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hi guys and welcome to my match review of the FA Cup 4th round tie between Brighton and the Baggies:
Albion face an Emirates FA Cup replay against Brighton & Hove Albion after their fourth-round tie finished goalless at the Amex Stadium.

A much-changed Baggies side, who finished the match with five Academy graduates on the pitch and seven in the matchday 18, matched the Premier League Seagulls as they showed maturity, passion, desire and spirit aplenty in front of more than 3,000 travelling supporters.

Tosin Adarabioyo came closest for the Baggies when his header came back off the upright, with Dale Stephens clipping the woodwork for the hosts.

Both sides will now face off again at The Hawthorns early next month for a place in the fifth round of the world’s oldest domestic cup competition.

The draw means Albion have now tasted defeat just once in their previous 14 matches, with a home Sky Bet Championship encounter against Middlesbrough next up.

Darren Moore made nine changes from the Baggies XI who started Monday night’s league victory at Bolton Wanderers, Rekeem Harper involved along with Hal Robson-Kanu, who was named captain for the cup clash.

It was the hosts who enjoyed the better of the opening quarter, although neither goalkeeper was forced into a save of note until Jonathan Bond, who starred throughout, denied the lively Yves Bissouma and then Florin Andone in quick succession midway through the first period.

The Seagulls twice went close just after the half-hour mark, Bond parrying Beram Kayal’s effort, with Adarabioyo clearing the danger, before Bissouma sent a long-range strike narrowly over.

The Baggies grew into the first half and, gaining in confidence, saw plenty of the ball as it wore on.

The tempo increased after the restart and Harper drilled an effort from distance just off target for the visitors before Stephens struck the outside of a post for the home side in the 58th minute.

Harper was unable to find Robson-Kanu in space in the penalty area as the clash flowed from end to end.

It was the Baggies who struck the woodwork in the 72nd minute, Adarabioyo heading against the angle from Wes Hoolahan’s inswinging free-kick.

Bond got down well to deny Seagulls substitute Davy Propper as the tie hung in the balance.

Rayhaan Tulloch, 18, was introduced for his senior debut in the 81st minute.

And it was left for Bond to come to the rescue to keep out sub Glenn Murray late on as the FA Cup tie, the first-ever between two ‘Albions’ in the proper rounds of the competition, finished in stalemate.


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Albion will welcome Middlesbrough to The Hawthorns as fourth take on fifth in the Sky Bet Championship (ko 3pm).

The opposition

Middlesbrough are just behind the Baggies in the table, having claimed 47 points from their 28 games so far this season.

They are managed by former Albion boss Tony Pulis, who will return to The Hawthorns for the first time after his tenure in charge of the Club ended in November 2017.

Whilst they have conceded just 20 goals during this campaign, they have only scored 31. In contrast, the Baggies have scored 57.

Last time out

Our last meeting with Middlesbrough ended in heartbreak for Albion as Daniel Ayala scored a late goal to secure a 1-0 victory and steal all three points for the Boro at The Riverside Stadium.

However, the last time that Boro travelled to The Hawthorns in the Championship, Albion won 2-0 thanks to goals from Roman Bednar and Simon Cox.



• Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez have scored 28 league goals between them this season - three less than Middlesbrough have in their Sky Bet Championship campaign.

• Albion come into this game off the back of just one loss in their last 14 games in all competitions.

• The last time that the Baggies lost a game at The Hawthorns was back in October.


• If you had watched Middlesbrough this season you would have seen 51 goals, 31 for Boro and 20 against. This is the lowest of all the Sky Bet Championship sides, whilst Albion games have included 92 - 57 for the Baggies and 35 against.

• Middlesbrough have only scored three goals in a Sky Bet Championship game once this season, and that was back in August as they played their second game of the season against Sheffield United.

• Boro haven’t scored in their last three visits to The Hawthorns.

Head to head

Middlesborough come out on top in the head-to-head record.

Of the 94 matches that have been played, the Baggies have triumphed 33 times, there have been 23 stalemates and Middlesbrough have won on 38 occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s match is Tim Robinson, and he’ll be assisted by Adrian Waters and Jonathan Hunt - with John Brooks as the fourth official.

Tim has refereed one Albion game this season, taking charge as the Baggies beat Millwall 2-0 at The Hawthorns earlier this season, with Dwight Gayle and Kieran Gibbs grabbing the goals.



1 Johnstone
68 Holgate
25 Dawson
26 Hegazi
3 Gibbs
34 Harper
18 Barry
28 Field
4 Robson-Kanu
19 Rodriguez
16 Gayle


5 Bartley
8 Livermore
11 Brunt
15 Montero
23 Bond
24 Adarabioyo
70 Murphy


23 Randolph
5 Shotton
24 Flint
4 Ayala
3 Friend
20 Fry
22 Saville
2 Mikel
37 Besic
26 Wing
11 Hugill


1 Konstantopoulos
8 Clayton
9 Assombalonga
16 Howson
17 McNair
19 Downing
29 van La Parra


The two captains of today’s teams are Gareth Barry (West Brom) and George Friend (Middlesbrough)


Tony Pulis arriving at The Hawthorns and was given a very toxic reception from both sets of fans