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February 23, 2013 8:30 PM IST
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ R. East‎
Attendance:‬ 25924‎
 
35′ (PG) Romelu Lukaku
 
Top of the Match
Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku
West Bromwich
Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku
West Bromwich
Flop of the Match
Danny Graham
Danny Graham
Sunderland
Steven Fletcher
Steven Fletcher
Sunderland

West Brom 2-1 Sunderland: Unstoppable Lukaku gives Baggies first win of 2013

The on-loan striker shines as he fires Steve Clarke's side back into the top seven with a goal in each half to pile misery on the visitors at the Hawthorns again

By Alex Fisher at the Hawthorns

Romelu Lukaku
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West Brom recorded their first home win of 2013 with a 2-1 victory over Sunderland, a win that moves the Baggies up to seventh in the Premier League table.

In a scrappy first half the Baggies took the lead through Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian converting a penalty after Craig Gardner had handled a Liam Ridgewell cross.

The striker added a second in the second half as he chased down a poor Titus Bramble back pass and Simon Mignolet’s clearance struck him and rebounded into the net, while Stephan Sessegnon struck a late consolation.

The main talking point pre-kick off was the inclusion of Peter Odemwingie on the Baggies' bench, having been left out of the Albion squad since his transfer deadline day antics.

Injuries to Lee Cattermole and Danny Rose forced Martin O’Neill into two changes with Danny Graham given his first start for Sunderland since moving from Swansea and Seb Larsson returning to the midfield.

A very slow start to the game did not help lift the temperatures inside the Hawthorns but the game into life in the 24th minute and chances began to appear at both ends of the game but somehow the deadlock was not broken.

The post denied Steven Fletcher minutes after a miss from Lukaku, the Scot was found by Graham and his measured low shot beat Ben Foster but struck the post. The rebound came back to the striker but he volleyed over the crossbar.

Luckily for West Brom their wastefulness in front of goal did not last long as Gardner, playing as a makeshift right back, handled a Liam Ridgewell cross inside the area to gift the home side the lead. Lukaku picked the ball up and blasted it past Mignolet for his 11th goal of the season.

The game descended into an unspectacular display, but a second goal was scored through Lukaku as he stole the ball from John O’Shea on the half-way line and latched onto a weak Bramble back pass, Mignolet came out to clear the ball straight at the striker and the ball flew into the net

With 11 minutes to go Sunderland grabbed themselves a lifeline through an inch-perfect Sessegnon strike from 12 yards, following up James McClean's neat play to create space for him inside the penalty area.


West Bromwich

1
Ben Foster
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Steven Reid
Defender
3.00
3
Jonas Olsson
Defender
3.00
6
Liam Ridgewell
Defender
3.00
23
Gareth McAuley
Defender
3.00
5
Claudio Yacob
Midfielder
3.00
7
James Morrison
Midfielder
78′ 84′
3.00
11
Chris Brunt
Midfielder
3.50
21
Youssouf Mulumbu
Midfielder
3.00
21
Shane Long
Striker
66′
3.50
17
Romelu Lukaku
Striker
35′ 75′ 75′ 87′
4.00

Sunderland

3.00
22
Simon Mignolet
Goalkeeper
2.50
16
John O'Shea
Defender
2.50
19
3.00
18
Alfred N'diaye
Midfielder
3.00
7
2.50
8
Craig Gardner
Midfielder
2.50
14
Jack Colback
Midfielder
3.00
11
Adam Johnson
Midfielder
76′
3.50
28
2.00
30
3.00
9

Substitutes

13
B. Myhill
Goalkeeper
 - 
28
Billy Jones
Midfielder
 - 
17
Graham Dorrans
Midfielder
66′
3.00
9
 - 
9
3.00
28
3.00

Substitutes

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20
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2
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27
 - 
5
 - 
24
3.00
-
David Vaughan
Midfielder
76′
3.00
-
James McClean
Midfielder
76′

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Striker
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Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
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Striker
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16 0
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Striker
Man. United
15 2