Thursday 19 April 2018

West Brom v Watford - story of the match

Tony Pulis points the way forward for West Brom
Tony Pulis points the way forward for West Brom

It was business as usual for West Brom head coach Tony Pulis as his side continued their improved form with a 3-1 victory over Watford to climb up to sixth place in the Premier League.

The High Court this week ruled Pulis must pay former club Crystal Palace £3.7million. The 58-year-old must also pay costs and interest on the fine which comes from him walking out on the Eagles in 2014.

An expensive week might have felt even more costly had Watford repeated their win at The Hawthorns in last season's corresponding fixture but first-half strikes from Jonny Evans and Chris Brunt gave West Brom a cushion.

Christian Kabasele halved the deficit on the hour mark but Watford never really looked like snatching a point, and their cause was hindered further when Roberto Pereyra was sent off with six minutes remaining. Matt Phillips sealed the points in added time as West Brom won back-to-back home matches for the first time since March.


"A classically solid Pulis style performance from the hosts. #watfordfc enjoying possession but lack decisive touch - & strength." - TV presenter Kelly Somers (@KellySomers) says West Brom were well worth their win.


Jonny Evans: The Baggies defender made an impact at both ends of the pitch. Organised and led at the back and popped up with the opening goal.


Probably for the wrong reasons but Pereyra's red card certainly provided the game's flash point. The Argentinian was sent off for reacting to a challenge from James McClean, who escaped with just a yellow card following a confrontation and skirmish involving players from both sides.


The win gave West Brom successive Premier League victories at The Hawthorns for the first time since the start of March.


West Brom:

Ben Foster 7 (out of 10)

Craig Dawson 6

Gareth McAuley 7

Jonny Evans 7

Allan Nyom 6

Darren Fletcher 6

Claudio Yacob 6

Chris Brunt 7

James Morrison 7

Matt Phillips 7

Salomon Rondon 6


Nacer Chadli (for Morrison, 75) 5

James McClean (for Brunt, 80) 5

Hal Robson-Kanu (for Rondon, 88) 4


Heurelho Gomes 6

Jose Holebas 6

Christian Kabasele 6

Sebastien Prodl 5

Juan Zuniga 5

Nordin Amrabat 6

Adlene Guedioura 5

Etienne Capoue 5

Roberto Pereyra 4

Stefano Okaka 5

Troy Deeney 6


Odion Ighalo (for Zuniga, 77) 5

Jerome Sinclair (for Okaka, 90) 5


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