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Swindon Town 1 Albion 4

25 July 2015

Four-goal Albion too much for Town

ALBION claimed their first victory of the summer on English soil with a four goal win at Swindon Town.

James Morrison opened the scoring at the County Ground with a well-taken strike, before Victor Anichebe netted from close range after seizing a poor backpass.

Yaser Kasim, the instigator of that mistake, was to make some amends with a reply for the League One side.

Morrison added a third late on from close range, before Stephane Sessegnon followed up with a fourth in the 86th minute.

Albion's first sniff on goal was to arrive in the sixth minute courtesy of a Craig Gardner corner. The stinging cross caused problems Tyrell Belford problems - but not as much of an issue as Saido Berahino's nudge. The ball dropped over the line as the referee whistled to rule it out.

The Baggies didn't have long to wait. Chris Brunt's flagkick two minutes later found Gareth McAuley's head. Swindon struggled to clear the ball and failed to spot Morrison's dash into the box. The Scotland midfielder thumped his low shot past Belford.

Swindon weren't shy to have a go themselves. Nathan Byrne's shot deflected over Myhill's bar, before Kevin Stewart dragged his 25-yarder wide of Myhill's right-hand post.

Iraq international Kasim had a moment to forget in the 23rd minute when his weak backpass was gift-wrapped and delivered straight to Anichebe, who had the simplest of jobs converting from close range. Two nil. 
But not for long.

Kasim made amends for his earlier mistake by driving home a lovely strike from 20 yards just after the half hour mark. 

Gareth McAuley's afternoon was to end prematurely. The Northern Ireland man limped off on 42 minutes to be replaced by Liam O'Neil.

Swindon enjoyed a better period after the break. Nathan Thompson went close with a 56th minute header as the hosts pushed on for an equaliser.

But for all their possession, they were unable to find their way back onto level terms in a game punctuated by several substitutions for both sides.

It was Albion who were to score next. Sessegnon set-up Morrison, who side-footed past Vigouroux, before the Benin international claimed the fourth after pouncing from close range after Ideye Brown's shot was saved.

SWINDON TOWN: Belford, Thompson, Williams, Branco, Ormonde-Ottewill, Kasim, Traore, Byrne, Stewart, Obika, Hylton. Subs: Rodgers, Barry, Brophy, Marshall, Randall, Iandolo, Ayina, Eckersley, Cooke, Balms, Vigouroux.

ALBION: Myhill; Gardner, McAuley (O'Neil 43), Lescott, Brunt; McClean, Fletcher, Morrison, McManaman (Yacob 53); Anichebe (Ideye 53), Berahino (Sessegnon 59). Subs not used: Rose, Melbourne, Smith, Soleman, Wilson.

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