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Albion 2 Brighton 0

13 January 2018

ALBION claimed three vital points with a crucial 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion at The Hawthorns.

Baggies captain Jonny Evans handed the hosts a dream start when he headed home a well-worked corner routine after just four minutes.

And it was from another inch-perfect corner 10 minutes into the second half that Craig Dawson nodded in a deserved second in front of a rapturous home crowd.

The important Premier League win, the club's first under Head Coach Alan Pardew, comes on the back of last weekend's FA Cup triumph at Exeter City by the same scoreline, securing back-to-back victories ahead of a trip to Everton next Saturday.

The Hawthorns faithful, superb throughout, produced a cauldron of noise in the build-up to kick-off, amplified by clapper boards on the seats of the home supporters among the 25,240 present.

And they spurred the hosts on to a a flying start as Matt Phillips' corner was flicked on by Jay Rodriguez at the near post and Evans rose unmarked to power his header past Mat Ryan.

Albion were threatening from set-pieces and Dawson headed another Phillips corner off target amid a pulsating start.

Phillips, a constant menance, saw loud penalty appeals waved away after Glenn Murray appeared to block his shot with an arm on the half-hour mark.

The Seagulls applied pressure of their own in the closing stages of the first half, Dawson bravely throwing his body in the way of Lewis Dunk's effort - before the Baggies defender had a good chance of his own at the other end but Ryan raced out to block.

Yet Albion did get a vital second after the interval and, like in the first period, it came via a corner just minutes into the action.

Chris Brunt sent over an inch-perfect delivery in front of the Birmingham Road End and Dawson rose highest on the penalty spot to send his header into the ground and then into the top corner.

Anthony Knockaert blazed over an opening for the visitors before Rondon fired into the side-netting.

And Albion stood firm to close out the match and record a much-needed victory, Gareth McAuley stepping off the bench in the closing stages to make his 200th Premier League appearance for the club.

ALBION: Foster, Dawson (Nyom 81), Evans (c) (McAuley 84), Hegazi, Gibbs, Phillips, Barry, Krychowiak, Brunt, Rodriguez (Livermore 79), Rondon.

Subs: Myhill, Yacob, McClean, Robson-Kanu.


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