Odemwingie nets in Albion win

Odemwingie came off the bench after 72 minutes and four minutes

later added to the opening goal from Brunt as Albion moved out of

the bottom three. It condemned Wolves to a fifth successive defeat

– their worst sequence at the top level since 1984 – and earned the

Baggies their first top-flight win over their Black Country rivals

for 29 years. Roy Hodgson also celebrated his first managerial win

over his Wolves counterpart Mick McCarthy at the sixth attempt.

Wolves had more of the play during the opening 45 minutes but the

home side always looked dangerous on the counter-attack, with Shane

Long in particular a constant threat. After the break Albion took

command with Paul Scharner excelling in midfield and Jerome Thomas

impressing on the flank. Wolves were the first to threaten and a

cross from Stephen Ward found its way to Jamie O’Hara on the far

side of the Albion box, but his left-footed shot was blocked by

debutant Billy Jones. Baggies keeper Ben Foster turned aside a

cross-shot from Adam Hammill after he had skipped past the

challenge of Jones. But Albion went ahead through their first

meaningful attack via Brunt after eight minutes. Youssouf Mulumbu

picked out the run of the over-lapping Jones and he cut the ball

back across the area to Brunt who hammered a rising shot past Wayne

Hennessey from 12 yards out. Wolves retaliated and came close to

equalising five minutes later. Foster blocked Milijas’s low drive

but the rebound fell to Doyle inside the six yard box who looked

certain to tap in only for Albion defender Jonas Olsson to make a

superb block tackle. Wolves defender Christophe Berra became the

first player to be booked after 26 minutes after a mis-timed

challenge on Long. Albion were now looking more menacing on the

counter-attack. It needed a fine tackle from Ward to prevent Long

doubling their lead after Thomas had sent the ball into the danger

area. Long then burst clear down the left flank before squaring the

ball for the recalled Paul Scharner but he needed a second touch

and curled his shot past the far post. Foster was forced to

finger-tip a deflected drive from Berra over the bar. Albion were

incensed at the start of the second half when Roger Johnson,

Wolves’ last defender, appeared to bring down Long only for referee

Chris Foy to wave play on. Replays indicated Johnson had made no

contact with the ball. McCarthy brought on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for

Milijas after 55 minutes – and he almost made an immediate impact.

The striker teed up Hammill whose low drive was finger-tipped by

Foster around the far post. Johnson should have equalised after 67

minutes when he outjumped Jones to get on the end of a Doyle centre

but he headed wide from close range. Odemwingie entered the action

with 18 minutes remaining at the expense of Tchoyi. The Nigeria

international quickly made an impact in teeing up Thomas whose low

shot was blocked by the feet of Hennessey. Then after 76 minutes

Odemwingie doubled Albion’s lead with his second goal of the

campaign. Mulumbu made a probing run before finding Scharner who

back-heeled into the path of Odemwingie. He took one touch before

drilling a low shot past Hennessey into the corner of the net.

Odemwingie could have made it 3-0 but shot over with only Hennessey

to beat.