West Brom 0-1 Southampton: Race for eighth place is on

  • Jordy Clasie‘s fine strike wins it
  • Saints move on to 44 points
  • West Brom in eighth on 40 points
  • Back-to-back wins for Southampton
  • Southampton beat West Brom 1-0 at the Hawthorns on Saturday as Jordy Clasie’s fine strike was enough to separate the teams.

    The Dutchman rattled home his first goal in the Premier League in the first half and despite late pressure the Baggies couldn’t break through against a stubborn Saints defense.

    Saints have now sealed back-to-back wins in the Premier League, moving them on to 40 points for the season and they sit just four points behind eighth-place West Brom with two games in hand. The race for eighth (if that’s a thing) is on.

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    Southampton started the game well with some surging runs down the flanks but West Brom looked dangerous with Matty Phillips whipping in some crosses for Salomon Rondon.

    The Venezuelan then had an effort which went woefully wide as the Baggies looked a little off the pace, while Fraser Forster kept out James Morrison‘s effort and Nacer Chadli fired the rebound over.

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    Just before the half hour mark Southampton deservedly took the lead as the ball was cut back to Dusan Tadic on the edge of the box and he set up Clasie who smashed a wonderful effort into the top corner to score his first goal in the Premier League and put the away side 1-0 up.

    Before the break West Brom battled back into the game with Rondon having a header at the back post well saved by Forster and then Phillips fired the rebound over.

    Shane Long also felt he was clipped when clean through on goal but didn’t get the decision and he also missed a diving header which he should have scored as Saints only led by one at the break.

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    In the second half West Brom struggled to get back into the game with Saints looking dangerous on the break.

    Nathan Redmond hit a shot at the back post which Ben Foster saved well at his near post and then Tadic curled a wonderful effort just over.

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    Late on West Brom threw the kitchen sink at Saints as Hal Robson-Kanu fired, then Forster denied Dawson superbly and kept out Evans as Southampton held on for a big three points to solidify their spot in the top 10.