Sunderland collapsed in the face of a West Brom invigorated by Stephane Sessegnon.
Sunderland started brightest but created nothing. Perversely, it was West Brom who scored first. Nicolas Anelka flicked on Morgan Amalfitano’s cross at the near post, to be shinned by Scott Sinclair against Keiren Westwood, who could only palm the ball away. That left room for an unmarked Sessegnon to place the ball high into the goal.

After that West Brom came alive and were unlucky not to go further ahead when Morgan Amalfitano’s shot was deflected against the crossbar.
In the second half, Sunderland swapped Emanuele Giaccherini for Charalampos Mavrias. Sunderland then initially did well on the left wing, but slipped away again quickly.
Then the body blow came for Sunderland. Having used all three substitutes, Steven Fletcher suffered a shoulder injury incurred in the process of sending an excellent chance over from a few yards, and had to leave the game.
Moments later, it was worse, as is the Sunderland tradition. Amalfitano’s aggressive drive towards goal and cross to the back post was rewarded as Liam Ridgewell blasted in West Brom’s second goal in the 73rd minute. As the game drew to a close, Victor Anichebe’s excellent hold up play allowed him to slip in Morgan Amalfitano to rifle a ball into the far corner.
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