West Brom thrash woe­ful Burn­ley 4-0

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

WEST BROMWICH ALBION climbed into the top half of the Pre­mier League af­ter scor­ing three times in the first half in a clin­i­cal 4-0 home vic­tory over Burn­ley yes­ter­day.

Matt Phillips struck af­ter just four min­utes at The Hawthorns af­ter Dean Mar­ney in­ad­ver­tently rolled the ball into his path and even though the away side saw plenty of the ball, West Brom made it 2-0 soon af­ter.

On 16 min­utes Salomon Ron­don set up James Mor­ri­son to shoot past Tom Heaton into the bot­tom corner af­ter Burn­ley failed to close the mid­fielder down on the edge of the box.

Phillips went close again and Burn­ley seemed de­ter­mined to press the self-de­struct but­ton, with Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Heaton gift­ing the ball to Mor­ri­son, but he sliced wide.

Heaton then re­deemed him­self to stop a Ron­don curler that was des­tined for the top corner.

But the over­worked goal­keeper had no chance on 37 min­utes af­ter Phillips and Mor­ri­son were again heav­ily in­volved, set­ting up for­mer Manch­ester United mid­fielder Dar­ren Fletcher at the back post to make it 3-0 and game over.

Venezue­lan striker Ron­don, who was a men­ace all night, fi­nally got the goal he de­served when he swiv­elled in the box and let loose, the ball ping­ing off two Burn­ley play­ers and into the net mid­way through the sec­ond half.

West Brom move up to ninth to leapfrog Burn­ley, who re­main four points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone. – AFP

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