West Brom Goes to Fifth in Premier League by Beating Southampton

Peter Odemwingie scored twice as West Bromwich Albion beat Southampton 2-0 to move up to fifth place in English soccer’s Premier League and leave its opponent bottom of the standings.

Odemwingie opened the scoring for the home team at The Hawthorns last night with a 36th-minute shot from outside the penalty area and doubled the lead in the 60th minute by finishing a counterattack with a diving header.

The win followed stoppage-time losses against Manchester City and Newcastle and lifted the Baggies above four London clubs in the 20-team standings with 17 points through 10 games. It was also West Brom’s first Premier League win on a Monday after 13 previous failures, according to Infostrada Sports.

“To bounce back from the last two difficult games where we lost like we did was superb,” West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster said in a televised interview. “We have conceded some unlucky goals recently so it is great to get back to winning ways and also keep a clean sheet.”

Southampton, which was promoted from the second-tier Championship, fell to its fifth straight away league defeat and remains in last place behind Queens Park Rangers on goal difference. Both teams have four points.

Manchester United has a one-point lead over Chelsea atop the standings, with Manchester City a point further back.

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