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Sport West Brom 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 0: Set-piece specials end league win drought

19:10  13 january  2018
19:10  13 january  2018 Source:   goal.com

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West Brom ended their miserable Premier League run on Saturday, beating Brighton and Hove Albion 2 - 0 at the Hawthorns to record their first league triumph in 21 games.

West Brom 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 0 : Set - piece specials end league win drought .

Evans - cropped: Jonny Evans heads home for West Brom against Brighton © Provided by Goal Jonny Evans heads home for West Brom against Brighton

West Brom ended their miserable Premier League run on Saturday, beating Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 at the Hawthorns to record their first league triumph in 21 games.

Having won their two opening games of the season, the Baggies soon fell apart, leading to the sacking of Tony Pulis.

The appointment of Alan Pardew failed to spark an immediate turnaround, West Brom lurching into a winless run so long that only the miserable 2007-08 Derby County team possess a longer drought in Premier League history.

Pardew secured his first victory in all competitions at Exeter City in the FA Cup last week, and the visit of the Seagulls offered a fine chance to get on a roll - Chris Hughton's men have now failed to score in nine league games on the road this term.

Why Alan Pardew is the man to get the best out of West Brom's squad

  Why Alan Pardew is the man to get the best out of West Brom's squad West Brom fans have been patient with Alan Pardew. Performances on the pitch have improved and his level-headed honesty has been appreciated. However, the 2-0 win last weekend at home to Brighton was a little overdue. In the current climate, you wouldn’t blame anyone for speculating Pardew’s future already ! That first win was vitally important as it was the validation Baggies fans needed that Pardew is the man for the job. West Brom fans know better than anyone that you don’t get points for playing well. The question is, then, what next for Pardew? We are pretty much halfway through the transfer window and West Brom appear to have made their position clear; they must sell to buy. Unsurprisingly, a few of the ‘big clubs’ are circling Jonny Evans and there has even been speculation that Pardew is willing to let Oliver Burke, who hasn’t looked like a £15 million man just yet, leave, Albion continue to be linked with strikers all around the world and, most recently, have enquired for Tom Cairney to fill the gaping attacking-midfielder hole that has limited them this season, leaving the forward players isolated. All Pardew can do now is keep going. He has made it very clear that Albion will not sell Evans at a time that makes reinvestment difficult. Pardew has the squad to avoid relegation and it seems that his players are settling into his system and, most importantly, grinding out results.

West Brom 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 0 : Set - piece specials end league win drought .

Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson headed home from a pair of corners as West Brom beat Brighton 2 - 0 , their first win in 21 league games.

With that in mind, victory will have been in the hosts' thoughts as soon as the in-demand Jonny Evans headed them into a fourth-minute lead - the Northern Ireland defender showing the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City his value at both ends of the pitch.

The Baggies should have been given a first-half penalty for a blatant Glenn Murray handball, but they kept at their task and Craig Dawson gave them a cushion early in the second half.

Pardew's men remain second-bottom in the table, but have closed to within two points of 17th-place Bournemouth, who visit Arsenal on Sunday. Despite the defeat, Brighton are still three points above the drop zone, but their toothless away form will concern Hughton.

The Baggies had scored just twice in their previous four home games, but found the net on their first foray forward in the fourth minute.

Chelsea target Richarlison to ponder Watford future

  Chelsea target Richarlison to ponder Watford future Chelsea have long been linked with a move for Watford attacker Richarlison and it seems the Brazilian will be considering his future with the Hornets when the summer comes around. According to the Daily Mail, the young wide man is pondering his future and will think carefully at the end of the season with regards to what his short and long-term future will hold. Richarlison joined Watford from Fluminense for a fee of around £11m in the summer and has since demonstrated his quality. He has been a bright spark for Watford and has continued to be a threat despite his side’s poor form of late. Chelsea are understood to have been keen on Richarlison during his tenure in his homeland of Brazil and he has been linked over the course of the season so far, too. Arsenal have also been linked with the player, who seems ready to weigh up his options.

Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson headed home from a pair of corners as West Brom beat Brighton 2 - 0 , their first win in 21 league games.

Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson headed home from a pair of corners as West Brom beat Brighton 2 - 0 , their first win in 21 league games.

Matt Phillips' right-wing corner was flicked on at the near post by Jay Rodriguez, catching out Brighton's defence as Evans charged in at the back post to stretch and head home.

An unmarked Dawson headed off target from another Phillips delivery five minutes later and the winger then blasted wide from 30 yards as the hosts kept pressure on Mat Ryan's goal.

Referee Martin Atkinson had the benefit of VAR assistance as he officiated the EFL Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Arsenal earlier in the week and Pardew may have lamented the technology's absence on the half-hour mark as Murray blatantly blocked Phillips' shot with both arms, only for Atkinson to wave away penalty appeals.

Dawson was in the thick of the action at either end before the break, bravely blocking Lewis Dunk's shot before wasting a one-on-one chance at the other shortly after, Ryan closing the angles sharply.

But the defender would not be denied when presented with a more familiar chance 10 minutes after the interval, Dawson rising above Gaetan Bong to meet Chris Brunt's left-wing set-piece with a downward header that bounced over those guarding the goal-line and in.

Anthony Knockaert blazed Brighton's most presentable chance over, after Ben Foster had come charging off his line, while goalscorers Dawson and Evans had to be withdrawn with apparent injuries, but Pardew was able to celebrate a fine win that could provide the Baggies' season with the launchpad it badly needs.

Charlton sign Palace youngster on loan .
League One club Charlton Athletic have completed the signing of Crystal Palace winger Sullay Kaikai on a loan deal until the end of the season as reported by BBC Sport. The 22-year-old has seen his chances limited for the Premier League club this season featuring just four times in all competitions, which has promoted his need to get a move. The winger isn’t unfamiliar with the loan system after spending a time at Championship side Brentford last season where he scored three goals. The loan with a high flying League One club provides him with the perfect opportunity to prove himself ahead of moving back to the club for pre-season. With Palace struggling in the bottom half of the Premier League for large spells of the season, game time has been hard to come by for Kaikai. Charlton boss Karl Robinson spoke about the arrival of the 22-year-old to his side until the end of the season. “It was an important one for us, he’s an exceptionally talented individual he’s quick and he excites you, he adds to the type of players that we already have at the football club.

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