Friday 23 February 2018

Baggies' first loss in five sees McClean sent off for wild lunge

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AFC Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels celebrates after scoring his side's second goal from the penalty spot,. Photo: Clint Hughes/PA Wire
AFC Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels celebrates after scoring his side's second goal from the penalty spot,. Photo: Clint Hughes/PA Wire Newsdesk Newsdesk

Tony Pulis had no words of comfort for either James McClean or Salomon Rondon after the pair were send off in West Brom's 2-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth. McClean was the first to go - after just 34 minutes for a wild lunge on Adam Smith, with Rondon following in injury time.

"It's a reckless challenge from McClean," said Pulis. "The disappointing thing for me is that 10 seconds before that Smith goes over top and catches McClean on his ankle. McClean has not let that go, he has gone after him. You can't condone that."

Charlie Daniels' late penalty gave in-form Bournemouth a third successive Premier League win. The defender fired in after Dan Gosling had been brought down by Darren Fletcher with just three minutes left. Gareth McAuley had earlier looked to have rescued a point for the Baggies when he cancelled out Smith's second-half opener.

Meanwhile, substitute Lee Chung-Yong's brilliant 88th-minute winner earned Crystal Palace their fifth away victory of the season in a 2-1 triumph over Stoke. The Eagles took the lead in first-half stoppage-time through a penalty from Connor Wickham, his first goal for the club, after Glenn Whelan had clattered into the back of Wilfried Zaha's leg.

The Potters then levelled from the spot when Bojan Krkic converted after referee Robert Madley deemed Damien Delaney had handled inside the area.

Alan Pardew's men would find a late winner, though, as Lee rifled a measured first-time effort into the far corner of Jack Butland's net from a semi-cleared corner.

Xherdan Shaqiri had overcame a hamstring injury to return to the starting line-up alongside Marko Arnautovic and Bojan as Mark Hughes named the triumvirate that had dismantled then leaders Manchester City two weeks earlier.

The visitors, missing Yohan Cabaye because of a heel injury, had been quiet yet that all changed on the stroke of half-time when Whelan barged into Zaha's left leg in the area after the hosts had failed to clear a free-kick. In Cabaye's absence, Wickham stepped up and drilled the stoppage-time spot-kick straight down the middle. With the score at 1-1, neither side looked content with a point but Lee won it with a controlled attempt past Butland after Glen Johnson's block had come out to the South Korean.

In the late game, strugglers Newcastle and Aston Villa played out a 1-1 draw at St James' Park. Fabricio Coloccini scored from close range to give the Magpies the lead in the first half, but Jordan Ayew's superb strike after the hour mark secured a point for Villa. Remi Garde's side remain rooted to the foot of the table 10 points adrift of safety, while Newcastle are 17th.

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