The wait for a win is over. Alan Pardew finally has lift off at West Brom.
Appointed at the end of November, Pardew could not have envisaged getting to the middle of January before claiming a first Premier League victory, but here at last was a result that added three points and injected belief into a survival mission that had begun to look doomed.
This was a ‘critical point’ in West Brom’s season, Pardew had admitted beforehand, and his players delivered in response, producing a compelling display that resonated with supporters and was utterly deserving of victory.
Jonny Evans sprinted over to the home support with team-mate Ahmed Hegazi to celebrate after scoring an early opener
The defender peeled off to the back post and fired a close-ranged header past Brighton goalkeeper Matthew Ryan
Craig Dawson climbed the highest to dive and head home from a corner to double the home…