West Brom 2-1 Sunderland- Match Report
Report of match 23rd February 2013
West Brom 2-1 Sunderland- Match Report.
Lukaku double sees off Black Cats
Romelu Lukaku's two goals lifted West Brom to the 40-point mark for the campaign as they overcame Sunderland 2-1 to register their first home win for two months.
The on-loan Chelsea striker reached 12 goals for the season - all of which have come in the Barclays Premier League - firstly from the penalty spot and then when charging down a clearance from Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
The Black Cats set up a tense finish through Stephane Sessegnon's reply but Albion held on to keep up their challenge for a European place.
Lukaku showed again why Chelsea paid Anderlecht #18million for his services two years ago and the 19-year-old is showing the potential to develop into a top-class forward.
He received a standing ovation when substituted four minutes from time and replaced by Peter Odemwingie.
The home side were worthy of their success after a scrappy start, with midfield duo Youssouf Mulumbu and James Morrison also making telling contributions.
West Brom included Odemwingie in their matchday 18 for the first time since his proposed move to QPR fell through amid acrimony last month.
The Nigeria international was predictably booed by the home fans when his name was announced over the public tannoy before kick-off and when he made his late entrance onto the pitch.
Sunderland settled into the game well and home goalkeeper Ben Foster made the first save.
The former England international held onto a near-post header from Black Cats skipper John O'Shea from an inswinging Adam Johnson corner.
The woodwork came to West Brom's rescue after 25 minutes when Steven Fletcher cut in from the left and saw his low shot beat the dive of Foster and hit the far post.
Danny Graham, who was making his first start for Sunderland following his #5million move from Swansea, had a close-range chance almost instantly but Foster blocked his low half-volley.
West Brom responded and Mulumbu headed wide from close range after attacking a probing Liam Ridgewell centre.
Lukaku had the ball in the net after 28 minutes after receiving the ball from Morrison but the whistle had already gone for a foul on the Scotland international by Sebastian Larsson.
However, Lukaku was not to be denied and after 34 minutes put West Brom ahead from the penalty spot for his 11th goal of the season.
Craig Gardner was adjudged to have handled a cross from former Birmingham team-mate Ridgewell and up stepped Lukaku to send Mignolet the wrong way from the spot.
Sunderland defender Titus Bramble became the first player to be yellow-carded, after 40 minutes, for chopping down Shane Long in full flight.
The visitors had claims of their own for a penalty when a Johnson centre hit the arm of Gareth McAuley although there were few protests from the Sunderland players when it was rejected.
Long headed over at the end of the first half after connecting with a Morrison cross.
Sunderland started the second half on the offensive and Sessegnon had a shot cleared off the line by Mulumbu following a deep corner from Larsson.
But Lukaku continued to trouble the Sunderland defence and a rising shot stung the palms of Mignolet after good play by Chris Brunt.
Bramble produced a last-ditch tackle to block Morrison's close-range attempt as West Brom searched for the second goal - and with 16 minutes left Lukaku doubled their lead.
His perseverance forced Bramble into a mis-timed back pass and he then charged down Mignolet's clearance which flew into the net.
Sunderland hit back and in the 80th minute Sessegnon curled a shot past Foster and over the head of Ridgewell on the line to reduce the arrears.
Mignolet kept out a Brunt volley while Odemwingie flashed a shot inches wide after he replaced Lukaku.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: The Hawthorns Attendance: 25,924|
Lukaku 35 (pen), 75
|2 - 1||Sunderland
|82||Effort on goal by Stephane Sessegnon from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.|
|90+3||Jack Colback delivers the ball. Close range strike by James McClean goes over the bar.|
|90+1||Alfred N'Diaye concedes a free kick for a foul on Youssouf Mulumbu. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Chris Brunt from left wing.|
|89||Shot by David Vaughan from 20 yards. Fantastic save by Ben Foster.|
|88||Chris Brunt challenges Alfred N'Diaye unfairly and gives away a free kick. John O'Shea takes the free kick.|
|87||Peter Odemwingie produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|86||(West Brom) makes a substitution, with Peter Odemwingie coming on for Romelu Lukaku.|
|85||Alfred N'Diaye sends in a cross.|
|85||Marc-Antoine Fortune produces a cross, Titus Bramble manages to make a clearance. Chris Brunt takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.|
|84||Free kick awarded for a foul by David Vaughan on Youssouf Mulumbu. Steven Reid restarts play with the free kick.|
|83||Marc-Antoine Fortune is brought on as a substitute for James Morrison.|
|83||The ball is swung over by Craig Gardner.|
|81||Liam Ridgewell concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane Sessegnon. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.|
|74||Romelu Lukaku is shown a yellow card.|
|78||Stephane Sessegnon grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. West Brom 2-1 Sunderland.The assist for the goal came from James McClean.|
|78||James McClean produces a cross.|
|76||Free kick awarded for a foul by James Morrison on Stephane Sessegnon. James Morrison receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Craig Gardner takes the free kick.|
|75||Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.|
|75||David Vaughan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sebastian Larsson. Adam Johnson leaves the field to be replaced by James McClean.|
|74||Romelu Lukaku finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 2-0 Sunderland.|
|73||The ball is sent over by Adam Johnson, Ben Foster makes a save.|
|73||Adam Johnson delivers the ball, clearance by Gareth McAuley.|
|72||The ball is crossed by Chris Brunt.|
|71||The ball is delivered by Stephane Sessegnon.|
|69||Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt.|
|69||Romelu Lukaku takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.|
|68||Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by James Morrison.|
|68||Inswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt, clearance made by Steven Fletcher.|
|68||Graham Dorrans crosses the ball, James Morrison takes a shot. Titus Bramble gets a block in.|
|67||Youssouf Mulumbu takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.|
|65||Stephane Sessegnon fouled by Claudio Yacob, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Adam Johnson from right wing, clearance made by Chris Brunt.|
|65||Graham Dorrans is brought on as a substitute for Shane Long.|
|64||Centre by Liam Ridgewell, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.|
|63||Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Romelu Lukaku goes wide of the right-hand upright.|
|62||Corner taken right-footed by James Morrison, clearance by Craig Gardner.|
|62||The ball is sent over by Romelu Lukaku, Craig Gardner gets a block in.|
|62||Shot by Romelu Lukaku. Save by Simon Mignolet.|
|60||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Claudio Yacob by Sebastian Larsson. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.|
|60||Centre by Craig Gardner, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.|
|59||Youssouf Mulumbu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gardner.|
|58||Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on Craig Gardner. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.|
|56||Foul by John O'Shea on Shane Long, free kick awarded. Chris Brunt sends in a cross, Close range headed effort by Jonas Olsson clears the crossbar.|
|56||Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Gareth McAuley gets a block in.|
|54||The ball is swung over by Alfred N'Diaye, Danny Graham produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.|
|54||The ball is delivered by Jack Colback, blocked by Steven Reid.|
|53||The ball is crossed by Adam Johnson, blocked by Steven Reid.|
|52||Unfair challenge on John O'Shea by Shane Long results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.|
|51||Inswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, clearance made by John O'Shea.|
|50||Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Youssouf Mulumbu makes a clearance.|
|49||Foul by Liam Ridgewell on Stephane Sessegnon, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Adam Johnson, clearance made by Steven Reid.|
|48||Effort on goal by James Morrison from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.|
|46||The ball is swung over by Liam Ridgewell, John O'Shea makes a clearance.|
|45||Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson, clearance made by Shane Long.|
|45+1||Sebastian Larsson takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Liam Ridgewell.|
|45+1||Adam Johnson produces a drilled left-footed shot from 18 yards. Gareth McAuley gets a block in.|
|44||The ball is swung over by James Morrison, Shane Long produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.|
|42||The ball is crossed by Alfred N'Diaye, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.|
|40||Foul by Liam Ridgewell on Stephane Sessegnon, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gardner. The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.|
|39||Titus Bramble concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Titus Bramble goes into the referee's book. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt, brilliant save by Simon Mignolet.|
|35||Foul by Titus Bramble on Shane Long, free kick awarded. Chris Brunt delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Shane Long misses to the left of the goal.|
|32||Liam Ridgewell sends in a cross. The referee penalises Craig Gardner for handball. Romelu Lukaku scores a placed penalty. West Brom 1-0 Sunderland.Liam Ridgewell provided the assist for the goal.|
|31||Romelu Lukaku gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Gardner. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.|
|29||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Morrison by Sebastian Larsson. Steven Reid has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.|
|29||A cross is delivered by Chris Brunt, clearance made by Titus Bramble.|
|27||Liam Ridgewell produces a cross, Header from close in by Youssouf Mulumbu misses to the right of the goal.|
|27||The ball is swung over by Liam Ridgewell, Jack Colback makes a clearance.|
|26||A cross is delivered by Craig Gardner, save by Ben Foster.|
|25||The ball is crossed by Stephane Sessegnon, save by Ben Foster.|
|24||James Morrison produces a cross, clearance by Titus Bramble.|
|23||The ball is crossed by James Morrison, save by Simon Mignolet.|
|23||Steven Fletcher has an effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that bounces off the post.|
|22||Centre by Liam Ridgewell, Headed effort from inside the box by Romelu Lukaku misses to the right of the target.|
|20||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Chris Brunt. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.|
|19||Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Fletcher on Liam Ridgewell. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.|
|18||Danny Graham is caught offside. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.|
|17||Steven Reid challenges Alfred N'Diaye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.|
|15||Foul by Claudio Yacob on Steven Fletcher, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Sebastian Larsson, Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.|
|12||Unfair challenge on Chris Brunt by Alfred N'Diaye results in a free kick. Chris Brunt restarts play with the free kick.|
|10||The ball is swung over by Titus Bramble.|
|8||Adam Johnson takes the inswinging corner, Chris Brunt manages to make a clearance.|
|7||Centre by Alfred N'Diaye, Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.|
|6||Chris Brunt has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.|
|6||Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson played to the near post, save made by Ben Foster.|
|6||Stephane Sessegnon produces a cross, blocked by James Morrison.|
|5||Liam Ridgewell sends in a cross.|
|4||Danny Graham is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ben Foster takes the free kick.|
|4||The ball is sent over by Sebastian Larsson, Claudio Yacob gets a block in.|