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For a team whose recent success has been founded almost entirely on parsimonious defence, West Bromwich Albion find themselves in a position of some difficulty. Of their 27 league wins last season, 15 ended The last time they conceded three goals at home was in Decembermore than a season ago.
But those clean sheets are proving somewhat harder to come by in the Premiership. Simple as that.
As Megson pointed out, there is little chance of winning without scoring first and West Brom will rarely have a better chance than on Saturday. Andy Johnson and Jason Roberts were principal culprits, blazing wide and high respectively, each from less than eight yards, during an opening 35 minutes of impressive domination.
In the end the Baggies' dogged resistance was ended by Leeds's own golden retriever, Danny Mills, who sprinted down the right wing, head down and hopeful, before pulling the ball back for Harry Kewell to score. It was their second chance, and came just two minutes after Lee Bowyer had missed the first.
From that moment the visitors came alive, and proceeded to produce a display of attacking football so scintillating that the title pretenders will once more be looking to Leeds with respect and no little fear. At the heart of their display was Lee Bowyer, who despite the pleas from fans, continues to stall on a new contract and promises to become one of the greatest bargains inspired by Bosman at the season's end. It's in his hands," said Venables. We just hope to create an environment that Hairy West Bromwich wanted enjoys and wants to be a part of.
Bowyer, for his part, said he was glad he did not move to Liverpool. Everyone else seemed to be saying I wanted to go, wanted to leave to further my career, but I didn't see it that way. I know people would think it was a good move for me and that I would be stupid to turn it down, but it is going to take more for me to leave here.
Bowyer played much of the match with a smile on his face and scored one of the most joyous goals of his career in the 53rd minute, running on to Kewell's back-heel flick and sending a swerving shot over and, just to be on the safe side, around Russell Hoult. It was the most eye-catching of Bowyer's contributions in a display of incessant energy predictably and discipline surprisingly. Soon afterwards he went scampering down the right wing before finding Mark Viduka, who strolled round Hoult before scoring the third. The goal secured Leeds's position as the early leaders.
In doing so they became the first club coached by Venables to hit the top of the English top flight at any stage of the season since Crystal Palace in Septemberand they show every inclination to stay there a little longer than the Eagles, who finished that season 13th and were relegated a year later.
Lee Marshall's last-minute consolation, meanwhile, gave West Brom the dubious privilege of becoming the first midlands' Premiership team to score a goal. But tomorrow night at Highbury they continue their nightmare start, which has already seen them lose at Manchester United. Not many will be the familiar Not to them, anyway.
Bowyer all smiles as he makes careless Baggies pay. Simon Burnton at the Hawthorns. Reuse this content.Hairy West Bromwich wanted
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