2020-21 English Premier League
  • Fábio Silva (38')
  • Willy Boly (43')
  • Matheus Pereira (8' PEN, 56' PEN)
  • Semi Ajayi (52')

West Brom come from behind to beat Wolves 3-2 in tight derby

West Bromwich Albion recorded their first win under Sam Allardyce as they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 in a see-saw Black Country derby in the Premier League on Saturday, with Matheus Pereira scoring twice from the penalty spot.

The result gave West Brom a big boost in their bid to avoid relegation, as they moved to within three points of 17th place, albeit remaining stuck in 19th spot for now. Wolves stay in 14th place.

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"It's massive. If there was one game to change our season, this is the game. It's the one fans look forward to the most," West Brom midfielder Romaine Sawyers told BT Sport.

"We had seven days with the gaffer. This was the first time really on the training ground, getting back to basics... He's a bit tough on us, but it's not a happy situation we're in, so we need that tough love."

West Brom opened the scoring when centre-back Willy Boly fouled Callum Robinson in the seventh minute on the edge of the box and Pereira stepped up to convert the penalty, sending Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio the wrong way.

Boly made amends later when his back-heeled pass in the box freed up Fabio Silva, who side-footed the ball past David Button for the 18-year-old's first goal at home.

Minutes later, Boly made it 2-1 when the ball fell to him during a corner kick, leaving Button no chance to make a save as the defender scored from six yards out.

West Brom turned things around with two quick-fire goals after the restart, the first from a long throw-in when Kyle Bartley's flicked header allowed Semi Ajayi to loop his header past Patricio.

The visitors sealed the win when Robinson won another penalty after drawing a foul from defender Conor Coady and Pereira scored from the spot again.

"We wanted to control the game and be aggressive in defence and we didn't do it," Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said.

"Two penalties and a throw-in. We knew we required better defending. We must rectify it and do better."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 36 +47 83
2 Manchester United 36 +28 70
3 Leicester City 36 +21 66
4 Chelsea 36 +22 64
5 Liverpool 36 +21 63
6 Tottenham Hotspur 36 +22 59
7 West Ham United 36 +10 59
8 Everton 36 +3 56
9 Arsenal 36 +12 55
10 Leeds United 36 +4 53
11 Aston Villa 36 +7 49
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 -14 45
13 Crystal Palace 36 -21 44
14 Southampton 36 -16 43
15 Burnley 36 -18 39
16 Newcastle United 36 -19 39
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 36 -5 38
18 Fulham 36 -24 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 36 -37 26
20 Sheffield United 36 -43 20