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West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

By Timothy AbrahamBBC Sport
Jonny Evans
West Brom defender Jonny Evans scored his second goal of the season against Brighton

West Brom ended a 20-match winless streak in the Premier League with victory over Brighton, thanks to goals from defenders Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson.

The unmarked Evans put the Baggies ahead early on when he arrived at the back post to head in Jay Rodriguez's flick-on from a Matt Phillips corner.

The hosts added a second from another corner shortly after half-time when Dawson beat Gaeten Bong to Chris Brunt's outswinger to head home powerfully.

The victory was Alan Pardew's first in the league since he replaced Tony Pulis in charge at The Hawthorns at the end of November.

The only negative for the Baggies was an allegation made by Bong after a gesture from Rodriguez which will be included in the referee's report to the Football Association.

After an argument with Bong, Rodriguez pinched his own nose, prompting an angry reaction from the Brighton defender.

Referee Martin Atkinson did not take any action on the pitch but made a note of the incident and consulted fourth official Tony Harrington.

Brighton only fleetingly threatened the West Brom goal as they made it six away league games without a goal.

Jose Izquierdo curled wide from the edge of the area in the first half, and Anthony Knockaert lifted a shot over after a well-worked move.

The Seagulls slip from 12th to 15th spot while West Brom remain in the relegation zone in 18th place, but are only two points behind 17th-placed Bournemouth.

Baggies taste victory - at last

Pardew earned his first win since succeeding Pulis when his side beat Exeter City in the FA Cup last weekend - although only 363 Baggies fans were there to see it.

There were many more present in the 25,240 crowd at The Hawthorns and a huge roar greeted the final whistle as Pardew celebrated a first league win.

It was a richly deserved three points as West Brom played the more positive attacking football and were defiant in defence against a side who will also be battling to avoid the drop.

Towards the end of the match Pardew had acted like a cheerleader, whipping up the home fans to give his players the energy to get over the line.

With back-to-back wins, in the cup and here, the Albion boss will feel there is finally some momentum building for his side following such a long run.

But if West Brom are to avoid relegation to the Championship, this must be a turning point in their season.

Pardew thanks 'buzzing' Baggies crowd after first league win

Evans essential to survival bid

West Brom captain Evans opened the scoring but it was the 29-year-old's influential defensive display that was of a greater significance.

At the heart of the home defence, Evans gave a commanding performance as he marshalled the backline with a calm assurance.

The former Manchester United defender continues to be linked with a move to either Manchester City or Arsenal.

But a defiant "come on" roared by Evans after he scored gave a glimpse of the emotional attachment the Albion skipper has to his current club.

Pardew must do everything in his powers to persuade Evans to remain in the Black Country - West Brom's Premier League status may depend on it.

Familiar tale for Brighton on the road

Brighton boss Chris Hughton has seen his side win only one of their past 12 games and it was familiar problems that cost them.

The Seagulls have struggled to defend set-pieces this season and twice they were punished for lapses in concentration.

West Brom's early goal, in particular, was costly as Hughton's plan to keep the game tight and pack midfield was ripped up.

At the other end of the pitch Brighton struggled for cutting edge in attack and the majority of their attempts were from long distance.

Undoubtedly the Seagulls' hopes of survival will largely depend on their home form.

But Hughton's side must be more solid at the back and clinical up front away from the Amex Stadium.

'We got our rewards' - reaction

Brighton finding Premier League 'tough' - Hughton

West Brom boss Alan Pardew: "I have waited a long time to win a Premier League game here. We kept doing the right things and got our rewards.

"The players have responded well since we got in. We are a big side and good at set-plays but maybe lost that. So we focused on that this week.

"They were two well-executed goals from corners. We were also good in terms of stopping them playing."

Brighton boss Chris Hughton: "It is hugely disappointing because there was not a lot between the two teams.

"We have worked hard on defending set-plays and the first goal really hurt us. If they don't get that early goal we are really in it.

"We got into a lot of good areas but haven't worked the goalkeeper enough. We have to be more productive in the final third."

Man of the match - Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Brom)

Grzegorz Krychowiak
Jonny Evans was imperious at the back but Baggies midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak was integral to this win. The Poland international ensured West Brom won the midfield battle and used the ball intelligently.

Pardew continues record against Hughton - the stats

  • Pardew picked up his first Premier League win in charge of West Brom, in what was the Baggies' first win in the competition by more than one goal since March 2017 (3-1 v Arsenal).
  • The Seagulls have won just one of their past 12 games in the Premier League (D5 L6), failing to score at all in eight of these fixtures.
  • Hughton has not won any of his five games against teams managed by Pardew in the Premier League (D2 L3), managing just one goal across those meetings.
  • Excluding penalties, Brighton have conceded more goals from set-pieces than any other team in the Premier League this season (16).
  • Each of West Brom's four goals at The Hawthorns under Pardew have come from set-pieces (three from corners and one from the penalty spot).
  • Evans netted his second league goal of the season - only once previously has he scored more in a Premier League campaign (three in 2012-13 for Manchester United).

What's next?

West Brom face the first instalment of back-to-back away to trips to Merseyside when they face Everton at Goodison Park next Saturday (15:00 GMT).

Brighton return to home comforts when they host Premier League champions Chelsea in the day's early kick-off (12:30) at the Amex.


West Brom

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Foster
  • 25DawsonSubstituted forNyomat 81'minutes
  • 6EvansSubstituted forMcAuleyat 84'minutes
  • 26Hegazi
  • 3Gibbs
  • 10Phillips
  • 18Barry
  • 20Krychowiak
  • 11Brunt
  • 19RodriguezSubstituted forLivermoreat 79'minutes
  • 9Rondón


  • 2Nyom
  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 5Yacob
  • 8Livermore
  • 13Myhill
  • 14McClean
  • 23McAuley


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Ryan
  • 2Bruno
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 3Bong
  • 11Knockaert
  • 6Stephens
  • 24PröpperSubstituted forKayalat 76'minutes
  • 19IzquierdoSubstituted forMarchat 45'minutes
  • 13GroßSubstituted forBaldockat 66'minutes
  • 17Murray


  • 7Kayal
  • 9Baldock
  • 10Hemed
  • 18Goldson
  • 20March
  • 21Schelotto
  • 26Krul
Martin Atkinson

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamBrighton
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Solly March.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Allan Nyom.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

  9. Post update

    Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Ahmed Hegazi tries a through ball, but Salomón Rondón is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  11. Post update

    Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt tries a through ball, but Salomón Rondón is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  14. Post update

    Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  16. Post update

    Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Gareth McAuley replaces Jonny Evans because of an injury.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Allan Nyom replaces Craig Dawson because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  20. Post update

    Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


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