West Bromwich Albion beat Newcastle 3-1 yesterday to climb to eighth in English soccer’s Premier League, while Sunderland defeated West Ham 1-0.
Peter Odemwingie got two goals at the Hawthorns and Somen Tchoyi also scored to lift West Brom five spots -- one position below Sunderland. Newcastle, which got an injury-time goal from Peter Lovenkrands, drops one place to 11th.
“It was a brilliant performance from the start to the end,” West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo told reporters. “We scored some great goals, we had the majority of the game.”
West Ham slipped back to the bottom of the standings, on goal difference below Wolverhampton Wanderers, after its defeat. Jordan Henderson got the only goal for Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Arsenal tops the league with 32 points following a 2-1 win against Fulham two days ago, as Chelsea was held to a 1-1 tie by Everton, and Manchester United’s game at Blackpool was postponed because the playing field was frozen. United has 31 points, with Chelsea a further point back.
Yesterday, Tchoyi game West Brom a 33rd-minute lead at the Hawthorns, curling a left-foot shot into the far corner of the net from 15 yards for his fourth goal in seven matches.
Newcastle struggled to create chances in the first half and replaced Shola Ameobi with Lovenkrands at halftime. West Brom goalkeeper Scott Carson made a save soon after to prevent Steven Taylor tying the game with a header.
Odemwingie doubled the home team’s advantage after 71 minutes and went round goalkeeper Tim Krul in the final minute to wrap up the three points. Lovenkrands bundled in a late consolation for Newcastle.
Henderson’s 35th-minute strike continued Sunderland’s unbeaten home run in the league. He slipped the ball past goalkeeper Robert Green after running onto a pass from Asamoah Gyan.
“It’s been a long time since I scored,” Henderson told Sky Sports. “I’ve been working on my finishing in training and it paid off.”
Victor Obinna came closest to replying for the Hammers -- who haven’t won an away match in the league since the opening day of last season -- when he hit a post after 79 minutes.
Two days ago, Blackburn defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 3- 0, Wigan drew 2-2 against Stoke City, Manchester City beat Bolton 1-0, and Birmingham and Tottenham tied 1-1. Liverpool hosts Aston Villa tonight.
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