Baggies bag victory.
Sunderland suffered their third straight home defeat, and now the home match against the reviving QPR on Tuesday night looks even more important.
The first real chance of the game came to Sunderland after 17 minutes. Johnson neatly laid the ball off to Sessegnon. His outside of the boot strike was saved by Myhill and the ball trickled narrowly wide. Soon after, the Benin star came close again, forcing another save out of the reserve goalkeeper when he headed Larsson’s free kick towards goal.
However, on the half hour mark West Brom broke the deadlock. Zoltan Gera found himself in plenty of space 30 yards out. He unleashed a shot that travelled into the top corner, with Mignolet helping it on its way with a weak attempt to save the shot.
Skipper Lee Cattermole had to be subbed off and it was his replacement Craig Gardner who came close from a free kick in first half stoppage time. Just before this, Mignolet had pounced on Brunt’s through ball and seemingly had it in his hands. However, his grasp was not strong enough and Shane Long, earlier booked for diving, managed to get the ball off the ‘keeper and slotted into an empty net.
The deposit could have been 3-0 three minutes into the second half when Shane Long found himself one on one with the ‘keeper. This time, though, Mignolet got his body in the way and blocked his effort. Four minutes later, Adam Johnson hit a 30 yard effort which the unsteady Myhill had to parry away out of danger.
Seventeen minutes from time, the much improved Stephane Sessegnon was fouled 30 yards out and just left of centre. This was perfect for Craig Gardner. He smashed his shot and a deflection took it over Myhill and The Lads were back in the game. The comeback would be complicated though as West Brom were awarded a penalty only minutes later.
Johnson looked to have produced a rash tackle on Baggies left back Liam Ridgewell but later replays showed that Ridgewell had dragged his foot on the ground, causing him to fall over and there was no contact from Johnson. On loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku then hammered the ball in.
This did not stop Sunderland coming back and on 87 minutes Johnson’s corner was met by the head of Fletcher. His shot was well saved but Sessegnon smashed in the rebound. Two minutes into the allotted four minutes added time, Cuellar had a header saved and Lukaku hit the post from a short range shot. West Brom then hit the Black Cats on the counter. Sub Fortune managed to beat his man and got a shot into the bottom corner to end the game at 4-2.
Simon Mignolet, Phil Bardsley, Danny Rose, John O’Shea, Carlos Cuellar, Lee Cattermole, Jack Colback, Adam Johnson, Seb Larsson, Stephane Sessegnon, Steven Fletcher.