Wednesday 22 November 2017

West Brom's Berahino and Ideye repay Pulis's faith

West Brom 2 Swansea 0

Swansea City's Jefferson Monero is challenged by West Bromwich Albion's Darren Fletcher
Swansea City's Jefferson Monero is challenged by West Bromwich Albion's Darren Fletcher
West Bromwich Albion's Brown Ideye has a shot on target
West Bromwich Albion's Brown Ideye is challeneged by Swansea City's Ashley Williams

If last month's transfer window had gone to plan for Tony Pulis, Brown Ideye would have been in Qatar and it would have been Carlton Cole leading the West Bromwich Albion attack against Swansea City last night.

Instead the collapse of Pulis's planned move for Cole may just have worked to his Albion side's advantage for Ideye - hitherto labelled a £10m flop - has suddenly starting scoring vital goals.

On Sunday he got his side's equaliser against Burnley and he was at it again last night, scoring the first goal before teeing up the recalled Saido Berahino for Albion's second goal.

As strike pairings go, Ideye and Berahino - in the so-called "naughty chair" last week for voicing his wish to leave the club - are hardly the most popular but they were the key to a win which lifted their side to 14th place, four points above the drop zone.

After a dull first half, they combined for the first goal on the hour when Berahino surged down the inside-left channel and fed Ideye on the edge of the box. Ashley Williams slid in to challenge but the ball bounced the Nigerian's way inside the box and he beat Lukasz Fabianski with a bobbling finish into the corner.

It was roles reversed for the second goal 14 minutes later as Ideye provided the cutback and Berahino provided a reminder of his undoubted promise with a superb swerving strike past Fabianski for his 15th goal in all competitions this season.

Garry Monk's side haven't scored more than once in any of their five league games since Wilfried Bony's departure and the closest they came was when Wayne Routledge shaped to shoot from close range, only to be denied by a brilliant block by Darren Fletcher, making an impressive home debut. (© Independent News Service)


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