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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 November 2006, 22:21 GMT
Sheff Wed 3-1 West Brom
Sheffield Wednesday claimed a deserved win over struggling West Brom to give boss Brian Laws his first home victory.

The home side scored twice in the opening 15 minutes with Glenn Whelan heading home and Madjid Bougherra doing the same from Kenny Lunt's cross.

Albion improved after the break and Jason Koumas' strike in the 88th minute gave his side hope.

But a late penalty from Steve MacLean condemned West Brom to their sixth defeat in nine games.

  • Sheffield Wednesday boss Brian Laws:
    "It was a great night and an important win for us. It's been a great test for us having the two home games against Cardiff and West Brom.

    "We knew this was always going to be a tough test because West Brom are possible contenders for promotion to the Premiership.

    "What epitomised the performance was our hard work and willingness to work for each other and close people down. That was most evident in the first half and that won us the game.

    "We didn't allow West Brom to get their heads up and pick any passes out."

  • West Brom manager Tony Mowbray
    "I will take responsibility for this result.

    "I wouldn't question my footballers' desire. This group of players are determined to put it right and I've got broad enough shoulders to take responsibility - blame is the wrong word - for these results.

    "Football is a confidence game and when you've got a group of footballers whose main strength is their passing - when that starts to ebb away, it becomes difficult."

    Sheff Wed: Crossley, Simek, Bougherra, Bullen, Hills (Spurr 28), Andrews (O'Brien 77), Whelan, Lunt, Brunt, Tudgay, Burton (MacLean 82).
    Subs Not Used: Adamson, Coughlan.

    Booked: Lunt, Whelan.

    Goals: Whelan 11, Bougherra 15, MacLean 90 pen.

    West Brom: Hoult, Albrechtsen, Davies, Perry (McShane 46), Robinson, Kamara, Quashie, Carter (Gera 71), Greening, Phillips, Koumas.
    Subs Not Used: Steele, Watson, Ellington.

    Booked: Koumas, Perry, Robinson, Greening, Gera.

    Goals: Koumas 89.

    Att: 21,695

    Ref: K Wright (Cambridgeshire).


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