West Brom set pieces to beat Wat­ford 3-1

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WEST BROMWICH: Coach Tony Pulis ended a bad week on a high note as West Brom beat Wat­ford 3-1 to move above Manch­ester United in the Premier League yes­ter­day.

Pulis was crit­i­cised by a judge this week and or­dered to pay back a hefty bonus to ex-club Crys­tal Palace, but West Brom fans won’t mind the blem­ish on his rep­u­ta­tion with three wins from the last five games.

The vic­tory at the Hawthorns moved West Brom above United, in ac­tion on Sun­day, into sixth on goal dif­fer­ence.

Their opener came on 16 min­utes as Chris Brunt’s cor­ner dropped at the far post where North­ern Ir­ish­man Johnny Evans rose to plunge home a tow­er­ing header against the run of play.

Just af­ter the half hour things got worse for Wat­ford, who un­der Ital­ian coach Wal­ter Maz­zarri are en­joy­ing their best start to a sea­son for decades.

Wat­ford de­fender Camilo Zu­niga was loi­ter­ing near the wall at a free-kick when he de­flected Brunt’s hard low shot so badly it wrong-footed a hor­ri­fied Huerelho Gomes as he dived the wrong way.

For all Wat­ford’s good build up play home ‘keeper Ben Foster didn’t have to make a save in the first half.

But the vis­i­tors dug deep and pulled a goal back af­ter some in­tense pres­sure on the hour when Chris­tian Kabasele fi­nally de­liv­ered with a close range side-foot.

It was the stand in de­fender’s first goal for the club since join­ing from Genk af­ter his sum­mer ad­ven­ture with Bel­gium at the Eu­ros.

The goal fol­lowed hot on the heels of a pre­vi­ous chance Foster tipped over the bar when West Brom de­fender Gareth McAu­ley was pan­icked into fir­ing at his own goal.

But with the game in the bal­ance things swung in the home side’s favour as Wat­ford’s Roberto Pereyra was sent off af­ter a mass brawl.

The Ar­gen­tinian re­acted fu­ri­ously to be­ing run into whilst on the ground to spark the melee. In in­jury time Matty Phillips then took ad­van­tage of some more dread­ful de­fend­ing to make it 3-1 and se­cure an­other win as Pulis’s record for turn­ing things round at cri­sis clubs con­tin­ues.

Pulis’ be­hav­iour while coach­ing at Crys­tal Palace was de­scribed by a judge this week as ‘dis­grace­ful by any stan­dards’, as the coach lost a £3.7 mil­lion ($4.6 mil­lion, 4.3 mil­lion eu­ros) le­gal ac­tion the Lon­don club.

West Brom 3 Wat­ford 1

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