West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton  2 - 0

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Premier League: West Brom 2 Southampton 0

5 November 2012 23:57

A Peter Odemwingie double has seen West Bromwich Albion grab a 2-0 win over Southampton and pile on the misery for the sorry Saints.

The Baggies' competent display against the basement club saw them jump ahead of Tottenham and Arsenal into fifth on the Premier League table.

Steve Clarke dropped striker Romelu Lukaku in favour of Shane Long whilst his opposite number brought the fit-again Gaston Ramirez back into the line-up in place of Jason Puncheon.

The Republic of Ireland striker justified the decision with an assist and a lively Odemwingie scored both goals.

It was the Saints who started the brighter of the two and Rickie Lambert forced Ben Foster into a save with a first-time shot on the angle.

West Brom's first real chance of the game came after 19 minutes when Odemwingie burst down the right-hand channel before cutting in on his left and rifling a shot towards goal.

The ball was going wide but was helped on its way by Zoltan Gera, who could only send it over the bar.

Long's first-time effort from a Youssouf Mulumbu pass flew into the crowd and Claudio Yacob dragged an effort wide as the game started to open up a little.

There was action at both ends of the pitch in the space of 30 seconds, Foster comfortably saving Lambert's header from a Ramirez cross before quickly throwing the ball out to Odemwingie.

The Nigerian burst down the right-hand channel before cutting in on his left and unleashing a fizzing shot that went just wide of the post.

Having just gone close with a left-footed drive, it was no surprise when Odemwingie finally did score by doing almost exactly the same again after 36 minutes.

He collected Mulumbu's pass before taking a touch and driving in from 20 yards out. The ball took a deflection off the unfortunate Jose Fonte, which took it past Paulo Gazzaniga and into the bottom corner.

The Saints' goalkeeper produced a fine save at the feet of Long when the Republic of Ireland striker was allowed a free run into the box. The rebound fell to Odemwingie but his shot was blocked wide.

Southampton went close a few minutes after the restart, Rickie Lambert smashing the bar on the half-volley as they went looking for the equaliser.

But it was the Baggies who got their noses further in front with a quick, counter-attacking move.

Liam Ridgewell booted the ball down the channel, Long ran onto it and whipped an inviting cross into the box which Odemwingie headed in from close range on the hour mark.

The hosts were playing on the break more and more as the Saints pressed high up the pitch, only to be frustrated by some disciplined defending.

Lukaku, who came on for Long midway through the second half, caused Fonte a few problems. He played in fellow substitute Chris Brunt and his first-time effort just went wide of Gazzaniga's post.

There was no hat-trick for Odemwingie as manager Steve Clarke brought Marc-Antoine Fortune on as his replacement, allowing him to receive a standing ovation from a packed Hawthorns.

Maya Yoshida should really have pulled a goal back for the Saints but headed wide from a corner late on, and the Baggies comfortably saw out the victory.

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Premier League preview: West Brom v Southampton

1 November 2012 14:30

West Bromwich Albion will entertain Southampton on Monday hoping for a change of fortune after two difficult encounters.

Steve Clarke's men went down to Newcastle United and champions Manchester City in the past fortnight, ending their positive start to the campaign.

West Brom claimed four wins and two draws from their opening seven matches, but have slipped to eighth on the table after nine games.

"We've got to look to the next game now and Southampton on Monday night is a game we would expect to get something from with the way we've been playing," goalkeeper Ben Foster told the West Brom website.

"We played really well against City and then again at Newcastle, and Southampton will know they've been in a game."

Southampton travel to the Hawthorns with manager Nigel Adkins under immense pressure to keep his job.

Adkins shouldered the blame for Tuesday's Capital One Cup loss to Championship side Leeds United and could be on his way out after taking just four points from nine matches in the Premier League.

Southampton, who have conceded an alarming 26 goals in their return to the top flight, are just one point clear of bottom-placed Queens Park Rangers.

"I have to take full responsibility for the team that goes out and all it's done," Adkins told the Southamption website.

"We've got to make sure that we address anything that is going wrong in any way we can for the sake of this football club, because that's what it's about."

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25