West Brom’s firsthalf sweeps aside Burn­ley

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Lon­don: West Brom scored three first-half goals as they swept aside a Burn­ley team 4-0 that is strug­gling away from home this sea­son. The Clarets, now with only one point from 15 on their trav­els, got off to an aw­ful start when Matt Phillips turned six yards out and fired high past keeper Tom Heaton. Like Phillips, James Mor­ri­son also scored for a sec­ond suc­ces­sive game when he ran on to Salomon Ron­don’s pass and curled a low shot in­side Heaton’s near post from the edge of the box.

And the im­pres­sive Phillips pro­vided the cross for the third, which was tapped in at the far post by Dar­ren Fletcher for his first of the sea­son. For­ward Ron­don pro­duced an­other ter­rific all-round per­for­mance and was re­warded with a goal af­ter the break when his strike took two slight de­flec­tions as it beat Heaton. The Bag­gies are back up to ninth the United States. The 52-year-old, who won the World Cup as a player with Ger­many in 1990, took over as US boss in 2011. “We re­main con­fi­dent we have qual­ity play­ers to help us ad­vance to Rus­sia 2018,” said US Soccer pres­i­dent Su­nil Gu­lati.

Jur­gen Klins­mann

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