West Brom 3-1 Swansea City: Rondon nets hat trick of headers

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  • Rondon score three headers in 13 minutes
  • Swans remain in relegation zone
  • Baggies up to seventh place

West Bromwich Albion beat Swansea City 3-1 at the Hawthorns on Wednesday with Salomon Rondon scoring his first-ever Premier League hat trick to lead the Baggies.

Rondon’s three goals, all headers, came in a stunning 13-minute spell in the second half and Bob Bradley‘s Swansea never recovered despite Wayne Routledge‘s goal giving them hope.

With the win Tony Pulis‘ West Brom move on to 23 points and are up to seventh. Swansea remain on 12 points and in the relegation zone, three points from safety.

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It was a slow start at the Hawthorns as both teams felt their way into the game.

Swansea had plenty of the play but failed to get in behind a typically solid West Brom defense.

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Lukasz Fabianski made a fine stop before the break to keep things level with Allan Nyom racing forward, playing in Nacer Chadli who set up Rondon but Fabianski saved down low from the Venezuelan international.

It was level at the break with very few scoring chances for either team.

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It took West Brom less than five minutes of the second half to take the lead with Matt Phillips putting a dangerous free kick into the box and Rondon towered above Alfie Mawson to head home. 1-0 to the Baggies.

Phillips then combined with Chris Brunt and the latter whipped in a perfect cross which  Rondon headed home once again. 2-0.

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Moments later it was 3-0 to West Brom and it was Rondon, with his head, again, from another fine Brunt cross.

Swansea pulled a goal back to make it interesting as Borja Baston’s shot was saved by Ben Forster but Routledge knocked home the rebound and despite Forster making a late save after a deflection from his own player almost went in, the Baggies saw out the game comfortably.

The relegation battle continues for Bradley’s Swans who have just one away win all season.