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Summary

  1. Southampton make six changes from Spurs defeat
  2. Robson-Kanu makes first start, replacing Rondon in WBA only change

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By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

And that's that. 

A superb win for West Brom, take a look at the table and they move above Southampton. 

You will be able to read a full match report by clicking here.

I'll leave you with Hal. Scorer of wonder goals. He doesn't do tap-ins.

Robson Kanu
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FULL-TIME

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

Hal Rosbon-Kanu shows us the biggest smile of the day as he jumps from the bench and is met by embraces on the sound of the whistle. What a goal, worthy of winning any game.

That's a big win for West Brom. Tony Pulis made just one change despite back-to-back defeats over Christmas and that key tweak - Robson-Kanu in for Salomon Rondon - paid off big time.

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

Jonny Evans is like a dodgem at the fairground, smashing into tackles to win the ball and ensure West Brom get over the line. Less than a minute to go.

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

The home side pump balls into the box but Ben Foster is cool and calm to collect, allowing West Brom to break.

Matt Phillips leads the counter, it's three against one.... what a waste. His pass is behind Salomon Rondon.

RED CARD - Virgil van Dijk

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

Salomon Rondon has too much pace for Virgil van Dijk and gets the wrong side. It results in the defender wrestling Rondon down and there is absolutely zero doubt. A second yellow, off you go son.

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

Shane Long races to collect a ball which has gone out of play and headbutts it in anger when he realises the throw-in is not a Southampton one. West Brom are running the clock down nicely. 

Southampton have the ball deep in their own half but they are faced with a glut of away shirts, all nicely behind the ball and organised. Music to the ears of Tony Pulis.

CLOSE!

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

Ben Foster takes a deep breath as the relief runs through his body. The West Brom keeper slams a clearance straight at Oriel Romeu and the ricochet runs well wide but could have gone absolutely anywhere. Tony Pulis's heart jumped out of his mouth there.

Tony Pulis
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Southampton 1-2 West Brom

James Ward-Prowse swings in a corner, his first action... not bad... great header away from Jonny Evans.

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

James Ward-Prowse and Josh Sims come on for Claude Puel's side. Dusan Tadic exits, as does Cuco Martina.

CLOSE!

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

James McClean is now on the right wing, Chris Brunt has slotted in at left back. It almost pays off quickly as McClean breaks into space but his pull-back is a fraction off target with Salomon Rondon waiting. That could have been curtains. 

A double change is coming for the home side...

James McClean
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Southampton 1-2 West Brom

The work ethic in this West Brom side is visible. They chase runners, sprint to shut down space and stay compact consistently. Dusan Tadic is forced to try his luck from range. That's desperate and well wide.

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

The man who could make the headlines - Hal Robson-Kanu - departs for Salomon Rondon. 

Hal Robson-Kanu
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Southampton 1-2 West Brom

Southampton are pushing men forward willingly but again they are creating nothing of meaning. They have not opened West Brom up all day long, with crosses their best offering. In comes a corner, headed clear.

Hal Robson-Kanu continues to work admirably for the away side - he seizes on a loose pass deep in the Southampton half and West Brom can keep the ball briefly and get some respite.

Hal Robson-Kanu
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Southampton 1-2 West Brom

James Morrison has slipped into Nacer Chadli's role as the man charged with playing nearest Hal Robson-Kanu but he's right back in the heart of the defensive unit when the Baggies do not have the ball.

A possible weakness could be James McClean, who is playing as a traditional left-back since replacing Allan Nyom - perhaps not his forte.

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

As the hour ticks over we can see Southampton are still dominant in possession but are not dominant in terms of territory.

West Brom have been incredibly efficient here, giving away little but hurting their hosts when chances have come. 

Southampton 1-2 West Brom
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CLOSE!

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

West Brom should be two up. James Morrison - on a few moments ago to replace Nacer Chadli - has a free header six yards out from Matt Phillips' cross. He should do better but the power is lacking and Fraser Forster can palm it around the post. A real chance. Tony Pulis will be fuming if they don't win after such a chance is wasted.

Kudos

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

Even the Southampton Twitter account went with "stunning". That's how good it was.

Southampton 1-2 West Brom
Southampton

YELLOW CARD

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

For all the plaudits, Hal Robson-Kanu is perhaps a lucky boy. He has just lashed out after being tackled in midfield, sending an arm towards an opponent in a slappy fashion. That could have been serious trouble but it's only a yellow.

'What a strike'

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

Former WBA striker Tony Brown on BBC WM: "What a strike! Absolutely brilliant from Hal Robson-Kanu - the ball's come out to him and he's drilled it into the top corner. Fantastic technique from him. No chance at all for Fraser Forster in the Southampton goal."

Hal Robson-Kanu
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SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

Southampton respond with a Sofiane Boufal effort which curls wide and then some changes as Jay Rodriguez enters the fray.

'What a goal!'

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

Alex Bruce

Hull City defender on Final Score

Robson-Kanu has had to wait patiently since the summer for his chance, but Tony Pulis has seen in training that he deserves a chance to start. And my, has Pulis been proved right. What a goal!

I think the keeper got his fingers to it, but that was hit with such venom that his fingers are probably still in the back of the net!

Ouch...

GOAL - Southampton 1-2 West Brom

Hal Robson-Kanu

Oh my word, it seems Euro 2016 was no fluke for Hal Robson-Kanu.

That stunning Cruyff turn to down Belgium in the summer left a few people wondering if he was worth a punt at club level and on this showing, he has much to offer.

The striker runs onto a neat Matt Phillips through ball and has an opening but he's 18 yards or more out and the angle is against him a little. After a touch to set himself he lets rip with his left foot and finds the top corner. A howitzer, right into the top bin.

Hal Robson-Kanu
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Hal Robson-Kanu of West Brom
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KICK-OFF

Southampton 1-1 West Brom

And, perhaps unsurprisingly, Tony Pulis elects to take off Allan Nyom - who was nearly sent off before the break. James McClean is on.

Southampton 1-1 West Brom

A shocking stat has just come to my attention. Ben Foster played 15 passes in the first half - the most in the West Brom team. I don't think I've ever seen a keeper do that before.

Southampton 1-1 West Brom

West Brom showing us that unless possession is turned into goals, it can mean very little.

Southampton had 72% of the ball but one shot on target is a poor return and Matt Phillips made them pay.

Southampton 1-1 West Brom
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'Placed it brilliantly'

Southampton 1-1 West Brom

Former WBA striker Tony Brown on BBC WM: "He hasn’t been in the game but Matt Phillips has taken that so well. It’s a moment of magic from Phillips and he's placed it ever so brilliantly in the corner."

HALF-TIME

Southampton 1-1 West Brom

What is it they say about waiting for a bus? You wait and wait and then two come at once.

It fits this game nicely. A half so ugly it looks worse than those pyjamas you got for Christmas. Yet, thanks to goals in the 41st and 43rd minute, we seemingly have a game on our hands.

Shane Long's header was direct, Matt Phillips levelled to cap a slick move. We have a game on.

Southampton 1-1 West Brom

In comes the free-kick after Allan Nyom's poor challenge. It's a good delivery, dropping in the six-yard box and the legs are flying to try and prod it home. A proper scrap, Claudio Yacob swings at it and diverts it towards his own goal where Ben Foster jumps to collect. Panic over West Brom fans.

Southampton 1-1 West Brom

This half is ending in action everywhere you look... we may have a red card here as Allan Nyom has just ploughed through the back of Shane Long. Nyom was booked nine minutes ago and is just too eager. 

Mike Jones summons him over, he's talking, he's talking.... he lets him off. A big call. It was an industrial challenge to say the least.

GOAL - Southampton 1-1 West Brom

Matt Phillips

I told you this game was dull. 

West Brom - unable to string two passes together in the half - suddenly become Barcelona now Southampton have woken them up.

Claudio Yacob into Chris Brunt. His first-time pass gets a flick-on from Hal Robson-Kanu and Matt Phillips takes a touch before side-footing into the bottom corner. 

A stylish goal to level in an ugly, ugly half. This game is alive. Let's scrap half-time and let them go at it.

Matt Phillips of West Bromwich Albion
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GOAL - Southampton 1-0 West Brom

Shane Long

Dusan Tadic shows some dainty footwork in a game in which such flair has been hard to come by and his reward is a corner which proves pivotal.

He gets the ball and swings a corner in quickly to pick out Shane Long at the near post, His header has too much power for Fraser Forster.

It is a cracking header, well guided, good power, just too good for the West Brom defence and keeper.

Shane Long
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Shane Long
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Southampton 0-0 West Brom

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been influential for Saints, he's had more ball than anyone on the pitch. The midfielder tries to drive forward a counter attack and pushes the ball past Claudio Yacob, who stretches to produce an inch-perfect tackle. Home fans want a free-kick, it isn't coming.

I'm impressed with Hojbjerg, heavily involved and full of blood and thunder in a game which is pretty painful on the eyes so far.

YELLOW CARD

Southampton 0-0 West Brom

Allan Nyom crashes into Cuco Martina and that is a clear booking, not even Mike Jones can miss that one. The official races over brandishing the yellow like a kid running to his mother with his delivery from Santa.

Southampton 0-0 West Brom

Dear me, referee Mike Jones has left his new glasses at home it seems. A terrible decision as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's shot clearly deflects wide off the knee of Chris Brunt. The guys on the Nasa space shuttle could see the deflection but it's a goal-kick given. Come on Mike, you're better than that.

Southampton 0-0 West Brom

Go on Jonny, boot it, passing is overrated. 

Hoof. The story of West Brom's day so far in picture form.

Southampton 0-0 West Brom
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YELLOW CARD

Southampton 0-0 West Brom

Virgil van Dijk is a naughty boy. Hal Robson-Kanu shows him a clean set of heels and he just tangles to bring the Wales striker down. A clear yellow.

Southampton"s Virgil van Dijk
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'Time after time'

Southampton 0-0 West Brom

Former WBA striker Tony Brown on BBC WM: "West Brom are just giving the ball away time after time. Matt Phillips has the ball on the right-hand side of the box and gives away possession. They need to put a few passes together because they can’t get anything going in the Southampton half."

Southampton 0-0 West Brom

As we tick over the 30-minute mark, we can see how ragged West Brom's passing has been. They have attempted just 58 passes - that's less than two a minute - and have completed just 52%.

Southampton have played 198, completing 84%.

Southamptons Cuco Martina
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Southampton 0-0 West Brom

Sam McQueen briefly saw the headlines. As the ball dropped to him 20 yards out on his left peg he was thinking 'this is it'.

Sadly for the 21-year-old, his low drive skims wide and that first goal in the Premier League will have to wait.

Southampton 0-0 West Brom

Southampton 0-0 West Brom
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The touch map sums up the opening 25 minutes quite nicely. Southampton (left) have had just three touches in the West Brom box while the Baggies have had just one in the hosts' area (right).

You can see a lot of Saints touches in the West Brom half but they are not leading to a heap of chances.