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Summary

  1. Fletcher's volley gives West Brom the lead
  2. Brunt's stunning strike doubles West Brom's lead
  3. New signing Livermore starts on bench for West Brom
  4. Sunderland start game bottom of Premier League

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By Matt Davis

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That defeat, coupled with Swansea's earlier win, puts Sunderland bottom of the league.

West Brom stay eighth on 32 points.

FULL-TIME

West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

Hal Robson-Kanu almost flicks in James McClean's cross, but that's that.

West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

John O'Shea wraps his leg around Hal Robson-Kanu and concedes a free-kick.

Matt Phillips tries to curl the ball around the wall but doesn't quite manage it.

West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

We're into the first of five added minutes.

SUBSTITUTION

West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

Somewhere in all of that Rondon makes way for Robson-Kanu.

YELLOW CARD

West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

Sunderland have a free-kick but it comes to nothing and Matt Phillips breaks, before he is taken out by George Honeyman.

Free-kick to West Brom now, Phillips with the cross but it is put behind by Jack Rodwell.

Darren Fletcher seems to be telling referee Craig Pawson he was elbowed in the face - the Scot is not happy.

Looking at the replays Papy Djilobodji has punched him and should have seen red.

West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

Jake Livermore could have opened his West Brom account.

James McClean puts in an inviting cross for his new team-mate but the former Hull man doesn't connect properly as he arrives in the box.

West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

Another substitution.

James McClean replaces Nacer Chadli.  

West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

Jason Denayer's day is over as he hobbles off and Fabio Borini is on for Sunderland.

Denayer
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West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

The corner was not worth the wait.

Jason Denayer is still off the pitch as West Brom counter.

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West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

Corner to Sunderland.

Claudio Yacob has taken two Sunderland players out, first Victor Anichebe loses out in the tackle to the midfielder enforcer and then the Argentinian smashes the ball at Jason Denayer's nether regions.

Ouch.

After all that, Patrick van Aanholt's shot takes a deflection and almost loops into the top corner, but Ben Foster tips it behind.

Still waiting on the corner, Denayer can hardly walk.

SUBSTITUTION

West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

James Morrison is off, Jake Livermore is on.

Livermore
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West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

Billy Jones gets a free header in the West Brom box but its into the ground and Ben Foster collects.

West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

Jake Livermore is about to make his West Brom debut after his £10m move from Hull this week.

Jake Livermore
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66 mins

West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

And here is the change, Adnan Januzaj off, Victor Anichebe on.

The Nigerian scored nine goals in 63 games for West Brom.

West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

Victor Anichebe looks to be coming on against his former club.

West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

Sunderland are having a go but they still haven't registered a shot on target in this half.

Jermain Defoe claims James Morrison has fouled him in the box as they both jump for the ball, but quite correctly nothing is given.

West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

Jermain Defoe spins out of tackle by James Morrison and wins another free-kick.

Good spell here by Sunderland.

Larsson and Van Aanholt stand over the ball.

The ball is played to Jermain Defoe who has a shot from distance, it deflects off Matt Phillips for a corner, but that comes to nothing.

West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

Claudio Yacob fouls Adnan Januzaj on the edge of the area.

Big opportunity for Sunderland.

Three standing over the ball and it's Patrick van Aanholt who takes it, but it hits the wall.

He throws his boot at the rebound but it goes over.

Chance gone.

West Brom 2-0 Sunderland

Jack Rodwell has a blast from long range, it's not bad but it is not troubling Ben Foster in the West Brom goal.