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Anichebe Benched As West Brom Hold Off Palace

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Forgotten Super Eagles striker Victor Anichebe was an unused substitute on Saturday evening in West Bromwich Albion’s 3-2 win against Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns.

Anichebe has played only seven Premier League games for the Midlands club this season, with 333 minutes of league football action to his credit.

West Brom launched a counter attack spearheaded by Saido Berahino in the 12th minute. From the move, Craig Gardner grabbed the Albions’ first goal when he finished from a rebound after Palace keeper, Wayne Hennessey, initially kept out Salomon Randon’s shot from the right flank.

The 1-0 scoreline soon became 2-0 as Craig Dawson headed home a Craig Gardner freekick eight minutes later.

Saido Beharino, finding himself unmarked in the Palace eighteen yard box, made it 3-0 in the 31st minute when he got to the end of a Stephane Sessegnon’s long pass and swiftly slotted home.

Craig Gardner would have scored a brace on the stroke of half time but his freekick which deflected off Crystal Palace’s Joe Ward only hit the under of the post.

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Yannick Bolasie replaced Emmanuel Adebayor at half time and his pace troubled the Albions’ backline.

Crystal Palace then reduced the margin in the 48th minute through Connor Wickham who profited from a calamitous defending by Jonas Olsson.

Saido Beharino curled his shot beautifully in the 52nd minute but the ball hit the crossbar and out.

Connor Wickham scored his brace and Palace’s second goal with 10 minutes left on the clock with a left-footed shot that found the top right corner from an Eagles’ freekick.

It became 3-2 at this point with West Brom still in the lead but not too comfortable as their guests look for an equaliser.

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