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February 23, 2013 11:00 PM MYT
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ R. East‎
Attendance:‬ 25924‎
 
35′ (PG) Romelu Lukaku
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: West Brom 2-1 Sunderland

Baggies back to winning ways after on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku produces an inspired performance, striking twice to sink the Black Cats despite a late rally from the visitors

By Alex Fisher at the Hawthorns

  • Ben Foster
    2
    0
    3.00

    Ben Foster

    The keeper had a little bit of luck in the first half as a John O’Shea header nearly squirmed through his arms and over the line, and he then saw a low shot from Fletcher strike the post.

  • Steven Reid
    1
    0
    3.00

    Steven Reid

    A solid performance from the full-back against the lively Johnson, he stayed very close to the winger when he needed to and limited the number of crosses he was able to put into the penalty area.

  • Jonas Olsson
    2
    0
    3.00

    Jonas Olsson

    Very confident in the air but didn’t have it all his own way when dealing with Fletcher who won a lot of their aerial battles.

  • Liam Ridgewell
    1
    1
    3.00

    Liam Ridgewell

    The attacking threat of Sessegnon was something the full-back was able to deal with and really shut down the right-hand side of Sunderland’s attack. He was also a real threat in the attacking third for his team, linking up well with Brunt and sending some dangerous crosses into the penalty area which were not converted.

  • Gareth McAuley
    1
    0
    3.00

    Gareth McAuley

    He works well with Olsson at the back for the Baggies and together they coped reasonably well with the threat posed by Graham and Fletcher. He was dominant in the air against the Black Cats' strikers but struggled a little when they ran at him with the ball on the floor.

  • Claudio Yacob
    2
    0
    3.00

    Claudio Yacob

    Calm in possession and always made himself available to receive a pass. The Argentine works very well with Mulumbu in the middle of the pitch. He closed down the space to restrict N’Diaye and Larsson in the Sunderland midfield and also helped to protect his defence from the threat posed by the visitors.

  • James Morrison
    1
    0
    3.00

    James Morrison

    Playing out wide is probably not the best use of Morrison’s talents but he had a solid game and worked hard to create openings for his strikers, with some very accurate crosses delivered towards the heads of Lukaku and Long.

  • Chris Brunt
    0
    0
    3.50

    Chris Brunt

    He showed the ability he has to deliver crosses of real danger throughout the game as he created numerous chances for Lukaku and Mulumbu.

  • Youssouf Mulumbu
    0
    1
    3.00

    Youssouf Mulumbu

    Full of running in midfield, he was able to both protect his defence and support his attack in an impressive performance. He links very well with Yacob in the centre of the pitch and together they controlled large parts of the game and when they didn’t have the ball they pressed the Sunderland players well. The only downside to his performance was a dreadful miss midway through the first half when he broke into the penalty area to meet a Brunt cross but headed wide from five yards.

  • Shane Long
    1
    0
    3.50

    Shane Long

    Very different to his strike partner in some ways but very similar in others, they make a good front two which Sunderland struggled to deal with at times. He found plenty of room at times and saw some good chances go just the wrong side of the woodwork, but his energy was the real threat to Sunderland. He was replaced by Dorrans in the 66th minute.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    30
    1
    4.00

    Romelu Lukaku Top of the Match

    He has got strength, pace and power plus a thirst for goals and a fantastic work ethic…and he’s only 19! The young Belgian forward had a fine game and tormented the Sunderland back line throughout the afternoon. He could have had a couple of goals but had to settle for a first half penalty which he dispatched past Mignolet with ease. His second goal had an element of fortune around it but it was deserved for his persistence, and capped off a top performance.

Substitutions

  • Graham Dorrans
    0
    0
    3.00

    Graham Dorrans

    Replaced Long in the 66th minute and gave the home side more strength in midfield to control the remainder of the game.

  • Peter Odemwingie
    2
    0
    3.00

    Peter Odemwingie

    The striker replaced Lukaku near the end and was greeted with boos, but they nearly turned to cheers as he missed a great chance with his first touch.

  • Marc-Antoine Fortune
    1
    0
    3.00

    Marc-Antoine Fortune

    Replaced Morrison with six minutes to go to give his side a fresh pair of legs upfront.

  • Simon Mignolet
    0
    0
    3.00

    Simon Mignolet

    The Belgian keeper did not do much wrong but still ended up on the losing side due to his compatriot Lukaku. When required Mignolet collected crosses well and his distribution was neat and tidy, however he guessed the wrong way when trying to stop Lukaku’s penalty.

  • John O'Shea
    0
    0
    2.50

    John O'Shea

    He thought he had opened the scoring early on but although his header squirmed through the arms of Foster it was impossible to say whether it had actually crossed the line. Defensively he struggled against the power of Lukaku and some of his positioning was questionable as crosses flew over his head to unmarked Albion strikers.

  • Titus Bramble
    0
    0
    2.50

    Titus Bramble

    Also struggled against Lukaku and Long but he was able to do just enough to deny the strikers a clear strike at goal. He looks good on the ball most of the time but there are always occasions where you think he still has a mistake in his locker, he proved that by gifting the second goal to Lukaku.

  • Alfred N'diaye
    0
    1
    3.00

    Alfred N'diaye

    A huge midfielder and he used his strength well to break through towards the West Brom defence, but his touch in the final third tended to let him down.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    0
    0
    3.00

    Sebastian Larsson

    Worked hard in midfield but was not able to make much of an impact against Yacob and Mulumbu. He delivered some dangerous balls into the penalty area but the Albion defence was able to clear before Fletcher could capitalise.

  • Craig Gardner
    0
    0
    2.50

    Craig Gardner

    He is not a full-back and at times that showed but in others he looked fairly good, his reading of the game and ability to intercept passes was very good but trying to stop Brunt and Ridgewell was a very tough ask. He was adjudged to have handled the ball from a Ridgewell cross in the 34th minute and it was the resulting penalty that cost his side any points.

  • Jack Colback
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jack Colback

    Playing as a make shift left-back he had a tough time against Morrison, the winger caused him plenty of problems and he wasn’t able to get close enough to him to deny crossing chances. Like Gardner he was able to intercept the ball well but he occasionally forget he was a full-back as he drifted inside and into midfield.

  • Adam Johnson
    0
    0
    3.00

    Adam Johnson

    He was creative when given the ball but he didn’t dominate the play and could have done more to create for Fletcher and Graham.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    1
    0
    3.50

    Stéphane Sessegnon

    The visitor's best player, he worked hard down the right despite it not being his best position and threatened when he had the ball at his feet. He got his side’s goal, which turned out to be little more than a consolation, and nearly created an equaliser for Vaughan.

  • Danny Graham
    0
    0
    2.00

    Danny Graham Flop of the Match

    The striker struggled to get space and didn’t test Foster with a shot throughout the game. He linked well with Fletcher but will be frustrated because of the close marking he received.

  • Steven Fletcher
    0
    0
    3.00

    Steven Fletcher

    Had his side’s best chances in the first half but his shooting was fairly wayward, and when he did beat Foster the post denied him. He had some good openings in the second half but never had the time to fire at goal.

Substitutions

  • David Vaughan
    0
    0
    3.00

    David Vaughan

    He replaced Larsson but couldn’t turn his side’s fortunes around.

  • James McClean
    0
    0
    3.00

    James McClean

    Created the goal for Sessegnon after replacing Johnson but he missed a great chance to equalise right at the death.

Results
 
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18 6
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
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15 0