West Brom 0-2 Southampton: Ryan Fraser and David Brooks score to send Russell Martin’s side second in the Championship…  As Carlos Corberan is SENT OFF for bizarre lapse of judgement in front of Baggies new owners

16 February 2024 0 By Total Football News
  • Goals from Ryan Fraser and David Brooks helped Saints seal victory on the road
  • West Brom manager Carlos Corberan was shown a red card after six minutes 
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Shilen Patel’s big night didn’t bring the result he wanted – but West Bromwich Albion’s supporters will take the setback of one defeat if he brings a long-term change of fortune.

Goals from Ryan Fraser and David Brooks gave fellow promotion hopefuls Southampton a win that lifted them back into the Championship’s top two, at least for a few hours.

For the home fans, though, this was all about celebrating a new beginning off the field, with a takeover set to be officially completed next week.

Investor Patel flew in from Florida to take a seat in the directors’ box at The Hawthorns, less than 24 hours after agreeing a £60million deal to buy the club from unpopular owner Guochuan Lai.

Fans are hopeful that Patel will bring much-needed financial muscle to Albion after nearly eight years of uncertainty and underinvestment on Lai’s watch.

Ryan Fraser's first-half goal helped Southampton claim a 2-0 victory against West Brom

Ryan Fraser’s first-half goal helped Southampton claim a 2-0 victory against West Brom

David Brooks tapped in an excellent team move late in the second half to seal victory for Saints

David Brooks tapped in an excellent team move late in the second half to seal victory for Saints

The result means Russell Martin's side have moved to second in the league table

The result means Russell Martin’s side have moved to second in the league table 

The deal is set to be completed next week, and the prospective new chairman was greeted with cheers before kick-off – only to see West Brom get off to just about the worst possible start.

Carlos Corberan was sent to the stand in bizarre circumstances with only six minutes played – after referee Sam Allison spotted that the head coach had strayed from his technical area and touched the ball with his foot while it was still in play.

The hosts, struggling to keep pace with Southampton’s quick passing, then almost gave away a goal as Alex Palmer’s loose pass was intercepted by Sekou Mara to put Adam Armstrong through one-on-one – but the goalkeeper atoned for his error by spreading himself to block the shot.

It was only a brief respite as Southampton did score just before the quarter-hour mark, as Fraser found space at the far post to steer in a classy volley from Stuart Armstrong’s first-time cross following a short corner.

For a while, it looked as though West Brom might go under, but they grew into the game, and were unlucky not to be level by half-time as John Swift drilled a 25-yard shot just wide.

Darnell Furlong then had a penalty appeal rejected as his header struck the arm of Jack Stephens, who seconds later cleared from under his own crossbar after Okay Yokuslu had flicked on a corner.

MATCH FACTS  

West Bromwich Albion: Palmer, Furlong, Kipre, Pieters, Townsend, Yokuslu (Chalobah 81′), Mowatt, Swift (Marshall 65′), Johnstone (Reach 65′), Thomas-Asante (Fellows 46′), Wallace (Diangana 65′)

Sub not used: Ajayi, Griffiths, Pipa, Weimann

Goals: None 

Booked: Thomas-Asante, Yokuslu

Sent off: Corberan (M)

Manager: Carlos Corberan 

Southampton: Bazunu, Stephens, Bednarek, Harwood-Bellis, Walker-Peters, Charles (Aribo 58′), Smallbone, S Armstrong (Rothwell 82′), Fraser (Edozie 58′), A Armstrong (Brooks 68′), Mara (Sulemana 82′)

Subs not used: Amo-Ameyaw, Dibling, Lumley, Manning

Goals: Fraser 14′, Brooks 73′

Booked: Smallbone

Manager: Russell Martin

Referee: Sam Allison

Attendance: 25,066 

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West Brom manager Carlos Corberan was sent off in the sixth minute after he kicked the ball while it was still in play

West Brom manager Carlos Corberan was sent off in the sixth minute after he kicked the ball while it was still in play

Shilen Patel, who agreed to purchase an 87.8 per cent stake in West Brom this week, watched on as the Baggies were beaten

Shilen Patel, who agreed to purchase an 87.8 per cent stake in West Brom this week, watched on as the Baggies were beaten

Albion struggled to build on that momentum in the second half, though, and they were finished off in the 73rd minute, as Brooks collected fellow substitute Samuel Edozie’s square pass and slotted in his first goal since arriving on loan from Bournemouth late last month.

Still Corberan’s players did not give up, but it wasn’t their night – as proved when Gavin Bazunu leapt brilliantly to push away Jan Bednarek’s diving header.