West Brom dumped out of the FA Cup at Blackpool

The Baggies were lucky to survive until the shootout as their determined hosts enjoyed the better of it on a cold day by the sea.

Both sides created chances in busy first 45 minutes with Jerry Yates confidently tucking home before the break.

The visitors did haul themselves back into after the restart as Semi Ayjai nodded home.

However, they were unable to build on that the hosts continued to dominate with cup hotshot Gary Madine slotting them back in front.

Allardyce’s team were given a lifeline in the final minutes as Matheus Pereira tucked home from the spot.

But again they failed to grasp the nettle as Kyle Edwards missed a brilliant chance in extra time before penalty misses from Edwards, Pereira and Darnell Furlong sent Blackpool through.

Full Time at Bloomfield Road it’s Blackpool 2 West Brom 2 with the Seasiders winning it on penalties.

Arsenal power past West Brom with 4-0 win at The Hawthorns

The Gunners look set to move up into the top ten in the coming week as a late brace from Alexandre Lacazette put the gloss on a dominant performance in the West Midlands.

Arteta’s team were on the front foot right from the start in this one with Sam Johnstone called into early action to deny Hector Bellerin and Bukayo Saka.

And with all the traffic heading in one direction it was only a matter of time before Arsenal edged ahead as Kieran Tierney netted a superb opener.

The Scotsman raided forward from full back, turned Darnell Furlong one way and then the other and curl home a beauty past Johnstone.

And with The Baggies unable to offer resistance, Saka tucked home a brilliant second.
Lacazette’s delayed pass released Emile Smith-Rowe and his cutback was buried by Saka.

Arsenal kept on coming and coming before the break with more Johnstone keeping the score down as he denied Lacazette and Rob Holding.

And the Arsenal avalanche showed no signs of slowly after the break before Lacazette finally made it three.

Saka was right at the heart of it once again Semi Ajayi deflected his cross onto the post before Lacazette pounced to tuck home.

Arsenal smelt blood in the final stages as Lacazette volleyed home Tierney’ cross for Goal No.4 as Sam Allardyce’s miserable start continues with The Baggies.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 0 Arsenal 4

Leeds United hammer West Brom 5-0 at The Hawthorns

On a night were Marcelo Bielsa’s side probably expected to be frustrated by Sam Allardyce’s hosts, they produced the best performance of 2020.

Four first half goals set the tone for a dominant display from Leeds as Bielsa’s squad returned to form at a critical moment to leave Allardyce facing a bleak January.

Despite Leeds looking slick right from kick off in the West Midlands, they were given a helping in the first few minutes, as Romain Sawyers netted a ridiculous own goal.

The Baggies defender completely misjudged Sam Johnstone’s position in behind as he chipped past his own keeper.

However, if there was a touch of comedy about Leeds’ opener there was no joking about with the second as Ezgjan Alioski smashed past Johnstone.

And there was no slowly down from there as the rampant visitors smelt blood, with Jack Harrison finishing off a flowing move and Rodrigo fired home a fourth.

Leeds did almost shoot themselves in the foot after the restart as Illan Meslier reacted quickly from an error to deny Matheus Pereira.

But in truth, Leeds had the Baggies are arms length again after the break, as Raphinha saved the best goal for last.

The Brazilian has caught the eye with some spectacular goals during his first few months in England and he bent home a superb effort to make it five.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 0 Leeds United 5

West Brom steal late 1-1 draw at Liverpool

The Baggies set their stall out to make life as difficult as possible for the Reds, but Sadio Mane’s early goal had looked to be enough to secure, before Semi Ajayi stole the headlines late on.

With the visitors playing with ten men behind the ball in the opening stages, Jurgen Klopp’s team were forced to be patient, before Mane edged them ahead on 12 minutes.

Joel Matip’s long pass caught his opposite centre backs too square and Mane raced on and smashed past Sam Johnstone.

That early goal did nothing to change the flow of the match as West Brom sat in and Liverpool grew more and more frustrated.

Liverpool continued to boss everything after the break with skipper Jordan Henderson flashing an effort wide.

And with Klopp’s side unable to break through, the Baggies stayed in the game and pull off Allardyce’s masterplan with 10 to go.

Matheus Pereira’s deep corner caused problems in the Liverpool box and Ajayi got highest to nod home.

Full Time at Anfield it’s Liverpool 1 West Brom 1

Premier League Preview: Liverpool v West Brom

The Reds squad is still blighted by injuries as 2020 comes to an end with Diogo Jota, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez all out for the foreseeable.

Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara is back in training following a knee injury with Klopp confident he should see some action in this one.

As for The Baggies, life back in the West Midlands started with defeat for Allardyce as they were brushed off by Aston Villa last time out.

Skipper Jake Livermore begins a three-match ban after being sent off in that one with Matheus Pereira back in contention following his own time on the naughty step.

Add with Big Sam looking to get his new squad right back to basics in the weeks to come, veteran war horse Branislav Ivanovic could also come back in.

And it’s all set to go at Anfield with a 4.30pm Kick Off.

Sam Allardyce’s Premier League return ends in defeat as West Brom lose to Aston Villa

The Baggies played the majority of the game with ten men following Jake Livermore’s red card but Allardyce’s new team were never really in it against the Villa.

Dean Smith’s side were quick out of the traps against the cross city rivals with Anwar El Ghazi putting them in front after just five minutes.

Summer signing Bertrand Traore’s cross drifted over a line of West Brom defenders inside the box and the Dutchman arrived on cue to finish at the back post.

That goal put the Baggies on the back foot before the break and their task was made even harder after Livermore was dismissed for a lunge at Jack Grealish.

With a goal and a man advantage after the restart Villa looked to move through the gears as Scottish international John McGinn headed wide just wide of the post.

But Smith’s side did finally wrap the points up with five minutes to go, as Traore cooly slotted home and El Ghazi netted his second of the night from the spot after Semi Ajayi bundled over Grealish inside the box.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 0 Aston Villa 3

Premier League Preview: Newcastle United v West Brom

Slaven Bilic’s team have only racked up one win on their top-flight return and a 5-1 thrashing at Crystal Palace last time out will have dented confidence.

Matheus Pereira is definitely out after he was sent off against Palace with Hal Robson-Kanu and Connor Townsend both ruled out with injury.

Dara O’Shea is likely to replace Branislav Ivanovic in defence with Callum Robinson also in line to make a rare start.

For Newcastle, Steve Bruce’s hand will be forced Covid-19 regulations, with the Magpies squad still decimated by players in self isolation.

Bruce has confirmed he will have to wait until the last minute to name a starting team against the Baggies with up to eight players set to miss out.

But it was not all negative news for Bruce, as key pair Ryan Fraser and Allan Saint-Maximin returned to training this week, and the former Manchester United defender has confirmed they will be included after returning negative Covid-19 tests.

And Kick Off is set for 3pm tomorrow at St. James’ Park

Bruno Fernandes spot kick seals 1-0 Manchester United win over West Brom

United’s poor home form has been a concern for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but Bruno Fernandes’ second half penalty has ended their miserable Old Trafford run.

The hosts looked busy right from the off in this one, as former United keeper Sam Johnstone produced a fine reaction stop to deny Anthony Martial.

The Baggies worked hard to block United out before the break, and Kyle Bartley was inches away nodding home a deep corner.

And Slaven Bilic’s side were almost handed a lucky opener just seconds after the restart, as referee David Coote awarded his first of three penalties on the night.

Fernandes’ did catch Conor Gallagher inside the box, but after a quick VAR check, Coote decided to overrule himself.

That decision injected some life into the second half, as Rashford tested Johnstone and Connor Townsend forced a rare
stop from David De Gea.

But VAR was to have its say again on 55 minutes, as Coote penalised Semi Ajayi for handball, but the impressive Johnstone produced a brilliant save from Fernandes’ spot kick.

However, luck was to go against the young keeper, as Coote ordered a retake after he strayed off his line and Fernandes made no mistake on take two.

United did almost let West Brom back into the game late on, as substitute Callum Robinson fired against the bar, but in the end United had just enough to hold on.

Full Time at Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 1 West Brom 0

Harry Kane seals 1-0 Tottenham Premier League win at West Brom

Spurs were far from their best in West Midlands but Kane’s late intervention makes it four straight Premier League away wins for Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese boss opted to hand Gareth Bale his first league start of the season against the Baggies but the Welsh international struggled to make an impact against the hosts.

Spurs did carve out a string of half chances in the opening 45, but the best chances fell to West Brom, as Callum Robinson tested Hugo Lloris.

West Brom worked hard to shut Tottenham out after the break with Sergio Reguilon’s long range drive well saved by Sam Johnstone.

With Tottenham unable find a breakthrough, they left the door open for the hosts on the counter attack, and Lloris produced another vital stop to deny Karlan Grant.

But with Mourinho driving them on from the touchline, Spurs began to turn the screw in the final 10 minutes.

Johnstone was at his best to deny Toby Alderweireld and Carlos Vinicius but he could do nothing as Kane’s finally broke their resistance.

Irish international Matt Doherty hung a cross into the box and with Johnstone was caught in no man’s land, as Kane stole in to nod home his 150th Premier League goal.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 0 Tottenham 1

Premier League Preview: Fulham v West Brom

The Cottagers find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table with just one point from six games, with rivals West Brom only faring slightly better with three points on the board

Fulham boss Scott Parker has confirmed no new injury worries ahead of this game with Kenny Tete, Josh Onomah and Neeskens Kebano all ruled out.

Aboubakar Kamara will also miss out through suspension but Harrison Reed and Joe Bryan should both be in line to return.

For the Baggies, Slaven Bilic is still without Hal Robson-Kanu, as the Welsh international continues his recovery from a broken arm, but Irish defender Dara O’Shea is back fit to return.

The Croatian boss was pleased with their draw against Brighton last time out, but he could look to recall Callum Robinson and Kyle Bartley in West London.

And it will be a 5.30pm kick off on Monday night at Craven Cottage.

Premier League Preview: West Brom v Burnley

Slaven Bilic’s side are edging it in terms of current form with one point from four games against the Clarets four match losing streak.

The Baggies will be boosted by some important returns for this one, with Kieran Gibbs back from suspension and Ahmed Hegazy and Conor Gallagher back fit.

However, with Hal Robson-Kanu sidelined with a broken arm and Callum Robinson isolating after international duty, meaning Bilic will be without a regular No.9 option.

Sean Dyche has his own injury worries ahead of this one with four first team stars laid low with injury.

But the struggling visitors should be boosted by the returns of Jay Rodriguez and Johan Gudmundsson after Dyche confirmed they have both returned to training this week.

And kick off is Monday night 5.30pm at The Hawthorns.

Southampton secure 2-0 Premier League home win over West Brom

The Saints never really got out of second gear against the Baggies as a goal in each half from Moussa Djenepo and Oriol Romeu secured all three points.

The home side were the brighter of the two teams in the opening stages, with Che Adams and Kyle Walker-Peters both testing Sam Johnstone.

The former Manchester United keeper continued to keep the Baggies in the game, as he produced an instinctive stop from Danny Ings.

But with Johnstone forming a one-man barrier to the hosts, it was only a matter of time before they broke through, as Djenepo confidently tucked home just before the break.

Slaven Bilic’s side carved out some half chances after the restart, but with the visitors keeping them at arm’s length, Romeu secured the win late on.

Stuart Armstrong’s cross wasn’t cut out by the Baggies defence and the Spaniard swept home his first goal since 2019.

FULL TIME AT THE ST.MARY’S STADIUM IT’S SOUTHAMPTON 2 WEST BROM 0