West Bromwich Albion got their Premier League campaign off to a positive start with a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
- West Brom 1 Bournemouth 0
- Hegazi opens the scoring
- Cherries enjoy 71% possession
- Pulis' side holds on for win
In a rather subdued Premier League encounter West Brom continued where they left off last season with their set-piece dominance.
Debutant Ahmed Hegazi got on the end of a free-kick to score the only goal of the game – just after the half hour mark.
Manager Tony Pulis handed Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazi and Jay Rodriguez their full debuts for the Premier League side against Eddie Howe's attack minded side.
Academy graduate Sam Field started in midfield for the home side who were often pegged back in their own half by the industrious Cherries.
However, for all their possession, the Baggies showed their usual resilience in defence and with patience they found the opening goal after 34 minutes.
And it was the Egypt international, on loan from Al Ahly – who rose highest to meet a accurate set-piece delivery and guide the ball with his head beyond Asmir Begovic.
Rodriguez was often a lonesome figure upfront but Pulis would have been impressed with his work-rate and ability to run through the channels.
But it was his finishing that often let him down as he spurned a couple of second-half chances when the home side broke away on counter attacks.
Nonetheless, three points from the opening fixture with merely 29% possession was enough to send the Baggies faithful home in full voice.
? It's all over…
And we're off to the perfect start!
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) August 12, 2017