Tuesday 24 October 2017

West Brom off mark after fiery finish

NORWICH CITY 0 WEST BROM 1

Trevor Haylett

It has taken them until the fourth game of the season but at last West Brom are up and running with a crucial first victory that came amid a controversial conclusion.

Having seen a disputed penalty given against them at the other end, Norwich tempers were at boiling point when James Vaughan went down clutching his mouth in added-time and no spot-kick was awarded.

Forced to change his bloodied shirt, Vaughan was still steaming on the final whistle, claiming that Gabriel Tamas had deliberately flung an elbow in his direction. TV replays appeared to give merit to his protests.

Norwich boss Paul Lambert remarked afterwards that the striker had already gone to seek the help of a plastic surgeon. "It is a really nasty gash on his upper lip and he needs some work on it," he said. Lambert was just as unhappy about the penalty that was given at the other end in the 76th minute, with Albion midfielder Steven Reid going down as Steve Morison lunged in.

Peter Odemwingie failed to convert from 12 yards but his earlier effort proved to be enough. Just three minutes had elapsed when Nicky Shorey flighted a ball in from halfway and Ritchie de Laet's error allowed Odemwingie to finish clinically. (© Independent News Service)

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