Clasie strike brushes Baggies aside

West Brom produced a poor display as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Southampton in their Premier League clash at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

  • West Brom 0 Southampton 1
  • Clasie puts Saints ahead
  • Rondon isolated up front
  • Visitors hold on for victory

Match Summary

Jordy Clasie scored the only goal of the game in a match that lacked the energy that usually characterises English football.

The second half saw an improved display from Albion but manager Tony Pulis will be disappointed with their blunt attacking efforts.

Full Report

From the first whistle, the visitors dominated possession with crisp passing. The slick one-two's throughout the fixture kept Pulis' side on the back foot for large spells of play.

Matthew Phillips and Nacer Chadli provided the odd counter, but Claude Puel's defence looked comfortable holding a high line.

And after a few half-chances, the Saints deservedly took the lead on 25 minutes in empathic fashion. It was Clasie's first-ever Premier League goal and it proved to be worth the wait – a cracker from the edge of the area.

Dusan Tadic held the ball up well just inside the area, before laying off a pass to the oncoming Dutchman to smash home a powerful strike beyond a stranded Ben Foster.

Just before the break, Fraser Forster pulled off the save of the game. After Chadli broke free on the counter and delivered a pin-point cross to Salomon Rondon, the towering forward rose highest to meet the delivery with a powerful header, but the England keeper somehow managed to claw the ball out with his left hand.

With the lion's share of possession, the Saints should've held a comfortable lead going into the second half but they were unable to make their clear advantage count.

However, the lack of attacking threat from Albion made sure their lack of incisiveness didn't come back to haunt them.

The closest the hosts came to scoring was in the dying seconds of the game, as Craig Dawson's 93rd-minute volley from close range was somehow parried away by Forster.