Ahmed Hegazi features, Ali Gabr benched in West Bromwich loss
West Bromwich Albion started the match in last place with 20 points from 31 games after losing to Bournemouth 2-1 before the international break. Meanwhile, Burnely entered the match in seventh place with 43 points from 30 games.
The must-win game for WBA in hopes to stay up next season started poorly with Burnley clearly dominating the affair. Their efforts were awarded in the 21st minute as Ashley Barnes scored in his fourth game in a row with a wonderful shot to put Burnley ahead.
From there, it was difficult to see WBA coming back into the match. By the half time whistle, Burnley had 63 per cent possession to West Bromwich’s 37 per cent. Burnley also boasted almost double the shots as the relegation zone residents.
The second half was slightly different with WBA starting to control the ball more. However, Chris Wood added Burnely’s second goal in the 73rd minute. Salomón Rondón scored what would be a consolation goal for West Bromwich in the 83rd minute, but couldn’t prevent WBA from succumbing to their 10th loss in a row across all competitions.
The result keeps WBA in last place, while Burnley also stays in seventh place. West Bromwich will next face Swansea City on April 7, while Burnley will face Watford on the same day.
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