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16 August 2014
• The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Referee: N. Swarbrick
• Attendance: 25468
West Bromwich Albion
S. Berahino 42', 74'
L. Cattermole 5'
S. Larsson 85'
So that's it from me. This is Nicholas McGee signing off!
Next up for Sunderland is a home game with Manchester United, while West Brom make the trip south to Southampton in search of their first win of the new season.
Neil Swarbrick blows his whistle to signal the end of a fine opening match at the Hawthorns. Both sides may feel aggrieved not to have taken all three points but a draw is a probably a fair result. A positive start for both teams.
90' + 3'
West Brom win a corner but Sunderland defend well and earn a free-kick. Is there to be one last twist in the tale?
90' + 1'
There will be FIVE minutes of added time. Plenty of time for either team to snatch a winner.
Victor Anichebe is down after colliding with Mannone, the striker looks a little dazed but appears to be OK.
West Brom now throwing bodies forward in search of a winner. A grandstand finish is on the cards.
AssistPatrick van Aanholt
A lovely, lovely move from Sunderland gets the goal it deserves, Gomez feeds Van Aanholt down the left, whose pinpoint low cross is coolly converted by the Swedish midfielder. What a game this has been.
NO THEY AREN'T LARSSON LEVELS FOR SUNDERLAND!!!
West Brom are dropping deeper and deeper but do not look like conceding at the moment. Are Sunderland running out of ideas?
West Brom clear and the crowd respond with a hearty cheer. The stage appears set for a thrilling finale to this one.
Pocognoli concedes a free-kick for a foul on Buckley. Can Sunderland create something from this?
Just seconds before that goal new Sunderland signing Will Buckley had been thrown on for Adam Johnson, now he and his new team-mates must try and find an equaliser in the next 14 minutes.
GOAL!!! Berahino at the double as West Brom complete the turnaround! Graham Dorrans' low drive is well parried by Mannone, but only as far as Gardner, whose fine ball to the far post is tucked home by the England Under-21 international.
No real chances but it's Sunderland who seem the more likely winners as we head to the closing stages.
One Sunderland debutant makes way for another as Rodwell is withdrawn and replaced by Jordi Gomez.
West Brom have settled down somewhat and are dictating possession. Plenty of time remaining and this one could still go either way.
Another promising Sunderland move is brought to an end as Van Aanholt strays offside. The visitors beginning to get on top.
Sunderland thwarted by the offside flag! Fletcher heads in at the far post but is correctly flagged by the assistant referee. More misfortune for Gus Poyet's men.
Another dangerous Sunderland corner causes problems in the West Brom box as Roberge's flying volley is blocked following a flick-on from Steven Fletcher.
The goal decision system confirms that Dawson's header did cross the line! Big call from the assistant referee to whistle play dead for a soft looking foul from Jonas Olsson on Mannone.
Sunderland win a corner and go close to retaking the lead as Connor Wickham volleys wide. Good chance for the visitors.
Craig Dawson sees a header cleared off the line after Mannone had done well to claw away a dangerous free-kick, but the referee had already stopped play for a foul.
West Brom get the second half underway!
Referee Neil Swarbrick brings an end to an entertaining first half, and it is he who is at the centre of the controversy for awarding West Brom a dubious penalty from which Berahino scored after Cattermole had put the visitors ahead in spectacular fashion. This one is brilliantly poised heading into the second 45 minutes.
45' + 1'
There will be two minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half.
West Brom have their tails up and Berahino powers an effort straight at Mannone. A frantic finish to the first-half.
Yellow CardValentin Roberge
Penalty GoalSaido Berahino
GOAL! Roberge is controversially adjudged to have pulled down Berahino, who steps up and sends Mannone the wrong way, tucking the ball into the bottom corner to delight the home fans.
PENALTY TO WEST BROM!!
Mannone is forced into his first significant action of the game, acrobatically tipping Gardner's vicious strike over the crossbar. Can West Brom find a leveller before the break?
Chris Brunt drives at goal from 25 yards that swerves just wide of Vito Mannone's right-hand post. A scare for Sunderland.
Pocognoli whips in a cross from the left but again Sunderland, who have defended extremely well, clear their lines.
Yellow CardJonas Olsson
Valentin Roberge wastes a great chance for Sunderland, heading narrowly wide from six-yards out from a well-placed free-kick.
Yellow CardGraham Dorrans
A foul throw from Wes Brown finally gives the home fans something to cheer about, albeit ironically.
Berahino lashes into the side-netting at the near post. A little bit more encouragement for West Brom.
Pocognoli has a go from range but it flies well wide, that kind of sums up West Brom's performance so far.
We've had just one shot in 20 minutes of play, it resulted in a goal but that statistic gives you an illustration of the quality on show in the final third.
West Brom earn two consecutive corners but Sunderland survive, Irvine's men are well on top at the moment.
Sunderland look a little sloppy in possession and are inviting pressure on themselves, the visitors are playing a dangerous game but at the moment West Brom don't appear to have the quality to punish them.
The hosts are dominating possession but do not look like threatening a repsonse, not the start Alan Irvine will have desired.
Yellow CardCraig Dawson
West Brom look shell-shocked and all the noise, understandably, is coming from the impressive travelling support from the north-east.
WHAT A GOAL! Sunderland take the lead in stunning fashion through Lee Cattermole, the midfielder collects the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box and unleashes a fierce effort into the top corner, Ben Foster got a hand to it but couldn't do enought to keep a howitzer of an effort.
Strong start from West Brom, who work their way through the Sunderland defence only for Wes Brown to thwart Saido Berahino with a fine last-ditch tackle.
New West Brom boss Alan Irvine receives a warm reception from the home fans, and Sunderland get us underway!
Which of these two apparent candidates for the drop will start their season with a strong result, the teams are in the tunnel and we're about to find out.
Meanwhile, Patrick van Aanholt and Jack Rodwell both start for Sunderland as Gus Poyet hopes to avoid another brush with drop in 2014-15.
So debutants on both sides at The Hawthorns, with Andre Wisdom, Sebastien Pocognoli both making their Premier League bows for the hosts, while Craig Gardner lines up against the side he left to join West Brom in May.
Substitutes: Pantillimon, Bridcutt, Gomez, Altidore, Mavrias, Graham, Buckley.
Sunderland (4-4-2): Mannone; Roberge, Brown, O'Shea, Van Aanholt; Larsson, Rodwell, Cattermole, Johnson; Wickham, Fletcher.
Substitutes: Myhill, Ideye, Davidson, O'Neil, Sessegnon, Yacob, Baird.
West Brom (4-2-3-1): Foster; Wisdom, Dawson, Olsson, Pocognoli; Mulumbu, Gardner; Dorrans, Berahino, Brunt; Anichebe.
Let's start with the two team line-ups...
Hello and welcome to live commentary of West Brom's Premier League opener with Sunderland! I'm Nicholas McGee and I'll be here to take you through the action between two teams viewed by many as relegation candidates.
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