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West Brom v Bournemouth - the story of the match

West Brom continue to exceed all expectations this season and remain surprise contenders for European football after beating Bournemouth 2-1 at The Hawthorns.

Expected to struggle, the Baggies are flying high in eighth place in the Premier League and seventh spot may bring qualification for next season's Europa League - a position currently occupied by Everton, who are four points ahead of Tony Pulis' team.

Bournemouth took an early lead through Josh King's penalty but goals from defenders Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley turned the game on its head before half-time as West Brom won at home for the seventh time in the last eight outings.

However, it was only possible thanks to a superb injury-time save from Ben Foster to deny Tyrone Mings.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Genuine brilliance from Foster at the end to make two world-class saves and help Albion seal a 2-1 victory #WBABOU #WBA" - West Brom (@WBA) appreciate Foster's late contribution to preserve the points.

STAR MAN

Ben Foster. It was a toss-up between Foster and James Morrision, who was excellent in midfield, but the goalkeeper's stoppage-time saves swung it his way. Foster showed good athleticism to tip Lys Mousset's long-range shot over the crossbar but his save quickly afterwards to deny Mings was fantastic and meant his team kept all three points.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Foster's late save to deny Mings. The Bournemouth defender flicked the ball goalwards with his head but Foster was equal to it, pushing the ball over the crossbar at full stretch.

DATA POINT

Craig Dawson's goal was the first scored for West Brom in the Premier League by an Englishman since April 25, 2016 - when Dawson netted in a 1-1 draw at Tottenham.

PLAYER RATINGS

West Brom

Ben Foster 8

Craig Dawson 7

Gareth McAuley 7

Jonny Evans 6

Allan Nyom 5

Darren Fletcher 7

Jake Livermore 6

Nacer Chadli 6

James Morrison 8

Chris Brunt 6

Salomon Rondon 6

Substitutes

James McClean (for Dawson, 54) 5

Claudio Yacob (for Morrison, 73) 5

Sam Field (for Chadli, 88) 5

Bournemouth

Artur Boruc 6

Adam Smith 6

Tyrone Mings 6

Steve Cook 6

Charlie Daniels 5

Harry Arter 6

Andrew Surman 6

Marc Pugh 6

Jack Wilshere 6

Ryan Fraser 6

Joshua King 5

Substitutes

Dan Gosling (for Wilshere, 66) 5

Benik Afobe (for Arter, 66) 5

Lys Mousset (for Pugh, 79) 5

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West Brom v Crystal Palace (Premier League, Saturday March 4)

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