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West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Hull City

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
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


West Brom

Formation 4-4-2

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


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


Formation 4-4-2

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


  • 8Huddlestone
  • 11Brady
  • 12Maguire
  • 15McShane
  • 21Dawson
  • 22Harper
  • 23Ince
Neil Swarbrick

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by James Chester.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Ahmed Elmohamady.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by James Chester (Hull City).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Tom Huddlestone replaces Stephen Quinn.

  15. 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.

  16. Post update

    Back pass by Allan McGregor (Hull City).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

2Man City21145245202547
3Man Utd20107334201437
7West Ham219663225733
13Aston Villa215791123-1222
14West Brom2156102029-921
15Crystal Palace214892231-920
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