West Brom v West Ham - story of the match
Published 17/09/2016 | 17:51
A new era at West Brom began in entertaining style as a 4-2 home win against West Ham helped ease speculation about Tony Pulis' future.
In the first game since Thursday's announcement that a takeover by Chinese group Yunyi Guokai Sports Development Limited - led by Guochuan Lai - had been completed, defeat might have left Pulis, with speculation surrounding his future prior to kick-off, on the brink.
During last weekend's defeat at Bournemouth Albion fans sang ''Tony Pulis, your football is s***'' but no such criticism could be levelled on Saturday as West Brom surged into a four-goal lead through Nacer Chadli, superb with a brace on his home debut, Salomon Rondon and James McClean.
West Ham, who have now conceded 11 goals in their last three Premier League matches, replied with Michail Antonio's header and a Manuel Lanzini penalty but never looked like completing the unlikely comeback.
TWEET OF THE MATCH
"FT #wba 4-2 #whufc - Albion score four in a thoroughly entertaining match. Just what the doctor ordered." - West Brom reporter at Express & Star, Matt Wilson (@mattwilson_star)
Nacer Chadli. Impressive home debut by Albion's club-record signing. He took the responsibility of taking the penalty to open the scoring and then set up West Brom's other two goals in between netting his second of the afternoon. Everything that was good about West Brom's play went through the Belgian.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
West Brom's fourth goal. Just for the elation inside The Hawthorns at such an unexpected scoreline. Darren Fletcher set Rondon, at this point midway inside his own half, clean through on goal. Chadli made a gut-bursting run to support the Venezuelan, who unselfishly set him up for a tap-in inside the penalty area. Cue bedlam.
It was West Brom's first win at The Hawthorns since beating Manchester United 1-0 on March 6. Albion had lost four of the six home matches since then, including a 3-0 loss to West Ham at the end of last season.
Ben Foster 6
Craig Dawson 7
Gareth McAuley 7
Jonny Evans 7
Brendan Galloway 6
Claudio Yacob 6
Darren Fletcher 7
James McClean 7
Nacer Chadli 8
Matt Phillips 6
Salomon Rondon 7
Allan Nyom (for Galloway, 69) 5
James Morrison (for Chadli, 75) 5
Hal Robson-Kanu (for Rondon, 87) 4
Havard Nordtveit 5
James Collins 5
Angelo Ogbonna 5
Arthur Masuaku 3
Mark Noble 4
Cheikhou Kouyate 4
Michail Antonio 6
Manuel Lanzini 5
Dimitri Payet 6
Simone Zaza 3
Sofiane Feghouli (for Noble, 46) 5
Jonathan Calleri (for Zaza, 46) 6
Ashley Fletcher (for Masuaku, 77) 4
WHO'S UP NEXT?
Stoke v West Brom (Premier League, September 24)
West Ham v Accrington (EFL Cup, September 21)