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West Brom v Sunderland - story of the match

Sunderland sank back to the bottom of the Premier League table as their miserable away form continued against West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Goals from Darren Fletcher and Chris Brunt saw the Baggies return to winning ways following defeats to Derby, in the FA Cup, and Tottenham as the 2-0 victory kept them in the frame as contenders for European football next season.

Sunderland, suffering with absences through injury and players away at the African Nations Cup, have now lost nine of their 11 away matches in the league, scoring just six goals.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"What's going with Sunderland by the way? 2-0 down, that team is desperate for some new players, the manager needs some money to spend" - former Black Cats midfielder Julio Arca called for January reinforcements.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Brunt's goal. Not only because it was a terrific finish but because it visibly knocked the stuffing out of Sunderland. On the ropes after falling behind, the Black Cats survived when a Nacer Chadli strike hit the crossbar before Mannone denied Phillips once more but Brunt pounced on the rebound to crash home a volley from the edge of the penalty area after 36 minutes.

DATA POINT

The Hawthorns has not been a happy hunting ground for Sunderland in the past decade. The Black Cats are now without a win there in eight visits, losing seven times.

STAR MAN

Darren Fletcher. Led from the front as always and showed his experience, keeping it simple and barely giving away the ball. The Scot even got on the score sheet and he took his goal very well. A big player for Tony Pulis.

PLAYER RATINGS

WEST BROM

Ben Foster 6/10

Allan Nyom 6

Gareth McAuley 6

Craig Dawson 6

Chris Brunt 7

Darren Fletcher 8

Claudio Yacob 6

Nacer Chadli 7

James Morrison 7

Matt Phillips 7

Salomon Rondon 6

Substitutes:

Jake Livermore (for Morrison, 72) 6

James McClean (for Chadli, 81) 5

Hal Robson-Kanu (for Rondon, 87) 5

SUNDERLAND

Vito Mannone 6

Billy Jones 5

John O'Shea 5

Papy Djilobodji 5

Patrick Van Aanholt 6

Jason Denayer 5

Jack Rodwell 6

George Honeyman 6

Adnan Januzaj 4

Sebastian Larsson 6

Jermain Defoe 6

Substitutes:

Victor Anichebe (for Januzaj, 66) 5

Fabio Borini (for Denayer, 79) 5

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Middlesbrough v West Brom (Premier League, Tuesday January 31)

Sunderland v Tottenham (Premier League, Tuesday January 31)

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