Friday 9 December 2016

Berahino puts strike threat behind him with starring role in win over Palace

Published 28/02/2016 | 02:30

Saido Berahino gave an outstanding performance for West Brom against Crystal Palace Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire
Saido Berahino gave an outstanding performance for West Brom against Crystal Palace Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Saido Berahino took another step towards redemption by playing a starring role in West Brom's 3-2 win over Crystal Palace.

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A day after publicly apologising for his threat to go on strike as he tried to force a move away from the club, the 22-year-old capped a fine individual and team performance in the first half with a stunning goal.

Berahino finished off a flowing move to make it 3-0 after only 31 minutes, following on from goals by Craig Gardner and Craig Dawson.

But Albion ended the match hanging on after a brace from Connor Wickham, the second a stunning volley in the 80th minute.

The three points were marred by the loss of Chris Brunt, who was carried off just before half-time after landing awkwardly in an innocuous-looking tussle with Wilfried Zaha.

The home fans had shown their appreciation for the 31-year-old before and during the game, just a week after he was hit in the face by a coin thrown by a Baggies fan, and it was a sad way to finish.

Elsewhere, Odion Ighalo endured a frustrating afternoon as Watford's top scorer missed a number of chances in a goalless draw with Bournemouth.

Ighalo has found the net 15 times already this season but the Nigerian was unable to break the deadlock at Vicarage Road, with the best chance of the game seeing him head over from six yards in the second half. The stalemate does little for either side's league ambitions as Watford remain ninth in the table while Bournemouth stay 15th, five points above the relegation zone.

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