LONDON: West Bromwich Albion won for the first time under new boss Sam Allardyce as Matheus Pereira’s penalty double clinched a 3-2 Premier League victory at local rivals Wolves on Saturday.
Allardyce had failed to win any of his first five matches since replacing the sacked Slaven Bilic.
But the former England manager was finally able to celebrate after a pulsating Black Country derby at Molineux.
Pereira put Albion ahead from the spot before goals from Fabio Silva and Willy Boly put Wolves in the driving seat at half-time. Semi Ajayi equalised after the interval and Pereira’s second penalty sealed West Brom’s first win in eight league games.
Albion remain second bottom of the table after their second league victory this term, but are now just three points from safety. Wolves are winless in six league games and have not beaten the Baggies
in 10 years.
It was the first time these two local rivals had met since 2012 when West Brom won 5-1 at Molineux and this was an equally memorable success for the visitors.
West Brom were hit by Covid-19 this week, forcing keeper Sam Johnstone and winger Matt Phillips into self-isolation after positive tests.
David Button replaced Johnstone in goal, while new signing Robert Snodgrass made his Albion debut in Phillips’ absence.
Wolves had won just one of their eight league games since Mexico striker Raul Jimenez suffered a fractured skull against Arsenal in November. They fell behind in the eighth minute with a self-inflicted wound.
Source: The News