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West Bromwich Albion vs AFC Bournemouth at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel


West Bromwich Albion

, Alex Mowatt ‘8' , Andy Carroll ‘12'

AFC Bournemouth

FT 6th April 2022 8:00 PM
The Hawthorns

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Two early goals mean that we're beaten for the first time in five Sky Bet Championship games.

We had some really good chances in that second half but just couldn't convert one to give us some momentum heading into the final stages.

It's a disappointing defeat, but we'll be right back into the thick of it at Sheffield United on Saturday live on Sky Sports.

Wherever you've followed our blog around the world, we really appreciate it. We'll back on Saturday morning at Bramall Lane. 

Thank you and good night.


Three minutes...

Have gone of the seven.

We showed some threat as a couple of crosses come in and are cleared, and Jordan Zemura smashed one over when well placed 20-yards out.

Cherries players aren't happy with the slowing down of the clock from the home side, and that is looking like it will be all she wrote...


Seven minutes added on

There have been a lot of stoppages in this one to be fair.

Still a lot to do but hopefully we can make something really special happen here...


Travers saves

Robinson breaks away for West Brom and tries to curl a low effort into the far corner, but Travers saves.


Long ball forward - goal kick

The Cherries are pushing players up the pitch but it's not quite happening just yet.

A clipped ball towards Phillips misses the loanee and bounces away for a goal-kick. 


Phillips heads up-front

The Cherries defender, like at Blackpool, is now playing as an artillery striker.

Can he make a difference?


Change for West Brom

Alex Mowatt is replaced by Dara O'Shea.


Solanke and Bartley booked

Bartley flies into a rough tackle on the touchline and Solanke isn't happy with it.

He gets a yellow for his reaction and Bartley, who takes an age to respond to the referee's signal to come to him, gets a yellow.

From the resulting free-kick, Solanke skewers an effort wide.

Plenty of time-wasting going on now.


Ten minutes to go

It's going to need to be a very impressive comeback at this stage but there's still time.

However, at the moment, West Brom have got the game right where they want it - it's stop-start, they're keeping the ball in the Cherries half for periods of time.

The Cherries will need to get ahold of the ball and dictate possession more if they are going to get something from this game.

Can we?


Robinson fires over

A loose ball falls kindly to Robinson at the edge of the box but he blasts his effort over the bar. 


Good by Lerma

The Cherries are under pressure as West Brom win two corners.

The first is punched behind by Travers before Lerma wins the header from the second, leaping up to win a second header at the edge of the box to clear the pressure.


Just wide!

Todd Cantwell takes on a bouncing ball from distance and fires at goal with his left foot.

It doesn't quite curl inside of the far post but isn't far wide.


West Brom change

Grady Diangana is replaced by Callum Robinson.


Keep battling lads!


Almost on the counter

This is much better from the Cherries!

We hit West Brom on the counter attack, Solanke threading the ball to the right to Billing.

He drives to the area and lays it off to Smith, who cuts inside.

A defender knocks the ball out of his path and it's cleared behind before it can run through to Lowe.

The resulting corner is cleared at the near post.


West Brom change

Darnell Furlong is replaced by Jayson Molumby in West Brom's first change.


Solanke shoots wide

The attacker has dropped deeper to try and pick up the ball in pockets and takes aim from the edge of the box.

It's a decent effort but flies just wide of the top corner.


Big chance!

It's just not happening for us at the moment!

Billing picks out Zemura at the back post with a superb curling pass but the wing-back can't keep his shot down.


A third change

Jamal Lowe comes on for Jaidon Anthony in our final change.



This probably sums up how our night is going so far!

Anthony's corner is glanced on by Solanke at the near post and looks set to reach Billing, who is unmarked around two yards from goal.

However, the ball is stopped by the toe of a West Brom defender just before it does.



There are 20,501 fans at The Hawthorns today, with 1,263 travelling Cherries.


Kelly fires over

The Cherries are camped in the West Brom half and have to be patient to pick the gaps.

The chance falls to Kelly, who receives the ball in space at the edge of the box, but his effort is well over the bar.


Dembele picking up areas

Billing finds Dembele in space with a decent pass and for a moment, it looks like a clear path to goal for the winger.

By the time the ball reaches him, a defender has tracked back and he has to delay his effort.

He still works an area for a shot but it's well blocked. The ball loops up in the box and Zemura swings a boot at it but he can't connect.


Second Cherries change

Scott Parker doesn't hang around to make his second substitution as Todd Cantwell replaces Lewis Cook.

West Brom's Furlong is booked for kicking the ball away.


Travers collects

Diangana clips in the free-kick and Travers collects easily.

He rolls it out to Lerma quickly, Carroll doing well to track back and make the challenge to cut short the counter attack.


Kelly booked

The Cherries are leaving themselves vulnerable on the counter-attack as West Brom have a chance to drive into the area.

Kelly thinks he can get back and dives into a challenge, getting it slightly wrong and fouling his man.

It's right on the edge of the box and he receives a yellow card as a result. 


Another chance!

The Cherries really should have one back now.

Dembele wins the ball after getting a foot to Ajayi's clearance and the winger races into the area.

He's caught up by a defender so does well to turn and lay it off to Billing. He hits it first-time but can't keep his effort down. 



That's a big chance.

Lerma finds Solanke making a good run in the middle and the forward back-heels it into the path of Smith.

The full-back is in a good area and tries to use his left foot to feed it into the far corner but gets it wrong and fires high and wide.


The new shape

The first note from the substitution is that Anthony has moved to the right wing, Dembele on the left.

The Cherries are almost playing with a back three really, Smith is tucking right inside when we're defending.

Zemura is in a much more advanced position, similar to Anthony on the right, and both are hugging the touchline. 



Almost a third for West Brom within a minute.

The Cherries are pushing men forward and are hit on the counter attack.

Carroll races in the middle but under pressure from Smith, pokes his effort wide of the left-hand post. 



We're back underway for this second half.

The Cherries make their first change as Siriki Dembele comes on for Ryan Christie.


We're moments away from the second half

The Cherries look like they're going to make a change here as Siriki Dembele gets stripped.



The Cherries have two free-kicks midway in the West Brom half in the final minute, but West Brom clear the second well and that signals the end of the half.

It couldn't have been a worse opening 15 minutes really but we've grown into the game as the half has gone on, albeit without significant chances.

How will Scott Parker change things up at the break. 


Yellow for Zemura

The left-back tries to control a cross-field pass that looked set to go out of play and loses it to Furlong, responding by bringing the defender down and earning a yellow card.


Three minutes added on

Can the Cherries get a goal back before the break?


More balls into the box

The Cherries haven't had much venom to their attacks in the last few minutes, but did win their first corner.

Anthony sent a deep delivery into the area but West Brom clear, Kelly doing well to prevent a counter attack.

We've got the ball into the box a couple of times - Smith's delivery bounces into Johnstone's hands - before Anthony curls well wide from distance. 


More positive play

The last five or so minutes has been a lot better for the Cherries.

West Brom have dropped a couple yards and are looking more comfortable not having the ball.

However, that's allowed the Cherries the chance to have a period of possession and you can see things starting to come together.

We've got behind a couple of times and some of the interplay has been impressive. More quality with the final ball and we could have been in once or twice more. 


Another chance!

Zemura splits open the West Brom defence with a lovely pass, finding Anthony racing towards the area.

He attempts to pick out Solanke with a drilled cross but it misses the forward.


Almost a chance!

The Cherries almost have an opportunity.

After decent build-up play, Smith sends in a cross from the right.

It's glanced on by a West Brom defender and Anthony attempts to control it, but can't get it under his spell.

If he could, he was completely isolated in the box.


The closest we've come


Better from the Cherries

A better period of play from the Cherries as we hold the ball for a minute or two.

Good interplay on the left as Anthony flicks Zemura's pass into the path of Billing.

He has the chance to get it into the middle, where Solanke has made a good run, but his cross is intercepted.

West Brom do go up the other end and win two throws, keeping the pressure up.


More issues from West Brom

The home side win a free-kick on the halfway line as Phillips clashes with Carroll.

The Cherries are defending with a very high line, I suppose to try and limit West Brom's aerial threat.

However, they play it short and work the ball into the area. A low cross has to be booted out of play.

A home player wins the header from the resulting set-piece but heads over.


Carroll causing problems

Andy Carroll is giving the Cherries centre-backs a real test.

The experienced player is the target man for crosses and Nat Phillips is having to be alert to deal with him.

A good cross from the right is directed to him and Phillips has to glance the ball behind.

Moments later, Mowatt has another shot from distance after Travers punched away a cross but his effort bounces well wide.


Parker keen to keep composure

The West Brom fans jeer as Kelly plays a pass out of play on the left flank, but Scott Parker makes an overt gesture of appreciation to the Cherries captain.

He wants his side to stick with what we do well, picking our passes and showing patience on the ball.

At the next opportunity, Kelly plays a perfect pass to Anthony, who cuts inside and sprays the ball to Christie on the right. The move comes to nothing this time but the right approach.



Almost the perfect reaction!

Kelly picks out Christie on the right flank with a perfect pass and the Scot finds Solanke at the near post with a nice low ball.

Solanke doesn't hit it cleanly and his effort goes just wide of the left-hand post.

At least it's a positive attack!


How do we respond?

That first 15 minutes couldn't have gone much worse for the Cherries.

Scott Parker's side will take solace from the fact we came from behind against Bristol City at the weekend and scored three times.

They'll need to keep their composure and take their chances when they come.



Andy Carroll doubles West Brom's lead.

A very poor start here at The Hawthorns. A long ball forward splits the Cherries defence and Carroll keeps his cool to shift the ball onto his left foot and fire into the bottom corner.

How do the Cherries respond now?



The home side have the opening goal through Alex Mowatt.

A good cross-field pass finds Furlong on the right wing and he whips in a good cross to Carroll in the middle.

It's fairly desperate defending from the Cherries but Kelly and Smith combine to get it away.

However, it falls kindly for Mowatt on his strong left-foot and he picks out the bottom corner with a good effort.


First attack for West Brom

It's been a confident start from the Cherries but West Brom cause their first worry as Grady Diangana can drive forward on the counter attack.

The winger is quickly marshalled by Zemura and Cook on the right wing and despite getting the crowd off their seats with a clever nutmeg, the ball rolls harmlessly out for a goal-kick.


Sharp start!

The left-flank has looked particularly sharp in the opening minutes as another half-chance comes from good play on that side.

Zemura wins a throw in-line with the West Brom area and Anthony receives it, turning cleverly to open up some space.

The ball doesn't quite settle so he takes another touch before firing at goal, but his shot is blocked. 



A decent start!

The Cherries have knocked the ball around confidently in the opening two minutes and have the first chance as Zemura fires from distance.

He receives the ball on the half-way line and steps forward, continuing to drive forward as the space opens up in-front of him.

As he reaches the edge of the box, he has an effort - hitting it with his right foot but it flies just over!



The Cherries get this Championship fixture started!

We're shooting away from the travelling fans in the first-half.

We have another interesting kick-off routine as Solanke steps forward as if he's going to run with the ball, lays it off behind him for Billing and he attempts to feed Anthony with a lofted pass, but it runs through to Johnstone.



The two teams make their way to the pitch!

Lloyd Kelly leads out the Cherries who, much like the trip to Huddersfield Town, are in their home red and black strips, black shorts and white socks.

West Brom are in their usual blue and white stripes, with white shorts and blue socks. They are watched to the pitch by their mascot, who is a... boiler?

Let's go!


That away end already in fine voice

We're expecting over 2,000 Cherries fans to have made the trip to The Hawthorns this evening.

That is an incredible effort, it has to be said. On a Wednesday night for a rearranged fixture - that's why we have the best supporters in the country!

They're in good voice behind the goal, to the right of the dugouts, and are continuing to swell in numbers as kick-off gets closer.


Getting warm!


Counting down the minutes

The countdown begins!  

West Brom have two really cool curved big screens in two corners of the ground and they start the 15 minute countdown until kick-off.   

The Cherries finish their warm-up with some running in-front of the Cherries fans behind the goal, receiving a big ovation!  

They had done some finishing drills just before and Dominic Solanke looks sharp! 


Insight on the Baggies

Steve Madeley who covers the fortunes of the Baggies for The Athletic caught up with afcb.co.uk ahead of kick-off to provide some insight into West Brom's fortunes this season.

How would you sum up the season so far for the Baggies?

SM: It’s been massively disappointing after a really good start. They drew with Bournemouth in the first game of the season and then won their next four league games.

But from about the sixth or seventh game of the season, Valerien Ismael’s style got found out and people worked out a way to negate it. He couldn’t find a way to adapt it.

Since that point, it’s been a succession of grim games, grim performances and it’s going to end in mid-table mediocrity.

Who is West Brom’s one to watch?

SM: Semi Ajayi. He was completely out of the picture under Ismael. He was on the bench but he wasn’t playing.

Bruce recalled him straight away when he came in and he’s the only outfield player to play every minute under Bruce.

At a time when the team has been really struggling, Ajayi has began to find the form that we saw from him two seasons ago. He’s given West Brom a little bit of positivity to cling to at a grim time.

And who is their rising star?

SM: Taylor Gardner-Hickman (pictured above). He came through the academy and there was a clamour from fans for him to play more under Ismael which didn’t happen and Bruce resisted for the first few games.

He gave him a go in central midfield which was never his position in the youth team. He’s always been a winger, a full-back or a wing-back.

He’s raw and he’s got stuff to learn. He gets caught out positionally sometimes.

But what he has given West Brom is real drive, tenacity, enthusiasm and energy which they were lacking in central midfield until he came into the team. 


A birthday in the house!

We have a birthday in the squad today as Jack Stacey turns 26.

The Cherries full-back has spent the day with his teammates preparing for the match, so no crazy celebrations so far!

Hopefully we can cap off his day with a good performance this evening.


The tunnel this evening!

Here are the steps that the players will be walking down ahead of kick-off in just under 50 minutes time.

Definitely one of the more memorable walk-outs in the Championship with the stairs lit up in the home colours.

The stadium is starting to fill up as kick-off gets closer and closer. 


Here's how West Brom line-up...



AFC Bournemouth name an unchanged starting XI for this evening's fixture with West Brom.

The only change comes on the bench as Freddie Woodman returns from illness to replace Will Dennis. 


Getting set

It's been an excellent run of form for Dominic Solanke.

The 24-year-old has scored four goals in his last four games to reach 25 goals this season in all competitions.

The forward has been rewarded with a nomination for the FA Fans' Player of the Month for March as well as winning the club's Strategic Solutions Goal of the Month for his back-heel against Huddersfield Town.


In the building!

The Cherries have arrived at The Hawthorns!

Lloyd Kelly has led the team out to check out the pitch, which looks in excellent condition.

We'll be bringing you team news in 30 minutes...


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We'll be bringing you full updates from The Hawthorns. 

Other games that day

  • Nottingham Forest2
    Coventry City0
  • Middlesbrough0
  • Blackburn Rovers0
  • Reading0
    Cardiff City0
  • Nottingham Forest0
    Birmingham City0
  • Swansea City0
    Derby County0
  • Middlesbrough0
    Hull City0
  • Millwall0
  • West Bromwich Albion0
    Stoke City0
  • Preston North End0
    Queens Park Rangers0
  • Bristol City0
    Peterborough United0

As it stood

1 Fulham 39 +61 83
3 Huddersfield Town 40 +9 66
4 Luton Town 40 +14 65
5 Nottingham Forest 38 +23 64
6 Sheffield United 40 +12 64
7 Middlesbrough 39 +11 62
8 Blackburn Rovers 40 +10 62
9 Queens Park Rangers 40 +3 59
10 Millwall 40 +2 58
11 West Bromwich Albion 40 +7 57
12 Coventry City 40 +1 56
13 Preston North End 40 -4 54
14 Swansea City 39 -6 54
15 Stoke City 40 +4 52
16 Blackpool 39 -3 52
17 Cardiff City 39 -15 46
18 Birmingham City 40 -15 45
19 Bristol City 40 -21 44
20 Hull City 40 -12 41
21 Reading 40 -28 37
22 Barnsley 39 -26 29
23 Derby County 40 -6 28
24 Peterborough United 40 -48 27

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