Crystal Palace 0-1 West Brom: Rondon header edges Baggies to road win

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Tony Pulis will be glad he didn’t ditch West Brom before the start of the season like he did to Crystal Palace.

Amid questions if he’d resign due to a frustrating transfer window, Pulis guided West Brom to a deserved win at Selhurst Park thanks to a headed goal from Salomon Rondon, with goalkeeper Ben Foster coming up big on multiple occasions to keep the clean sheet.

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The visitors were on the attack first, and the Baggies forced Wayne Hennessey into the first save of the game. Craig Gardner‘s cross from high up the left flank reached the head of Rondon, who poked it across to the far post, leaving Hennessey no choice but to parry it away with a dive in the eighth minute.

There was precious little action in front of goal during the opening half, as both sides appeared well off-target on their few half-chances. A header from Rondon off a corner in the 40th minute swung well wide.

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Following the break, Palace looked more up for the game. They forced a big save from Ben Foster as Wilfried Zaha burst through on the counter and smothered the Palace winger. With the ball falling back to the feet of Zaha, he fired on goal again, and again Foster denied him with an acrobatic stop.

Finally, a moment to savor, the visitors went in front. A free-kick from the edge of the right touchline met the head of Rondon, and unlike in the first half, he didn’t miss, glancing it to the far post and putting West Brom in front.

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Palace had brought wanted man Yannick Bolasie just before the goal, but he was unable to produce much in front of net as the hosts looked lost in the final third, especially as the game wound down. New signing Andros Townsend was also listless for Palace, as Alan Pardew will have plenty to ponder about his attack moving forward.