West Bromwich Albion 4-0 Burnley: Free-scoring Baggies rout Clarets at the Hawthorns

Tuesday 22nd November , 2016 7:40 am
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West Brom put in their best performance of the season on Monday night, routing Burnley 4-0 at the Hawthorns. A stunning first-half performance saw the hosts head into the break three goals to the good – Matt Phillips, James Morrison and Darren Fletcher all scoring – with Salomon Rondon adding a well-deserved fourth in the second period. The scoring was opened moments after kick-off, Phillips claiming possession yards away from goal before turning his defender and firing past Heaton to put the Baggies in front. The keeper had to make a solid save from Brunt’s long-range strike seconds later to prevent Burnley falling two goals behind on the five minute mark. Hendrick should have equalised for the visitors, but failed to convert Vokes’ flicked header, and that came back to bite Sean Dyche’s men, who fell two behind minutes later. The excellent Rondon held up the ball until he found support in Morrison, who was afforded all the space to charge towards the area with the ball. When on the edge of the box, he sent a wonderful low finish past Heaton, leaving Burnley in disarray. The Clarets’ defence was showing none of its usual solidity, crumbling under pressure again and again. Heaton kicked the ball straight to Morrison, who sent his shot wide after charging through on goal, before Rondon forced a magnificent diving save from Heaton, stretching to push the ball out from the top corner of the net. But he could not prevent the third goal going in before the break, Fletcher netting from close range from Phillips’ deflected cross. The tempo of the game slowed in the second period, with the Baggies all-but secured all three points by the break. Pulis’ men looked dangerous on the break, but were content to sit deep and prevent their opponents from managing many chances. And it was a break which led to Rondon scoring his first, and the Baggies’ fourth goal of the night. Nyom charged down the left wing, combining well with Phillips and Morrison before sending a cut-back into the Burnley area. The ball was behind Rondon, but the Venezuelan managed to claim possession and swivel in the box, his shot finding the back of the net via deflections off Ward and Mee. Chances came and went for the hosts as they looked to add a fifth; two crosses into the box were only just cleared, Robson-Kanu came close to connecting with a Brunt delivery, and Gardner forced a low stop from Heaton with a long-range strike. But the final whistle went with no further goals scored, and the Baggies claimed all three points – moving above opponents Burnley and into the top half of the Premier League table in the process.       Source: Talksport