Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Albion's Dorrans Is Spot On

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Albion's Dorrans Is Spot On

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Blackpool .......................................... 2 West Brom......................................... 3 GRAHAM Dorrans' fourth penalty in four games helped secure a late victory over Blackpool and send West Brom back into the Coca-Cola Championship's automatic promotion places.

The Scotland international blasted home an 83rd-minute winner from the spot to silence a home crowd still celebrating a strike from new signing Stephen Dobbie which looked to have secured a point.

Hesitant defending from both sides played a huge part as five goals rained in, with Albion striker Roman Bednar grabbing a brace to cancel out Keith Southern's opener and hand the visitors a 2-1 lead at the break.

The victory took the Black Country outfit above Nottingham Forest into second place just three points behind leaders Newcastle United. It was Albion who started the encounter on the front foot.

Blackpool, though, soon settled and the majority of the 8,510 crowd at Bloomfield Road were brought to their feet in the 25th minute as Southern fired a low shot past the helpless Scott Carson.

West Brom were back on level terms within minutes as Bednar got behind the Pool defence and rounded Paul Rachubka before calmly slotting home.

Roberto Di Matteo's side took the lead in style just before the interval.

Albion's creative spark Chris Brunt found the overlapping Gonzalo Jara and he sent an inch-perfect ball over to Bednar to fire home from 12 yards.

Albion's deadline-day signing Andy Slory should have added a third just after the hour mark, but fired wide.

Blackpool were finally rewarded for their efforts in the 80th minute as Dobbie, aided by an Albion defence which backed off again, found the bottom corner.

Albion regained the lead almost immediately when Butler upended substitute Ishmael Miller, leaving Dorrans to fire home the resulting penalty.

BLACKPOOL: Rachubka, Coid (Butler 46), Evatt, Edwards, Crainey, Adam, Southern, Vaughan, Campbell, Burgess (Taylor-Fletcher 58), Bannan (Dobbie 58). …

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