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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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PL AT HALF: Goals in all matches; Sterling scores 39 secs in

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Every match has seen at least one goal as four Tuesday matches keep the festive fixtures running toward their Thursday conclusion.

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Manchester City 2-0 Watford (30 mins)

It would be 8-0 on aggregate if City and Watford were playing a proper tie, as Raheem Sterling scored after 39 seconds off a Leroy Sane feed, and Kevin De Bruyne (and a lurking Sergio Aguero) forced an own goal out of Christian Kabasele.

West Ham United 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

The hosts came flying out of the games, but a lively Salomon Rondon nearly scored before setting up James McClean for an opener. The Baggies are on track for their first league win since August.

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

St. Mary’s is quite pleased for both drought-ending Shane Long and its thirsty Saints, who are up 1-0 after Long cleaned up a Jeremy Pied cross.

Swansea City 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Fernando Llorente started against his old club with Harry Kane seemingly rested for Thursday’s West Ham tilt, and the Spaniard headed home Christian Eriksen‘s free kick to give Spurs the early lead.

West Brom 1-1 Arsenal: Late NYE drama

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  • James McClean own goal put Arsenal ahead
  • Jay Rodriguez scores 89th minute penalty
  • West Brom without a win in 19

Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion both scored late on New Year’s Eve at the Hawthorns in a 1-1 draw, with Arsene Wenger left fuming on the day he set a new record for the number of games (811) managed in the Premier League.

Alexis Sanchez’s free kick, which deflected off James McClean and went down as an own goal, put Arsenal ahead late on but Jay Rodriguez’s controversial penalty one minute from time grabbed a point for the Baggies.

With the point Arsenal move up to fifth but are three points off the top four, while West Brom move off the bottom of the table.

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Early on Rodriguez headed Matt Phillips‘ cross on target but Petr Cech saved fairly easily as West Brom started well.

Cech then failed to deal comfortably with a high ball into the box but Arsenal broke superbly and Lacazette saw his deflected effort fly just wide.

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Alex Iwobi then found plenty of space on the edge of the box but he curled his effort over the bar.

West Brom held firm defensively and Arsenal were frustrated in the first half.

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On the hour mark Lacazette raced into the box but Foster denied him as the Gunners pushed hard for the opener as the Frenchman tapped just wide soon after.

Lacazette and Sanchez almost unlocked West Brom’s defense soon after but the latter was denied by a heroic block as the Baggies dropped deeper and deeper late on.

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Rodriguez forced Cech into a smart save after a rare West Brom attack but soon after Arsenal were ahead. Sanchez won a free kick and then his effort deflected off McClean and in as it went down as an own goal. 1-0 to the Arsenal and that’s how it looked to be finishing…

Then referee Mike Dean awarded West Brom a penalty kick for a handball on Calum Chambers after Kieran Gibbs hit the ball towards him from close range and it brushed the arm of the Arsenal defender.

Amid Arsenal’s complaints, Rodriguez kept his cool to slot home the equalizer and grab a point for his team.

West Brom 1-2 Manchester United: Red Devils hang on

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  • United back into second
  • Lukaku scores 10th PL goal of season
  • Baggies winless in 16

Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard scored first half goals and Manchester United held on to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

Gareth Barry scored the Baggies’ lone goal, as Alan Pardew‘s men sit 19th and without a win since August.

United pulls three points ahead of Chelsea, and is 11 points back of Man City.

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West Brom wasn’t intimidated by the task at hand, and James McClean was particularly lively as the Baggies tried to find an opener.

But United quickly settled into control through possession, albeit without any effective incisiveness.

That changed when Lukaku rose to deposit a trademark header beyond the reach of Ben Foster, converting Marcus Rashford‘s cross with power.

After a moment of danger provided by Allan Nyom and Salomon Rondon, United made it 2-0 when Lingard took a lay-off from Juan Mata and hit a shot that Ahmed Hegazi deflected past Foster.

Jake Livermore forced David De Gea into a low save in the 44th minute.

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The Baggies pulled one back as both Evans and Barry could’ve tapped in a loose ball off a corner kick.

Barry did, and United was on its heels. Credit Alan Pardew for his substitutes of Barry, Chris Brunt, and Jay Rodriguez (though they were, after all, on the bench).

Rodriguez powered a header off Brunt’s cross wide of the near post with about five minutes to play.

And a scramble in front nearly put the Baggies level, but De Gea was there. The keeper was kicked by Ahmed Hegazi and came up smarting.

Wagner praises “proper Terriers reaction” and fans

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David Wagner was beaming after Huddersfield Town’s hard-fought 1-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Huddersfield won the game thanks to Rajiv Van la Parra‘s stunning goal in the first half and their fighting spirit after Christopher Schindler was sent off early in the second half.

Speaking to the media after the game, Wagner said the gutsy display was one of the highlights of his entire two years in charge of the Terriers.

“Today was one of the highlights of my two years here,” Wagner said. “The players totally deserved the win and had a long way to go after the red card, but the players showed a proper ‘Terriers’ reaction. The crowd played their part in getting the result over the line; they were unbelievable again. We showed team spirit, fighting spirit and the ability to defend. The game’s story makes it one of our biggest wins.”

Huddersfield secured back-to-back wins in the top-flight for the first time since 1971 and they’ve now won four games in the Premier League and gained 15 points to nestle themselves safely into midtable after 11 games of their debut campaign in the PL.

It’s all going very nicely for German-American coach Wagner who is getting the best out of his players and the synergy between the staff and the fans is incredible after the home fans helped push their short-handed side over the line late on against West Brom.

The win in a game they simply had to win to keep their feel-good factor going, was also largely down to their goalkeeper who Wagner ran straight towards at the final whistle.

Jonas Lossl came up with big saves to deny James McClean and Matt Phillips late on and the Huddersfield ‘keeper was mobbed by players and staff at the final whistle.

In a nutshell, this game summed up exactly why Huddersfield gained promotion to the Premier League and also why they’re doing such a fine job early in the season.

With Wagner’s two-year anniversary of taking charge of Huddersfield coming up on Sunday, he can reflect on an incredible journey so far.