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Last updated : 01 January 2017 By Wba-mad Editor

Albion finished 2016 in style with a 2-1 away win at Southampton. 

Matt Phillips kept up his good form with an equaliser just before half time after Albion had fallen behind. 

Hal Robson-Kanu then marked his first start in Albion colours with a 25-yard rocket that gave the Baggies all three points. 

Here's how the press reported Albion's win. Click on the link to read the full report. 

Birmingham Mail 

Hal Robson-Kanu scored one and made one on his first West Bromwich Albion start to engineer a statement-making comeback win on the south coast.

The Welshman set up Matt Phillips’ equaliser, after Shane Long put the hosts in front, before blasting in the winner five minutes after the interval.

It was only Albion’s second win at Southampton since August 1969 and ensured the Baggies leapfrogged the Saints to end 2016 in eighth.

Express and Star

What a way to grab your chance. And what a way to cap off your year.

On the final day of 2016, a year Hal Robson-Kanu shot to fame with a memorable goal for Wales at Euro 2016, he scored an equally impressive one for Albion on his first start for the club.

When he was signed as a free agent at the end of a frustrating summer in the transfer market, there were plenty of question marks over his quality.

This is a striker who scored one in 10 in the Championship with Reading.


Hal Robson-Kanu is unlikely to ever  match the goal that helped Wales beat Belgium in last summer’s Euro 2016 quarter-final.  The forward’s first goal since his memorable  ‘Cruyff turn’ effort, though, confirmed his eye for the spectacular remains intact.

Forced to wait patiently for his first league start after joining West Bromwich Albion as a free agent on transfer deadline day, Robson-Kanu made the most of his chance when it finally came, producing an outstanding left-foot finish that completed his side’s comeback after falling behind to Shane Long’s opening goal.


At the end of this year, of all years, it is worth remembering that one of the sporting quirks of the summer was that Hal Robson-Kanu was without a club as he starred for Wales at the European Championships. It is perhaps even more bizarre that he did not even find a team until the very end of the summer transfer window, when he quietly joined West Bromwich Albion on a two-year deal.

Since then, the 27-year-old has barely featured for his new side, playing just 96 minutes in the league from the substitute’s bench. But with top scorer Salomon Rondon in need of a rest, manager Tony Pulis handed Robson-Kanu his first league start of the season for their trip to Southampton.

How it paid off. Robson-Kanu lit up a stodgy affair on the south coast with an assist for Matt Phillips and a stunning second-half winner against a sluggish Southampton, who took a deserved lead in the first half but surrendered it almost immediately. His finish, a rasping strike on the run that arrowed into Fraser Forster’s top corner, may not have been quite as spectacular as his memorable goal against Belgium in the summer, but it was comfortably the standout moment here as West Brom bounced back in style from defeat at Arsenal.

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