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Football: Pouton's so cool as he sink s Albion; West Brom 0 Grimsby 1.

Byline: Andy McINTYRE

MIDFIELD battler Alan Pouton coolly fired Grimsby to a controversial victory with a clinically taken 75th-minute penalty.

Larus Sigurdsson recklessly tugged at Phil Jevons shirt as he twisted inside the box and referee Scott Mathieson pointed instantly to the spot.

But the Baggies, last season's play-off semi-final losers, will know they should have had three points tucked away long before Pouton's spot-kick turned the game on its head.

Veteran striker Bob Taylor missed a penalty while his team-mates were also guilty of squandering a host of clear-cut chances.

In fairness to Gary Megson's pointless stars they came up against keeper Danny Coyne in inspired form.

But he was lucky to stay on the pitch when, after 27 minutes, he raced from his box to intercept a long through ball with his hands.

Referee Mathieson spotted the incident but to the fury of the home players he awarded a free-kick and not so much as a yellow card.

Grimsby enjoyed another slice of good luck three minutes later.

Hawthorns' newboy Scott Dobie controlled the ball superbly on the edge of the box only to curl his shot agonisingly wide.

The youngster moved south from Carlisle in the close season for a bargain basement pounds 150,000 and showed enough skill to suggest he will make an impact on the First Division.

WBA: Hoult 7 - Sigurdsson 6, Gilchrist 7, Clement 7 - Balis 7, Fox 7, *McINNES 8, Appleton 7, Cummings 7 (Jordao 82 mins, 6) - Taylor 6 (Quinn 75 mins, 6), Dobie 7.

GRIMSBY: *COYNE 9 - McDermott 6, Groves 6, Beharall 7, Gallimore 7 - Pouton 7, Butterfield 7, Willems 6, Cambell 6 - Rowan 6, (Jeffrey 69 mins, 6) Jevons 7. Ref: S Mathieson 5.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Aug 19, 2001
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