Hal Robson-Kanu’s late scrambled goal was enough to earn all three points for the Baggies at the Riverside and keep them top of the Championship table at least until Nottingham Forest play Wigan Athletic on Sunday. A big win for Forest could see them move ahead on goal difference.
No Albion side has earned more points at the stage of the season than Slaven Bilić’s team, with only Megson’s 2003 side matching them with 25 points from 12 games. It should also be noted that this season’s challengers have achieved that total having played more games away from home and they now have back-to-back home games as they look to consolidate their position at the top of the table.
In 2003, 25 points was only good enough for third spot as Neil Warnock’s Blades won at the Hawthorns to move top of the table after 12 games, with Wigan Athletic level with them on 26 points, albeit having played a game more.
Meanwhile, in 2009, Roberto di Matteo’s side were still top after 12 games despite losing at home to Swansea City with their main challengers, Chris Hughton’s Newcastle United, also suffering a rare defeat at Scunthorpe United that day. However, Albion dropped two more points in game 13 with a draw at Coventry City and the Toon moved top with a win at home to Doncaster Rovers, the first of a run of seven successive victories.
|* Positions are recorded as Albion’s position in the table after all fixtures for that day have been completed.|
|2000/2001||14/10/2000||Norwich City (H)||L||2-3||Clement, Hughes (pen)|
|2001/2002||16/10/2001||Stockport County (A)||W||2-1||Taylor (2)|
|2003/2004||14/10/2003||Sheffield United (H)||L||0-2|
|2006/2007||17/10/2006||Crystal Palace (A)||W||2-0||Gera, Kamara|
|2007/2008||23/10/2007||Blackpool (H)||W||2-1||Miller, Morrison|
|2009/2010||17/10/2009||Reading (H)||W||3-1||Thomas (2), Mulumbu|
|2018/2019||06/10/2018||Reading (H)||W||4-1||Gayle (2), Barnes, Bartley|
|2000/2001||17/10/2000||Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)||W||1-0||Hughes (pen)|
|2001/2002||19/10/2001||Norwich City (A)||L||0-2|
|2003/2004||18/10/2003||Norwich City (H)||W||1-0||Koumas|
|2006/2007||22/10/2006||Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)||W||3-0||Greening, Kamara, Hartson (pen)|
|2007/2008||27/10/2007||Norwich City (H)||W||2-0||Miller, Phillips|
|2009/2010||20/10/2009||Swansea City (H)||L||0-1|
|2018/2019||20/10/2018||Wigan Athletic (A)||L||0-1|