West Brom’s firsthalf sweeps aside Burnley
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.