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West Brom 2-0 Brighton: A win at long last!

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  • First WBA win in 21 PL matches
  • Pardew’s first WBA PL win, too
  • Baggies strike twice off corners
  • Gulls one PL win in last 12

Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson gave West Bromwich Albion its first Premier League win in ages, a 2-0 defeat of visiting Brighton and Hove Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

The win is the Baggies’ first in league play since August, and its second-straight win after an FA Cup defeat of Exeter City last weekend.

West Brom is 19th with 19 points, while Brighton is 15th with 23 points.

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Evans put West Brom on the right track — and added a few dollars to the Baggies’ asking price — when he headed in off an early corner.

It could have been 2-0. Matty Phillips effort into the box was blocked by the arm of Glenn Murray, but it was not deemed penalty-worthy.

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Jay Rodriguez had an early second half shot blocked inside the six as the Baggies sought a second. He’d then drag a shot wide of goal in the 51st.

Dawson gave West Brom its second in the 55th off yet another set piece, a corner driven to the penalty spot and headed off the ground with violence.

Murray set Anthony Knockaert up for a left-footer that tore over the goal.

FA Cup: Brighton beats Crystal Palace on Murray winner

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Glenn Murray played hero again as he claimed an 88th minute winner in a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup.

The 34-year-old came on in the 81st minute and scored just seven minutes later, claiming a slight touch off Uwe Hünemeier’s outstanding header to the far post. It’s the seventh goal for Murrah this season and fifth FA Cup goal in his career.

28-year-old Dale Stephens bagged his first goal of the season 25 minutes in to open the scoring as he touched brilliantly near the top of the box to skip by a defender and struck just under the armpit of Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey from a tight angle, a fully deserved lead for the Seagulls after holding nearly 70% of possession through the opening half-hour. It’s the first goal for Stephens in any competition for over a year, most recently finding the back of the net in Championship play against Blackburn Rovers last December.

Despite their possessional disadvantage, the Palace midfield continued to muck up the game, but the visitors to Falmer Stadium couldn’t manage a decent spell on the ball. After the break, however, the visitors looked more involved, and with 20 minutes to go Bakary Sakho brought Palace back level with a knuckler that bent away from a diving Tim Krul and into the back of the net.

The goal invigorated the visitors, and Sakho nearly had another from the same spot just minutes later, but he went for the near post and hit the side netting. Brighton, working with just two substitutions for much of the game due to an injury to Izzy Brown in just the sixth minute, still held a significant shot advantage and nearly went back in front down the other end as Hennessey saved a powerful effort by the substitute Sam Baldock, while Beram Kayal skied over the bar despite all day to shoot in the middle of the box. Baldock also launched over the bar on a one-on-one breakaway in the 82nd minute.

Brighton grabbed the winner with just two minutes until full-time as Hünemeier got his head to a free-kick, directing it perfectly to the inside of the far post. It likely would have gone in either way, but Murray charged it down to make sure the ball went in, and replays showed the ball grazed his knee on its way in.

Crystal Palace wouldn’t go down without a fight, as they pushed one more attack, but the hosts kept the ball out somehow as the final whistle went. With a way to the 4th round, Brighton will take on Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium.

Brighton 2-2 Bournemouth: Back-and-forth pace in the New Year

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Well, that was a great way to kick off the new year’s Premier League play.

Brighton and Bournemouth settled for a 2-2 draw on Monday at the Amex Stadium, with Callum Wilson‘s second-half strike giving the Cherries a share of the points on the road.

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The Seagulls held a 2-1 lead heading into the finally quarter hour, after Glenn Murray‘s finish three minutes into the second stanza handed Brighton a slim edge.

However, Wilson ruined Brighton’s plans for the new year, when he scored in the 79th minute. 2-2.

Steve Cook scored against his former club in the 33rd minute to level the match for the Cherries after brilliantly heading home his opportunity into the far post from Jordon Ibe’s corner kick.

The hosts were off to a vibrant start inside the opening five minutes when Anthony Knockaert finished off a Jose Izquierdo cross at the far post to give the Seagulls a 1-0 lead.

Bournemouth had its first big chance denied in the 30th minute as Ibe found himself in on goal, but goalkeeper Matty Ryan was in the right place to make the stop.

Izquierdo nearly restored the Seagulls advantage with three minutes remaining in the first half, after Pascal Gross‘ through ball picked out the speedy attacking player inside the six-yard box.

The two clubs remain in the bottom half of the PL table, with Brighton sitting in 12th place, while Bournemouth is not far behind in 13th.

Newcastle United 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion: Nothing up North

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  • Ten shots each in dull encounter
  • Brighton takes four of six from NUFC

There wasn’t a lot to like from Brighton and Hove Albion’s visit to Newcastle United, embedded in a 0-0 Saturday score line at St. James’ Park that only needs the numbers to tell the story.

Newcastle sits a point above the drop zone, while Brighton sits four points clear of 18th.

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Newcastle United had most of the ball but struggled to connect with crosses or scoop up loose chances in the 18.

At the other end, Shane Duffy nodded a cross wide of the goal.

Mikel Merino‘s long through ball to Dwight Gayle yielded a chance, but Mat Ryan collected his rebound before Joselu could nab the loose ball.

Glenn Murray was offside when he missed a back post sitter in the 27th minute.

Joselu had a 40th minute low rip off more Merino playmaking but it dragged wide and Ryan probably had the angle covered.

Duffy headed over goal for a second time in the match off a 42nd minute corner.

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Ryan made an outstanding reaction save on a deflected Isaac Hayden effort, and Jamaal Lascelles headed the ensuing corner wide of the near post.

Karl Darlow got low to collect a Pascal Gross free kick in the 54th.

Gayle forced a fantastic save out of Ryan off a Christian Atsu cross five minutes later, and Darlow nearly matched that stop with his save on a Lewis Dunk header.

League Cup: Chelsea, Man Utd aim for semis

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It wasn’t easy, but two of the four Premier League big boys remaining in the League Cup clinched berths in the semis on Tuesday.

Manchester City beat Leicester City in penalty kicks and Arsenal nipped West Ham United, earning spots in January’s two-legged semifinals.

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Now, the other two Top Four regulars get their shots.

Bristol City vs. Manchester United — 3 p.m. ET Wednesday

The reigning champions visit Ashton Gate Stadium for the first time since 1979, the 35th meeting between Manchester United and now Championship side Bristol City. The Robins are led by 36-year-old Lee Johnson, who has the club third in England’s second tier. Bobby Reid is the man to watch. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has 11 goals in 25 matches this season to lead Bristol.

Jose Mourinho might use out-of-favor Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and says he won’t be using too much of a second-choice side:

“For me now, the Championship is not the Championship of five or 10 years ago. The Championship is now high-quality teams with lots of players that could be playing in the Premier League easily. So we need to take the game really seriously. I am going to make a few changes and it is possible Micki is involved.”

Chelsea vs. Bournemouth — 2:45 p.m. ET Wednesday

The hosts lifted their fifth League Cup in 2015, and Antonio Conte sure would like some positivity coming out of his camp. Bournemouth and Chelsea have only met nine times in history, and the Blues have claimed four of the five played this decade. The good news for Eddie Howe is that Bournemouth won that fifth match at Stamford Bridge on a late Glenn Murray header.