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New look, double vision and Made in QPR: The things you missed as West Brom hammer Huddersfield


Three second half goals for West Brom turned the game on its head as they eased – eventually – past relegation zone residents Huddersfield Town.

The Baggies have their lowly visitors the lead on two occasions in the first half – firstly through Lewis O’Brien and then Karlan Grant – having replied in between through Matt Phillips.

The introduction of Grady Diangana at the break, coupled with strikes from Darnell Furlong, Phillips again and Semi Ajayi, ensured Albion remain unbeaten and are back in the play-offs.

Here are the things you might’ve missed.

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Made in QPR

Albion’s first goal of the afternoon was a rather attractive one.

Darnell Furlong, terrific all game on the right hand side, bombed forwards to the byline before pulling the ball back across goal.

Striker Charlie Austin was waiting; he collected the cross and, with his back to goal, poked the ball into the path of the waiting Phillips.

He picked out the corner with inch perfect precision.

Many eagle eyed viewers later pointed out that it was a goal made in Queens Park Rangers – Furlong, Phillips and Austin all played together in the Hoops and combined here to great effect.

They of course travel to Loftus Road next weekend.

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Double vision

If you were knew to football, and weren’t too familiar with the Cowley brothers, you honestly wouldn’t know which one was in charge.

Danny, the official boss and spokesman when it comes to press, was often the one who hung back in the technical area as assistant and brother Nicky barked out the orders.

They’re of course still getting used to their surroundings, and measuring the size of the task they have in hand, but a ‘joint manager’ role is rather uncommon these days.

The Cowleys held their respective positions together at Concord Rangers, Braintree and Lincoln before taking on the Huddersfield test.

They were also teammates at non-league Romford during their playing days.

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New look

Staying on the touch-line, Bilic was his rather animated self for the duration of the piece.

Dressed suavely in his suit, which he married with trainers, the Croat – clearly agitated with his side’s performance and general refereeing decisions – returned to his spot in the dug-out for the second period without his jacket but now donning a woolly hat.

It was a rather, ah, interesting combination but Bilic did away with the hat a matter of minutes after putting it on – it clearly wasn’t working!

By the end of the game the affable boss had his sleeves rolled up despite the bleak weather and was bounding around the technical area as Furlong, Phillips and then Ajayi all found the net.

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Checking in

He might not have been deemed fit enough to play, but Gibbs was still at The Hawthorns.

The left-back, who picked up a knock in a training ground game that set him back in his recovery, wasn’t risked by Bilic with Furlong and Nathan Ferguson both doing sterling jobs here and at Fulham.

He has a task on his hands getting back into the side now, too, for those exact reasons, but it didn’t stop him turning up at B71 to pose for photographs with the fans and to watch his teammates get the job done – eventually.

Gibbs, who turns 30 next week, is expected to be in contention for the trip to QPR next Saturday lunchtime.

Whether or not he’ll be considered for an immediate return to the starting XI remains to be seen.

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La Bamba

“He hates the Villa, he’s from Croatia, he loves the Baggies.”

From Nottingham to Fulham, and in the heart of the Black Country, Slaven Bilic’s chant from the stands has been sung around the country by Albion fans this season.

Whether Albion are trailing or in the lead, you can usually hear the words to the tune of La Bamba.

It was no different here as the Baggies toppled Huddersfield Town; the Smethwick End sang it loud and proud.

What was a timely addition, however, was the playing of the song on the tannoys as the thousands of satisfied fans made for the exits.

Needless to say the tune, which preceded the popular West Bromwich Albion song of Ray King, was greeted with another rendition of the Bilic-themed chant.





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