Stephane Sessegnon scored on his West Brom debut to condemn former club Sunderland to their fourth Premier League defeat of the season.

The midfielder was gifted an open goal after Kieren Westwood initially saved well from Scott Sinclair.

Liam Ridgewell volleyed home midway through the second half before Morgan Amalfitano's angled effort made it 3-0.

West Brom deserved winners - Clarke

Sunderland were forced to play the last 15 minutes with 10 men after losing Steven Fletcher to injury.

Some of the travelling fans showed their frustration at bottom club Sunderland's return of one point from five Premier League matches when manager Paolo Di Canio went to applaud them at the final whistle.

The Black Cats' only victory this term came with a 4-2 success over MK Dons in the Capital One Cup and, after a third-round meeting with Peterborough on Tuesday, they must entertain Liverpool and Manchester United in the top flight.

West Brom, in the relegation zone at the start of the day, had won only one of their past 13 games, while Sunderland had tasted victory only twice since January. Between them, the two teams had managed only four goals in the league this season.

Chances were at a premium at The Hawthorns, but not as a result of impressive defending - instead it was a lack of ideas and little confidence in attack that were the problem.

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West Brom secured their fifth successive victory over Sunderland. They have now won seven of their last eight Premier League games against the Black Cats (W7, D1).

Nicolas Anelka, Sinclair and Amalfitano all looked lively for the home side without creating too many opportunities, while visiting hopes seemed to rest on Liverpool loanee Fabio Borini.

The striker was making his first start but flattered to deceive, some promising bursts failing to deliver an end product.

Ultimately, it was left for Sessegnon to open scoring against his former employers after receiving a work permit in time to play.

Despite Di Canio saying that Sessegnon "didn't care" for Sunderland, the Benin international offered no big celebration on scoring his first goal for new club Albion.

Adam Johnson should have equalised for the visitors but his driven effort was deflected inches wide, while at the other end Amalfitano, a threat on the right, saw his shot from the edge of the box ricochet over.

Sunderland not a strong group - Di Canio

The visitors thought they should have had a penalty when an effort from substitute Jozy Altidore struck the hand of Jonas Olsson but referee Phil Dowd rightly awarded a corner.

Fletcher should have done better when he fired over with his first attempt and his disappointment was compounded by a shoulder injury caused by an awkward fall. As Di Canio had already made his three substitutions, the Black Cats were forced to play the rest of the game a man short.

West Brom capitalised moments later to wrap up their first win of the season.

Amalfitano crafted a cross for Ridgewell to volley home for his first goal since April 2012.

Frenchman Amalfitano, on loan from Marseille, then completed the scoring when his angled shot fizzed past Westwood and into the far corner.

West Brom manager Steve Clarke:

"When you have to wait this long for your first win there is some relief.

"It has been frustrating - particularly at home the performances haven't always been good. Today we got the breaks and we ran out deserved winners. We started slowly but I felt we played well after we got our noses in front.

"It's great that Stephane [Sessegnon] got off mark on his debut. He showed good respect to Sunderland fans by not over-celebrating. We brought him here to create chances and score goals so he's got off to a good start.

"Morgan [Amalfitano] was very good. I said he may surprise a few people. He's a good footballer. He creates chances and his goal was icing on cake."

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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Brom 3-0 Sunderland FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Sessegnon 20
  • Ridgewell 76
  • Amalfitano 90+3

    West Brom

    Substitutes

    Sunderland

    Substitutes

    Ref: DowdAtt: 24,595
    WEST BROM
    SUNDERLAND

    Possession

    • West Brom 52%
    • Sunderland 48%

    Attempts on target

    • West Brom 4
    • Sunderland 0

    Attempts off target

    • West Brom 9
    • Sunderland 7

    Corners

    • West Brom 5
    • Sunderland 6

    Fouls

    • West Brom 9
    • Sunderland 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:36 The game is over, as the referee blows the whistle.
    • 90:00+5:16 James Morrison has a direct shot on goal from the free kick and misses the right post.
    • 90:00+4:50 Jozy Altidore concedes a free kick for a foul on Youssouf Mulumbu.
    • 90:00+4:45 Clearance made by Modibo Diakite.
    • 90:00+4:42 Morgan Amalfitano produces a cross.
    • 90:00+2:30 Assist on the goal came from Victor Anichebe.
    • 90:00+2:30 GOAL - Morgan AmalfitanoWest Brom 3 - 0 Sunderland Morgan Amalfitano slots the ball right footed into the goal. West Brom 3-0 Sunderland.
    • 89:44 Billy Jones manages to make a clearance.
    • 89:15 The ball is crossed by Jack Colback.
    • 88:41 Substitution Saido Berahino is brought on as a substitute for Stephane Sessegnon.
    • 87:52 Header by James Morrison misses to the right of the target.
    • 87:49 Centre by Liam Ridgewell.
    • 87:15 Modibo Diakite manages to make a clearance.
    • 85:30 John O'Shea makes a clearance.
    • 85:28 The ball is swung over by Stephane Sessegnon.
    • 85:10 Billy Jones manages to make a clearance.
    • 84:57 Modibo Diakite takes the free kick.
    • 84:51 Victor Anichebe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John O'Shea.
    • 83:27 Ondrej Celustka manages to make a clearance.
    • 83:15 Clearance by Gareth McAuley.
    • 83:05 Clearance by Billy Jones.
    • 79:51 Clearance by Liam Ridgewell.
    • 78:45 Clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
    • 78:43 Clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
    • 78:42 The ball is sent over by Adam Johnson.
    • 78:38 Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.
    • 78:36 Centre by Ondrej Celustka.
    • 78:04 The ball is sent over by Liam Ridgewell.
    • 75:20 GOAL - Liam RidgewellWest Brom 2 - 0 Sunderland Liam Ridgewell scores with their left foot. West Brom 2-0 Sunderland.
    • 75:16 The ball is swung over by Morgan Amalfitano.
    • 74:09 Clearance made by Jack Colback.
    • 71:14 Shot by Steven Fletcher went over the crossbar.
    • 71:12 Adam Johnson delivers the ball.
    • 70:50 Modibo Diakite takes the free kick.
    • 70:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Modibo Diakite by Victor Anichebe.
    • 70:12 Clearance made by Modibo Diakite.
    • 70:02 Billy Jones manages to make a clearance.
    • 69:39 Clearance by Gareth McAuley.
    • 69:12 Lee Cattermole manages to make a clearance.
    • 69:10 The ball is crossed by Billy Jones.
    • 68:53 Substitution Lee Cattermole on for Craig Gardner.
    • 68:31 Substitution Claudio Yacob joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Sinclair.
    • 68:18 Substitution (West Brom) makes a substitution, with Victor Anichebe coming on for Nicolas Anelka.
    • 67:40 Clearance made by Steven Fletcher.
    • 67:36 Corner taken by Morgan Amalfitano from the left by-line.
    • 67:01 Header at goal by Nicolas Anelka to the left of the net.
    • 66:58 Centre by Billy Jones.
    • 66:17 Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.
    • 66:01 Header by Scott Sinclair misses left.
    • 65:59 Morgan Amalfitano delivers the ball.
    • 65:21 Clearance by Liam Ridgewell.
    • 65:20 Ondrej Celustka delivers the ball.
    • 64:47 Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Johnson.
    • 64:26 Jozy Altidore takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth McAuley.
    • 64:24 Jack Colback delivers the ball.
    • 63:58 Clearance by Gareth McAuley.
    • 63:20 Free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
    • 63:07 Handball by Jozy Altidore.
    • 62:52 Clearance by Gareth McAuley.
    • 62:15 The ball is crossed by Adam Johnson.
    • 62:02 Modibo Diakite restarts play with the free kick.
    • 61:56 Unfair challenge on Modibo Diakite by Nicolas Anelka results in a free kick.
    • 61:16 Shot by Craig Gardner went wide of the right-hand post.
    • 60:26 Clearance by Liam Ridgewell.
    • 59:50 Stephane Sessegnon has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
    • 59:17 Clearance by Adam Johnson.
    • Correction - 59:12 Morgan Amalfitano delivers the ball.
    • 59:12 The ball is swung over by Stephane Sessegnon.
    • 58:54 Jack Colback makes a clearance.
    • 58:52 Morgan Amalfitano delivers the ball.
    • 58:36 Substitution Jozy Altidore replaces Fabio Borini.
    • 55:47 Clearance made by John O'Shea.
    • 55:42 Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
    • 55:07 Fabio Borini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth McAuley.
    • 54:20 Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.
    • 53:05 A cross is delivered by Charis Mavrias.
    • 52:02 Craig Gardner takes the free kick.
    • 51:51 Jonas Olsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Fletcher.
    • 51:46 Modibo Diakite makes a clearance.
    • 51:41 Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
    • Correction - 50:59 Boaz Myhill fouled by Fabio Borini, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 50:59 Foul by Ondrej Celustka on Boaz Myhill, free kick awarded.
    • 50:55 Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line.
    • Correction - 50:38 Billy Jones manages to make a clearance.
    • 50:38 Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.
    • 50:36 Free kick crossed by Craig Gardner.
    • 49:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Morgan Amalfitano on Charis Mavrias.
    • 49:43 Clearance by James Morrison.
    • 49:40 Corner from the left by-line taken by Charis Mavrias.
    • Correction - 49:22 Clearance by Youssouf Mulumbu.
    • 49:22 Stephane Sessegnon makes a clearance.
    • 49:19 Corner taken by Charis Mavrias.
    • 49:03 Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.
    • 49:02 A cross is delivered by Jack Colback.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Charis Mavrias comes on in place of Emanuele Giaccherini.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:06 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+0:48 Adam Johnson produces a cross.
    • 45:00+0:09 The ball is sent over by Emanuele Giaccherini.
    • 44:44 Free kick taken by Modibo Diakite.
    • 44:26 Unfair challenge on Fabio Borini by James Morrison results in a free kick.
    • 43:49 Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.
    • 41:56 Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
    • 41:20 The assistant referee signals for offside against Nicolas Anelka.
    • 41:15 Clearance made by Billy Jones.
    • 40:36 Jonas Olsson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 40:28 Fabio Borini challenges Gareth McAuley unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 40:07 Billy Jones takes the free kick.
    • 39:49 Emanuele Giaccherini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Jones.
    • 38:27 Clearance made by Modibo Diakite.
    • 38:25 The ball is crossed by Nicolas Anelka.
    • 37:32 Clearance by Youssouf Mulumbu.
    • 37:32 The ball is sent over by Fabio Borini.
    • 36:06 John O'Shea makes a clearance.
    • 36:04 The ball is delivered by Nicolas Anelka.
    • 35:09 Jonas Olsson takes the free kick.
    • 34:42 Booking
    • 34:42 Sung-Yeung Ki goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 34:30 Sung-Yeung Ki gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon.
    • 33:58 Youssouf Mulumbu takes the free kick.
    • 33:48 The referee gives a free kick against Fabio Borini for handball.
    • 32:34 John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.
    • 32:33 The ball is sent over by Nicolas Anelka.
    • 32:21 The ball is swung over by Stephane Sessegnon.
    • 31:50 Ondrej Celustka manages to make a clearance.
    • 31:47 The ball is delivered by Morgan Amalfitano.
    • 31:38 Clearance by Gareth McAuley.
    • 30:42 James Morrison manages to make a clearance.
    • 29:10 Clearance by Ondrej Celustka.
    • 29:09 Header by Gareth McAuley misses left.
    • 29:06 Corner taken by Morgan Amalfitano from the right by-line.
    • 28:36 Shot by Morgan Amalfitano. Modibo Diakite gets a block in.
    • 28:18 Steven Fletcher makes a clearance.
    • 28:15 Corner from the right by-line taken by Morgan Amalfitano.
    • 27:47 James Morrison has an effort at goal. Blocked by Craig Gardner.
    • 27:45 Liam Ridgewell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 27:26 Jack Colback goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 27:26 Booking
    • 27:18 Unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Jack Colback results in a free kick.
    • 27:08 The ball is delivered by Emanuele Giaccherini.
    • 27:04 Emanuele Giaccherini takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Morgan Amalfitano.
    • Correction - 27:04 Emanuele Giaccherini has an effort at goal. Morgan Amalfitano gets a block in.
    • 27:02 James Morrison manages to make a clearance.
    • 26:58 Corner taken by Adam Johnson.
    • 26:35 Adam Johnson takes a shot. Liam Ridgewell gets a block in.
    • Correction - 26:35 Adam Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Ridgewell.
    • 26:33 Centre by Emanuele Giaccherini.
    • 26:25 Billy Jones manages to make a clearance.
    • 26:20 Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
    • 25:48 The assistant referee flags for offside against Nicolas Anelka.
    • 23:47 Billy Jones manages to make a clearance.
    • 23:30 Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
    • 23:27 Clearance by James Morrison.
    • 22:39 Clearance by Fabio Borini.
    • 22:35 Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Craig Gardner gets a block in.
    • 22:34 Clearance made by John O'Shea.
    • 22:30 Free kick crossed by Morgan Amalfitano.
    • 21:57 Foul by Ondrej Celustka on Stephane Sessegnon, free kick awarded.
    • 21:28 Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.
    • Correction - 21:17 Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
    • 21:17 Clearance made by Liam Ridgewell.
    • 20:43 Billy Jones makes a clearance.
    • 19:13 GOAL - Stephane SessegnonWest Brom 1 - 0 Sunderland Stephane Sessegnon grabs a goal with a right foot finish. West Brom 1-0 Sunderland.
    • 19:11 Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Keiren Westwood parries the ball but the danger is not over.
    • 19:09 The ball is delivered by Morgan Amalfitano.
    • 19:00 Stephane Sessegnon takes the free kick.
    • 18:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka by Modibo Diakite.
    • 18:09 Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
    • 17:34 Foul by Stephane Sessegnon on Adam Johnson, free kick awarded.
    • 17:04 Clearance by Jack Colback.
    • 17:03 The ball is crossed by Morgan Amalfitano.
    • 16:46 Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
    • 16:42 Emanuele Giaccherini crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 16:07 Unfair challenge on Craig Gardner by James Morrison results in a free kick.
    • 15:39 Clearance by Jonas Olsson.
    • 15:38 Adam Johnson delivers the ball.
    • 15:06 Emanuele Giaccherini produces a cross.
    • 14:56 Clearance by Youssouf Mulumbu.
    • 14:55 Emanuele Giaccherini sends in a cross.
    • 14:51 Clearance by Gareth McAuley.
    • 14:49 Corner from the left by-line taken by Emanuele Giaccherini.
    • 14:31 Billy Jones makes a clearance.
    • 14:14 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Emanuele Giaccherini. Liam Ridgewell gets a block in.
    • 13:11 Unfair challenge on Fabio Borini by Gareth McAuley results in a free kick.
    • 12:39 Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.
    • Correction - 12:30 Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Billy Jones.
    • 12:30 Steven Fletcher takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Billy Jones.
    • 11:27 The ball is swung over by Emanuele Giaccherini.
    • 10:10 Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.
    • 10:01 Free kick taken by Modibo Diakite.
    • 9:33 The referee blows for offside.
    • 6:52 Modibo Diakite makes a clearance.
    • 6:49 Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
    • 6:18 Fabio Borini challenges Gareth McAuley unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 6:16 The ball is delivered by Fabio Borini.
    • 6:15 Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.
    • 6:01 Clearance made by Billy Jones.
    • 4:56 Clearance by Gareth McAuley.
    • 4:52 Clearance by Jonas Olsson.
    • 4:47 Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
    • 4:05 The offside flag is raised against Morgan Amalfitano.
    • 3:58 Adam Johnson manages to make a clearance.
    • 3:54 Corner from the left by-line taken by Morgan Amalfitano.
    • Correction - 3:35 Corner taken by Morgan Amalfitano from the left by-line.
    • 3:35 Clearance made by Sung-Yeung Ki.
    • 3:35 Corner taken by James Morrison.
    • 3:13 Ondrej Celustka makes a clearance.
    • 3:10 Nicolas Anelka crosses the ball.
    • 1:28 Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.
    • 0:59 Clearance made by Billy Jones.
    • 0:56 Ondrej Celustka crosses the ball.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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