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West Brom v Crystal Palace – 2nd November 2013

West Brom v Crystal Palace – 2nd November 2013

Saido Berahino scores for West Brom

West Brom condemned Crystal Palace to a seventh successive league defeat as they withstood the visitors’ second-half revival at the Hawthorns.

Saido Berahino calmly fired the hosts ahead just before the break after taming Stephane Sessegnon’s low cross.

Palace’s Mile Jedinak headed wide when well placed before Marouane Chamakh’s miscontrolled shot almost trickled in.

Gareth McAuley headed in to snuff out the visitors’ hopes, before Boaz Myhill denied Yannick Bolasie late on.

The defeat underlined the task facing caretaker boss Keith Millen’s successor in the Crystal Palace dug-out.

The Eagles, bottom of the table, have lost all but one of their 10 Premier League games this season and are six points from safety.

The visitors started brightly enough, with Chamakh’s flick-on falling for Adlene Guedioura to strike a forceful effort straight at Baggies keeper Myhill.

But hat partnership did not have the chance to flourish any further, with Guedioura carried off after an initially innocuous-looking clash with Myhill shortly after.

West Brom made an early change of their own, introducing Berahino in place of the injured Billy Jones on the half-hour, but they struggled to make an impression on their industrious, but limited opponents for much of the first half.

Instead, Guedioura’s replacement Jason Puncheon dragged their best chance wide before Berahino registered his sixth goal of the season.

The England Under-21 international collected Sessegnon’s square ball just inside the Palace box before sweeping the ball round defender Dean Moxey and into the bottom corner.

West Brom had been unbeaten in five league games before last week’s defeat by Liverpool – a run that included a victory at Manchester United and a draw at home to Arsenal – and their confidence returned with the lead.

Only a crucial touch from Eagles defender Joel Ward diverted Morgan Amalfitano’s cross away from a lurking Shane Long before Sessegnon failed to make a clean connection as the defence parted invitingly in front of him.

The Baggies almost paid for that wastefulness as Jedinak contrived to head wide when unchallenged eight yards from goal, before Chamakh sent the ball past an advancing Myhill when trying to control it, but the inadvertent effort at goal was off target.

But McAuley barrelled in at the back post to settle the home fans’ increasing nerves with a fine header.

Palace finished strongly with Bolassie, Damien Delaney and Jerome Thomas all going close but it was too little, too late as their chastening campaign continues.

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