West Bromwich Albion 1 - Norwich City 0

Date: Tuesday 26th December 2023 
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
(4-2-3-1) Palmer 7.5, Furlong 5.5, Bartley 5.7 (Ajayi, 61 6.5), Kipré 6.9, Townsend 6.8, Mowatt 6.8 (Chalobah, 86 5.3), Yokuslu 6.8, Wallace 8.6 (Sarmiento, 87 5.0), Swift 8.1 (Fellows, 75 6.1), Diangana 6.1 (Molumby, 86 5.6), Thomas-Asante 6.5
Unused subs: Griffiths, Pieters, Reach, Taylor
Manager: Carlos Corberán  6.8
Scorers: Thomas-Asante (50)
Referee: James Bell 6.4
Attendance: 25,086   Home Fans 7.4   Away Fans 5.1
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Brendan Clegg:

Really good win that. We were utterly dominant before the sending off, probably should’ve scored a few more but had generally good performances all round to do enough.

The starting 11 was the right call - our strongest available and pleasantly surprising to see Jed wide right, Swift central and Grady on the left.

Our reward was an opening not too dissimilar to the Stoke or Middlesbrough matches. Total control, relentless pressure we moved it far quicker and aggressively.

Highlights were the numerous corners but also the Swift effort off the post shortly followed by an air swipe that deserved better after a great move.

Overall we were playing super stuff and it just felt like a matter of time before we’d score.

I missed the sending off but I understand there were no complaints, and we finished the half probing but unable to find a way through.

We’d been so dominant that at HT Norwich brought on Hanley and Baath, two very experienced and big burly centre backs as they clearly looked to shut up shop completely.

It was a massive relief and a little ironic then that we scored early after the break, with Wallace standing up a cross to the back post, our smallest player Diangana somehow winning the aerial challenge and BTA stabbing home.

Out came the ole football and we probably should’ve scored another through various openings with Grady probably missing the best.

Norwich finally had a go with 10 remaining and we needed an unbelievable fingertip save from Palmer to get our victory over the line.

Overall it was a really good performance and I’d probably play the same 11 again on Friday in exactly the same system at the same tempo.

  • Palmer - 7 Another strong display
  • Furlong - 7 Better and moved it faster
  • Bartley - 6 Solid
  • Kipre - 7 Just outstanding again. Big, quick, strong and composed.
  • Townsend - 7 Constantly raided down the left, loads of effort
  • Mowatt - 7 His short game was superb again
  • Yok - 7 Dominated, used it well, looks fitter than ever
  • Wallace - 8 Playing high and wide right to his best strengths, was relentless all game
  • Swift - 7 Had loads of the ball, played well through lots of effort, should have bagged a couple
  • Grady - 6 Some flashes of skill and crucial header for the goal, much preferred him in this position
  • BTA - 6 Delighted for him he got the reward for all his effort. Great poachers goal, led the line well.

Of the subs only Ajayi (solid 6) played long enough to be marked.

On to Friday under the lights and looking forward to it!


An excellent performance, the scoreline did not do justice to our dominance albeit for 75 minutes.

However, and in our current circumstances, there is always a however. There is a tendency to drop off the pace in the last quarter again evident against Norwich. This may be due to the need to conserve the energy and fitness of the recognised first eleven or multiple substitutions disrupting the flow.

Because of financial constraints and unfortunate injuries, especially to strikers, we do not have the luxury of rotating the squad resulting in not only physical but also mental tiredness which i think was evident away at Middlesborough.

Having said all that Corberan is doing a fantastic job with the resources at his disposal. My biggest fear is January 1st and who will be sold to balance the books and even Corboran may be tempted away with the right offer.