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Tuesday 12 December 2017

West Brom bag crucial win over Swansea

Swansea City's Nelson Oliveira (front) gets away from West Bromwich Albion's Darren Fletcher
Swansea City's Nelson Oliveira (front) gets away from West Bromwich Albion's Darren Fletcher

Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino eased West Brom’s relegation worries as the Baggies cruised to a 2-0 win over Swansea.

Revitalised Ideye - the Baggies’ £10million record signing - was on the verge of joining Qatari side Al Gharafa on deadline day for just €5million but has now doubled his tally for the season in his last two games.

He netted his fourth goal of the campaign against Swansea before Berahino bagged his 15th to lift the Baggies up to 14th and four points clear of the Premier League drop zone.

Bafetimbi Gomis spurned the Swans’ best chance in a spiky first half but they rarely threatened in a dour second period.

Callum McManaman was forced off injured after 57 minutes, to be replaced by Stephane Sessegnon, and the substitute had an instant hand in the Baggies’ opener.

He found Berahino who scampered towards the area and slipped in Ideye, who wriggled free of Ashley Williams before clinically firing the loose ball into the bottom corner.

And Ideye repaid the favour 14 minutes later when Berahino made it 2-0. The England U21 international swapped passes with his strike partner and rifled into the top corner from 15 yards.

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