Nicolas Anelka bags brace in West Brom victory

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Two goals from Frenchman Nicolas Anelka helped West Bromwich Albion to a 3-0 victory in their pre-season friendly away to Puskas FC Academy on Monday.

The 34-year-old bagged a brace in the first half, before Scottish midfielder Graham Dorrans completed the scoring from the penalty spot with nine minutes remaining.

It was the first team’s first win of pre-season, after losing 2-1 to Hannover 96 last Thursday.

Baggies manager Steve Clarke brought Shane Long back into the attack alongside Anelka, as he returned from the toe injury that kept him out of the game against Hannover.

It was always going to be a tough ask for the Midland club’s Hungarian opponents, who are the youth team of Videoton FC, and the deadlock was broken in the ninth-minute, when Anelka tapped in after a ricochet from a Chris Brunt corner.

The lead was doubled when Anelka headed the ball into the top-left corner, after some neat build-up play with Markus Rosenberg.

A third was added when substitute Kemar Roofe was fouled in the box, and Dorrans was on hand to finish the game off.

Opportunities were given by Clarke to some of the younger players in the squad after half-time, as goalkeeper Luke Daniels and his namesake defender Donervorn Daniels were given a chance to impress, along with Saido Berahino and Roofe.

The win will give Albion a boost ahead of their new season, which kicks off at home to Southampton on August 17.


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