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Tuesday, 26 March, 2002, 21:39 GMT
West Brom 4-1 Crewe
Jordao beats Crewe keeper Clayton Ince to score his first goal
Jordao scores the first of his two goals for the Baggies

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West Brom moved to within three points of the Division One automatic promotion places by comfortably beating Crewe at The Hawthorns.

It was a highly satisfactory night for Gary Megson's side as the win means they are all but guaranteed at least a play-off spot and piles the pressure on second-placed Wolves.

Jordao gave Albion a 37th-minute lead, only to see Dean Ashton pull Crewe level within two minutes.


We are now in a position where, if we can keep winning, we have the opportunity to achieve our dreams
West Brom boss Gary Megson
But the Portuguese star swooped in first-half stoppage time to restore Albion's advantage before Daniele Dichio and Scott Dobie added second-half goals.

The hosts made a bright start and Crewe goalkeeper Clayton Ince was called into action after just six minutes when Dichio attempted to fire Derek McInnes' cross into the net.

West Brom continued to dominate the game and Larus Sigurdsson should have done better than balloon the ball over the crossbar from 20 yards out in the 14th minute.

Crewe defender Steve Foster holds off Scott Dobie
Dobie (right) scored West Brom's fourth
Albion threatened again shortly afterwards when Darren Moore headed goalwards, only to see Ince make another smart catch, before Jordao failed to hit the target with a 25-yard drive.

Crewe's resistance was broken eight minutes before the break when Jordao opened the scoring from the edge of the penalty area.

But Crewe rallied and when David Wright crossed into the penalty area Ashton was on hand to rifle the ball past a helpless Russell Hoult.

Just as it seemed the Baggies would be denied an interval lead, Jordao met Igor Balis' right-wing cross to score in stoppage time.


I have got some good players in my defence but they make too many blunders
Crewe boss Dario Gradi
The advantage was doubled just four minutes into the second half when Dichio met another Balis cross and headed strongly past Ince.

With Crewe still reeling, Albion made it 4-1 in the 55th minute when Dobie fired into the top-left corner.

Sunderland defender Stanislav Varga, who has joined the Baggies on loan until the end of the season, was handed his Albion debut 10 minutes from time when Sigurdsson was forced to hobble off injured.


West Brom: Hoult, Sigurdsson, Moore, Gilchrist, Balis, Adam Chambers, McInnes, Jordao, Clement, Dichio, Dobie. Subs: Adamson, Fox, Taylor, Cummings, Varga.

Crewe: Ince, Wright, Macauley, Foster, Smith, Collins, Lunt, Sorvel, Ashton, Hulse, Jack. Subs: Tomlinson, Charnock, Little, Walker, Rix.

Referee: G Cain (Bootle).

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BBC Sport's Adrian Hobart
An excellent performance of commitment, pace and precision"
WBA boss Gary Megson
"It looked a lot more comfortable than it was"
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