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MONEY BAGGS; West Brom boss wants to say buy, buy to the Championship.

Byline: GRAHAM HILL

WBA 4

BRISTOL CITY 1

WBA: Carson 7, Zuiverloon 8, Meite 7, Olsson 7, Mattock 5 (Cech 30mins, 7), Brunt 8, Dorrans 8 (Mulumbu 56, 7), Jara 7, Thomas 8, Cox 9(Koren 77), Moore 6. Goals: Thomas 3, Brunt 12, Carey 47og, Cox 48

BRISTOL CITY: Gerken 6, Carey 5, McCombe 5, Nyatanga 5, Skuse 5, Elliott 6 (Johnson 77), Hartley 7, Sno 5 (Clarkson 77), McAllister 4 (Williams 17, 5), Maynard 6, Haynes 5. Goal: Hartley 83

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WEST BROM boss Roberto di Matteo may have one of the most exciting squads in the Championship - but he is determined to make it even better.

Di Matteo saw his free-scoring Baggies go back to the top of the table and admitted he has asked for more money to strengthen again when the transfer window opens.

Albion have scored 11 times in their last three games and destroyed Gary Johnson's Robins with another sizzling display. But di Matteo wants to bring in players to make sure he keeps the momentum going. "I have asked for some money. Will I get it? Let's wait and see but I have asked," said the former Chelsea player who took over at The Hawthorns last summer after leaving MK Dons.

"We have a number of targets but we will see how we are in January. We still have seven more games to play before then - but that's what we are hoping, to improve the squad.

"I am not thinking or planning for next season. When I'm asking to improve the squad, I'm thinking about this season.

"The moment you think you are too good for this division, you are going to get punished as soon as you lower your guard."

But with his side in top form, Di Matteo could afford a joke: "I am not going to talk about sums of money but I would like to sign Lionel Messi. I think the finance director is hiding from me!" Albion took command in the first 12 minutes with goals from Jerome Thomas and Chris Brunt.

Two goals in a minute just after the break - a Louis Carey own goal and a superb Simon Cox strike - sealed the win. Paul Hartley's late free-kick was mere consolation for well-beaten City.

Brunt said: "It's great that the fans are seeing goals and it's nice to score them, but hopefully they won't get too carried away. If we grind out a 1-0 win then that's just as good," said the winger.

"We want to score three or four goals every week. But it's not always going to be possible. Teams like Palace and Swansea have come here, made it difficult for us and got results."

City boss Johnson saw his side's seven-match unbeaten run collapse. "I slaughtered the players. I let them know I was disappointed," he said.

"They'll take a video home with them and then I will ask if they feel they effected the game at this level. It was a poor day for us."

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JEROME COMFORT Thomas starts the Albion rout with the first goal
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 23, 2009
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