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                                                    West Brom
                                                    Marc-Antoine Fortune (54 mins)
                                                    Gylfi Sigurdsson (55 mins)
                                                    Danny Graham (59 mins)

                                                    Barclays Premier League , Feb 4, 2012
                                                    Ground: The Hawthorns , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 24,274

                                                    Team news

                                                    Hodgson eager to improve home form West Brom boss Roy Hodgson is prepared for "anxiety" at The Hawthorns as his team look to improve on their poor home record against Swansea.

                                                    The Baggies have picked up just eight points from a possible 33 on their own pitch, but former Fulham manager Hodgson is trusting his players will not have that run on their minds.

                                                    "I hope not," he said.

                                                    "There will be anxiety. The crowd, when they come to watch you play at home, they come to watch you win and if you don't win you disappoint them.

                                                    "We're all aware of that, so there will be some anxiety and you can do nothing about it.

                                                    "The only way you can put it right is to win games because otherwise it becomes a bigger problem every time you step out on to your home pitch." Hodgson hopes his team show in the Barclays Premier League clash that they have the stomach to deal with any pressure caused by playing in front of an expectant crowd.

                                                    He said: "I think there's enough quality in the team, enough experience in the team, enough spirit in the team to overcome these things.

                                                    "It would be nice to start that tomorrow but if we can't then it will have to be the next game." Hodgson also believes there has been a fine line between success and failure for his team, and he suggests the poor home record can be attributed to carelessness.

                                                    He said: "We haven't necessarily shown much worse form at home than we have done away, there haven't been vast differences in the type of performances we've been giving.

                                                    "Often, the poor result has been because we've made some very, very bad mistakes at some stage in the game, which has cost us.

                                                    "All of those home defeats are by the odd goal, so we need to put that right." Hodgson is weighing up whether to give full debuts to newcomers Liam Ridgewell and Keith Andrews.

                                                    Former Birmingham defender Ridgewell has completed only one game so far in 2012 while midfielder Andrews, signed from Blackburn, has not figured since playing on loan for Ipswich on Boxing Day.

                                                    Winger Jerome Thomas (calf) remains a doubt but right-back Steven Reid (ankle), striker Shane Long (digestive problem) and midfielder Paul Scharner (Achilles) are close to fitness.

                                                    Albion skipper Chris Brunt (fractured ankle) and fellow midfielder Zoltan Gera (knee) are long-term absentees.

                                                    Swansea midfielder Leon Britton is hoping for a second away win of the season in the midlands, The Swans have been more of a force at home than on their travels this season, as they showed once again this week by holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw.

                                                    Their only win away from home in the league so far this season came at Aston Villa and Britton is looking to add to that on Saturday.

                                                    Britton admitted the Swansea players had been down after it looked like a strike from former Chelsea player Scott Sinclair had earned them victory against Andre Villas-Boas' side, only for a late own goal to clinch the visitors a point.

                                                    That disappointment was a measure of the team's progress in their first Premier League campaign, and they head into this weekend with a nine-point cushion above the relegation zone.

                                                    Britton told the club website, "The changing room was very quiet after the Chelsea game, but the manager told us to keep our heads up.

                                                    "It was a tale of two halves. We dominated possession and used the ball well, and the goal was a great finish from Scotty (Sinclair).

                                                    "In the second half we had to be resilient. They had a lot of the ball but Michel (Vorm) wasn't troubled much.

                                                    "So it's harder to take, but football can be a cruel game at times." Britton has called on his team-mates to show they can bounce back from that disappointment with a good performance against the Baggies.

                                                    He added: "We will get back into training and we will lift our heads up for the trip to West Brom on Saturday.

                                                    "We knew home form would be crucial in this league, but we have to pick up some away wins too." Rodgers has to decide whether to include new signing Curtis Obeng in his squad.

                                                    Highly-rated defender Obeng joined the Swans from Wrexham this week on a three-and-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee, with Daniel Alfei being loaned out to the Dragons for the rest of the season.

                                                    Swansea will be without Dutch midfielder Ferrie Bodde for at least two weeks after he suffered a knee injury in a reserves game and will be assessed over possible surgery.

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                                                    Sigurdsson inspires Swans Swansea's on-loan midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson played a major role in Brendan Rogers' side coming from behind to beat West Brom 2-1 and register only their second Barclays Premier League away win of the season.

                                                    The Iceland international, who joined from Hoffenheim last month until the end of the season, cancelled out Marc-Antoine Fortune's opener and laid on the winner for Danny Graham.

                                                    The visitors dominated for long spells as they followed up their 1-1 home draw against Chelsea in mid-week with another impressive performance.

                                                    But Albion's woeful home record continued and they have collected just eight points at The Hawthorns compared to 18 on their travels.

                                                    Roy Hodgson's side were often left chasing shadows with Sigurdsson and Joe Allen pulling the strings in midfield and 10-goal Graham a constant threat.

                                                    Swansea were soon into their stride and created the first opportunity of the game.

                                                    Sigurdsson's shot was blocked from an Allen corner and the follow-up attempt from Angel Rangel was deflected just wide.

                                                    Baggies midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu was caught in possession and was relieved to see Allen drag his shot past the post.

                                                    James Morrison brought Sigurdsson down 25 yards out and the Swansea player took the free-kick himself and sent it just wide.

                                                    In a rare West Brom attack Gareth McAuley headed wide from a Nicky Shorey cross. Peter Odemwingie's control then let him down when he was found in space by Jerome Thomas.

                                                    The threatening Graham missed a good chance to put Swansea ahead after half an hour. Graham shrugged off the challenge of McAuley when challenging for a Leon Britton free-kick. But, from 12 yards out he shot wide when he should have at least tested Ben Foster.

                                                    Albion enjoyed their best spell approaching half-time with Sigurdsson blocking a goal-bound flick from Jonas Olsson.

                                                    Michel Vorm was alert to hold onto an Olsson flick from a Graham Dorrans free-kick.

                                                    Britton was booked for bringing down Thomas and Swansea appealed in vain for a penalty after a challenge by McAuley on Scott Sinclair.

                                                    Olsson was looking Albion's most threatening player at set pieces and his header was blocked from a Dorrans corner.

                                                    But it was against the run of play when Fortune put West Brom ahead after 53 minutes.

                                                    A Dorrans corner was flicked on by Olsson and at the far post Fortune had time to steady himself before drilling the ball into the corner of the net.

                                                    Swansea needed only two minutes to draw level through Sigurdsson.

                                                    Britton's ball released the over-lapping Neil Taylor and his low cross was side-footed past Foster by Sigurdsson.

                                                    The game turned around with Graham putting Swansea in front after 59 minutes.

                                                    This time Sigurdsson was the creator with a low ball to the near post and Graham made no mistake for his 10th goal of the season.

                                                    Odemwingie was guilty of a glaring miss when he shot over with the goal at his mercy after a mis-hit effort from Dorrans had landed in his path.

                                                    Then Paul Scharner failed to make proper contact on his shot from 10 yards out after Somen Tchoyi had pulled the ball back into his path.

                                                    Morrison was booked for a foul on Britton as Swansea continued to look the more likely to score.

                                                    Team Line-ups

                                                    West BromRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Substitution Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Rating
                                                    1 Ben Foster
                                                    12 Steven Reid
                                                    23 Gareth McAuley
                                                    3 Jonas Olsson
                                                    20 Nicky Shorey
                                                    7 James Morrison
                                                    17 Graham Dorrans(sub 70)
                                                    21 Youssouf Mulumbu(sub 63)
                                                    14 Jerome Thomas(sub 71)
                                                    32 Marc-Antoine Fortune Goal
                                                    24 Peter Odemwingie
                                                    13 Marton Fulop
                                                    5 Somen Tchoyi(sub 71)
                                                    6 Liam Ridgewell
                                                    8 Keith Andrews
                                                    28 Billy Jones
                                                    31 Simon Cox(sub 70)
                                                    33 Paul Scharner(sub 63)
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Substitution Rating
                                                    1 Michel Vorm
                                                    22 Angel Rangel
                                                    2 Ashley Williams
                                                    4 Steven Caulker
                                                    3 Neil Taylor
                                                    7 Leon Britton
                                                    24 Joe Allen
                                                    42 Gylfi Sigurdsson Goal
                                                    12 Nathan Dyer(sub 87)
                                                    10 Danny Graham Goal
                                                    11 Scott Sinclair
                                                    25 Gerhard Tremmel
                                                    15 Wayne Routledge(sub 87)
                                                    16 Garry Monk
                                                    17 Josh McEachran
                                                    18 Leroy Lita
                                                    19 Luke Moore
                                                    26 Kemy Agustien

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