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Games that shook The Hawthorns - No.7

25 May 2019

Inspired by the roof-raising crowd against Aston Villa we’ve delved into the club archive to count down our top 10 Hawthorns atmospheres of all time.

10. Albion 5 Man Utd 5

9. Albion 1 Southampton 1

8. Albion 3 Wolves 2

At number seven...

Albion 3 Liverpool 0

Competition: Premier League

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2012

UK prime minister: David Cameron (Conservative)

No.1 in the UK singles chart: How We Do (Party) - Rita Ora

2012 Best Picture Academy Award: Argo

Most popular toy in 2012: Nintendo Wii U

In the news: The 2012 Summer Olympics conclude in London with Great Britain earning their highest medals haul in more than a century - including 29 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze medals. 

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Steve Clarke’s tenure as Albion head coach began in spectacular fashion with a 3-0 over Liverpool in what was also Brendan Rodgers’ maiden fixture in charge of the Reds.

Zoltan Gera set the tone for the game - and Albion’s season - with a sensational first-time volley from a right-wing corner in front of the Smethwick End.

Peter Odemwingie fired a spot-kick past Pepe Reina just after the hour-mark before Romelu Lukaku came off the bench to net his first Albion goal to seal the victory.

The Baggies completed the double - their first over Liverpool since 1967 - at Anfield in February with Gareth McAuley and Lukaku netting late on.   

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Clarke’s men were third in the Premier League table - trailing only the two Manchester clubs - at the end of November, after winning eight of their first 13 fixtures.

And McAuley says their opening-day victory over the Reds bred confidence in The Hawthorns dressing room.

“When you look at the fixtures we had a couple of tough ones on paper at the start of that season,” he admitted.

“But we were ready for it through the work we’d done in pre-season. We got off to a flyer and 3-0 at home to Liverpool is a great result whoever you are.

“It was able to give us confidence and we built on that over the next few weeks.”

Goals: Gera (43), Odemwingie (pen 64), Lukaku 77

Albion XI: Foster; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob, Mulumbu; Gera (Fortune 69), Morrison (Brunt 81), Odemwingie; Long (Lukaku 68).

Manager: Steve Clarke

Attendance: 26,039

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