West Brom v Sunderland

West Brom 2 - 0 Sunderland
21 Jan 2017 - 15:00

The Lads made the trip to the midlands on Saturday, where they faced a West Brom side, eager for a good performance following their 4-0 defeat to Man City the previous week.

The Baggies dominated the first half, opening the scoring on the half hour mark with a volley from Darren Fletcher. This was closely followed by a second as Chris Brunts thunderous 20-yard drive nestled the ball in the back of the Mannones net.

The second half was a closer affair as Sunderland began to get back into the game with a number of long-range efforts on goal. However their efforts failed to trouble Fosters goal and weren’t enough as the second half ended goalless, securing a 2-0 victory and three points for the hosts.

David Moyes spoke to SAFC.com and gave his thoughts on his sides performance after the match;

“There were some good things in the game, but ultimately we gave away two poor goals.

“We weren’t tight enough on the corner and our defenders were taken out of the game very easily and it was a wonderful strike to beat us,”

“We played well at times in the first half and much better in the second, but the goals cloud a lot of that and when you lose a game that’s what gets talked about.”

Moyes is hoping that the FA Cup break will allow more of his missing players to recover and return to action for their clash against Spurs on Tuesday 31st January;

“Having Victor [Anichebe] back was a big positive for us, however, he did pick up a knock so we will need to check on that. We’ve got over a week until our next game now, hopefully that will let us get some more players back in training, we need it.”

Sunderland now sit bottom of the table, one point behind 19th place Hull City and 18th place Crystal Palace.