West Bromwich Albion snapped their 20 game winless run in the league with a very comfortable win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Hawthorns. It was the Baggies’ first win since August as well as their first under Alan Pardew.
Johnny Evans, back in the XI to replace Gareth McAuley, gave WBA the perfect start, heading home from Jay Rodriguez’s deft flick at the near post to give his side the lead in the 4th minute itself. Craig Dawson’s brilliant header 10 minutes into the second half ensured that the 3 points stayed at Hawthorns. It was a vital victory for Pardew’s men, as they are 2 points off safety, albeit still in 19th position.
Although WBA started as the better team, Brighton grew into the game as the first half progressed, enjoying decent possession but lacked the cutting edge in the final third, not testing Ben Foster even once in the opening 45 minutes. Dawson had a chance to double his side’s lead but Ryan was quickly off his line to smother the chance.
Brighton had their best chance of the game fall to Anthony Knockaert who should’ve scored when Murray fed him in the box only for him to sky his effort high and wide with the goal gaping. Rondon had a couple of good chances in the second half, and could only find the side netting after Gareth Barry played him in down the left side.
Ben Foster- 7/10
Had just one save to make, a long shot from Bruno that was almost straight at him. Came off his line a few times to get the ball when Brighton…