West Brom came from behind to claim victory in the Black Country derby as two penalties from Matheus Pereira helped them beat Wolves at Molineux.
It was only the Baggies’ second win of the season – and their first under new boss Sam Allardyce – and the first time they had scored three times away from home in the Premier League in almost seven years.
While they remain in the relegation zone, it will provide fresh optimism about avoiding the drop.
Both spot-kicks came from clumsy tackles from behind on Callum Robinson, by Willy Boly and Conor Coady.
The penalties were similar too as Pereira sent Rui Patricio the wrong way. The first broke the deadlock after eight minutes, the second won the game 11 minutes into the second half.
In between, Fabio Silva and Boly turned the game on its head in the space of five minutes at the end of the first half, only for Semi Ajayi to level with a header straight after the restart.
The result extended a miserable run for Wolves, who since striker Raul Jimenez fractured his skull at Arsenal on 29 November have taken five points from nine games and slid down the table into 14th spot, with all the clubs below them having games in hand.
Battling Baggies extend derby record
After a nine-year break since the last one, this result extended an excellent West Brom record in derbies, which now contains just three defeats in 22 games.
They achieved victory without goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who was absent following a positive coronavirus test, and with a vocal intervention from Allardyce.
Having spent most of the game in his dug-out, legs stretched out and arms folded, the former England boss finally came out to voice an opinion as his side, trailing and looking edgy, failed to execute what their manager felt was a routine clearance.
Alllardyce’s bellowing could be heard from the media seats. The instruction was clear – get the ball away from our goal quickly.
The advice was heeded and while he might not like the description, within minutes, his side had scored what might be regarded as a typical Allardyce goal as Kyle Bartley flicked on a long throw to the near post and Ajayi nodded it over Rui Patricio.
Pereira was nerveless with his penalties and while West Brom can hardly be relied on to either score regularly or keep clean sheets at present, Allardyce has apparently instilled some drive into his players.
With significant additions before the transfer window closes on 1 February, it cannot be discounted that Allardyce will maintain his proud record of never getting relegated.
More to follow.
West Bromwich Albion
- 11Rui Patrício
- 22Nélson Semedo
- 16CoadySubstituted forAït-Nouriat 64′minutes
- 32DendonckerBooked at 73mins
- 8NevesSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 60′minutes
- 28João MoutinhoSubstituted forCutroneat 79′minutes
- 17Fábio SilvaBooked at 90mins
- 6AjayiBooked at 36mins
- 12Costa PereiraSubstituted forFurlongat 83′minutes
- 13GrosickiSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 69′minutes
- Michael Oliver
Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, West Bromwich Albion 3.
Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, West Bromwich Albion 3.
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jake Livermore.
Fábio Silva (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.
Fábio Silva (Wolverhampton Wanderers) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation.
Attempt missed. Rayan Aït-Nouri (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker.
Attempt blocked. Nélson Semedo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion).
Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White.
Attempt saved. Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White with a cross.
Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion).
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Darnell Furlong replaces Matheus Pereira.
Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.
Rayan Aït-Nouri (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).
Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion).