Baggies win earns Prem return

Roberto Di Matteo's West Bromwich Albion beat Doncaster Rovers 3-2 at the Keepmoat Stadium to secure promotion back to the Premier League.

Last Updated: 10/04/10 at 17:34 Post Comment

Bednar: Goal sent Baggies into top flight

Bednar: Goal sent Baggies into top flight

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Graham Dorrans fired a glorious free-kick past Neil Sullivan to give the Baggies the lead after 30 minutes before Chris Brunt seized on a poor defensive header to double their advantage in first-half injury time.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas responded for Doncaster in the 47th minute but Roman Bednar's 73rd-minute strike re-established West Brom's lead.

James Hayter did pull one back for Rovers but it was not enough to prevent the visitors securing their return to the top flight after just one season in the Championship.

Hayter had earlier had the first meaningful effort on goal after running onto a lovely reverse pass by John Oster. The forward twisted his way past two defenders but Albion goalkeeper Scott Carson was able to tip his shot over the crossbar.

The Baggies defence was under more pressure moments later as James Chambers burst into the box but Jonas Olsson made a great block.

It was the Baggies who took the lead against the run of play on the half-hour mark as Dorrans brilliantly curled home a free-kick beyond Sullivan's despairing dive into the top corner.

The goal stunned Doncaster and they were fortunate not to be two goals down a couple of minutes later as Simon Cox failed to hit the target from Robert Koren's ball across the box.

Rovers should have been level just before the break but Shelton Martis failed to make contact with Emmanuel-Thomas' free-kick and Carson was just able to keep the ball out.

Brunt then extended the Baggies' lead as he took advantage of a defensive blunder by former West Brom man Chambers. The defender did not see Brunt racing in behind him and his header back to Sullivan was intercepted by the Northern Ireland midfielder.

Sullivan kept out his first effort but Brunt made no mistake as he tapped home the rebound with the last action of the first half for the Baggies' 100th goal in all competitions this campaign.

Rovers hit back within two minutes of the restart as Emmanuel-Thomas received the ball on the right side of the box from Hayter, the on-loan Arsenal midfielder drove into the area before wrong-footing an unsighted Carson with his left-footed shot.

The home side were cut apart in the 55th minute by Dorrans' long pass and it took a brave tackle from James O'Connor to deny Bednar, while Steven Reid saw his header fly just wide from the resulting corner.

Cox then had a goal ruled out due to Bednar being offside in the build-up as the visitors continued to carve out the clearer chances.

Doncaster pushed forward in search of an equaliser but their hopes of earning a point were dealt a blow after a poor clearance from Chambers allowed Brunt to cross and Bednar guided the ball home at the far post.

Rovers set up a nervy finish as Hayter was left unmarked to pull one back with a fine header and the forward then somehow failed to convert from close range as the hosts threw caution to the wind late on.

But the visitors held on to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt with the final whistle sending the large travelling support into delirium, with the fans spilling onto the pitch to join the celebrations.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Wednesday, 01 October 2014
20:00
Fulham 4-0 Bolton Report
19:45
Leeds 0-0 Reading Report
Wolves 1-3 Huddersfld Report
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Brighton 1-1 Cardiff Report
Derby 2-0 Bournemth Report
M'boro 1-1 Blackpool  
Millwall 1-3 Birmingham Report
Norwich 0-1 Charlton Report
Rotherham 2-0 Blackburn Report
Sheff Wed 1-1 Ipswich Report

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Norwich 10 11 20
2 N Forest 10 10 20
3 Watford 10 8 20
4 Derby 10 9 19
5 Ipswich 10 6 18
6 Charlton 10 4 18
7 Wolves 10 3 18
8 M'boro 10 6 17
9 Sheff Wed 10 3 16
10 Reading 10 0 15
11 Blackburn 10 -2 14
12 Leeds 10 -2 14
13 Brentford 10 -3 14
14 Cardiff 10 0 13
15 Bournemth 10 1 12
16 Millwall 10 -3 11
17 Rotherham 10 -4 11
18 Huddersfld 10 -8 11
19 Brighton 10 -2 10
20 Birmingham 10 -6 10
21 Wigan 10 -2 9
22 Fulham 10 -8 7
23 Bolton 10 -12 5
24 Blackpool 10 -9 3

Updated Wed, 01 Oct 2014

Footer 365

Sky Bet Championship: Fulham thump Bolton, Huddersfield win at Wolves, Leeds held

Fulham thrashed Bolton 4-0 in the Championship, while Huddersfield won at Molineux to deny Wolves top spot.

Premier League: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet delighted Lee Cattermole stayed at club

Gus Poyet believes keeping Lee Cattermole was the best transfer decision he has made while at Sunderland.

Champions League: Liverpool out of sorts in 1-0 defeat at FC Basel

Liverpool paid the price for a disjointed performance as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to FC Basel in the Champions League.

Mail Box

It Was Better When City Were Rubbish

'I think I preferred it when we were s**t' says one City fan in the afternoon mailbox. There's a decent chat about the empty seats plus views on Liverpool and Roma...

Do City Really Need To Expand Their Stadium?

That's the question posed by one Man United fan in the mailbox after seeing the empty seats at the Etihad last night. Sadly, there isn't a single mail from a City supporter...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property