West Bromwich Albion may’ve made their threats to their safety purely academic with a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
James Morrison struck early and Craig Gardner added a gorgeous bit of insurance as the Baggies beat in-form Palace to move into 13th place, eight points clear of the relegation zone.
Palace’s table charge is momentarily halted, as Alan Pardew’s boys sit 11th with 42 points.
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A second-minute corner kick did the trick for West Brom, as Chris Brunt’s curling outswinger dipped right into the center of the box. Morrison raced past an off-balance Jason Puncheon to head home uncontested. Alan Pardew wouldn’t be pleased with that, 1-0 West Brom.
A likely save of the week candidate came in the 31st minute, when Boaz Myhill leapt for a reactive save on Yannick Bolasie’s bicycle kick attempt.
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Alan Pardew broke out a pair of halftime subs, taking off Mile Jedinak and Joe Ledley in an attempt to spice up the attack, with Dwight Gayle up front and Papa Souare as a threat from left back.
But the Baggies only increased their lead when an out-swinging corner kick drifted through everyone. Gardner raced onto the loose ball about 25 yards out, took a touch and lashed a curler past Speroni. A truly “wow” moment extended the lead to two.
Substitute Yaya Sanogo had an 85th minute goal called back for offsides. He was, albeit by a slim margins.
Crystal Palace: Speroni; Ward, Delaney, Dann, Ledley (Souare, 46′); Bolasie, Jedinak (Gayle, 46′), McArthur (Sanogo, 80′), Zaha; Puncheon; Murray.
West Bromwich Albion: Myhill, Dawson (Wisdom, 71′), McAuley, Lescott, Brunt, Gardner (Olsson, 81′), Fletcher, Yacob, Morrison, Berahino, Anichebe.
Goal: Morrison (2′), Gardner (53′)