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West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Hull City

Saido Berahino
Saido Berahino has scored nine Premier League goals this season for West Brom
  • Berahino's ninth Premier League goal of the season
  • Hull lose strikers Jelavic and Hernandez to injury
  • Tigers drop to 18th in the Premier League
  • Baggies win in Pulis's first league match in charge

Tony Pulis won his first Premier League match as West Brom manager as Saido Berahino's goal saw off Hull City.

Berahino netted with a low strike from 12 yards from an indirect free-kick after Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor picked up Ahmed Elmohamady's back-pass.

West Brom's Brown Ideye should have scored earlier on but dragged his shot wide with only McGregor to beat.

Hull created few chances after strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez both suffered first-half injuries.

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However, the defeat was harsh on Hull and manager Steve Bruce will be furious with the goal they conceded as Elmohamady needlessly touched the ball back to McGregor just before the keeper could pick it up.

But the Baggies took full advantage as substitute Victor Anichebe nudged a pass to Berahino to blast the ball past a number of away defenders on the goalline.

The result sees Hull drop to 18th in the Premier League, only two points above bottom side Leicester City.

Bruce could also be forced to strengthen his attacking options after Robbie Brady and Tom Ince played as emergency strikers after both Jelavic and Hernandez went off in the first half.

Apart from a Brady effort that was pushed over the crossbar by Ben Foster, Hull were restricted to speculative attempts from outside the penalty area that went well off target.

Pulis gets the Baggies bouncing
West Brom's win was only their second in their last 11 Premier League games.

Meanwhile for Pulis, who took charge at the Hawthorns earlier this month to replace the sacked Alan Irvine, he will be desperate to keep hold of England Under-21 striker Berahino.

The 21-year-old has been linked with a January move to either Tottenham or Liverpool and was instrumental in his side's best moves.

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He should have done better than shoot wide from 10 yards out after a one-two with Stephane Sessegnon and then twice had efforts comfortably saved by McGregor.

But the Hull keeper should have been picking the ball out of the net in the 41st minute.

Ideye chased on to Berahino's through ball, but with only the Scot to beat, the Nigerian forward, who has only scored once in 11 Premier League games since a £10m move to the Baggies, dragged a horrible shot well wide.

Luckily for Ideye, that miss did not prove costly as Berahino's 78th-minute winner took West Brom up to 14th.

Pulis has never been relegated in his managerial career and this was the perfect start as he tries to keep that record intact.

Saido Berahino
West Brom's Saido Berahino scored four times in his previous game, a 7-0 FA Cup win against Gateshead
Tony Pulis
West Brom boss Tony Pulis guided Crystal Palace to a final position of 11th in 2013-14
Nikica Jelavic
Hull's Nikica Jelavic, who has scored six Premier League goals this season, went off injured after 33 minutes
Brown Ideye
Brown Ideye joined West Brom for £10m in the summer from Dynamo Kiev

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 2Wisdom
  • 23McAuley
  • 6Lescott
  • 4Baird
  • 11Brunt
  • 5YacobBooked at 35mins
  • 7Morrison
  • 29SessegnonSubstituted forGardnerat 76'minutes
  • 18Berahino
  • 9IdeyeSubstituted forAnichebeat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Gardner
  • 10Anichebe
  • 13Myhill
  • 15Pocognoli
  • 17Dorrans
  • 25Dawson
  • 30Samaras

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 5Chester
  • 4Bruce
  • 6Davies
  • 3Figueroa
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 7Meyler
  • 14Livermore
  • 29QuinnSubstituted forHuddlestoneat 78'minutes
  • 9HernándezSubstituted forInceat 39'minutes
  • 18JelavicSubstituted forBradyat 33'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Huddlestone
  • 11Brady
  • 12Maguire
  • 15McShane
  • 21Dawson
  • 22Harper
  • 23Ince
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
24,818

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamHull
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home5
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Hull City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Hull City 0.

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Hull City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Chester.

Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by James Chester.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Victor Anichebe tries a through ball, but James Morrison is caught offside.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Ahmed Elmohamady.

Attempt blocked. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Anichebe with a headed pass.

Offside, Hull City. Ahmed Elmohamady tries a through ball, but Robbie Brady is caught offside.

Foul by James Chester (Hull City).

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. David Meyler (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Tom Huddlestone replaces Stephen Quinn.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Hull City 0. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Back pass by Allan McGregor (Hull City).

(West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Craig Gardner replaces Stéphane Sessegnon.

Attempt blocked. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Victor Anichebe replaces Brown Ideye.

Foul by Robbie Brady (Hull City).

Andre Wisdom (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Hull City. James Chester tries a through ball, but Tom Ince is caught offside.

Foul by Tom Ince (Hull City).

Chris Baird (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Baird with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Jake Livermore (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by James Chester.

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Baird (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Brown Ideye.

Foul by Robbie Brady (Hull City).

Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Brown Ideye.

Foul by James Chester (Hull City).

goal

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