Ahead of another busy festive period, we take a look at how West Brom’s December record stands up.
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Start of month: 14th End of month: 11th
West Bromwich Albion kicked off December with a 1-1 draw at QPR, before being dealt a disappointing defeat by 19th placed Wigan at the Hawthorns.
Albion recovered to go the rest of December unbeaten. Tremendous goals from Peter Odemwingie and James Morrison gave the Baggies a late win over relegation-strugglers Blackburn Rovers.
The drama continued at St James’ Park, as West Brom came out 3-2 winners over Newcastle United.
Roy Hodgson’s side rounded off December by holding top of the league Manchester City to a goalless draw.
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Start of month: 4th End of month: 7th
Stoke denied West Brom a winning start to December and the chance to go 3rd, courtesy of Dean Whitehead’s 75th minute winner.
Poor referring decisions went against Albion at the Emirates to make it three defeats on the bounce for Steve Clarke’s side.
A goalless draw with West Ham steadied the ship, before wins over Norwich and QPR got the Baggies’ season back on track.
The month ended with a 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford.
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Start of month: 12th End of month: 15th
A late surge from the Baggies wasn’t enough to prevent a losing start to the month, as Manchester City ran out 3-2 winners at the Hawthorns.
There was more Hawthorns disappointment to come, when Gary Hooper and Leroy Fer sealed a shock win for Chris Hughton’s Norwich side.
Albion’s dismal start to the month was compiled by an uninspiring 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Cardiff. The result bringing a close to Steve Clarke’s time as West Brom boss.
Keith Downing took charge of Albion’s next three fixtures; leading the club to three draws against Hull, Tottenham and West Ham.
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Start of month: 15th End of month: 16th
Craig Dawson scored West Brom’s first goal in 323 minutes of football, but it wasn’t enough to stop West Ham taking all three points at the Hawthorns.
The following week Albion ended a run of four successive defeats, with a goalless draw at Hull City. It could have been all three points but Graham Dorrans missed an early penalty.
There was momentary respite for the Baggies, as they overcame local rivals Aston Villa at the Hawthorns. Ex-Albion man Kieran Richardson saw red, before Craig Gardner drilled home the decisive goal.
Alan Irvine’s frail grip over the West Brom job took another hit when his side threw away a two-goal against relegation strugglers QPR.
Defeats to Manchester City and Stoke City saw Irvine sacked before the month was over.
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Start of month: 13th End of month: 13th
West Bromwich Albion started the month with impressive draws against Tottenham and Liverpool. But Albion’s momentum came to an abrupt end, when Salomon Rondon and James McClean saw red in a miserable home defeat to Bournemouth.
There was no boxing day redemption for a toothless Baggies side at the Liberty Stadium, as struggling Swansea eased to a 1-0 win.
West Brom bounced back to finish the month with their first win in six league games. Captain Darren Fletcher’s late header helped give Tony Pulis’ side a six point cushion heading into the New Year.