Scunthorpe United 2 West Bromwich Albion 3
Three years ago, the only chance of this fixture happening would have been in a cup tie and beforehand, it looked as if the clubs' first Coca-Cola Championship encounter had all the makings of such a game.
Back in 2004, the Baggies had just started out on their great escape in the Premier League while Scunthorpe narrowly avoided falling into non-league football.
But times have changed and here Albion faced a side who are still riding on the crest of a wave having lifted the League One title last season. Even more daunting for Tony Mowbray’s side was The Iron’s record at their Glanford Park home where a league defeat hadn’t been witnessed by the home fans since December 15, 2006.
However, in an all-action match-up, Albion shook the foundations of Scunthorpe’s fortress to secure their first victory on their travels this season.
Leon Barnett and Chris Brunt’s first goals in Albion colours, added to a wonder strike by Andrade Filipe Teixeira, were enough to see the Baggies home despite a first-half Andy Crosby penalty and a late Martin Paterson goal.
Teixeira was behind virtually all of Albion’s ventures into the final third of the field and his individually crafted goal in the 78th minute was well deserved.
The Portugese midfielder is proving to be an absolute bargain for Mowbray as he continues to ease into the competitive world of Championship football.
"That is the quality he has got," said the manager on the in-form Teixeira. "Throughout the 90 minutes, you could see the quality he has got; for quite a diminutive guy, he’s got great body strength, great control with both feet and an eye for goal.
"That is why he is here, we like technical players here and Filipe can play lots of positions. I think in the three games in which he has scored, he has played left midfielder, right midfield and behind the striker, so he is contributing very well at the moment.
"I’m sure he wouldn’t say that he made his goal all on his own. I think it’s always a team effort, whether it was the clearance or the ball into him.
"It’s got to be all about the team with the squad that we’ve got now; it is very important that the players who were sitting in the stand with the fans are just as important to our success this year.
"They’ve all got a part to play, Filipe is scoring goals at the moment and next week, it will be someone else. It’s important that we are together and keep supporting each other."
Albion, who flooded the midfield with five creative players, could have quite easily left Glanford Park with five or six goals to their name. But in what was the first-ever league meeting between these two sides, Scunthorpe, who operated an old-fashioned 4-4-2 approach, weren’t prepared to go down without a fight
And it was The Iron who struck first to lift the capacity crowd. Belgium international Carl Hoefkens was judged to have pulled down Andy Butler in the box and Scunthorpe skipper Andy Crosby stepped up and blasted his spot-kick into the bottom right-hand corner of Dean Kieley's goal.
Albion went in search of an equaliser, with Teixeira leading the charge while on-loan Manchester City striker Ishmael Miller was a constant handful for The Iron’s defence.
The visitors had to wait until four minutes into the second half to ignite their comeback. Jonathan Greening’s corner was chested down by Teixeira and young centre back Barnett was on hand to fire home from close range.
Then on the hour, Albion took a deserved lead, thanks to Miller. The young Mancunian beat the offside, trap only to have his effort saved by ex-Albion goalkeeper Joe Murphy. However, Murphy’s efforts only helped palm the ball into the path of the incoming Brunt, who had the easiest of tasks to make it 2-1.
Scunthorpe had their chances to find an equaliser but Teixeira’s magic dampened the underdogs’ spirit. The former Paris St-Germain midfielder wrestled possession from Matthew Sparrow, skipped past a string of challenges and fired an inch-perfect shot just inside the left-hand post from the edge of the area.
Albion were now in cruise control and substitute Craig Beattie should have added their fourth goal of the afternoon on 85 minutes when he failed to prod home Zoltan Gera’s cross at the far post.
However, the hosts set up a tense finish as Paterson fired past Kiely with 90 minutes on the clock after Martin Albrechetsen had failed to clear the danger. The Baggies nervously clung on to their slender lead throughout the five minutes of injury time, during which left-back Paul Robinson limped off with an ankle injury.
SCUNTHORPE UNITED: (4-4-2) Murphy, Byrne, Crosby (Iriekpen H/T), Butler, Youga, Sparrow, Goodwin, Baraclough (Taylor 66), Hurst, Paterson, Hayes (Forte 66). Subs: Cork, Lillis.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION (4-5-1) Kiely, Hoefkens, Barnett, Albrechsten, Robinson (Pele 90), Gera, Greening, Teixeira, Koren, Brunt (Morrison 84), Miller (Beattie 84). Subs: Steele, Phillips.
Scorers: Crosy (16) 1-0; Barnett (49) 1-1; Brunt (60) 1-2; Teixeira (78) 1-3; Paterson (90) 2-3.
Bookings: Scunthorpe: Goodwin, Paterson, Forte. ; Albion– Hoefkens.
Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire)
Albion man of the match: Filipe Teixeira - Never stopped moving the team forward.