West Brom 3-0 Southampton: They could not, may they?

Battling West Brom stored their slim survival hopes alive with a well-deserved 3-0 win over Southampton.

The runner-up Baggies closed the hole to Premier League security to eight points with seven video games left.

Matheus Pereira’s penalty and goals from Matt Phillips and Callum Robinson gave Albion their largest league victory of the season.


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They ultimately averted controversy after Mbaye Diagne had an early header dominated out when VAR was unable to get the proper angle to indicate conclusively that the attacker’s higher physique was on or off.

The Baggies have additionally scored eight goals of their last two Premier League video games, two greater than that they had netted of their earlier 11 mixed.

The Saints got here mid-table 2-0 right down to beat Burnley last week however, forward of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Leicester, offered little and saved a stoppage time penalty from James Ward-Prowse by Sam Johnstone.

Albion secured back-to-back wins for the primary time this season after boss Sam Allardyce labeled it one other must-win sport after last week’s 5-2 shock victory at Chelsea.

Following that win at Stamford Bridge, a assured Albion loved one among their best performances of the season on Monday.

They have been denied a controversial fourth-minute opener after a VAR quirk, which solely provides to the argument against the expertise.

Pereira’s free kick discovered Phillips and Fraser Forster matching the winger’s effort.

Southampton solely managed to clear the ball to Darnell Furlong on the outskirts of the realm and he fired his shot from Diagne – just for the frontman to be shortly dominated out.

The decision was supported after a prolonged VAR verify, however once more Diagne seemed to be on its own.

However VAR officer Kevin Friend caught to the decision on the pitch as a result of these at Stockley Park couldn’t prove whether or not Diagne was on or off.

Albion refused to be disheartened and after Sam Johnstone knocked a ‘Kyle Walker-Peters’ drive behind, they continued to threaten with Furlong going vast and Pereira nodding at Forster.

Whereas Albion suffered some panic moments within the back, at least when Danny Ings drove vast and then sent the ball throughout the face of the goal, they remained in management.

Diagne, although, ought to have been fired in entrance of them as an alternative of slicing vast with solely Forster to beat after 28 minutes.

Stuart Armstrong had Johnstone prolonged shortly thereafter however the Baggies did not have to attend lengthy for 2 goals to reach in three minutes.

They opened the scoring from the spot after 32 minutes when a slick move involving Diagne and Ainsley Maitland-Niles ended when Forster Pereira coated it, and the forwards rose to drill the penalty kick down the center.

It was a quick 2-0 when Phillips transformed a Diagne cross into the far post to reflect Albion’s first half efforts.

Confronted with one other mountain to climb, Southampton didn’t get better regardless of recovering after the break.

Armstrong shot at Johnstone after an hour however couldn’t break the Baggies, with the hosts discovering their resilience under Allardyce.

Albion added a third even with 21 minutes remaining when Okay Yoksulu’s ball discovered Robinson and he caught off Jannik Vestergaard to fireside past Forster.

Southampton had the chance of injury time consolation when Conor Townsend beat Moussa Djenepo within the field however Johnstone saved a Ward-Prowse penalty.

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