Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford was anonymous on his second start for the club. It was comfortable for Albion, although the hosts hardly threatened themselves, and they needed a gift to go closest just before the break. Gary O'Neil sloppily gave the ball to Stephane Sessegnon and the midfielder drove at the Norwich defence before shooting wide.

It was a let-off for Norwich, who came into the game without a win since January 2, but they came out firing in the second half to take the lead five minutes after the break. A neat ball up to Mbokani allowed the striker to find space on the edge of the box and feed Matt Jarvis. The winger then made a complete hash of his own attempted shot but the ball broke for Brady to fire under Ben Foster from seven yards. There was little immediate response from the hosts and Bamford shot wide from a tight angle as Norwich grew in confidence. Gardner's free-kick flew across the Norwich goal before Brady needed lengthy treatment after landing awkwardly. The Baggies, unbeaten at home since December, saw plenty of the ball but continued to be met by a scrappy Norwich rearguard. The Canaries remained calm and Jonny Howson had a chance to seal the game during six minutes of stoppage time but could not control the ball before Ben Foster gathered as the visitors held on.

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