Sunderland 4-0 West Brom Highlights
Sunderland produced an inspired display to outclass bottom-of-the-league West Brom and claim their first win since the departure of Roy Keane as manager.
The hosts opened the scoring when Kenwyne Jones evaded non-existent West Brom marking to head past Scott Carson.
Jones tapped in after two fine saves by Carson and Andy Reid made it three before half-time with a back-post header from Steed Malbranque’s cross.
Djibril Cisse then drilled in from the spot after Roman Bednar’s handball.
Such a comfortable margin was the least Sunderland deserved for their overwhelming superiority against a West Brom side who are six points adrift of safety.
Caretaker manager Ricky Sbragia will have been delighted with his side’s attitude and application as the hosts hauled themselves out of the relegation zone at the expense of neighbours Newcastle, who play on Sunday.
West Brom have now gone 10 league games without a victory, picking up just two points from a possible 30 and scoring a league-low 12 goals in 17 matches.
They remain the only club in Premier League history to have avoided relegation after being bottom at Christmas (in 2004) and Tony Mowbray’s men may well find themselves in a similar situation this time round.