West Bromwich Albion have collected only their second win in the Premier League this season – and their first under their new manager Sam Allardyce.
Two penalties from Matheus Pereira helped the Baggies earn a 3-2 victory at their biggest rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers and prompted hopes that Allardyce could lead one of the rescue acts that has seen him dubbed ‘Fireman Sam’.
Even without two key players, goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and winger Matt Phillips, who have contracted COVID-19, West Brom managed to boost their survival hopes with their first win since beating Sheffield United on November 28.
Pereira slotted home his first penalty in the fourth minute after Callum Robinson was tripped at the edge of the penalty area, but Wolves fought back to lead at halftime with goals by Fabio Silva in the 38th and Willy Boly in the 43rd.
Centre back Semi Ajayi scored for the third time since Allardyce arrived a month ago after a header following a long throw-in in the 52nd minute, and Pereira regained the lead for West Brom four minutes later from a penalty, again won by Robinson.
West Brom remained in next-to-last place, but moved in sight of safety.