West Brom beat Southampton to keep slim survival hopes alive

Matheus Pereira of West Bromwich Albion (L) celebrates after scoring their sides first goal with team mates Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Callum Robinson of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on April 12, 2021 in West Bromwich, England.

West Brom completed back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time this season as they brushed aside Southampton to collect three more precious points in their battle to avoid relegation.

Two goals in three first-half minutes through Matheus Pereira and Matt Phillips put Sam Allardyce's men in control before Callum Robinson's fine finish completed the Baggies' biggest home win in the Premier League since November 2016.

The victory was made more admirable by the fact West Brom needed to rally after having what would have been an opening goal for Mbaye Diagne controversially ruled out for offside after VAR Kevin Friend decided there was insufficient evidence to overturn the on-pitch decision, even though TV replays suggested otherwise.

Sam Johnstone completed an excellent evening for West Brom when he turned away James Ward-Prowse's injury-time penalty.

West Brom are still in deep trouble, eight points adrift of fourth-bottom Newcastle with seven games remaining.

However, if they meet many more sides as accommodating as Ralph Hasenhuttl's Southampton were in a dismal opening period, another of Allardyce's great escapes cannot be discounted.

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