WBA 1-2 Norwich City F.C.
match text commentary
as there was no TV or internet streaming coverage that I could find, my only source of media for this fixture was through listening to john dunn and dave bowler on the ALBION RADIO transmission through the club website's ALBION PLAYER media service. this is usually how i would take in a game, anyway, even if it was live on TV.
again, it was home disappointment for the baggies, but much more personally, it was disappointing for me as they will now not be playing on the 18th of february at all, when i will next be in england. ironcially, i had booked a trip with the idea of seeing the sunderland game at the hawthorns on the 25th. of course, realizing that the PREMIER LEAGUE is suspended on the weekend before that on account of the FA CUP, i decided to gamble that the the baggies would make it through to the 5th round.
at first i was rather philosophical about where i might be on the 18th of february, but as the date has drew nearer, i became more and more optimistic about the possibilities. i eventually convinced myself that the albion couldn't possibly lose twice to norwich in the space of two weeks - and certainly not twice at the hawthorns! by the morning of the game i was more concerned with where the baggies would be drawn in the next round than i was with the outcome of the game. i was already taking a west brom win for granted.
so here i was, starting to imagine that i might see the baggies at home to spurs or away to the the villa or blues - when canadian international, simeon jackson, took full advantage of a basic mistake by craig dawson to win the game. receiving a throw-in in his own half, the young albion centre-half brought the ball down but inexplicably failed to properly clear or control the ball. the canaries' striker, who had come on as substitute in the 64th minute, stepped in and left him for dead, neatly sliding the ball wide of keeper ben foster and into the far corner of the net to provide the winning goal.
once again, we're all left wondering just how the baggies could they have possibly lost at home again after having so thoroughly dominated the statistics? they outshot the canaries 13-7 - 10 of their shots were on target! they had more of the ball than norwich and won 7 corners to only 3 for the visitors. they were even creating the better chances - and right from the outset too.
jerome thomas had an early effort tipped onto the crossbar by canaries goalie, jed steer, which set the tone for the baggies dominance in both statistics and opportunity. peter odemwingie then had a decent long range effort stopped by steer, before the nigerian international put simon cox through on goal where he was met by the norwich keeper astutely coming off his line to deny the baggies' striker from point blank range.
it's truly a shame that the domestic cups have become so devalued in the PREMIER LEAGUE era; especially for a club whose historical renown has always been inextricably linked to their successes in cup competitions.
with my flight already booked, this result was a monstrous drag and one wonders when the albion might start to have a bit of luck at the hawthorns. of course, as i won't be going to watch the baggies playing in the FA CUP when i am next in england,and i suppose a trip to my local conference team, bath city, will be how i spend the afternoon of the 18th. i will, however, be at the hawthorns on the 25th when the baggies host sunderland and try to put an end to the string of poor results that have dogged their home games since november 19th.
it's the same thing that we've been seeing all season - the baggies are playing decent football but getting no results at home.