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West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Swansea City

Bafetimbi Gomis and Gareth McAuley
Bafetimbi Gomis's only Premier League goal came back in November
  • Berahino scores 10th league goal of season
  • West Brom secure fourth home win this term
  • Gomis draws sixth blank in six starts
  • Baggies one point behind Palace and Everton

West Brom moved four points clear of the Premier League relegation zone as goals from Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino secured victory over Swansea.

Ideye, who was close to joining Qatari club Al Gharafa on transfer deadline day, opened the scoring with a low shot - his second goal in two games.

He then turned provider, cutting the ball back for strike partner Berahino to slot home from 12 yards.

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We made West Brom look amazing - Monk

The result moves the Baggies up to 14th, while Swansea remain ninth.

West Brom made three changes to the side that fought back from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw at Burnley on Sunday. The introduction of top scorer Berahino and club record-signing Ideye from the bench was key to that turnaround and manager Tony Pulis opted to start with the strike duo at The Hawthorns.

Ideye has struggled since making a £10m move from Dinamo Kiev last summer, but he showed signs his partnership with Berahino could blossom when the duo cleverly combined to earn a corner and provide the Baggies with the first chance of the game.

Clean sheets mean points
In West Brom's last 36 games at The Hawthorns, they have won all eight games in which they have kept a clean sheet.

Both of West Brom's goals against Burnley had also come from corners but on this occasion goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was equal to Craig Dawson's near-post flicked header and palmed away Albion's best chance of the first half.

Swansea's best threat came from hard-working lone striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who fired a difficult chance at the near post over the bar before providing Garry Monk's ponderous side with their first shot on target in the 40th minute - a volley straight at home keeper Ben Foster.

Lukasz Fabianski
Lukasz Fabianski was forced to make the first save of the game from Craig Dawson's header

Gomis, who had spent much of the campaign as second choice to Wilfried Bony, has failed to find the net in six starts since the Ivorian's £28m move to Manchester City last month.

And while Swansea continued failed to trouble Foster after the break, West Brom's new strike pairing of Ideye and Berahino continued to threaten.

First, Berahino played in Nigerian Ideye, who swivelled on the ball and fired into the corner to open the scoring on 60 minutes.

Former England defender Phil Neville on Match of the Day:
"The loss of Wilfried Bony is massive for Swansea. They are in the top 10 but I think they are a little bit in freefall at the moment. You have to score goals to do well in this league and I think that is where they will struggle."

Ideye then set up his strike partner 14 minutes later to secure all three points for West Brom, who have now lost just once in seven matches since Pulis' appointment on 1 January.

With time running out for Swansea, Gomis squandered a further chance to end his goal drought when he headed over from the penalty spot. The 29-year-old has not scored since January's FA Cup victory at Tranmere, while his only Premier League goal came in November's victory against Arsenal.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis:

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'Best performance' pleases Pulis

"It is probably the best performance since I have been at the club, but it is only one game and we need to replicate that. We deserved the three points tonight and I don't think anyone can deny that.

"Ideye is a good lad and he has got a good attitude. He has trained well and worked hard. It didn't work out for him at first but we have given him his chance and he has taken it.

"Victor Anichebe is injured so we only have those two strikers to the end of the season, they played well today and I'm very pleased they got the goals.

"But we have midfielders that can also get goals and would be looking for the defenders to contribute too.

"The only thing we can affect is our game, so forget about the rest. If we get to 40 points we will be safe."

Swansea manager Garry Monk:

"We were very poor, we had no tempo to our game. We made them look an amazing side, that's how poor they were. But credit to West Brom, they got their two goals and deserved their win.

"We can't approach a Premier League game with this type of intensity and tempo and expect to get anything out of it. We huffed and puffed without creating anything. We lacked in all areas today.

"It is my job to make sure complacency doesn't creep in. We are in a position where we can achieve stuff we haven't done before in this league.

"It is my job to get us to bounce back. We have a tough game next against Manchester United. Standards have to be raised and we have to do it consistently until the end of the season."

Tony Pulis
West Brom have lost just once in seven games since Tony Pulis's appointment on 1 January
Brown Ideye
Brown Ideye has now scored in consecutive Premier League games
Saido Berahino
West Brom striker Saido Berahino has scored 15 goals this season

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 25Dawson
  • 23McAuley
  • 6Lescott
  • 11Brunt
  • 5Yacob
  • 24Fletcher
  • 7MorrisonSubstituted forGardnerat 85'minutes
  • 18Berahino
  • 19McManamanBooked at 23minsSubstituted forSessegnonat 57'minutes
  • 9IdeyeBooked at 41mins

Substitutes

  • 2Wisdom
  • 3Olsson
  • 4Baird
  • 8Gardner
  • 13Myhill
  • 15Pocognoli
  • 29Sessegnon

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 26Naughton
  • 33Fernandez
  • 6Williams
  • 3TaylorBooked at 34mins
  • 24Cork
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 12DyerSubstituted forRoutledgeat 63'minutes
  • 8ShelveySubstituted forOliveiraat 62'minutes
  • 20Montero
  • 18Gomis

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 14Carroll
  • 15Routledge
  • 17Oliveira
  • 22Rangel
  • 25Tremmel
  • 56Fulton
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
23,516

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Swansea City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Swansea City 0.

Attempt saved. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brown Ideye.

Attempt saved. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Cork.

Attempt missed. Jack Cork (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jefferson Montero with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Craig Gardner replaces James Morrison.

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

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

Foul by Neil Taylor (Swansea City).

James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Nélson Oliveira (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion).

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Swansea City 0. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Brown Ideye.

Attempt blocked. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Federico Fernández (Swansea City).

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

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Nélson Oliveira.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

Attempt blocked. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neil Taylor.

Foul by Jack Cork (Swansea City).

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

Nélson Oliveira (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Wayne Routledge replaces Nathan Dyer.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Nélson Oliveira replaces Jonjo Shelvey.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Swansea City 0. Brown Ideye (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Nathan Dyer (Swansea City).

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Stéphane Sessegnon replaces Callum McManaman because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Callum McManaman (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Callum McManaman.

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