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FOOTBALL: Baggies beaten by TV bosses; West Brom 0 Millwall 2.

TWO superb goals from Irish striker Richard Sadlier shattered West Brom's dreams of snatching second spot in the Division One table at the Hawthorns tonight.

Dublin-born Sadlier doubled his goal tally for the campaign as he found the target in the 19th and 26th minutes to sink high-flying Albion.

Sadlier struck for the first time when he collected a fine pass from defender Sean Dyche with the Albion defence caught napping.

Sadlier then brilliantly turned Icelandic defender Larus Sigurdsson before lashing a fierce right-footer into the back of the net.

Mark McGhee's Millwall increased their lead seven minutes later - and Sadlier was again the marksman.

Des Lyttle made a hash of his backpass and Steve Claridge pounced to charge into the area.

The striker then crossed to midfielder David Livermore, who fired in a hard shot from the edge of the box.

Sadlier was perfectly positioned and he applied the final touch to direct the ball past keeper Brian Jensen, who was making his first appearance of the season for Albion.

Gary Megson's Hawthorns outfit - they were playing their second game inside 48 hours - only came to life after the break when they finally began to cause problems for the Lions' defence.

Striker Scott Dobie powered his 51st-minute header straight into the arms of keeper Tony Warner just moments before Phil Gilchrist was just off-target with another header from a good position. West Brom should have reduced the arrears in the 63rd minute when Neil Clement crossed from the right but Dobie's glancing header missed the target by inches.

Baggies boss Gary Megson complained two games in the space of 48 hours gave the edge to Millwall.

Megson said: "Having to play two games in such a short time gave the advantage to them. We were not just tired in the body, we were tired in the mind."

Megson, whose men were beaten in the Worthington Cup on Tuesday night by Charlton, added: "It's not right when you have to play two games in such a short period.

"We were poor against Millwall - we were an accident waiting to happen and that is what happened.

"I had a lot of players out there expected to do well who were poor. If Scott Dobie doesn't score for us no-one does and that's a problem we have to correct."

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Date:Oct 12, 2001
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