Albion 0 Palace 1. Throstles Plucked Good and Pwaper
By Dubhlinn Baggie
Monday 28 Sep 2009 11:12:00
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Not being a pessimist I ignored the fact, or the omen, that our flight number was 666 and felt great confidence about the outcome of this match against a poorly performing Palace team. No Palace game can pass without memories of that game and what it meant to Baggies who had never seen us in the top division and also to those who never thought they would see us there again.

After the Lord Mayor’s Parade last week anticipation was high but the game started at a snail’s pace and stayed there. I hoped that Albion were like a reptile waiting to warm up in the rays of the sun but they remained deep frozen. In a shockingly bad first half Crystal Palace strangled the game and the Baggies had no answer. A brief flash of light appeared half way through when we managed to carve the Eagles open only for Luke Moore to fluff his lines. The lights started going out all over the Hawthorns.

Only Olsson came out of this dreadful half with any credit and things could only get better in the second half – I thought. It didn’t. A terrific move down the right saw Zuiverloon cross over to an unmarked Moore who fired straight at the keeper. On 62 minutes a high ball flighted in was headed skywards and as Martis and N’Diaye tussled for the next header Carson stood glued to his line. N’Diaye reacted quickest and slotted the ball home.

As poor a day as we’ll see up at the Hawthorns – no energy, no urgency, hustled off the ball the whole game. No width from our two wide players meant we never threatened them. Zuiverloon was given the run around by Moses and when swapped with Jara both did better jobs. The referee had a good first half but become increasingly erratic as he tried to ‘even’ things up. How he missed an awful two-footed challenge by Hill on Reid I’ll never know.

I suspect we will have a number of injuries after the rugged nature of the Palace team plan plus the worryingly high number of bookings we are receiving. Bednar and Olsson will have to curb their desire to gob of to the ref at every decision.

 

Carson 5 – poor distribution.

Zuiverloon 5 – awful at right full; better in mid-field.

Martis 5 – decision making suspect.

Olsson 6 MoM – great passing from the big lad.

Mattock 5 – improving from his shaky start.

Koren 4 – Waste of time playing him out wide; not his fault.

Mulumbu 5 – Couldn’t get a grip on the game.

Dorrans 5 - Couldn’t get a grip on the game.

Jara 5 – Anonymous in mid-field; better at right full.

Bednar 5 – worked hard but in the pocket of McCarthy all game.

Moore 5 – missed our only two chances; looked disinterested.

Reid 4 - maybe should have started but didn't push their defence


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