Brighton & Hove lose battle of the Albions

West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson celebrates scoring their second goal with Jonny Evans and Ahmed Hegazi

West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson celebrates scoring their second goal with Jonny Evans and Ahmed Hegazi

"I think it will be a very difficult game for us".

League Two Coventry City put an end to Mark Hughes' managerial reign at Stoke City with a comfortable win over their Premier League opponents.

West Brom fans knew the importance of today's match and the atmosphere was rocking inside the ground.

It took just three minutes for West Brom to take the lead, with Evans putting the hosts in front with a powerful header.

Brighton came close to scoring late in the half through Pascal Groß, with West Brom's Dawson and Salomón Rondón also having efforts to increase the scoreline.

However, the Baggies will definitely be without midfield duo Nacer Chadli (thigh) and James Morrison (achilles).

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But despite the highly-charged atmosphere, it was Southampton who broke the deadlock thanks to Ward-Prowse's low strike in the 20th minute. Taking their resilient form into the FA Cup last Monday, the Seagulls managed to knockout Crystal Palace courtesy of a late Glenn Murray goal. "You can see what they're like when they back the team".

In the end they could have easily beaten recent Premier League champions Leicester City but a draw at least gives them another chance to show their quality and a nice trip out to the King Power Stadium. Groß has been one of the best signings this season.

West Bromwich Albion are really struggling in the Premier League this season and under the tutelage of their new manager, Alan Pardew, the troops must enhance the quality of their performances if they are to refrain from falling into the clutches of relegation.

The only downside for the home side was Jay Rodriguez being reported to the Football Association for a remark allegedly made to Brighton defender Gaëtan Bong. But this was no smash and grab set-piece victory that Tony Pulis used to thrive on.

Brighton have won just one of their last 11 league fixtures (D5, L5). In his first eight games, Pardew has picked up four points. The Seagulls have had a surprising season, sitting 12th in the Premier League after 22 games. Jordan Ayew gave Swansea the lead on the hour in Newcastle when he nodded in a rebound after an initial header was blocked before Magpies substitute Joselu equalised 10 minutes later with virtually his first touch of the game.

Brighton is just three points clear of the bottom three after a sixth successive goalless game away from home - a run which includes five defeats.

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