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West Brom v Burnley - story of the match

Published 21/11/2016

Salomon Rondon was a key player in West Brom's victory over Burnley
Salomon Rondon was a key player in West Brom's victory over Burnley

West Brom blitzed Burnley with three first-half goals before going on to equal their biggest ever victory under Tony Pulis.

The Baggies beat West Ham 4-0 in February 2015, the month following Pulis' arrival as head coach, and they repeated the feat on Monday night to climb up to ninth place in the Premier League table.

Matt Phillips struck after only four minutes and when James Morrison doubled the lead with 16 minutes on the clock it was clear that Sean Dyche's 50th Premier League match as Burnley boss would be one to remember for all the wrong reasons.

Darren Fletcher effectively ensured all three points and successive league wins for West Brom for the first time since the turn of the year with a third goal just before half-time and Salomon Rondon got the goal his performance deserved in the second half to complete the rout.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"US Soccer attempting to bury news of Jurgen Klinsmann's firing while America totally engrossed in West Brom's epic rumble with Burnley" - NBC 'soccer' journalist Roger Bennett.

STAR MAN

Salomon Rondon. He was the focal point for all of West Brom's good work and a menace for the Burnley defender all night. The Venezuela international gave a masterclass in how to lead the line and hold up the ball and got the goal his performance deserved in the second half before departing to a standing ovation 12 minutes from time.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE MATCH

West Brom's second goal was a nice piece of decisive football. A Burnley attack was broken up on the edge of his own area by Chris Brunt, who then played a long pass forward to the feet of Rondon just inside the opposition half. He laid the ball off for James Morrision and he advanced goalwards before stroking a shot into the bottom corner of the net from 18 yards out.

DATA POINT

Sean Dyche, in his 50th Premier League match as Burnley boss, was unable to mastermind the Clarets' first win at The Hawthorns since 1969.

RATINGS

West Brom

Ben Foster 7/10

Craig Dawson 7

Gareth McAuley 7

Jonny Evans 6

Allan Nyom 6

Darren Fletcher 6

Claudio Yacob 7

Chris Brunt 6

James Morrison 7

Matt Phillips 7

Salomon Rondon 8

Substitutes:

James McClean (for Phillips, 75) 5

Hal Robson-Kanu (for Rondon, 79) 5

Craig Gardner (for Morrison, 83) 4

Burnley

Tom Heaton 6

Matthew Lowton 4

Michael Keane 5

Ben Mee 5

Stephen Ward 5

Johann Berg Gudmundsson 6

Dean Marney 5

Steven Defour 4

Scott Arfield 5

Jeff Hendrick 4

Sam Vokes 5

Substitutes:

Ashley Barnes (for Defour, 46) 5

Andre Gray (for Vokes, 70) 5

George Boyd (for Gudmundsson, 79) 4

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Hull v West Brom (Premier League, Saturday November 26)

Burnley v Manchester City (Premier League, Saturday November 26)

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