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Morrison hails Big Vic's impact

Forward's physical presence key in Baggies comeback

ALBION midfielder James Morrison has praised the impact of Victor Anichebe in yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns.

The forward took just six minutes to write his name on the scoresheet after replacing Stephane Sessegnon at the break.

Saido Berahino then grabbed a point for Alan Irvine's men from the penalty spot in injury time, after Anichebe’s powerful run was unfairly halted by Palace skipper Mile Jedinak.

And Morrison believes that “Vic’s" introduction was vital against a stubborn Palace side.

“Their midfield shielded the play really well,” said the Scotland international.

“It was difficult for us to get through in the first-half.

“I think we missed Victor’s physical presence.

“When he came on he gave us a target.

“Credit has to go to Victor, he hasn’t played in recent weeks but he stamped his authority on the game.”

The attention for Morrison and Albion now turns to Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup 4th round tie at Bournemouth.

Morrison says he is expecting a difficult test on the South coast, as his side bid for a place in the quarter-final.

He said: “Bournemouth is always a tough place to go.

“They have been progressing every season and they have some good players.

“It’s a game that the lads will look forward to because it is a really good cup tie.”