West Bromwich Albion fans were a mixture of delighted and relieved as they edged a 4-3 win over Norwich City.
The Baggies got off to a nightmare start last week as their return to the Sky Bet Championship was marred by a shock 2-1 loss to Bolton Wanderers. They then followed that up with a 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest. Norwich were able to get off to a better start as they picked up a point by drawing 2-2 with Birmingham City.
To begin with it seemed like West Brom were going to have another nightmare game. Norwich took the lead through Jordan Rhodes, scoring his first goal after moving on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, but West Brom were able to reply quickly. Dwight Gayle was fouled by Tim Krul in the box and Jay Rodriguez, linked with a move to Burnley throughout the summer, stepped up to score. Norwich could have taken the lead again through their own penalty caused by Chris Brunt taking Onel Hernandez down in the box, but Rhodes missed the spot kick.
In the second half though things would go goal crazy. West Brom were able to take the lead through Rodriguez and that lead was extended by Harvey Barnes. Teemu Pukki got one back for Norwich but the two goal lead was re-established by a Hal Robson-Kanu goal. But the game was made interested by a header from Grant Hanley but West Brom were able to hold on and win their first game of the season.
West Brom fans were put through the ringer watching today’s game but they were delighted to get the win in the end.
— Barry Fireside (@StuartHicks12) August 11, 2018
After all the criticism he received for the lack of subs during the first two games, hopefully Moore gets the credit he deserves for his changes today. Townsend was a big improvement on Gibbs, Robson-Kanu scored the winner and Morrison put himself about well. #wba
— Tom Harper (@tomharper94) August 11, 2018
Nothing better than finishing work to an Albion win!! #wba
— Tom (@tompegg18) August 11, 2018
Heart attack football not seen since the days of Osvaldo Ardiles #WBA
— Stuart Bailey (@SJB74) August 11, 2018