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Press Pass: Youngsters give their verdict

21 October 2015

Albion Foundation join forces with media team

TWO more Albion fans swapped their classroom for the Hawthorns press box - as part of a new initiative between The Albion Foundation and the club's media team.

Two Year 10 Sandwell Academy pupils were in The Hawthorns press box last Saturday to both watch and report on Albion’s win against the Black Cats.  

Yasmin Bavington and Finley Mascall, both 14, and pupils at Sandwell Academy, were selected for ‘Press Pass’ by their English teachers as both are predicted top marks in this key subject.  

Yasmin and Finley produced their very own take on the match below:

AFTER a poor start from Tony Pulis’s side,  WBA managed to clinch a 1-0 victory through Saido Berahino’s strike resulting in a 12th place league position for Albion.  The Baggies failed to perform in the first half, but managed to come out with a cutting edge performance following Pulis’s half time talk. The question on every ones lips is what did he actually say to his players?

A dull first half, with only Stephane Sessegnon playing at his maximum against his former club, led to few chances and a lack of atmosphere around the ground. However, during the second half the Baggies appeared to be a different side, with notable performances from both Berahino and McAuley.   Jermain Defoe’s substitution in the 69th minute led to a stronger and more attacking looking visiting side, but Sunderland’s no win record remains, keeping them firmly in the relegation zone.  Despite Sunderland goalkeeper, Pantilimon, protesting against Berahino’s controversial goal, referee Martin Atkinson made the correct decision; Saido 1 – Pantilimon and his yellow card – 0.  

However, the majority of the action actually came after the final whistle, with former Sunderland player James McClean punching the air directly exuberantly in front of the travelling fans.  This not only caused outrage among the fans, but in fact caused mayhem on the pitch.  Many of the Sunderland players mirrored their fans' frustration by circling their former ‘friend’ while stewards battled to keep fans in line.  Sunderland fans delayed their long journey home to vent their fury, while West Brom fans in the Smethwick End came back with twice the force.  

As it stands, it looks as though Sunderland will indeed be ‘going down with the Villa’.  

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