Wednesday 21 February 2018

Sessegnon proves Di Canio wrong

West Brom 3 Sunderland 0

Andy Hampson

Stephane Sessegnon hit back at Paolo di Canio with a debut goal for West Brom to condemn former club Sunderland to a fourth defeat in five games. Sessegnon, who joined the Baggies in an acrimonious deadline day move from Wearside earlier this month, struck after 20 minutes as Sunderland remained bottom of the Premier League.

Liam Ridgewell secured victory with a second goal 14 minutes from time before another impressive new signing in Morgan Amalfitano added a third in injury-time.

It proved a dismal afternoon for the Black Cats, who only had 10 men for the closing 15 minutes after Steven Fletcher was forced off injured with all substitutes having been used.

The result is sure to pile the pressure on Sunderland manager Di Canio, who made the controversial decision to sell the popular Sessegnon.

Di Canio approached the furious away fans and applauded after the final whistle, apparently in an attempt to placate them.

"I knew that they were furious. I went to them because I wanted to see their faces," he said. "It's easy to go over when they're clapping or singing your name. I'm responsible but my head is up. I'm never going to change my regime. I am what I am. My way to manage the team is for the top, top level. One day if I receive the full support from the players we will turn the corner."

Sunday Independent

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