West Bromwich Albion continued their impressive pre-season with a third successive victory with a 3-1 victory over Greek opponent Atromitos at Shrewsbury’s Greenhouse Meadow ground. 

Goals from Nicolas Anelka, Saido Berahino and Markus Rosenberg gave the Baggies a comfortable victory. 

Steve Clarke’s men fell behind after 11 minutes to a goal from Thanasis Karagounis but second half strikes from the Albion trio gave them their fifth warm-up win.

Anelka, 34, scored his third goal in three games after 55 minutes with a header from 10 yards to level the score before academy graduate Berahino scored from close range to put the home side ahead. 

The third goal came from Rosenberg who scored his second goal in three days for the club with a deflected strike from 20-yards out rounded off the win.

Clarke, 49, made eight changes for Albion’s second friendly in three days, with Shane Long, captain Chris Brunt and Youssouf Mulumbu the only survivors from the team that beat Derby.

The Premier League outfit should have been ahead on 11 minutes when a woeful back-pass from Pitu Garcia went straight to an unmarked Shane Long. 

The Republic of Ireland international couldn’t capitalise on the error and fired straight at Luigi goalkeeper Cennamo. 

The miss proved costly as the Athens-based club broke and Karakounis put the ball past Boaz Myhill in the left-hand side. 

Berahino looked most likely to draw the Baggies level with a run past three defenders on the edge of the box before seeing his low drive kept out by Cennamo at his near post. 

On 37 minutes, it was the home side who continued to threaten, a chance fell to Long when he looped a header over the bar from a Chris Brunt cross. 

Albion survived a penalty scare when Myhill appeared to foul Dimitrios Papadopoulos following a back-pass by Billy Jones on 41 minutes. 

The West Brom manager made two changes at half time, with Brunt and Long departing for James Morrison and Anelka – and the changes made an instant impact. 

Morrison, 27, was involved in the build up for the first goal after his pass to Jones provided the cross for Anelka to head home to level the scores. 

Albion started to take control, and it was the youngster Berahino who threatened again after a curling effort onto the bar, beating substitute keeper Michalis Sifakis. 

The 19-year-old got his goal in the 75th minute after Sifakis failed to deal with a cross from Rosenberg, and the ball fell to Berahino to bundle the ball into the goal. 

The victory was wrapped up three minutes from time when Rosenberg deflected 20-yard shot looped over the Atromitos keeper. 

West Brom are still to Play Genoa, Telford, Cork and Bologna before they begin their Premier League campaign against Southampton.

 

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