Crystal Palace thrash 10-man West Brom 5-1 at The Hawthorns

Both sides looked impressive in the opening stages but the controversial dismissal of Matheus Pereira turned the game in Palace’s favour after the break.

Palace were quick to turn on the style in the West Midlands as talisman Wilf Zaha carved out the opener inside the first five minutes.

His pace took him away from three Baggies defenders and his fizzed cross into the box was diverted home by West Brom defender Darnell Furlong.

Furlong looked to be on a one-man mission to make up from his error after that as he smacked a header off the bar and played a key role in the Baggies equaliser.

Semi Ajayi’s pass sent him clear behind the Palace defence and Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher arrived on cue to tuck away his cross.

That breathed some life back into Slaven Bilic’s team but the Croatian was left incensed as Pereira was sent off on 34 minutes.

The Brazilian tangled with Patrick van Aanholt but VAR ruled a kick out by him and Paul Tierney opted to flash a straight red.

That completely changed the complexion of the match after the restart as Zaha curled home a beauty on 55 minutes.

Palace simply powered on from there as Christian Benteke nodded home from van Aanholt’s cross and Zaha tucked home from Eberechi Eze’s pass.

And with Bilic’s hosts on the ropes in the final minutes, Benteke grabbed his second of the day, as he powered home Nathaniel Clyne’s cross.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 1 Crystal Palace 5

West Brom secure their first Premier League win in 2020/21 against Sheffield United

Both sides were winless heading into this tie, with a total of 18 games and no wins on the board.

But a first half strike from Chelsea loanee Conor Townsend proved the difference in the West Midlands as Slaven Bilic’s team edge out of the relegation zone.

The Blades were the brighter in the opening stages as Oli McBurnie and John Fleck both wasted early chances.

But with the visitors unable to find a cutting edge despite creating chances, West Brom took full advantage on 13 minutes.

Mateus Pereira’s corner was only cleared to the edge of the box and Gallagher was onto the loose ball in a flash and drilled past Aaron Ramsdale.

But Chris Wilder’s side were quick to react to that as Sam Johnstone produced a fantastic stop from Oli Burke.

It was the hosts that enjoyed the better chances just after the break as Ramsdale was called into action to deny Kyle Bartley and Callum Robinson.

That left the door open for the Blades late on but their familiar lack of cutting edge came back to haunt them again as West Brom hung in for that vital first win.

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