Wednesday 12 February 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Peter Odemwingie hit a hat-trick as West Bromwich Albion overwhelmed Black Country rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, who slipped back into the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.
Odemwingie had put the Baggies ahead before Steven Fletcher equalised in first-half stoppage time but four goals in 25 second-half minutes consigned Wolves to a fifth defeat in six home Barclays Premier League matches.
By contrast, West Brom stretched their unbeaten away run to three matches in the league and put eight points between themselves and the bottom three.
Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy had already made three superb saves before Odemwingie broke the deadlock in the 34th minute with a deflected shot from the edge of the area.
However despite the visitors’ dominance, the sides went in at the break all-square after Sylvan Ebanks-Blake headed the ball into the path of Fletcher, who drove home his 10th Barclays Premier League goal of the season.
The goal revitalised Wolves, who started the second half on top and Fletcher twice came close to putting them ahead.
But it was Albion who regained the lead in the 64th minute when Hennessy was unable to keep out Jonas Olsson's half-volley.
Although Youssouf Mulumbu headed a Roger Johnson effort against the underside of his own bar and away to deny Wolves a second equaliser, all hope for the home team was snuffed out in the 77th minute when Odemwingie scored at a corner following Olsson's flick-on.
Substitute Keith Andrews made it 4-1 in the 85th minute with a deflected shot from 18 yards and three minutes later James Morrison set up Odemwingie for his hat-trick – the first treble in a meeting between the sides since Iwan Roberts for Wolves in 1996.
West Brom manager Roy Hodgson said: "It's important the team take heart from that. The reason Wolves lost was because we played well, not that they did that badly."
Things got little better for Wolves, who failed to win any of their final 13 matches and were relegated in 20th place. The Baggies continued to climb the table and finished 10th in the table.