- West Brom vs Crystal Palace

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Saturday 2 November 2013 | The Hawthorns | Referee: Neil Swarbrick | Attendance 26,397

West Brom
  • Saido Berahino (44)
  • Gareth McAuley (83)
West Brom
2 - 0
Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace

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West Bromwich Albion ended a three-game winless run in the Barclays Premier League as they defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 at the Hawthorns.

Substitute Saido Berahino's first-half strike, his second in the Premier League, handed the hosts the advantage and Gareth McAuley sealed the result seven minutes from time.

West Brom secured their third win of the campaign, while Interim manager Keith Millen’s Palace are bottom of the Premier League table after one success so far this season.

The victory came despite manager Steve Clarke being forced into three changes from the 4-1 loss to Liverpool, with James Morrison replacing Claudio Yacob, while Nicolas Anelka and Victor Anichebe were forced out with illness and injury respectively.

Millen was able to field the same side that lost 2-0 to Arsenal in his first game in charge last weekend after he replaced previous manager Ian Holloway, who left by mutual consent on 23 October.

The visitors had the best opportunity of the opening 10 minutes, with Marouane Chamakh finding Adlene Guedioura, who fired his effort straight at Boaz Myhill.

It proved to be the Algeria international's last meaningful contribution as he was carried off on a stretcher following a collision with goalkeeper Myhill less than 10 minutes later.

He was replaced by Jason Puncheon but it was another substitute who made the difference on the stroke of half-time, Berahino putting the hosts ahead.

On for the injured Billy Jones only 13 minutes earlier, the 20-year-old converted from Stephane Sessegnon's pass a minute before the break, finding the bottom corner to take his tally for the season to six in all competitions.

The home side came out with the same vigour in the second half and saw a chance to double their advantage go amiss in the 51st minute as Morgan Amalfitano's dangerous ball narrowly eluded Sessegnon and Shane Long.

They continued to control the match as the minutes ticked by, but Palace almost managed to get one of their own just 10 minutes later as Puncheon forced Myhill to tip over the bar with a powerful strike.

Their efforts ended up being in vain come the 83rd minute, though, as McAuley jumped highest to head a corner past Julian Speroni and put the result beyond doubt.

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke: "It was a difficult afternoon for both teams in the conditions but we did more than enough to deserve to win the game and the most important thing was to get the three points.

"We started OK and we got a good control of the game. We spoke beforehand about starting quickly and making sure that Palace realised it could be another long afternoon in the Premier League for them and thankfully we did that.

"I said to Saido before the game that if he gets minutes on the pitch I was sure he’d score and he did. You always need the second goal and you could feel the crowd were starting to get a little bit agitated and Palace were starting to believe they could maybe get something out of it, so the second goal killed the game and made the last 10-15 minutes a little bit more relaxing for us on the bench."

Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen: "The reality is that the quality in the Premier League hurts you and certainly (that was the case with) the corner we conceded the second goal from - the delivery and the way they attacked the ball.

"But the pleasing side of it was that we created more chances and we were running the game at 1-0 and the lads' effort, commitment and their togetherness deserved something from the game. I feel sorry for the lads today because in the last two games now we have had chances to at least get to 1-1.

"They’re hurting because I’m not sure they could have done a lot more and the have got to keep it going. The new manager comes in next week and I am sure that will give them a lift.

"We are on a bad run - but certainly performance-wise against Arsenal we deserved something from the game and again today, which was all about small margins. We have to give the players belief that when they go into those attacking thirds we are going to score goals and that is something maybe we need to keep reminding them."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
13. Boaz Myhill 3.5 4.56
3. Jonas Olsson 3.5 4.64
28. Billy Jones 0.0 4.58
23. Gareth McAuley 4.5 4.64
6. Liam Ridgewell 3.5 4.28
29. Stéphane Sessegnon 3.5 5.75
7. James Morrison 3.5 5.19
21. Youssuf Mulumbu 3.5 4.94
18. Morgan Amalfitano 5.67 5.56
11. Chris Brunt 3.5 5.29
9. Shane Long 4.0 5.88
Substitutes All Fans BFR
20. Matej Vydra - 5.64
19. Luke Daniels - 4.12
4. Goran Popov - 4.82
38. Saido Berahino 9.0 5.53
14. Diego Lugano - 4.24
5. Claudio Yacob - 5.29
8. Markus Rosenberg - 3.9
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Julian Speroni 2.0 5.52
27. Damien Delaney 1.0 4.69
19. Daniel Gabbidon 2.0 4.66
2. Joel Ward 1.5 5.08
21. Dean Moxey 2.0 4.73
46. Barry Bannan 3.0 4.47
8. Kagisho Dikgacoi 2.5 4.43
15. Mile Jedinak 1.5 5.56
14. Jerome Thomas 2.5 3.91
31. Adlène Guédioura 1.0 3.94
29. Marouane Chamakh 5.0 5.66
Substitutes All Fans BFR
13. Jason Puncheon - 5.28
34. Lewis Price - 2.46
12. Stuart O'Keefe - 4.44
16. Dwight Gayle - 5.56
9. Kevin Phillips - 5.05
7. Yannick Bolasie - 5.15
3. Adrian Mariappa - 4.18

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