Rosler makes scoring mark

West Bromwich Albion 1 Nottingham Forest 0
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Uwe Rosler crowned his first appearance in front of West Bromwich's fans yesterday with the all-important goal that sent Forest crashing to their second defeat in a week after previously enjoying a 10-match unbeaten run.

The German striker, on loan from Southampton, found the target in the 34th minute as he applied the finishing touch to a sweeping move through the heart of the Forest defence.

Derek McInnes robbed David Prutton in midfield to send striker Bob Taylor breaking away through the middle. Taylor fed a pinpoint pass to Scott Dobie and his cross from the right was smashed into the back of the Forest net by the perfectly-positioned Rösler.

It was always Gary Megson's side who held the edge and they were unlucky in the 12th minute when the defender Neil Clement lashed his first-time shot against the post.

Then, in the 26th minute, Albion should have been awarded a penalty when Rösler was clearly bundled over in the area by Jon-Olav Hjelde but the referee Uriah Rennie refused to award a spot-kick.

Megson's men continued to pile on the pressure and Dobie found himself in a good scoring position only to blast wide. The best chance to fall Forest's way in the first half came just seconds before the break, when Prutton turned on the edge of the box to fire inches over the crossbar.

After the break it was again Albion who enjoyed the attacking impetus and Clement was unlucky with a free-kick that dipped just over. It was then the turn of Forest, with David Johnson having a header superbly tipped away by Russell Hoult.

Albion were unlucky in the 69th minute when the hardworking Clement had a shot brilliantly flicked away by Darren Ward. Then, with just six minutes left, Albion struck the woodwork for the second time when Dobie headed against the crossbar from a free-kick from Michael Appleton.

Albion's manager Gary Megson felt the three points were a deserved reward for a hard-working performance. ''We have beaten one of the best teams in this division," he said. Forest are a good side. Their movement and passing are as good as anything you will find in this division. I thought Uwe Rösler took our winning goal very well. But there are still areas in our forward play that are not up to standard .''

Goal: Rösler (34) 1-0.

West Bromwich Albion: Hoult, Balis, Clement, Moore, Gilchrist, Sigurdsson, Taylor (Johnson, 54) McInnes, Appleton, Rosler, Dobie. Substitutes not used: Jensen (gk), Fox, Cummings, Chambers.

Nottingham Forest: Ward, Louis-Jean, Brennan, Scimeca, Hjelde, Prutton, Williams, Jenas, Bart-Williams (Lester, 70), John, Johnson (Reid, 70). Substitutes not used: Roche (gk), Edwards, Gray.

Referee: U Rennie (Sheffield)

Booking: West Bromwich: Lester.

Man of the match: Rösler.

Attendance: 18,821.