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Steve Clarke and West Brom staff play powerchair football

It's West Brom's worst performance of the season… Clarke and Co were 'hopeless' against the Baggies' Powerchair team

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

16:54 GMT, 4 April 2013

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UPDATED:

22:48 GMT, 4 April 2013

West Brom manager Steve Clarke might have exceeded expectations in his first season in charge, but that was before he came up against his toughest opponents yet – the club's Powerchair Team.

Sporting Club Albion, run by the Midlands side's Albion Foundation, will take their place in EPFA Power Championships League, Powerchair's equivalent of the Champions League, in Paris this summer.

Powerchair football is for people with disabilities, who use powered wheelchairs, a regulation-size basketball court with goals, and a 13-inch ball.

We were hopeless: Steve Clarke admitted Powerchair football is harder than it looks, with him and his West Brom backroom staff taking on the club's Powerchair side

We were hopeless: Steve Clarke admitted Powerchair football is harder than it looks, with him and his West Brom backroom staff taking on the club's Powerchair side

Clarke

Powerchair

European adventure: Sporting Club Albion, with captain Chris Gordon shaking Clarke's hand, will compete in the EPFA Power Championships League this summer - the equivalent of the Champions League

European adventure: Sporting Club Albion, with captain Chris Gordon shaking Clarke's hand, will compete in the EPFA Power Championships League this summer – the equivalent of the Champions League

To warm up, they took on Clarke and his backroom staff, who have led Albion to eighth in the Barclays Premier League, in a game of Powerchair football.

Held at the club's Barclays Spaces 4 Sport Community Sports Hall, Clarke, his assistants Kevin Keen and Keith Downing, as well as goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely, took on the Powerchair side – with Keen seeing red for a professional foul.

Baggies boss Clarke admitted the sport was far tougher than it looked, saying his side were hopeless.

Inspire: Sporting Club Albion gave Clarke and Co a difficult time in their Powerchair football match

Inspire: Sporting Club Albion gave Clarke and Co a difficult time in their Powerchair football match

Red card: Clarke joked he was looking at disciplining assistant Kevin Keen after he was sent off in the match

Red card: Clarke joked he was looking at disciplining assistant Kevin Keen after he was sent off in the match

Tough battle: David Lewis of Sporting Club Albion holds off WBA goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely

Tough battle: David Lewis of Sporting Club Albion holds off WBA goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely

He said: 'I went to watch them training three weeks ago and was really impressed.

'I did think: “I can do that,” so I challenged them to a game against our backroom team.

'But if you have a go, it's really difficult.

'We were hopeless, and Kevin Keen was sent off which presents me with another internal disciplinary problem.

'The boys and girls make it look really easy. Believe me, it's not.'

Rafael Benitez crisis: Chelsea had Mourinho, Rodgers, Villas-Boas and Clarke – now they are full of resentment

Chelsea old boys Mourinho, AVB, Clarke and Rodgers are full of simmering resentment… is it any surprise after working at this club

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Roberto Di Matteo (Mar 2012-Nov 2012)
Rafa Benitez (Nov 2012- )

It was no surprise the combustible Villas-Boas and Mourinho fell out, but more damagingly Clarke and Rodgers now have one of the frostiest relationships in the game.

Clarke played a pivotal role in getting Rodgers’ career started at Stamford Bridge and was torn apart by the way he was treated by the Ulsterman when their paths crossed briefly again at Liverpool last summer.

Clarke, regarded as one of football’s nice guys, had put his own reputation on the line to get Rodgers a job at Chelsea.

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers

Now and then: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was once youth and reserve-team boss at Chelsea

Can West Brom's grim reapers Bag another Chelsea manager's scalp

Rafael Benitez will not be happy to see Chelsea's next opponents are West Bromwich Albion – the grim reapers of Blues bosses.

The Baggies have hammered the final nail into the coffin of Benitez's two predecessors in the Stamford Bridge hotseat, Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo.

Villas-Boas' reign was ended after just eight torrid months following a dismal 1-0 defeat at West Brom in March 2012, in which Gareth McAuley struck the winner.

Chelsea

And Di Matteo saw his reign terminated, despite winning the Champions League just six months before, after an unacceptable run of results culminated in a 2-1 defeat at The Hawthorns in November last year.

Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie scored the goals as the Italian's fate was sealed even before the Champions League defeat against Juventus three days later.

Yet when Rodgers arrived on Merseyside
to succeed Kenny Dalglish as manager, Clarke – the club’s
assistant manager – learned about his dismissal with a phone call from
the club’s human resources department, rather than from Rodgers himself.

Fortunately for Clarke, he has been able to rebuild impressively his shattered career at West Brom this season with the club standing seventh in the Premier League, and is too polite to follow Benitez’s example and go public with his grievances.

But as he walks out at Stamford Bridge this weekend, he’ll undoubtedly cast his mind back to 2004 when he was Mourinho’s assistant manager at Chelsea and Rodgers an unknown 31-year-old whose playing career had been cut short by injury.

When a vacancy came up as youth-team manager, Chelsea playing idol Gus Poyet was the hot favourite until Clarke remembered the keen young coach he’d met on a pro-licence course and recommended him to Roman Abramovich.

The rest, as they say, is history. Rodgers learned avidly under Mourinho and used four years at Chelsea as a springboard for his own managerial career, at Watford, Reading, Swansea and currently at Liverpool.

In all that time, Clarke felt his early assistance went unappreciated.

‘Even at Liverpool, Brendan never spoke to him through the process of Steve leaving his job. They knew each other well but he left it to another department to sort it out,’ confirmed a friend.

‘The thing that hurts most is he never got a thank you. It’s an understatement to say he was badly treated.’

Rafa Benitez will know how he feels. It must be a Chelsea thing.

CHELSEA IN 2007: WHEN ROMAN COULDN’T MOVE FOR MANAGERS…

Glory days: Mourinho and Clarke formed a strong bond which brought huge success to Chelsea

Glory days: Mourinho and Clarke formed a strong bond which brought huge success to Chelsea

JOSE MOURINHO (manager)
The Special One led Chelsea to their
first title since 1955 but was sacked after a Champions League draw against
Rosenborg. Now in charge of Real Madrid but tipped for a return.

STEVE CLARKE (assistant manager)
A former Chelsea player, he was able
to teach Mourinho all about the club’s history and tradition. After
being a long-time No 2, will be back at the Bridge this weekend as West
Brom manager.

BRENDAN RODGERS (reserve-team manager)
Clarke gave him a reference to become
Chelsea’s youth-team manager and he was promoted to the reserves. Now in
his fourth managerial job, at Liverpool.

ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS (scout and cheerleader)
Mourinho’s close friend from Portugal,
AVB was often a hot-headed figure seen on the Chelsea bench. Now
reinvented himself as a great thinker, he failed as Chelsea manager but
doing well at Spurs‬.

Peter Odemwingie transfer request rejected by West Brom amid QPR interest

West Brom reject Odemwingie's transfer request as QPR target desperately seeks exit

By
Neil Moxley

PUBLISHED:

17:37 GMT, 25 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:50 GMT, 25 January 2013

West Bromwich Albion have turned down a transfer request from striker Peter Odemwingie.

The Baggies rejected a bid from QPR for the Nigeria forward earlier this month and the club insist none of their core players are for sale.

Sporting & technical director Richard Garlick said: 'Peter is hugely popular with our supporters and it is disappointing that he has decided to hand in a transfer request.

Snub: West Brom have rejected a transfer request from Peter Odemwingie

Snub: West Brom have rejected a transfer request from Peter Odemwingie

'It was immediately turned down and has done nothing to change our stance during January.

'Peter is under contract until the summer of 2014 and we have no need or desire to sell our core players.

'We want to keep the squad intact to enable us to build on an encouraging first six months of the season.'

Waving goodbye: Odemwingie has expressed his desire to leave West Brom

Waving goodbye: Odemwingie has expressed his desire to leave West Brom

Odemwingie sent a mixed message to supporters after the final whistle against Aston Villa last weekend and said: 'It's normal that players move clubs.

'There has been an offer – I'm 31 now and I was thinking to secure my future in the Premier League which is my desire.

'I had a good talk with the owners of the club, I'm here and I'm happy, this is always my club that I love.'

West Brom v Aston Villa live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: West Brom v Aston Villa – as it happens from the Hawthorns

By
Alex Horlock

PUBLISHED:

04:00 GMT, 19 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:06 GMT, 19 January 2013

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as West Brom host Aston Villa at the Hawthorns to conclude Saturday''s action. The Baggies will hope three points in the Midlands derby can kick start their push for European football next season, while Paul Lambert will hope victory can ease the pressure on his relegation threatened team.

17.02: We've had a hectic afternoon of top class Premier League action, but it isn't over yet. There's a Midlands derby to look forward to as Aston Villa travel to rivals West Brom in their bid to stop the rot.

Here is West Brom's starting XI: Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob, Brunt; Odemwingie, Morrison, Dorrans; Lukaku

And Aston Villa's: Guzan, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, Baker, Lowton, Westwood, Delph, N’Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Benteke

Derby day: West Brom host Aston Villa at the Hawthorns as Saturday concludes with the Midlands derby

Derby day: West Brom host Aston Villa at the Hawthorns as Saturday concludes with the Midlands derby

You should"ve gone to Specsavers! Redknapp furious with officials after defeat leaves QPR bottom

You should've gone to Specsavers! Redknapp furious with officials after defeat leaves QPR bottom

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UPDATED:

19:43 GMT, 26 December 2012

Harry Redknapp launched a stinging attack on referee Chris Foy and his two assistants after QPR sunk to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League with a controversial defeat to West Brom.

Chris Brunt put Albion ahead with a 30-yard strike before the visitors doubled their lead four minutes after the restart with a goal that infuriated the QPR manager.

Robert Green went to collect a looping ball coming down from the heavens off Armand Traore, but was impeded on the line by Baggies striker Marc-Antoine Fortune, who leaned in to the goalkeeper and he duly dropped the ball in to his own net.

Own goal: Robert Green is bundled into the net by Marc-Antoine Fortune

Own goal: Robert Green is bundled into the net by Marc-Antoine Fortune

QPR's players protested furiously, but Foy let the goal stand.

The hosts pulled one back through Djibril Cisse and they piled on the pressure, with Redknapp thinking his team should have had a penalty in the dying minutes of the encounter at Loftus Road when Liam Ridgewell clearly handled Stephane Mbia's header in the West Brom box.

'I think they were awful decisions. I think the ref got it completely wrong,' said an irate Redknapp.

'It was a blatant foul (on Green). How can the keeper play the ball when a fella' is backing him over the line

'He can't get around him. If he pushes him over or out the way it's a penalty.

'He had no intention of getting the ball he just wanted to stop the 'keeper getting to the ball. It was obstruction, how can it stand

'I asked the linesman how did he not see the penalty.

'Ridgewell's hand was up there, it's the most blatant handball and he couldn't see it.

'The linesman said it was murky down in that corner and he couldn't see it, maybe he should go to Specsavers or somewhere.'

Fury: Redknapp (right) was not happy with the officials' performance

Fury: Redknapp (right) was not happy with the officials' performance

West Brom boss Steve Clarke insisted Fortune did not wrongfully impede the England stopper, however.

'I didn't think it was a foul,' said the Scot, whose side remain in the hunt for at least a top-five place thanks to the win.

'I just saw the ball go up and then in the net. I was confused. I've seen it on the video and I don't think he has done a lot wrong.

'I didn't think it was much of a foul to be honest.

'And with the penalty appeal if it hadn't have hit his hand it would have hit his face so I think it's the correct decision.'

Redknapp had hit out at his over-paid and under-achieving players at the weekend when they lost to Newcastle and the move seemed to work at the start of today's game as Rangers started brightly.

QPR lacked a cutting edge up front, however. Cisse was anonymous until he beat Ben Foster with 22 minutes left and the only other real save the Baggies stopper had to make came in injury time from a Clint Hill header.

Back in it: Cisse halved the deficit for QPR

Back in it: Cisse halved the deficit for QPR

West Brom, on the other hand, were far more clinical. Green could not stop the perfectly placed first-half strike from Brunt and he did well to twice deny Romelu Lukaku, who once again put in an impressive display up front.

Clarke's team could move in to the top four if things go their way this weekend and the Baggies boss was delighted with his team's victory today.

'I thought it was deserved,' he said.

'In the first half we were the better team and we deserved to be in front. We should have got a third or fourth.'

Clarke was forced to change his plans just before the match after his team got stuck in traffic caused by a tube strike that saw the Premier League postpone Arsenal's home game against West Ham until tomorrow.

He said: 'We told the Premier League that if there would be traffic chaos in at Arsenal against West Ham, there might be traffic chaos in west London as well, especially with the shopping centre next door, but they say we had to play.

'It took us an hour to get five miles, but it didn't affect us.'

West Brom 0 West Ham 0: Match report

West Brom 0 West Ham 0: Baggies and Hammers serve up laborious bore draw

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UPDATED:

18:21 GMT, 16 December 2012

James Morrison was twice denied by the woodwork but West Brom failed to score for a third successive game in a dire stalemate with West Ham.

The Baggies at least had the consolation of ending a run of three successive defeats and maintained their place in the top six.

But Sam Allardyce's side were worth a share of the spoils in a game which seldom moved out of second gear.

Tussle: Mark Noble (right) vies for the ball with West Bromwich Albion's Hungarian midfielder Zoltan Gera

Tussle: Mark Noble (right) vies for the ball with West Bromwich Albion's Hungarian midfielder Zoltan Gera

Match facts

West Brom: Myhill, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Brunt, Morrison, Mulumbu, Gera (Lukaku 75), Odemwingie, Long (Rosenberg 83).

Subs: Daniels, Dorrans, Lukaku, Dawson, Tamas, Fortune.

Booked: Jones, Mulumbu, Olsson.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel (Tomkins 81), Reid, Collins, O'Brien, Noble, O'Neil, Jarvis (Maiga 76), Nolan, Taylor, Cole.

Subs: Spiegel, Spence, Moncur, Lletget.

Booked: O'Brien, Tomkins, Nolan.

Attendance: 24,186.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

Morrison posed Albion's most creative threat despite operating in a deeper role in the absence of the injured Claudio Yacob.

But the Hammers showed plenty of resilience with central defender James Collins a rock solid performer.

The home players wore black armbands in tribute to long-serving club masseur Derrick Jones who died earlier this week.

West Ham were only able to field six
substitutes due to their current injury crisis after Mohamed Diame was
ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Albion made a promising start but the
first semblance of a chance fell to the visitors with Mark Noble
heading a deep cross from Carlton Cole over the bar.

West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie
was on target with a low 25-yard drive although Jussi Jaaskelainen got
his body behind the ball.

Hotly contested: Billy Jones (left) tries to beat Matt Jarvis to the ball

Hotly contested: Billy Jones (left) tries to beat Matt Jarvis to the ball

A rare attempt: Cole tries to find the net but his effort is snuffled out

A rare attempt: Cole tries to find the net but his effort is snuffled out

Pile up: Carlton Cole tries to keep the ball away from Jonas Olsson (behind) and Gareth McAuley

Pile up: Carlton Cole tries to keep the ball away from Jonas Olsson (behind) and Gareth McAuley

But there was little goalmouth action
in the opening quarter of the game as both sides struggled to find a
creative spark although Morrison ventured forward to fire a low shot
past the post.

Shane Long created space for himself
on the edge of the Hammers' box after turning past Noble but dragged his
drive into the side-netting.

Joey O'Brien became the first player
to be yellow carded after half an hour for a touch-line challenge on
Baggies midfielder Zoltan Gera.

Chris Brunt drilled a long-range
attempt into the hands of Jaaskelainen before Winston Reid spurned a
gilt-edged chance for West Ham.

Collins headed a Noble corner back into the danger area and Reid volleyed over the bar.

Carlton Cole stung the palms of
Albion keeper Boaz Myhill with a 30-yard drive but it was Albion who
started the second period on the offensive and Morrison's hooked volley
struck the top of the bar.

Then the Scottish international
sliced his shot wide after Gareth McAuley had headed a fourth successive
corner from Brunt into his path.

High flying: Steve Clarke's West Brom have performed well this season

High flying: Steve Clarke's West Brom have performed well this season

Tracking: Shane Long tries to escape the attention of Noble

Tracking: Shane Long tries to escape the attention of Noble

Reid got into another good position to attack an inswinging corner from Noble but could not keep down his near-post header.

Jaaskelainen failed to hold onto a powerful attempt from Gera but Long could not take advantage of the rebound.

Reid produced a vital clearance to turn a low Odemwingie centre over his own bar under pressure from Long.

But West Ham looked dangerous on the counter-attack and Joey O'Brien volleyed over at full stretch from a deep Noble free-kick.

Morrison struck the bar for the second time with 17 minutes remaining with a header from Brunt's corner.

Youssouf Mulumbu, Kevin Nolan and
Hammers substitute James Tomkins were all booked in quick succession by
referee Phil Dowd in the final stages of the game.

Cole nearly made the breakthrough in
the final seconds when his snap shot had Myhill scrambling across his
line to save at the foot of a post but a draw was a fair outcome.

Sam Allardyce

Gera challenges O'Brien

Waiting for action: Sam Allardyce (left) oversaw a very tight first half in which neither side made many openings

West Ham fan in a Santa beard

West Brom fan in a chicken hat

Bored This West Ham fan made his own fun by wearing a Santa beard, while he found a rival in this West Brom fan (right), who decided to wear a less seasonal piece of headwear

Steven Reid mocks Santi Cazorla after penalty miss against Bradford City

Karma! West Brom's Reid mocks diver Cazorla after Arsenal star misses penalty in shock cup loss

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UPDATED:

13:25 GMT, 12 December 2012

Paying the penalty: Cazorla missed his spot-kick

Paying the penalty: Cazorla missed his spot-kick

West Brom defender Steven Reid has reignited the flames of the Santi Cazorla diving debate with a cheeky tweet alluding to Arsenal’s penalty shootout defeat to Bradford in the League Cup quarter-final clash at Valley Parade on Tuesday night.

On his personal Twitter account, Reid wrote: ‘Hmmmm #KARMA’.

West Brom were beaten 2-0 at the
Emirates Stadium on Saturday but the Baggies felt aggrieved after Santi
Cazorla went to ground easily under a challenge from Reid to earn the
Gunners a penalty, which was duly converted by Mikel Arteta to give the
Arsenal the lead.

But Reid appears to have taken some
pleasure in seeing Cazorla’s penalty saved by Bradford goalkeeper Matt
Duke in the penalty shootout, and may feel that Cazorla’s cheating has
come back to haunt him.

The miss would prove pivotal for Arsenal, with further failures from Marouane Chamakh and Thomas Vermaelen consigning the Premier League side to a shock defeat at the hands of League Two outfit Bradford.

Dive: Reid (left) slams Cazorla during Saturday's game at the Emirates

Dive: Reid (left) slams Cazorla during Saturday's game at the Emirates

Cazorla came in for strong criticism following his simulation against West Brom, and manager Arsene Wenger admitted that he would sit down with his Spanish star to eradicate the issue.

Wenger said: ‘I’m sorry if it was not a penalty,’ he said. ‘Santi told me he had been tackled and had lost his balance. He might have made a lot of it. I will look at it. Don’t worry,’ he said.

Albion boss Steve Clarke was less forgiving, stating that there was ‘Zero contact. Not even close’.

Steve Clarke wins Premier League manager of the month and Marouane Fellaini wins player of the month

Winter warmers: Everton star Fellaini and Baggies boss Clarke pick up Premier League awards for November

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UPDATED:

16:54 GMT, 11 December 2012

Steve Clarke has won the Barclays Premier League manager of the month award after guiding West Bromwich Albion to four victories in their five league games in November.

Marouane Fellaini picked up the player of the month award as a reward for scoring four goals for Everton last month, taking his goal tally to seven for the season by the end of November.

West Brom manager Clarke oversaw four consecutive wins for West Brom, including a memorable 2-1 victory over Chelsea at the Hawthorns.

His side also secured victories over Wigan, Southampton and Sunderland in November, and Clarke was pleased to see his team’s efforts recognised.

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Clarke has got off to a flying start in his managerial career with West Brom 6th in the Premier League

Clarke has got off to a flying start in his managerial career with West Brom 6th in the Premier League

WEST BROM IN NOVEMBER

Mon 5 Nov (H) 2-0 v Southampton

Sat 10 Nov (A) 2-1 v Wigan

Sat 17 Nov (H) 2-1 v Chelsea

Sat 24 Nov (A) 4-2 v Sunderland

Wed 28 Nov (A) 1-3 v Swansea

He said: 'It’s a good reward for a good
month in November. It’s a good reward to pick up, but it’s a reward for
the work of my staff and the players.

'The players have done exceptionally well in November. We had a great run and four victories in a row in the Premier League is difficult to do. We managed to do that.

'This trophy is a little reward for them. We wanted to start well and try to build on it. Up until November, we have done really well.'

However, the Baggies’ boss is aware that his team ended the month with a 3-1 defeat to Swansea, which has been followed up by defeats at home to Stoke and away to Arsenal. Nonetheless, West Brom remain 6th in the Premier League and Clarke remains relaxed about the club’s change of fortunes.

He added: 'We have now lost a couple and it’s a different challenge for us and a different pressure. We’ve always said that there will be good moments in the season and there will be bad moments and you have to stay level-headed and remain objective over the course of the season.'

For Everton, Fellaini has been integral to another impressive month for the Merseyside club, scoring two goals in the draw at Fulham, as well as the equalisers in the draw at home to Arsenal and the 2-1 win over Sunderland at Goodison Park.

The Belgian midfielder celebrates scoring against Everton in a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage

The Belgian midfielder celebrates scoring against Everton in a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage

Fellaini's four goals this month have been vital for Everton's European aspirations and the Toffees lie 4th in the table

Fellaini's four goals this month have been vital for Everton's European aspirations and the Toffees lie 4th in the table

And Fellaini is keen for his team to continue their progress, revealing that the squad are desperate for a shot at the Champions League.

The Belgian midfielder said: 'I work hard. I work every day. I try to give my maximum every game. I’m happy but the most important for me is the team.

'Everybody wants to play in the Champions League next season so everybody works hard for this and I hope that at the end of the season we can finish in the top four.'

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Leonardo Bonucci dive for Juventus v Palermo

Is this the most embarrassing dive ever Juventus cheat Bonucci leaves Cazorla and co in the shade

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13:04 GMT, 11 December 2012

If you thought Santi Cazorla’s dive against West Brom on Saturday was disgraceful then just be thankful that Leonardo Bonucci isn’t also trying his simulation antics in the Premier League.

Cazorla won a highly controversial penalty for Arsenal, which played a big role in sealing a 2-0 win for the Gunners, after going to ground despite not being touched by Steven Reid’s attempted tackle for the Baggies.

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Tumble: Bonucci is challenged by Samir Ujikani (above) and celebrates with his team-mates (bottom left) after the win at Palermo

Tumble: Bonucci is challenged by Samir Ujikani (above) and celebrates with his team-mates (bottom left) after the win at Palermo

Tumble: Bonucci is challenged by Samir Ujikani (above) and celebrates with his team-mates (bottom left) after the win at Palermo

But although the Spaniard managed to con
the referee, Bonucci was fooling nobody after the Juventus defender’s
antics in a Serie A match at Palermo on Sunday.

With the Bianconeri leading 1-0 and on the counter attack, the Italian ran the full length of the pitch to latch on to a pass inside the box, only to crumble in a heap when faced one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

After doing brilliantly to beat the offside trap, it all became so bad it’s laughable. Faced with the on-rushing Samir Ujkani, Bonucci dragged the ball back to nobody before flopping over a keeper who never even made a challenge while on the ground.

Not even the Palermo players could be
bothered to protest as the referee booked the Italian international
straight away, forcing him to miss the club’s next match.

Unlike Cazorla though, Bonucci admitted on Twitter he was wrong trying to win a penalty shortly after the Serie A leaders’ 1-0 win.

Shameful: Cazorla takes a tumble against West Brom

Shameful: Cazorla takes a tumble against West Brom

Shameful: Cazorla takes a tumble against West Brom

Bonucci said: ‘I had to shoot but I got stuck for ideas. I picked up a caution and set a bad example, I serve a lesson.’

But is it the worst dive ever There are a plethora of candidates so let us know yours by naming and shaming the worst offenders in the comments section below.

Arsenal 2 West Brom 0 – Match report

Arsenal 2 West Brom 0: Arteta doubles up from the spot after Cazorla goes down easily to earn dubious first penalty

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UPDATED:

17:45 GMT, 8 December 2012

Mikel Arteta struck twice from the penalty spot – the first after a dive by fellow Spaniard Santi Cazorla – as Arsenal returned to winning ways with a Barclays Premier League victory over West Brom at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners had started brightly but took the lead through controversial fashion, after Cazorla flung himself to the floor following a challenge by Steven Reid when replays showed there was no contact.

The Baggies, who lost twice last week to halt their fine start to the season, never really recovered from the sense of injustice and there was no way back once Arteta converted from the penalty spot again on 64 minutes after Chris Brunt had tripped Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Easy as that: Mikel Arteta scored his first goal from the spot

Easy as that: Mikel Arteta scored his first goal from the spot

MATCH FACTS

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Coquelin 77), Cazorla (Podolski 87), Giroud, Gervinho (Rosicky 81)

Subs not used: Martinez, Squillaci, Jenkinson, Ramsey

Booked: Mertesacker, Giroud

Goals: Arteta 26 (pen), 64 (pen)

West Brom: Myhill, Reid, Olsson, Ridgewell (Popov 6), McAuley, Morrison, Brunt, Mulumbu, Gera (Rosenberg 75), Long, Odemwingie (Lukaku 62),

Subs not used: Daniels, Tamas, Dorrans, Fortune

Booked: Olsson, Brunt, Reid

Referee: Mike Jones

Attendance: 60,083

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It was a lively start by the home
side, who had not won in four games, but recalled most of their
first-team regulars missing from the midweek Champions League defeat at
Olympiacos, although forward Theo Walcott was sidelined by a calf
injury.

A high pass into the West Brom
penalty area was palmed away by Boaz Myhill, but Gervinho missed his
kick and could only hack the ball wide from six yards.

West Brom were forced into an early change when defender Liam Ridgewell hobbled off, replaced by Goran Popov.

On 17 minutes, Oxlade-Chamberlain
darted to the goalline on the right and looped the ball back across
goal. Cazorla arrived at pace, but could not keep his left-foot volley
down and fired the ball high into the Clock End.

West Brom were dangerous on the
counter and almost snatched the lead when captain Chris Brunt curled a
20-yard effort just wide of the top right corner.

Arsenal were awarded a penalty on 24
minutes. Cazorla cut into the left side of the area, and as he turned
back inside Steven Reid, went to ground as the defender stuck out his
leg.

Arms aloft: Arteta wheels away after the penalty hit the back of the net

Arms aloft: Arteta wheels away after the penalty hit the back of the net

Bust up: Mike Jones is surrounded by West Brom players after awarding the first penalty

Bust up: Mike Jones is surrounded by West Brom players after awarding the first penalty

Referee Mike Jones immediately
pointed to the spot, although television replays showed there looked
little contact, if any at all. Arteta stepped up to drill the ball past
Myhill.

There was more than a sense of injustice from the visitors, who soon went in search of swift recompense.

However, Arsenal soaked up the pressure and then resumed their counter attacks.

Gervinho ghosted down the left and
pulled the ball back across the face of goal, but Jack Wilshere's
sliding touch stabbed it just wide.

West Brom felt they had a penalty
shout when Per Mertesacker handled a high ball in the Arsenal box, but
the assistant on the far side flagged for a foul on the big German
defender by Jonas Olsson.

Contact Santi Cazorla won the penalty but there appeared to be no touch from Steven Reid

Contact Santi Cazorla won the penalty but there appeared to be no touch from Steven Reid

Not even close: Cazorla went down easily in the box

Not even close: Cazorla went down easily in the box

At the other end, Myhill pushed a low
shot from Gervinho around the post before Oxlade-Chamberlain sent an
acrobatic scissors kick over the crossbar.

West Brom started the second half with some purpose, yet not really stretching the Arsenal defence.

The Gunners went forwards quickly on
the counter, with Oxlade-Chamberlain floating a ball across the face of
goal before Olivier Giroud and Olsson squared up on the edge of the
penalty area, with the referee soon restoring calm after showing both
players a yellow card.

Gervinho was off target again when he glanced a free header wide on the penalty spot.

The Ivory Coast forward was enduring
one of those afternoons when moments later he failed to connect with
Giroud's knockdown into the six-yard box.

Up and away: Jack Wilshere battles for the ball

Up and away: Jack Wilshere battles for the ball

Mismatch Wilshere squares up to Jonas Olsson

Mismatch Wilshere squares up to Jonas Olsson

On 64 minutes, Arsenal were awarded
another penalty. This time there was no controversy as Brunt chopped
down Oxlade-Chamberlain after the England midfielder had charged down
the right.

Arteta took it again and with the same outcome as the Spaniard blasted the spot-kick down the middle.

With a two-goal cushion, Arsenal had
some breathing space and started to produce the slick, passing football
which had been so lacking in recent performances.

Catch me if you can: Goran Popov slides in on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Catch me if you can: Goran Popov slides in on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

With 13 minutes left, Wenger sent on defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin for Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Arteta tried for a hat-trick when he whipped a 22-yard free-kick around the wall, but also just past the left-hand post.

West Brom substitute Markus Rosenberg tested Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny with a low shot from 20 yards.

German international Lukas Podolski
came off the bench to somehow lift the ball over from six yards as
Arsenal closed out what was in the end a comfortable victory to edge
back up towards the top four.

You again! Arteta scored his second penalty of the game

You again! Arteta scored his second penalty of the game

Vying: Olivier Giroud and Jonas Olsson battle for possession

Vying: Olivier Giroud and Jonas Olsson battle for possession

WENGER WATCH

Wenger watch: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger went into today's match against West Brom under pressure following four matches without victory. Here, Nicholas McAvaney takes a look at how he performed.

BODY LANGUAGE
Looking sharp in his suit, Wenger (right) lasted five minutes before donning his winter coat – not because of a frosty reception from the fans however.

Often out of his seat in the opening half, Wenger stormed to the bench on 22 minutes after venting his frustration on the turf following Gervinho's missed.

Even Mikel Arteta's goal three minutes later could not remove the Frenchman's scowl, which remained until the whistle. Arteta's second goal also failed to excite the manager, who was a touch more animated in the second half, mostly in the final 10 minutes when the victory was assured.

At full-time and following a quick handshake with Steve Clarke, he was off the pitch without hesitation.

TACTICS
Opening with a 4-4-2 formation, Arsenal dominated possession and regularly peppered the opposition goal, albeit with little success.

Wenger resisted the urge to shake up his forward line soon after the break, much to the frustration of fans who grew tired of Gervinho's wasted opportunities 15 minutes into the second half and vehemently appealed to Wenger for an urgent substitution.

Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky helped strengthen his midfield with 10 minutes remaining at the expense of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gervinho.

INTERACTION
The Frenchman was unusually quiet with the officials across the first 45 minutes, only once questioning a call that saw Oliver Giroud writhing on the ground clutching his lower back just past the half hour.

He was quickly out of his seat in the second half, though, exchanging words with the fourth official to little effect.

He vented with greater aggression five minutes later after a questionable call against Arsenal, then spent the remainder of the half with his hands in his pockets, only occasionally commanding player movements in the final 10 minutes.

FANS
The home fans reserved any stick for the manager for prior to kick off. An ironic cheer erupted on 10 minutes as the manager craftily flicked the ball back from the bench for a throw in, but few had anything to say to the Frenchman throughout the half.

Fans seemed happy with Arteta's brace all but assuring Arsenal of the three points, and dutifully applauded the boss for a job well done on 90 minutes.