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Sunday, 4 November, 2001, 16:53 GMT
West Brom 1-0 Nottm Forest
Nottingham Forest's Jermaine Jenas tries his chances against West Brom's Darren Moore
West Brom's Moore keeps Forest's Jenas at bay
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Striker Uwe Rosler crowned his first home appearance for West Brom with the all-important winner against Nottingham Forest.

The on-loan German striker found the target in the 34th minute as he applied the finishing touch to a sweeping move through the heart of the Forest defence.

Derek McInnes robbed David Prutton in midfield to send striker Bob Taylor breaking away through the middle.

Taylor fed a pin-point pass to Scott Dobie and his cross from the right was smashed into the back of the Forest net by the perfectly-positioned Rosler.

It was always Gary Megson's side who held the edge at The Hawthorns.

And they were unlucky in the 12th minute when defender Neil Clement lashed his first-time shot against the foot of a post to a cross from Taylor.

Then, in the 26th minute Albion should have been awarded a penalty when Rosler - on loan from Southampton - was clearly bundled over in the area by Jon-Olav Hjelde.

But Sheffield referee Uriah Rennie refused to award a spot-kick.

Baggies on top

Megson's men continued to pile on the pressure and Dobie found himself in a good scoring position only to blast wide.

The best chance to fall Forest's way in the first half came just seconds before the break when Prutton turned on the edge of the box to fire a cracking shot just inches over the crossbar.

After the break it was again Albion who held the attacking reins and Clement was unlucky with a free-kick that dipped just over.

It was then the turn of Forest with David Johnson having a header superbly tipped away by keeper Russell Hoult.

But Albion quickly shook off the threat and they were unlucky in the 69th minute when the hardworking Clement had a shot brilliantly flicked away by Darren Ward.

Then, with just six minutes left on the clock, Albion struck the woodwork for the second time when Dobie powered his header against the crossbar from a free-kick from Michael Appleton.

West Brom: Hoult, Balis, Clement, Moore, Gilchrist, Sigurdsson, Taylor, McInnes, Appleton, Rosler, Dobie. Subs: Jensen, Fox, Johnson, Cummings, Adam Chambers.

Nottm Forest: Ward, Louis-Jean, Brennan, Scimeca, Hjelde, Prutton, Williams, Jenas, Bart-Williams, John, Johnson. Subs: Roche, Lester, Reid, Edwards, Gray.

Referee: U Rennie (Sheffield).

BBC Sport's David Oates
"A welcome win for Albion"
West Bromwich Albion's Derek McInnes
"We deserved the result"
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