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West Brom 2-3 Southampton: Relegation scrap delivers drama

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  • First win in 13 PL games for Saints
  • West Brom slip to 20th place
  • Stephens scores for third-straight game

Southampton edged past West Bromwich Albion 3-2 in a classic relegation battle at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

On an emotional day for West Bromas they paid their respects to the late Cyrille Regis before the game, the home side took the lead early on as Ahmed Hegazi headed home. Yet Saints came roaring back as they scored twice in quick succession just before half time with a stunner from Mario Lemina and then Jack Stephens headed home.

James Ward-Prowse‘s free kick proved to be the pivotal goal as Salomon Rondon pulled a goal back late on but West Brom couldn’t draw level.

With the win, their first since November 26, Saints moved on to 26 points and up to 14th place, while West Brom slip to 20th.

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West Brom had the perfect start as a corner from the right found Hegazi and he towered about Jack Stephens to head home the opener.

Saints responded well to going behind as Sofiane Boufal flashed a shot just wide of the post. Guido Carrillo then scuffed an effort wide for the visitors. Carrillo then nodded wide from Lemina’s cross and Saints continued to press with a bad mistake letting in Dusan Tadic but his deflected shot looped onto the top of the net.

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At the other end Daniel Sturridge smashed an effort across goal which just flew wide of the far post. Then, the game swung in Saints’ favor.

Ben Foster denied Guido Carrillo with a magnificent save but from the resulting corner the ball found Lemina over 25 yards out and the Gabonese midfielder drilled an unstoppable effort into the top corner to level things up.

Two minutes later James Ward-Prowse’s corner was flicked into the far corner by Stephens with the center back scoring for the third time this week after previously not netting in his first 37 games for Saints. What a turnaround at half time as Saints led 2-1.

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Chris Brunt went close from a free kick for West Brom as he played the ball under the wall from the edge of the box but it clipped someone on the way through and went out from a corner.

Tadic went close to wrapping the game up for Saints as a long ball forward was misjudged but West Brom cleared.

Wesley Hoedt then strode forward and won a free kick on the edge of the box and after a slight disagreement between Boufal and his teammates, Ward-Prowse stepped up and put the free kick into the bottom corner and past Foster to make it 3-1 to Saints.

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Jay Rodriguez and Oliver Burke came on for Sturridge and Claudio Yacob to try and get West Brom back in the game but Saints should have extended their lead with Tadic not getting enough on his cross for Carrillo.

Rondon headed home 18 minutes from time to make it 2-3 and set up a tight finish. Jay Rodriguez went down in the box under a challenge from Bertrand as West Brom thought they should have a penalty, while at the other end Shane Long should have made it 4-2 but headed wide.

Saints held on, just, for their first win since November to breath new life into their season.

Man City 3-0 West Brom: Pep’s boys extend lead

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  • Man City have won 16 of their last 17 PL games v West Brom, with 13 in a row
  • Man City have won their last 11 home games in all competitions
  • Guardiola’s men have gone 15 points clear atop the table

Manchester City beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

Fernandinho‘s early goal set them on their way against a stubborn Baggies outfit, while Kevin De Bruyne polished things off in the second half to cap another Man of the Match display, plus Sergio Aguero got in on the act too.

With the win Pep Guardiola‘s side remain on course for the PL title with 68 points from 25 games, while Alan Pardew‘s West Brom remain bottom of the PL table on 20 points.

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As club-record signing Aymeric Laporte made his debut in defense following his $80 million transfer from Athletic Bilbao, City did all the pressing early on as De Bruyne whipped in a shot from distance which was pushed out at his near post by Ben Foster.

Fernandinho then appeared to step on Grzegorz Krychowiak when he was on the ground but referee Bobby Madley waved away calls for a red card.

The home side kept pushing forward and got their reward as a sumptuous ball forward from KDB found Fernandinho to slot home and make it 1-0.

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City went close to making it 2-0 before half time as David Silva played the ball across goal but Sergio Aguero couldn’t connect with his finish, then KDB had a tame effort saved by Foster.

It was all City as half time arrived but they did have to replace Silva with Ilkay Gundogan.

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City almost made it 2-0 with an audacious back heel attempt from Aguero but Foster saved well down low as the home side dominated the second half.

Daniel Sturridge did come on for his West Brom debut but they didn’t stop the flow of City attacks.

De Bruyne delivered the hammer blow as he picked the ball up on the halfway line, charged towards goal and played in Raheem Sterling.

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Sterling then cut the ball back for De Bruyne to slot home and Aguero finished off another Sterling assist late on to make it 3-0 and complete yet another routine win for City.

PL AT HALF: Two for Theo, two for Spurs, Man City ahead

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Four of seven Premier League matches are at half, and we’ve had six total goals so far Wednesday.

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Everton 2-0 Leicester City

Sam Allardyce is passing a Top Seven test thanks to three 2017-18 additions: Theo Walcott has both goals, one assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson and another courtesy of Michael Keane.

Newcastle United 0-0 Burnley

Nick Pope saved a penalty from the hosts’ Joselu, won by new boy Kenedy, and the Clarets are fortunate to be living the nil-nil life after 45 minutes.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Manchester United (36′)

Harry Kane and Dele Alli played a role in Christian Eriksen‘s goal 11 seconds into the match at Wembley Stadium. Phil Jones wasn’t covered in glory there, nor was he on an own goal later in the frame.

Manchester City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion (35′)

Kevin De Bruyne getting assists is nothing new, but Fernandinho‘s a bit of an unusual name for the score sheet as City beat Ben Foster to take an early lead.

Southampton 0-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Wesley Hoedt conceded a penalty to Solly March, and Glenn Murray made no doubt about the chance to give the Gulls a first half lead.

Elsewhere
Stoke City 0-0 Watford (36′)
Chelsea 0-0 Bournemouth HT

Everton 1-1 West Brom: Walcott assists equalizer

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  • Krychowiak wonder pass puts WBA ahead
  • West Brom out-attempts Everton 15-9
  • Toffees level through Niasse
  • McCarthy suffers horrible leg break
  • Everton seven winless in all comps

Theo Walcott made an impact on debut as Everton came back to draw West Bromwich Albion 1-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The match was Sam Allardyce‘s 1000th as a Premier League manager as Everton’s onto 28 points, seven points clear of the drop zone.

Walcott’s headed assist of a Wayne Rooney cross was deposited by Oumar Niasse, as Everton canceled out Jay Rodriguez’s opener. The Baggies sit three points back of 17th place Stoke City.

The match was delayed for seven minutes when James McCarthy suffered an ugly double leg break.

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The Baggies went ahead thanks largely to absurd pass from Grzegorz Krychowiak, who opened the lid on Everton’s back line with an outside of the boot pass to a perfectly-timed running Rodriguez.

What a pass.

A rare shot on target, the first in four hours and 10 minutes of league play for Everton, drew jeers from Goodison Park. Ironically, the shot from Jonjoe Kenny was dangerous and headed for the upper 90 when Ben Foster plucked it out of the sky.

James McCarthy suffered a gruesome injury in the 58th minute, when he lunged to get his leg between Salomon Rondon’s full-vigor shot and the ball. Rondon was close to tears after the incident.

Super sub Niasse made it 1-1 in the 70th minute, as Walcott rose to meet Rooney’s diagonal cross and nodded the ball into the path of the Senegalese striker.

Jordan Pickford made a pair of fine saves as West Brom looked to regain the lead, with Rondon remaining lively.

Mason Holgate headed a promising Gylfi Sigurdsson free kick over the bar in the 89th minute.

Rondon hit the cross bar in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

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West Ham 2-1 West Brom: Big Andy leads comeback win

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  • Carroll scores first goals since April 1, 2017
  • First brace since Jan. 21, 2017
  • McClean scores for Baggies
  • West Brom winless since August
  • West Ham out of the drop zone

Unique hairstyles and towering headers: That’s what Andy Carrol does, and the big Englishman beat Ben Foster twice to keep West Bromwich Albion winless since August following a 2-1 loss to West Ham United at the London Stadium.

James McClean put the Baggies ahead, but the lead would not last and West Brom remains in the drop zone with 16 points, five points behind the 15th place Hammers.

The match was also notable for an ugly incident in which West Brom’s Jake Livermore, incensed by something in the crowd, climbed into the stands.

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West Ham came flying out of the gate, with plenty of pressure down the right and an early Manuel Lanzini yellow card, but the visitors came closest to opening the scoring on an audacious Salomon Rondon chip that just passed the cross bar.

The Irons took five of the first six shots, but the Baggies scored the opener when Rondon set up James McClean on a counter attack. Alan Pardew‘s Baggies had a look at their first win since August.

West Brom was cagey in pursuit of the win, and the Irons’ central midfield had problems with the Baggies’ superior numbers.

Carroll had trouble getting free up top, but the Baggies gave him an opening in the 59th minute. He hammered a Cresswell cross to the left of Foster to make it 1-1 in the 59th.

Arnautovic was denied by a charging Foster, and Angelo Ogbonna then made a timely intervention after Oliver Burke beat him for pace to a delightful through ball from Rondon.

Yet Carroll was there deep into stoppage time to send bubbles into the air when he hammered a shot behind Foster from an acute angle after an Arnautovic cross eluded Javier Hernandez.

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