Read all about it: Albion 2 Sunderland 0

Last updated : 22 January 2017 By Wba-mad Editor

Albion sent Sunderland to the bottom of the table and cemented their place in the top ten with a comfortable 2-0 win. 

Volleys from Darren Fletcher and Chris Brunt in the first half saw off the Black Cats and kept Albion in 8th place. 

Here's what the papers had to say. Click on the link for the full report. 

Birmingham Mail 

It was a response that Tony Pulis and West Brom supporters wanted after the mauling at White Hart Lane last weekend.

The beating of despondent Sunderland, who appear to be heading one way, was the perfect tonic.

There was a place for Jake Livermore on the bench, the new acquisition from Hull, while Allan Nyom made his long-awaited return to the side.

Goals from Darren Fletcher and Chris Brunt, both terrific in their own right, lit up the first-half as the Baggies utterly dominated their North East opponents, leaving boss David Moyes in a state of bemusement.

Express and Star 

Friday was a good day. Jake Livemore joined and the Baggies sold Saido Berahino to Stoke in a deal that includes a 20 per cent sell-on fee.

With that huge cloud hanging over the club finally lifted, and a new signing to get excited about, there was a sense of optimism rippling around The Hawthorns before kick-off.

It was not misplaced. If Friday was good, then Saturday was even better.

Albion have now won five of their last six league games at home, and continue to hold the hoodoo over Sunderland, who have now tasted victory just once in their last 15 meetings with the Baggies.


Matt Phillips delivered a 30th-minute corner, Chris Brunt met it at the edge of the box, Nacer Chadli’s touch worked it to Gareth McAuley, who nodded it on to Darren Fletcher. He controlled it on his chest, turned and volleyed past Vito Mannone. 

Six minutes later, the excellent Phillips skinned John O’Shea and crossed low towards Salomon Rondon. Mannone got to it first but could only push it towards Chadli. The former Tottenham man should have scored, instead crashing his shot against the bar. But, no matter, the ball ran out to Brunt, who found the net from the edge of the box with a terrific volley. 


Sunderland sank back to the bottom of the Premier League table as their miserable away form continued against West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Goals from Darren Fletcher and Chris Brunt saw the Baggies return to winning ways following defeats to Derby, in the FA Cup, and Tottenham as the 2-0 victory kept them in the frame as contenders for European football next season.

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