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Great escape on as West Brom thump Southampton to boost surival hopes


West Brom made it back-to-back wins as they boosted their slim survival hopes with a 3-0 thrashing of Southampton at The Hawthorns.

Matheus Pereira opened the scoring from the penalty spot before further strikes from Matt Phillips and Callum Robinson sealed a comfortable win, while James Ward-Prowse missed a late penalty for the visitors.

The Baggies remain 19th but are now eights points from safety, believing that a miracle escape could be on. Southampton, who were poor throughout, stay 14th.

Robinson was rewarded with a start for West Brom after his two-goal haul in last week’s shock win at Chelsea.

The striker replaced Semi Ajayi in the hosts’ only change in another must-win game.

The Saints were unchanged from the side which hit back from 2-0 down to beat Burnley 3-2.

West Brom had a goal controversially ruled out after four minutes

Mbaye Diagne nodded in from close range and was flagged offside and VAR backed the onfield call because it could not get the right angle to conclusively prove the striker was on or offside.

Stuart Armstrong also tested Sam Johnstone in an open first half an hour at The Hawthorns.

Pereira put the Baggies in front from the penalty spot after 32 minutes having been brought down by Fraser Forster.

Phillips made it 2-0 three minutes later when he converted Diagne’s ball at the far post.

Robinson added to Albion’s lead after 69 minutes when he drilled in from Okay Yokuslu’s pass.

Saints missed a chance for a consolation in stoppage time when Ward-Prowse saw a spot-kick brilliantly saved by Sam Johnstone after Moussa Djenepo went down in the area.

Full match report to follow…

 





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