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West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Bournemouth: Baggies keep slim play-off chances alive

Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll has scored two goals in his past four games for West Brom

West Bromwich Albion kept their slim play-off chances alive with victory over Championship promotion hopefuls Bournemouth.

The Baggies were 2-0 up inside 12 minutes at The Hawthorns through Alex Mowatt's long-range strike and Andy Carroll's powerful finish.

Carroll was a menace throughout and almost doubled his tally early in the second half when he prodded Grady Diangana's pass just wide.

Bournemouth, who dominated possession but failed to get any of their 17 shots on target, improved after the break as the hosts dropped deeper.

Jordan Zemura missed their best chance when he skewed over on the slide and the Baggies closed out the game under huge pressure.

West Brom are seven points outside the play-offs with six matches remaining and would realistically need to win all of those games to stand a chance of sneaking in.

Second-placed Bournemouth remain six points above third-placed Huddersfield and still have games in hand on their promotion rivals.

The Cherries have conceded the second fewest goals in the division this season, but it was two lapses of concentration which led to the hosts' quickfire double.

First Darnell Furlong's cross was only half cleared to Mowatt whose shot hit the ground and bounced past goalkeeper Mark Travers.

Nathaniel Phillips then missed a long ball down the middle from England keeper Sam Johnstone and Carroll showed strength to hold off Adam Smith before firing in from six yards.

Nottingham Forest's victory over Coventry which took them fifth means the Baggies only moved one point closer to the play-offs.

But they face two out-of-form mid-table sides in Stoke and Blackpool next before a potentially crunch game at Forest on Easter Monday.

Bournemouth's run-in is less than favourable with games against most of their promotion rivals to come.

West Brom manager Steve Bruce told BBC Radio WM:

"In the last two home games we've beaten the top two teams and deservedly so.

"That's a frustration for us but we'll keep working away. There's a lot of work to be done still, but it's pleasing when you can play against the top teams and win convincingly.

"Big Andy (Carroll) was rolling back the years. He gave a real performance of a centre-forward and I'm delighted to see him well and stay fit."

Bournemouth head coach Scott Parker told BBC Radio Solent:

"It fell down giving them two goals which we gave up really easily, two poor goals.

"Then the game became very difficult for us against a stubborn team, a team who packed the penalty box.

"We had a lot of shots, I don't think we had one on target, it was a real crowded penalty box and we struggled at those moments. We didn't have the quality in the final third to find those little openings."

Line-ups

West Brom

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1JohnstoneBooked at 84mins
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5BartleyBooked at 83mins
  • 16Clarke
  • 2FurlongBooked at 56minsSubstituted forMolumbyat 68'minutes
  • 29Gardner-Hickman
  • 8Livermore
  • 27MowattSubstituted forO'Sheaat 85'minutes
  • 3Townsend
  • 11DianganaSubstituted forRobinsonat 74'minutes
  • 15Carroll

Substitutes

  • 4O'Shea
  • 7Robinson
  • 14Molumby
  • 20Reach
  • 21Kipré
  • 25Button
  • 41Fellows

Bournemouth

Formation 4-3-3

  • 42Travers
  • 15A Smith
  • 2Phillips
  • 5KellyBooked at 52mins
  • 33ZemuraBooked at 45mins
  • 8Lerma
  • 4L CookSubstituted forCantwellat 55'minutes
  • 29Billing
  • 10ChristieSubstituted forDembéléat 45'minutes
  • 9SolankeBooked at 83mins
  • 32AnthonySubstituted forLoweat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Woodman
  • 14Cantwell
  • 17Stacey
  • 18Lowe
  • 22Pearson
  • 24Cahill
  • 37Dembélé
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
20,501

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home11
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Bournemouth 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Bournemouth 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Taylor Gardner-Hickman tries a through ball, but Dara O'Shea is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lloyd Kelly (Bournemouth).

  5. Post update

    Andy Carroll (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Conor Townsend.

  7. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Mark Travers.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Dara O'Shea.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Zemura (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jayson Molumby.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Zemura (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jake Livermore.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamal Lowe (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dominic Solanke.

  15. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Lloyd Kelly.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Dara O'Shea replaces Alex Mowatt.

  17. Booking

    Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathaniel Phillips with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

  19. Booking

    Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Booking

    Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

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