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West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
24 November 2012
• Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Referee: M. Dean
• Attendance: 36390
C. Gardner 73'
S. Sessègnon 87'
West Bromwich Albion
Z. Gera 30'
S. Long 44'
R. Lukaku 81'
M. Fortuné 90'+
What a good game that turned out to be. Stick with Goal.com for another afternoon of Premier League, Scottish and European football and all the reaction from this game. For now, though, I've been Chris Teale and I really appreciate you joining me.
90' + 5'
FULL-TIME, and West Brom go third in the Premier League with their fourth win in a row. It was by no means easy as Sunderland scored twice, but the Baggies just about had enough to take the victory. Both sides will have questions about their defensive frailties but the Black Cats will perhaps be most worried about their attacking players, who seemed to lack forward momentum for most of the game until James McClean joined the fray. It was a very entertaining game in the end and it’s the Baggies who take the points.
90' + 4'
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90' + 4'
GOAL!!! That's the win! The ball breaks on the counter-attack to Fortune after a good pass from Lukaku and he buries it. 4-2, game over.
90' + 3'
Havoc in the West Brom penalty area but they just about manage to get rid of the ball.
90' + 2'
Lukaku hits the post! He's all on his own up front and thumps the ball straight into the woodwork.
90' + 1'
Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş
90' + 1'
Good save Myhill. Cuellar goes up for the header but can't get enough power behind the ball and the Baggies goalkeeper holds on.
There'll be four minutes of stoppage time added on.
Yellow CardLiam Ridgewell
GOAL!!! The corner comes in from Sunderland, Boaz Myhill makes a decent save but there is Sessegnon to sweep up the rebound and power it home. Is there hope for the Black Cats?
That would have been quite a goal. Mignolet and Lukaku go for a long ball and the Baggies man beats Sunderland's goalkeeper to it and nearly slides the ball home from a very tight angle.
James Morrison has put in a good shift this afternoon, so it's unsurprising that he needs some treatment for cramp.
Penalty GoalRomelu Lukaku
GOAL! Substitute Romelu Lukaku steps up and buries the ball. Game over, surely?
Penalty West Brom! Liam Ridgewell goes down under the challenge of Adam Johnson and Mike Dean gives a spot kick! This could be crucial for the Baggies.
West Brom are starting to take their time a bit here, clearly wanting to take the sting out of a Sunderland fightback. They have already tried to keep it in the corner as well.
It's a different game out there now, as Sessegnon lets fly from outside the box and forces another corner for Sunderland.
GOAL! Sunderland are back in it! Gardner strikes a free kick pretty well, it takes a deflection off Marc-Antoine Fortune and goes past Myhill! The home side have a hope!
Steven Fletcher wins a header in the West Brom penalty area, but he has so little support up there the Baggies clear it easily. He looks a bit isolated in the lone striker role.
Cracking try from Peter Odemwingie, who sends in a great shot from just outside the box that goes just wide of Mignolet's far post.
West Brom are starting to sit quite deep out there with virtually everyone behind the ball. However, their defence is holding firm and preventing Sunderland from creating any real chances.
McClean backs himself into a corner from well outside the box but still manages to get a shot away and force a corner. He's been very willing but with little reward.
Nearly a third for West Brom. Chris Brunt drives the ball across the box and Long is just inches away from getting a toe on it.
Sunderland substitute James McClean has looked lively since replacing John O'Shea at half-time, and is giving Billy Jones plenty to think about.
Sunderland's fans are starting to boo their team, who seem to have little momentum going forward, even in their opponents' half.
Cracking skill there from Billy Jones, who forces his way into the penalty area and is only stopped by a desperate tackle by Carlos Cuellar.
Yellow CardCraig Gardner
Gardner picks up another booking for a poorly-timed sliding challenge. That's his sixth caution of the season.
Not the most comfortable save there from Myhill, who tries to parry a shot from Gardner but almost makes a hash of it. Thankfully, he manages to send it wide.
This second half has started at a very high tempo and West Brom are already on the front foot. One more goal here and that would definitely be three points wrapped up for them.
Great save from Mignolet, who is out quickly to smother a through-ball towards Long.
Nice from Gardner, who runs forward with intent and forces a save out of Myhill.
Half-time flew by and now we're back for the second half. West Brom get it started.
45' + 3'
HALF-TIME, and West Brom lead 2-0 thanks to Zoltan Gera’s superb goal from outside the box and a horrible error from Simon Mignolet that was punished by Shane Long. The game itself has been watchable, with both sides struggling to create many chances and neither asserting any real dominance. Sunderland have looked handy going forward, with Stephane Sessegnon creating some problems, but they have been unable to exert any sustained pressure and find themselves comfortably behind to the Premier League’s surprise package.
That must have moved in the air, as Myhill just about beats away a free kick from substitute Gardner.
GOAL!!! That is horrible from Mignolet. A through-ball comes through and the Sunderland goalkeeper inexplicably spills the ball under some pressure from Long. The Irishman is there to put the ball into an empty net, and the Baggies now lead 2-0.
Sessegnon has looked pretty good in this half and forces another save from Myhill. It was comfortable, but shows he can produce the spark Sunderland need to get back into this.
Yellow CardJames Morrison
Pretty savage challenge from James Morrison on Danny Rose, which earns the Scot a booking.
Good pressure from Sessegnon, who forces Gareth McAuley to clear for a throw despite being up there on his own.
Sad end for Cattermole, who is injured and has to be replaced by Craig Gardner, who returns to the midfield after a bit of time at right-back because of injury problems in the Sunderland squad.
That could have been an equaliser for Sunderland. Cattermole's cross breaks to O'Shea, who tries to curl one into the top corner but puts it just over.
GOAL!!! What a strike that was! The ball breaks to Zoltan Gera out of nothing and he hammers the ball into the top corner to give the Baggies the lead. Great goal from the Hungarian.
Unsurprisingly, Lee Cattermole is warned by referee Mike Dean for fouling. One senses he's not far away from a yellow of his own.
Chance! Sebastian Larsson sends in a dangerous free kick headed on by Sessegnon that Myhill can only parry into the six-yard box! Thankfully, his defender is there to clear it away.
It's got a little bit calmer now after a stormy few minutes as play becomes a bit disjointed.
Yellow CardShane Long
John O'Shea thought he was off then after Long went down heavily. However, it's actually the Baggies striker who is booked for diving. That wouldn't have been good for Sunderland.
Beautiful skill from Stephane Sessegnon who picks up Danny Rose's beautiful ball, flicks it up and manages to force a good low save from Myhill.
West Brom have a couple of really good set pieces in quick succession, both of which Mignolet flaps at. However, the Baggies can't convert either.
That's much more like it from Sunderland, who step up the pressure and force the away side to defend stoutly. Bardsley sends in another good cross towards Steven Fletcher but the Scot can't get full contact on the ball.
They might be at home but Sunderland are not having anywhere near enough of the ball as the Baggies monopolise it and pass it around comfortably.
Yellow CardJohn O'Shea
Yellow for John O'Shea, who is judged to have impeded Shane Long and prevented him from running onto a through-ball from Chris Brunt.
Peter Odemwingie pulls the trigger from way out and despite a deflection, that's an easy save for Simon Mignolet.
Nice from Adam Johnson, who cuts in from the left and forces a low save from Boaz Myhill at his near post.
West Brom have played some beautiful football already but it's Sunderland who come forward with intent first, but Phil Bardsley makes a mess of his cross from the right.
They're off! Sunderland get the first half going.
Here are the teams. Kick-off is just moments away.
The Black Cats are unchanged, while the away side make two changes, with Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt replacing Youssouf Mulumbu and Gabriel Tamas. Kick-off draws ever closer at the Stadium of Light.
Meanwhile, here’s West Brom: Myhill; Ridgewell, Jones, McAuley, Olsson; Yacob, Gera, Brunt, Morrison; Odemwingie, Long.
What of the teams? Here’s how Sunderland look: Mignolet; Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose; Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Johnson; Sessegnon; Fletcher.
Meanwhile, West Brom have been in superb form and find themselves in the fourth and final Champions League place. The Baggies have won their last three Premier League games and have stormed up the table with manager Steve Clarke tasting victory over his former club Chelsea last time out.
Sunderland have struggled to score goals this season, but in beating Fulham last time out and scoring three goals will hope to have turned a corner and find some much-needed momentum. They still sit only three points above the relegation zone, but another victory here would lift them even further out of danger.
Good afternoon, and welcome to Goal.com’s LIVE! text commentary on this Premier League clash between Sunderland and West Brom. My name is Chris Teale, and I feel incredibly fortunate to be watching this one with you today.
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