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Preview: West Bromwich Albion v Rovers

A look ahead to the weekend clash against The Baggies at The Hawthorns for Championship game number six

30 August 2019

Tony Mowbray spent just under three years in charge of West Bromwich Albion, and this weekend takes his current side to The Hawthorns looking for a fourth consecutive Championship clean sheet.

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2 September 2019

Rovers followed up back-to-back 1-0 wins against Middlesbrough and Hull City with a 0-0 draw on home turf to Cardiff City last weekend.

The midweek Carabao Cup clash with Sheffield United allowed Mowbray's men to take their eyes off the league for one night only, but it's back to the bread and butter of the Championship this weekend against Slaven Bilic's Albion.

It's been a decent start to life as a Baggie for Bilic following his summer appointment, with his charges unbeaten in their opening five league games so far, of which two wins came from that quintet of fixtures.

Bilic went about bringing reinforcements in the summer following a high turnover of players heading out of the door following the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

He lost goals following Dwight Gayle's return to Newcastle United and Jay Rodriguez's switch to Burnley, with the burden now on the shoulders of big money signing Kenneth Zahore.

Romaine Sawyers returned to the club where he started his career in the summer, and the playmaker will be the one to watch for the Albion. Ex-Rovers loanee Rekeem Harper could also start in midfield.

Rovers boss Mowbray has confirmed that Ben Brereton and former WBA loanee Tosin Adarabioyo will definitely miss the weekend battle through injury, but Greg Cunningham is expected to return to league action after being ineligible to feature against parent club Cardiff last weekend.

Rovers were unbeaten in both games against West Brom last season, with Harrison Reed leveling in the 1-1 draw in the Midlands, before two goals in the space of five minutes from Charlie Mulgrew and Bradley Dack earned a narrow 2-1 win at Ewood Park at the beginning of 2019.

Rovers have suffered just two defeats against The Baggies in the last seven meetings at The Hawthorns.

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Report: West Bromwich Albion 3-2 Rovers

It's a better second half display from Rovers, who lose out to Slaven Bilic's Baggies at The Hawthorns

31 August 2019

Bradley Dack and Bradley Johnson scored their first league goals of the season but it wasn't enough as Rovers lost to the odd goal in five at West Bromwich Albion.

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Rovers raced into the lead through Dack's smart finish after only 25 seconds, before the home side responded with three first half finishes through Matt Phillips, Jake Livermore and Grady Diangana.

Johnson's close range strike gave the visitors hope on the stroke of half time, but despite largely bossing things after the interval, which included Stewart Downing hitting the post, it wasn't enough to take anything from The Hawthorns.

It was a much more encouraging second 45 minutes from Tony Mowbray's men, against a side who finished in the play-pffs last season, but Rovers went into the international break disappointed and with nothing to show for their efforts.

Mowbray made two changes to his team from the last league outing against Cardiff, with Amari'i Bell and Danny Graham dropping out to see Greg Cunningham and Adam Armstrong as the preferred options at left back and up front.

Rovers came flying out of the traps and took the lead after just 25 seconds. Lewis Travis hassled Semi Ajayi on the edge of the Baggies box and Dack cooly curled home first time for his first league goal of the season.

At the other end, Christian Walton was forced into action to keep hold of West Ham United loanee Grady Diangana's left-footed strike from the edge of the box.

But with the next chance came the equaliser through Phillips. The winger wrestled Cunningham off the ball in the Rovers box before slotting beyond Walton.

The score was almost turned on its head a moment later, but Matheus Pereira could only head a Darnell Furlong cross just past Walton's left-hand post.

Walton had to make sure he held onto Kyle Bartley's back post header after Diangana's diagonal pass found the defender, who stayed up from an earlier corner.

Albion were looking dangerous down their right flank, and after Phillips cracked the crossbar with a cross-shot, the ball fell to Livermore who confidently slotted into the corner from the edge of the box.

Two turned to three just five minutes before the break as Diangana robbed Darragh Lenihan before calmly lifting over the advancing Walton and into the net.

But Rovers kept their heads and managed to get a crucial goal just before the half time whistle. Stewart Downing's teasing free kick found Lenihan, whose header was saved by Sam Johnstone before Johnson smashed into the back of the net from close range.

The boss made two half time changes, with Johnson and Sam Gallagher making way for John Buckley and Joe Rothwell. The alteration led to Dack playing up top.

The changes looked to have worked, and Charlie Austin flicked a Downing cross onto his own bar before Livermore tapped into his own net, but referee Tony Harrington claimed that there was a foul on Johnstone in the build up.

Rovers were grateful for a reaction save from Walton to deny Slaven Bilic's side a fourth of the day, with Elliott Bennett in the right place at the right time to block Austin's follow up attempt.

Back at the other end, an inventive free kick was orchestrated by Dack, who set Downing up to clip the outside of Johnstone's left-hand post just after the hour mark.

There was 20 minutes remaining when Pereira swiveled and hit over Walton's upright at the end of a flowing move as the hosts looked to kill the game off.

Livermore drove over with five minutes remaining as the Rovers backline continued to stand firm in a much improved second half display.

There was to be one final chance for Rovers, with Cunningham connecting well with Bennett's cross but seeing Johnstone in his way at the near post, before Walton produced another fine stop at the other end to deny Ajayi, prior to Bartley slamming over from close range, in the final action of the game.

West Bromwich Albion: Johnstone, Furlong, Bartley, Ajayi, Livermore (c), Phillips, Pereira (Edwards, 89), Sawyers, Ferguson, Diangana (Krovinovic, 76), Austin (Zohore, 68).

Unused substitutes: Bond, Robson-Kanu, Brunt, O'Shea.

Goal: Phillips, 22, Livermore, 31, Diangana, 40

Booked: Ferguson, 66, Pereira, 79

Rovers: Walton, Bennett (c), Lenihan, Williams, Cunningham, Johnson (Buckley, 46), Travis, Downing, Dack, Gallagher (Rothwell, 46), Armstrong (Graham, 78).

Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Nyambe, Evans, Rankin-Costello.

Goal: Dack, 1, Johnson, 45

Booked: Lenihan, 40, Travis, 69.

Referee: Tony Harrington.

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