FT: West Brom 2 Sunderland 1

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McClean misses from ten yards. Huge chance with seconds to go!

Sessegnon runs the ball out of play wehn underland had players forward. Poor play

We will have three added minutes

Fantastic save from Foster. Vaughan shoots and it takes a deflection. Foster holds at the second attempt

Odemwingie fires just wide. that would have helped his reputation. A lovely run and effort from the Nigerian

Odemwingie has a great deal of making up to do, shall we say!

Odemwingie is cominng on to a round of boos. Replacing the excellent Lukaku. The Belgian has been phenomenal today.

Fine save from Mignolet to deny Brunt after another Bramble error, not a good day for the defender

Fortune on for Morrison

Are we in for a grandstand here then? Sunderland's goal came out of nothing, and in fairness they have done little to deserve it

David Vaughan on for Johnson

Sessegnon curls one home via an Olsson deflection. Out of nothing for Sunderland, and we have a game on

Sessegnon gives Sunderland hope. 2-1!!

McClean on for Larsson for Sunderland

Lukaku was booked for his celebration during his goal

Terrific feet from Sessegnon, whose quick feet open up a chance, which is saved by Foster impressively

It's nothing more than WBA deserve, but it's another for the Bramble hall of shame. His weak backpass to Mignolet allows Lukaku through on the goalkeeper. Mignolet's clearance rebounds of the Belgian and goes in

Lukaku scores a fluke! 2-0

A lot of Yacob's work for WBA goes under the radar, but he has been so impressive at breaking up the ball today

Again Lukaku shoots, and his shot is put wide by Mignolet.

Wonderful move from the home side, and Morrison can only hit the ball against Bramble and wide

Shot from Mulumbu, but regulation for Mignolet. West Brom still on top and comfortable, but one goal the difference

Shane Long replaced by Graham Dorrans

James Morrison works back fantastically to tackle Sessegnon and win the throw

Another minute and another shot from Lukaku, this time dragged wide. He has been fantastic today, as all season.

Lukaku shoots with power on his left foot, and Mignolet gets down low well to save

A little bit of needle has crept into the game over the last few minutes

Bramble is lucky not to receive a second yallow for a tackle from behind. A stern talking to from the referee

From the free kick Olsson heads over. Half a chance

Not for the first time the referee overrules his assistant to award a free kick. Both times he was correct to do so.

N'Diaye crosses for Danny Graham. He's on the stretch but should perhaps do better as his touch goes wide.

Sunderland look brighter, and a noticeably playing the ball more directly to Fletcher and Graham

West Brom win a corner, Long's shot deflected behind

From the corner, Sessegnon should score, but instinctvely can only offer a leg. West Brom can clear off the line

Free kick to Sunderland out wide, and Olsson forced to clear behind

James Morrison fires high and wide from 25 yards

West Brom immediately on the front foot here

Corner to Sunderland at the start of the half

Back underway...

Sunderland are 4/1 to earn a draw after falling behind here, with Steven Fletcher priced at 8/1 to score next with Sky Bet.

And that's half time. Join me for more in 15 minutes

The difference between the two is that McAuley's arm was by his side

Adam Johnson wins a corner and wants a penalty for handball. A difficult one for the official

Two added minutes here

Shane Long heads over and that's a good chance, althouhg perhaps a touch high for the striker. Sunderland will be happy to hear the half time whistle

Lukaku runs through on goal, but probably holds onto the ball for too long. He should have looked left to Chris Brunt

West Brom looking comfortable without offering any real threat in adding to their lead

Brunt delivers the free kick, but it is too close to Mignolet

Booking for Bramble, who cynically trips Long. An obvious one, shall we say

West Brom suddenly playing with a swagger here. That's what a goal can do

Last word on that free kick from me. If it's for your side then you want it and if it's against your side you think it's harsh

Long misses the target with a header from a free kick

Perhaps justice was done, and replays show that Gardner did lift his arms up

Possibly a harsh decision for handball against Craig Gardner, but West Brom deserve that after a spell of pressure and a harshly disallowed goal

Lukaku scores the penalty. 1-0!!!!

Penalty to West brom for handball!!

Steven Reid's free kick is blocked by the wall

Sunderland definitely kept playing on, so that's harsh on West Brom. Brunt has a free kick

Controversy here, as Lukaku finishes but Roger East had already blown for a foul. Surely advantage should have been played?

Brunt keeps the ball alive and crosses, but Lukaku is slightly on his heels and fails to reach the ball

What a miss by Mulumbu. Ridgwell puts a fantastic ball into the box. Four yards out and he somehow heads wide. Awful, should be 1-0 West Brom

Morrison fires across goal but no-one can connect. This game has come alive

Three chances for Sunderland in ten seconds! That's more like it. Firstly Fletcher sidefoots against the post. The ball rolls to Fletcher, whose shot is saved by Foster, and then Fletcher fires over

Half chance for Lukaku, and the first of the match. Brunt crosses from the left and Lukaku drifts a weak header wide.

The game has become really scrappy in the last ten minutes, with free kicks breaking up any gusto. we're not in 'needs a goal territory' just yet.

Danny Graham flagged offside. Him and Fletcher have apparently been working well together in Dubai during the week

Some sloppy touches and passes appearing here, which are stilting both sides' attempts to attack

Referee Roger East gets in the way of a Yacob pass

Sunderland win a free kick 35 yards out wide, which Larson will take

West Brom just look a little leggy and slow with the ball early on. There is a rather sleepy atmosphere at the Hawthorns

Sunderland now dominant in possession, looking to get Johnson on the ball when possible

Bramble crosses from out wide, and the ball goes about thirty rows back behind Foster's goal.

McAuley will be ok I think

McAuley goes down from the corner, and the referee stops play. Collided with his goalkeeper Foster

N'Diaye crosses and Olsson clears behind. Sudnerland on top now

Chris Brunt fires over from thirty yards as West Brom break

Sunderland claim that the ball cross the line from an O'Shea header.

Sunderland win the first corner of the afternoon

Lukaku wins his first towering header of the afternoon, but Bramble tidies up

A low key opening, but Sunderland are now beginning to enjoy spells of possession

N'Diaye does his best to attack Olsson, but the big Swede holds him off

Sunderland just need to get their foot on the ball. No concerted pressure on them, but yet to gain control

Romelu Lukaku showing strength with back to goal early on. That. Will. Happen.

West Brom attack early down Sunderland's left hand side

We are underway..

Another 'mixed' reception for Odemwingie, who is then just seen laughing on the bench. Lovely touch

Praise deserved for Sunderland's away support. In good voice and numebrs here pre-kick off

Sunderland's record against the Baggies isn't great. West Brom have won five of the last six games between the two. However, if revenge is a dish best served cold, they have ideal temperatures here today

Sunderland are only six points clear of the relegation zone. It really is tight from mid-table down, but surely they are safe?

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Colback, O'Shea (c), Bramble, N'Diaye, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, Graham, Fletcher Subs: Bardsley, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Mangane, McClean, Cuellar, Westwood

West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Yacob, Mulumbu, Brunt, Lukaku, Long Subs: Myhill, Jones, Odemwingie, Tamas, Rosenberg, Fortune, Dorrans

Right, a reminder of the team news for you:

Odewingie's name is roundly booed by those that are here, however, when he is read out by the man on the PA

Twenty minutes until kick off, and the ground not exactly filling up as yet. It is bitterly cold, so perhaps they have made the very savvy decision to follow this commentary instead.

Liam Moran is a Sunderland fan with a view I'm inclined to agree with, though it isn't too positive: "If I know MON, he won't play 4-4-2. He'll put Fletcher on left wing, AJ on right and Sess will get pushed back to RB. with Gardner going into CB (5 at the back). West Brom to beat us 3-1." Thorough, Liam. And I like thorough.

Sunderland also have new signing Alfred N'Diaye starting today. Any other footballing Alfred's other than Ramsey?

Jamie is right to pick up on Sunderland's formation, which sees Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher line up together for the first time. Are they too similar of could this work a treat?

Jamie Cogle has been in touch to offer his thoughts: "so glad MON is playing 442! Good attacking side!"

This fixture has produced bags of goals in recent seasons, with each of their last four encounters racking up over 3.5 goals, which is a 5/2 outcome this time around. In fact, only one of their last seven meetings has seen under 2.5 goals, and seven of Sunderland's last eight Premier League away games have had three or more. On top of that, West Brom have failed to keep consecutive clean sheets in the league since April last year, making Yes on Both Teams To Score at 5/6 on a good prospect.

I have to admit that I am concerned that this one may be a slightly turgid affair, but previous encounters would suggest differently. The game between the two at the Stadium of Light in November was a lunchtime kick off that the Baggies won 4-2

So, Odemwingie back on the bench eh? What are your thoughts on that one Baggies fans?

Before I go one step further, let me implore you to get in touch with me via Twitter (@danielstorey85) with your hopes and dreams (for this match)

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Colback, O'Shea (c), Bramble, N'Diaye, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, Graham, Fletcher Subs: Bardsley, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Mangane, McClean, Cuellar, Westwood

West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Yacob, Mulumbu, Brunt, Lukaku, Long Subs: Myhill, Jones, Odemwingie, Tamas, Rosenberg, Fortune, Dorrans

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