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February 23, 2013 10:00 AM EST
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

On-loan striker shines as he fires Baggies back into the top seven with a goal in each half to pile misery on the visitors at the Hawthorns again

By Alex Fisher

West Brom recorded its first home win of 2013 with a 2-1 victory over Sunderland, a win that moves the Baggies up to 7th in the Premier League table.

In a very scrappy game both sides created a number of opportunities but neither goalkeeper was much called upon to make a save from an on target shot. The opening goal of the game came in the first half from the impressive 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. The visitors did get a goal back with 11 minutes to play through Stephane Sessegnon but it was too little too late for the Black Cats.

The main talking point before kick off was the inclusion of Peter Odemwingie, who had been left out of the Albion squad since his transfer deadline day antics. Steve Clarke made one other change to his matchday squad that beat Liverpool, top scorer Lukaku returning to the side in place of Graham Dorrans. 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 sprang 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 Lukaku’s miss, the striker was found by Graham and his measured low shot beat Ben Foster but struck the post and 24 – Graham to Fletcher, measured effort beat Foster but struck the post and bounced away, rebound came back to the striker but he volleyed over the crossbar.

Luckily for West Brom, its wastefulness in front of goal did not last long as Lukaku opened the scoring in the 34th minute from the penalty spot. Gardner, playing as a makeshift right back, handled a Ridgewell cross inside the area to gift the home side an opportunity to take the lead. Lukaku picked the ball up, placed it on the spot and blasted it past Mignolet for his 11th goal of the season.

The second half started slowly although there were potential openings neither side were able to test the opposition goalkeeper until the 75th minute. That was when Lukaku created and scored his second goal of the game. The striker stole the ball from John O’Shea on the halfway 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 itself a lifeline through an inch perfect Sessgnon strike from 12 yards. James McClean created space for himself inside the penalty area and fired a cross into six yard box; the ball struck Jonas Olsson and dropped to Sessegnon who curled the ball into the top corner.


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

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Results
 
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Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
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Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0