West Brom beat Southampton 3-0 on Monday to keep their slender hopes of survival in the Premier League alive, while Everton were held to a goalless draw at Brighton. Mbaye Diagne’s goal in the fourth minute was ruled out by on field referee and VAR couldn’t get conclusive evidence to overturn the decision.
Matheus Pereira converted a penalty in the 32nd minute after he was brought down inside the box by Southampton goalkeeper Forster. Three minutes later Matt Phillips doubled the lead.
He finished off a fine curling cross from the left flank from Mbaye Diagne.
Callum Robinson sealed the victory for West Brom with the third goal in the 69th minute. It was their second consecutive victory in the Premier League. The win helped them to 24 points from 31 games.
West Brom beat Chelsea 5-2 in their last game. They have scored 8 goals in their last two games. But their revival might have come too late. They now have to rely on other results for their survival in the Premier League.
“We have had two very important wins that are pricking up people’s ears but unfortunately we have to rely on other people losing,” Allardyce said.
The Mbaye Diagne’s controversial goal rule out was the latest in series of VAR row.
“I’m afraid so,” he said when asked if VAR is a laughing stock. “There are too many of us not being given an opportunity to express how to make it better.”
West Brom ‘keeper Johnstone had a good day as he saved a penalty from James Ward-Prowse in stoppage time. He also made some fine saves in the match to keep a clean sheet.
Frustration continues for Carlo Ancelotti side as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Brighton and Albion at Falmer Stadium on Monday. Everton are without a win in their last four Premiere League games.
Everton are eighth in the points table with 48 points from 30 games, seven points adrift fourth place West Ham.
Brighton are 15th in the points table with 33 points from 31 games, seven points clear of relegation zone.