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WBAFans_Latest Posted on 15/02/2020 18:38
Match Report : Albion 2 Nottingham Forest 2

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Albion suffered late disappointment as Nottingham Forest twice came from behind to draw 2-2 in a heated Sky Bet Championship battle at The Hawthorns.
Callum Robinson’s first strike in blue-and-white stripes preceded own goals for either side before Matty Cash claimed the visitors a point.

Bilić kept with the same starting XI that served him so well at Millwall and Reading earlier in the week, with his opposite number Sabri Lamouchi opting to make six changes following Forest’s home defeat by Charlton on Tuesday.

The hosts could and should have taken an early lead in blustery conditions at The Hawthorns. Yuri Ribeiro ran into space down the left before finding Lewis Grabban unmarked in the centre - but Forest’s leading scorer inexplicably headed wide from six yards.

Callum Robinson almost had his first Albion goal on 13 minutes. The on-loan winger fluffed his lines from Jake Livermore’s low cross and saw his right-foot effort drag wide of the left upright.

What began as fascinating turned feisty midway through the first half with both sides exchanging heavy challenges as referee Keith Stroud did his best to keep an already-simmering pot of tension off the boil.

Albion continued to dominate possession but the well-organised visitors limited the Baggies to set-pieces.

First Dara O’Shea saw a goal-bound header blocked on the line before Kyle Bartley nodded over from Krovinović’s outswinging corner.

But, just as the atmosphere inside The Hawthorns reached fever-pitch, Albion had their chance eight minutes before the interval.

Pereira pounced on a lack of concentration to dispossess Samba Sow and play in Robinson who provided a decisive 15-yard strike to beat Brice Samba and net his first Baggies goal.

Tiago Silva fired a 42nd-minute volley just over but Forest were level on the stroke of half-time.

Albion failed to stop a Sammy Ameobi cross making it’s way in from the left and Kyle Bartley, who knew Grabban was lurking behind him, saw his forced attempt to clear find the net from close range.

Bilić’s men began the second half brightly when Krovinović forced a good save from Samba with a well-struck 25-yard effort just 60 seconds after the restart.

Albion went close once more on the hour-mark with Pereira’s volley, from a clever Krovinović corner, blocked by Ameobi in the six-yard box.

Livermore tested Samba with a fierce volley on 63 but the Baggies could not make their dominance pay - or could they?

The never-say-die skipper was again the instigator two minutes later. Tobias Figueiredo did his best to clear from Livermore’s low cross but the second own-goal of the game put Albion in front.

The Baggies were not done yet and were it not for the excellence of Samba between the sticks, Albion might have made it more.

Sawyers’ 86th-minute effort proved too hot to handle for the Congolese stopper who also made a breathtaking save to keep out Robinson moments later.

But the game was far from over. Matty Cash fired home a fierce right-foot shot to level the scores in stoppage time.

Not content with a point it was the Baggies who pushed for a winner. And they thought they’d got it when Robinson volleyed in from close range following a goalmouth scramble - but Bartley was deemed to be in an offside position when the ball crossed the line.

And so it was that the two sides were forced to share the spoils.

ALBION: Johnstone, O’Shea, Ajayi, Bartley, Townsend; Livermore, Sawyers; Pereira (Phillips 72), Krovinović (Harper 90), Robinson; Robson-Kanu (Grosicki 84).

Subs: Bond; Furlong, Austin, Hegazi.

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Salop_Lad Posted on 15/02/2020 22:41
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The reason we didn't fire on all cylinders today was mainly because Sawyer was closely man-marked by Lolley when in our half and we didn't have the intelligence to find an alternative route to get it off the back four (who were only capable of passing it sideways time after time whilst Forest got organised) or boot it long to Forest defenders.

No rhythm and little fluency.
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WorcsWBA Posted on 16/02/2020 10:04
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We shouldn't have had exactly the same side playing 3 games in a week. There's no point having a squad if you don't utilise it. Slaven seems to have an aversion to giving Austin game time at present and Zohore no longer even makes the bench. He can't keep playing Robson-Kanu all the time.

I also feel that Furlong should have played. It's asking a lot of O'Shea to play 3 times in a week and Furlong didn't merit being left out in the first instance. Grosicki should also have been given a start.

I just hope this reluctance to change things around to allow players a rest doesn't come back to haunt us.
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heckinflip Posted on 16/02/2020 12:18
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I'm a bit disappointed with Slavs selection but what really bugs me is our lack of ... killing the game off by scoring a 3rd (in typing this tho I can't understand why our 3rd was disallowed for offside when Bartley was over the goal line & therefore out of play) [:P]
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BlueandWhiteStripe Posted on 16/02/2020 13:11
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That's one of my frustrations Heck - when we sit on a one goal lead instead of going for more - inviting a late leveller (as arguably at Barnsley, when they equalised near the end).

To be fair we didn't do that yesterday (we were going for a third goal and should have got one) and also to be fair to Slav, he has criticised the players for sitting on a one goal lead at times this season. They appear to settle into that behaviour in a kind of comfort zone rather than him telling them to.

He's also (minorly) criticised them at times for too much passing across the pitch, not getting it forward enough.

Of course these are relatively minor criticisms because we are well placed at the top of the table [;)]
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