Late winner leaves Baggies on brink
WEST Brom’s slim hopes of survival suffered another setback as they surrendered the lead to lose at Bournemouth. Jay Rodriguez had looked set to ease the pressure on Albion boss Alan Pardew as he opened the scoring early in the second half.
But late goals from Jordon Ibe and Junior Stanislas turned the game around to inflict a seventh successive league loss on the Baggies, a result that leaves them 10 points from safety.
The visitors went into this fixture with just three victories from 30 league games, one of which came against the Cherries on the opening day. Pardew, who held clear-the-air talks with the club’s owners during the week, responded to last week’s humiliating 4-1 home loss to Leicester by making three changes.
Goal-scorer Rodriguez was one of the men brought in, alongside captain Jonny Evans and midfielder Claudio Yacob, with Grzegorz Krychowiak dropped to the bench along with forwards Matt Phillips and Oliver Burke.
Bournemouth initially offered little in response to Rodriguez’s opener and seemed to sliding towards a defeat which could have sucked them back into relegation danger.
But they levelled 13 minutes from time in fortuitous fashion as Ibe unleashed a speculative effort from range which Ben Foster could only help into the corner of the net.
A point would have done little to ease the Baggies’ perilous situation and they were left with nothing with two minutes remaining. Stanislas stepped up to expertly curl home a 25-yard freekick to end Bournemouth’s four-match winless run.