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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 April, 2003, 16:16 GMT 17:16 UK
Owen and Reds rout Baggies
West Brom 0-6 Liverpool
Michael Owen celebrates hitting his fourth goal of the game
Owen started the scoring

Michael Owen scored his 100th Premiership goal as Liverpool routed relegated West Brom at the Hawthorns.

The 23-year-old England international scored four, with partner Milan Baros grabbing a brace, as the Baggies were ruthlessly exposed.

Owen needed two goals at the start of the day to complete his century of Premiership strikes and he duly obliged.

The bright spot, if there could be one for the hosts, was the reaction of the crowd, who chanted for their doomed heroes throughout.

For the visitors the result, their biggest win of the season, keeps their campaign for a Champions League spot going, as they drew level on points with Chelsea who were held at home by Fulham.

The scoreline underlined their dominance over Gary Megson's side, with both Owen and Baros missing as many chances as they converted.

KEY MOMENTS
15 mins: Owen scores the opener
46 mins: Baros grabs his first
47 mins: Owen reaches landmark 100th Premiership goal
61 mins: Owen completes hat-trick
67 mins: Owen nets his fourth
84 mins: Baros completes the scoring

Owen opened the scoring in the 15th minute, taking a Baros pass in his stride before spinning away and drilling a right-footed shot past Russell Hoult.

Liverpool created plenty of other first-half chances and found Hoult in defiant mood.

On the few occasions West Brom did get forward, the strength of Danny Dichio and Jason Roberts caused the Liverpool defence problems in the air.

Djimi Traore could have considered himself fortunate to escape with no more than a yellow card after pulling down Roberts just outside the penalty area.

And in the best chance of the first half for the Baggies, Ronnie Wallwork blazed over from 12 yards following a scramble in the box.

Any Liverpool anxieties were put to rest at the start of the second half with two goals in as many minutes.

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Baros claimed his 10th goal of the season after a goalmouth scramble which saw Owen miss a chance before the ball found the 21-year-old at close range.

The third came from the right, with El-Hadji Diouf's cross causing confusion in the home side's penalty area and Owen taking his landmark goal with his trusted right foot.

The partnership of Baros and Owen had promised and delivered throughout and the fourth goal was a testament to their growing understanding.

Baros dribbled his way through the West Brom defence and squared the ball for the England international who made no mistake with the finish.

The rout continued as Owen helped himself to a fourth goal after a fine pass from Danny Murphy.

And Baros completed the scoring, taking a Steven Gerrard through ball and hammering his shot into the corner of the goal from 18 yards.


West Brom: Hoult, Balis, Gregan (Jordao 86), Wallwork (James Chambers 55), Clement, Johnson, McInnes, Koumas, Udeze (Lyttle 73), Dichio, Roberts. Subs not used: Murphy, Dobie.
Booked: Dichio.

Liverpool: Dudek, Carragher, Hyypia, Traore, Riise (Diao 79), Diouf (Heskey 69), Murphy (Cheyrou 83), Hamann, Gerrard, Owen, Baros. Subs not used: Smicer, Arphexad.
Booked: Traore.

Attendance: 27,128.

Referee: D Gallagher (Oxfordshire).




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