Hogan hat-trick fires Blues past West Brom – Ghanasoccernet.com

  • September 15, 2022

Scott Hogan scored his first senior hat-trick since September 2016
Scott Hogan’s hat-trick swept Birmingham City past West Brom to a first victory at the Hawthorns in 18 years.
Juninho Bacuna’s defence-splitting pass teed up Hogan to fire the Blues ahead before Jed Wallace ran on to Jayson Molumby’s through-ball and slipped the ball past John Ruddy to level.
Hogan smacked a shot in off the post from another fine Bacuna assist to restore their lead and then toe-poked his third through the legs of goalkeeper David Button.
Brandon Thomas-Asante’s penalty gave the Baggies late hope after he was brought down by Dion Sanderson, but Blues held on for back-to-back wins.
Albion almost salvaged a seventh draw in their first nine league games when Ruddy kept out Grady Diangana’s close-range header, but Steve Bruce’s side have just one win to their name and only goal difference keeps them out of the bottom three.
Traffic congestion saw the kick-off put back by 15 minutes, but John Eustace’s men made a fast start and went close inside two minutes when Troy Deeney struck a fierce shot narrowly wide.
Having scored their first away goal at the fourth attempt on Saturday, Birmingham were on the scoresheet again after 13 minutes when Hogan sent a shot across Button and into the bottom corner.
The Baggies’ response was swift, Wallace forcing Ruddy to save at his near post after being found unmarked by Conor Townsend’s low cross, before the winger equalised moments later.
But the hosts failed to build on their momentum, and the Blues took full advantage when Bacuna’s inch-perfect low cross allowed Hogan to smack a first-time shot in off the post to cap a rapid break.
Hogan took advantage of some limp defending to cut in and complete his first hat-trick since 2016 – when he helped Brentford beat Preston.
Ultimately it proved enough to secure only a second win in 11 meetings against their West Midlands rivals and leapfrog above them into 14th.
Line-upsWest Brom
Formation 4-2-3-1
1Button29Gardner-Hickman5Bartley4O’Shea3Townsend14Molumby35Yokuslu17J Wallace19Swift11Diangana18Grant
Formation 3-4-1-2
Referee:Josh SmithAttendance:23,089Match StatsHome TeamWest BromAway TeamBirminghamPossessionHome65%Away35%ShotsHome18Away7Shots on TargetHome5Away3CornersHome6Away2FoulsHome6Away12Live TextPost update
Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Birmingham City 3.
90’+7’Full Time
Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Birmingham City 3.
Dion Sanderson (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.
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Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Dion Sanderson.
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Attempt missed. John Swift (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Jed Wallace with a cross.
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Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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Foul by George Hall (Birmingham City).
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Hand ball by Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion).
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Attempt saved. Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Livermore with a headed pass.
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Attempt blocked. Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grady Diangana.
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Erik Pieters (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
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Foul by Scott Hogan (Birmingham City).
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Attempt missed. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Erik Pieters.
Substitution, Birmingham City. George Hall replaces Josh Williams.
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Attempt blocked. Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
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Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
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Foul by Tahith Chong (Birmingham City).
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Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Birmingham City 3. Brandon Thomas-Asante (West Bromwich Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
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Penalty West Bromwich Albion. Brandon Thomas-Asante draws a foul in the penalty area.
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Penalty conceded by Dion Sanderson (Birmingham City) after a foul in the penalty area.
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